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Updated 22 January 2018
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Booz Allen Hamilton President and CEO Horacio D. Rozanski
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Pros
  • Amazing work-life balance with the most flexible schedule in the industry (in 533 reviews)

  • Most projects make it easy to work from home a day a week, if not 100% of the time (in 86 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes the work/life balance is not there (in 181 reviews)

  • If not, employees get lack of work notice (in 84 reviews)

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  1. "Work experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice enough place to work

    Cons

    You need to know how to play politics


  2. "I am not sure about this"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment and very good appraoch

    Cons

    Not great work Culture for freshers

    Advice to Management

    not bad and as many are quite helpful


  3. Helpful (227)

    "Great people, terrible business"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great. Everyone -- even the difficult types -- are eager to work and excel. There are some senior officers with questionable morality, but most people here are great people to work with.

    Cons

    1. Federal clients. Don't forget that you'll move at their pace, not yours.
    2. The nature of the job means that sooner or later you'll be strategizing ways to get more money from the client (i.e. federal government), regardless of whether or not you'll actually add value. BAH runs on government money, a large chunk from DoD, and thus is part of the bigger problem we have in this country with fiscal responsibility.
    3. Living off the American taxpayer. Much of the money that flies around in DC is at the expense of everyone else everywhere else in the US, BAH is a major player in this system, particularly the defense technology sector.
    4. You'll never get paid what you're worth. The three lowest ranks (Consultant, Sr. Consultant, Associate) seldom make what they're worth, while senior management (looking at you, officers) make insane amounts of money.

    Advice to Management

    I'm leaving this job for two reasons, despite being hand-picked and groomed for greater responsibility by senior management.

    1. You weren't paying me enough to do the job; especially when you factor in the amount of stress this job puts on a human being, the amount of time I sacrificed with my family, the amount of guilt this job inspired in me as an American.
    2. The job is not meaningful to anyone who doesn't lust for profits. At some point each of us gets a look at how the sausage is made, and then it becomes clear that the government is basically asking (literally sending out solicitations and announcements) to be ripped off. They don't need what we're selling, but they buy it anyways because Congress tells them to. This buys Congress fancy retirement plans at the same businesses that profit. But everyone else loses, and Booz Allen isn't doing enough to be a part of our nation's long-term fiscal stability.


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  5. "Decent company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    People, connections, interesting work environment

    Cons

    Limitations for growth for IT professionals

    Advice to Management

    Promote more IT professionals


  6. "Great Commercial Consulting Business"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal
    Current Employee - Principal
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High growth and opportunity within the Commercial consulting organization based on a solid brand.

    Cons

    Risks that come with operating in the fluid, nebulous environment of a company in a "start-up" growth mindset.

    Advice to Management

    People and clients over profit will unleash the true power of the brand in the market.


  7. "Annoying but genuine"

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management genuinely cares about their people, their performance, and their development. In the San Diego market, they have as broad a variety of DOD support contracts as anyone, so there are opportunities for advancement and career development.

    Cons

    It's full of 'Type A' personalities, and it really pays to network within the company - not bad on its own, but it definitely feels like you have to wait in line behind the other high performers who have been there longer than you to advance. Overkill on the HR policies / trainings / intranet tools / performance & feedback reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Building a presence in the private sector of San Diego would be valuable. Although the opportunities are broad within the context of SSC PAC, it would be great to have another avenue.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work when starting out in management consulting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Great mentors, open communication, pretty flexible and open culture, inclusive and open-minded people for the most part

    Cons

    It really depends on your luck and which team(s) you end up on. Salary can range GREATLY depending on your team. For example, 2 consultants performing the SAME work on a client project can be paid at differences of $15-20k if they are on different market accounts.

    Advice to Management

    Fairness in pay


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Information System Security Officer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Systems Security Officer in Annapolis Junction, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Information Systems Security Officer in Annapolis Junction, MD (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance, Career Advancement Ops, Awesome Network

    Cons

    Yearly Raises Minuscule, Bonuses non-existent


  10. "Stable work, excellent staff"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Associate (Project Manager) in Fayetteville, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Associate (Project Manager) in Fayetteville, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance with flexible working environment for most teams. Helping Soldiers by providing them the support they need. Rewarding experience and family oriented environment.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility due to lack of leadership oppurtunities. Since government/military oriented; unless you retired as a field grade officer or senior NCO being a Project or Program Manager is improbable.


  11. "Lead Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Honolulu, HI (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Honolulu, HI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Emphasis on Ethics and Values creates a solid foundation.

    Cons

    The nature of federal contracting creates a cutthroat atmosphere even between employees. Hiring methodology is often based on contracts not yet won, so negotiations can be very awkward when guarantees cannot be made by the company.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retention.


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