Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated 2 May, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally pretty good but also depends on the client you support (in 295 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 106 reviews)

Cons
  • The Work Life Balance that it promises is often not the reality (in 114 reviews)

  • It is not uncommon for a person to be hired and then let go in a few months for "lack of work" (in 49 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Just OK.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    --Good training ops.
    --Salary/Benefits/Social activities that are swanky.

    Cons

    --Top-heavy whereby too many managers are doing admin and not the actual work of the "practice" (Booz-speak for the individual tech team or group of teams which serve one client or one sector such as the US Navy).
    --The company is overally "balkanized." It's harder than expected to move from one practice to another. It's almost like there are several small B-A&Hs instead of one company.

    Advice to Management

    --Lose some of the bureaucracy and operate with more agile teams.

  2. Great people, great environment very flexible management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sierra Vista, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sierra Vista, AZ (US)

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They understand the balance between work and home
    They are very flexible when it comes to moving locations due to family matters
    When a contract is lost, they do a lot to help you keep employment if you want to
    The pay is better than all other contracting companies I have worked for
    Room to grow and a lot of opportunity to promote

    Cons

    Not a lot of remote work, if that is what you are looking for
    Sometimes will bid too high for the sake of the employees but other companies in the market are often low-balling
    To move up in rank, you need to do extra outside the client work like proposals and white paper writing

  3. Build your own career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    demanding, no ceiling for what you want to accomplish, rewarding for career and pockets

    Cons

    demanding, not great work-life balance,

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great company with very talented workforce

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant Level II in McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant Level II in McLean, VA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people who work here are top notch. They do great work and are very professional. They offer great training opportunities and tuition assistance.

    Cons

    Depending on your level, there is typically extra work (proposals, admin, etc) that is expected of you outside of your client deliverables.

  6. Pretty good place to work

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    Current Employee - Lead Associate in McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in McLean, VA (US)

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, interesting work, great clients, smart and motivated colleagues

    Cons

    Difficult to meet billable targets, constant risk of layoff if you are not fully billable

  7. Grants Management Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and great benefits

    Cons

    Resistance to change and career mobility

  8. Helpful (1)

    Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The Firm tries to find assignments upon completion of a contract. Company allows you develop skills in more than one area of expertise.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to work outside you area of expertise. It takes a long time to make decisions on your future project.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep employees aware of contract status rather it is good or bad. Don't leave employees wondering about their future.

  9. Helpful (31)

    Preponderance of client work is nothing like the projects the leadership thinks the firm is doing.

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generally speaking, Booz is still the premier government contracting firm. The firm has a lot of highly talented and motivated people, and they do a wide variety of work for a wide variety of clients. Compensation is mostly competitive, and there is marginally more stability working for Booz than other firms.

    Cons

    Corporate culture has changed dramatically in the past five years, and by all indications the firm is repositioning itself to be a data sciences firm, NOT a consulting company. If you truly want to be a consultant, you should look somewhere else, because the firm is not focused on its traditional management consulting. Changes to corporate structure have all been targeted towards improving the bottom line, and employee development and the opportunities to do different types of work for different types of clients have decreased dramatically. Changes have also put significantly more burden on the employee to manage their own careers, with no clear advocates or mentors, and very little way to find or connect to opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe becoming a data sciences and other high-end analytics firm is the way to compete in the market of the future, but most of the people who work for you know don't have the skills or the interest in doing that kind of work. The experiences and projects highlighted in firm marketing materials are so far removed from the experience of the average employee stuck on client site. Communications about the direction of the firm and the reasons behind strategic acquisitions are opaque and unhelpful. Employees feel like they have suddenly discovered they are in a totally foreign land, and have no idea how they got there, or where all the people they know have gone.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Consultant

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Rockville, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Rockville, MD (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You can work from home, meet so many people, so many opportunities and experiences !

    Cons

    Health Insurance options are not that great.

  11. Great company, great people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall a great place to work; full of smart people and great for work life balance.

    Cons

    Some overcommunication from leadership about various internal programs; good intentions though

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