Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated 26 August, 2014
Updated 26 August, 2014
2,408 Reviews

3.3
2,408 Reviews
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Booz Allen Hamilton Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Shrader
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally pretty good but also depends on the client you support (in 283 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 99 reviews)


Cons
  • Lots of relatively large changes over the past two years have impacted benefits and work-life balance (in 103 reviews)

  • lack of work opportunities for personal growth and promotion, too many staffing levels (in 44 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    BAH cares about it's personnel and works diligently to increase market share and keep it's employees engaged.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - EOD Analyst  in  Colorado Springs, CO (US)
    Current Employee - EOD Analyst in Colorado Springs, CO (US)

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunities to continue serving your country post-military.

    Cons

    Opportunities are restricted to geographic locations around military installations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BAH upper management are pseudo-military. More time and energy is wasted on sexual harassment training than on core competency training IOT give the appearance of walking in lock-step with DOD.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    After two years, I still like my job!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Aberdeen, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in Aberdeen, MD (US)

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    BAH encourages their employees to learn and to work with others to complete projects. One of the big pushes is networking. We have meetings, lunches, discussions and presentations available on a regular basis to help network, meet other employees, and/or learn more on a topic or a BAH offering.

    Cons

    Working on proposals for new work or to continue current work can be time heavy and exhausting. I've worked multiple weeks of 12-14+ hour days on this type of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge a broader spectrum of employees for projects. It seems that many people do the work for the success, but the same few get noticed all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Learned a lot about life and business (aside from IT Consulting)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very prestigious company with (formerly) incredible benefits. Opportunity to learn a lot about life and business through osmosis alone.

    Cons

    Bought by Carlyle in '08 (private equity firm), as well as its adaptation to current economic times, is starting to make BAH just another firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to get BAH back to its roots pre-Carlyle (as much as feasible in these times). Find a way to keep talent around during challenging times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Young talent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Growth opportunities if you actively seek them out and keep that in mind when projects are being offered.

    Cons

    Low compensation, and not much focus on retaining and developing young talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on retaining young talent and not just throwing people into projects just so they are billable.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great, smart people to work with; challenging assignments that will push you to grow; lots of opportunity if you know where to look and who to talk to. Fair pay and benefits, and leadership generally tries to listen to employees but may take awhile to take action. Very open to telework and high employee autonomy as long as you get the work done. New career tracks offer more opportunity for technical and functional experts to reach upper leadership levels. In general, the company has come through the government market decline in good form without having to lay off a ton of employees.

    Cons

    Highly political and hierarchical, especially on the corporate side. Lots of change that can be hard for some employees to handle. Promotions more based on who you know than what you do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company to Build Your Consulting Career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  McLean, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA (US)

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    BAH has all the benefits of a large consultancy (extensive in-house training, competitive salary, variety of industries). This allows junior staff to receive comprehensive training on the basics of management consulting as well as more advanced training on Project Management, Strategic Planning and industry specific certifications. Your personal growth is all dependant on how much you take charge of all the opportunities available to you.

    Cons

    It can be difficult at times to get onto projects that are not within your organizational team, resulting in difficulty gaining a diversity in project experience. Also, you must "own your brand" to be successful. This means networking, attending additional training outside of the required training classes and pitching yourself to senior colleagues to build your reputation as a great asset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the organization has gone through various changes (private-equity purchase, reorganization, scandal). The company has done a sufficient job to separate the brand from the negative press. It is going to be important to develop a comprehensive strategy to attract and retain new talent that will help the firm retain and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Employer!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great employer offering diversity in assignments, great opportunities for training, and skilled co-workers.

    Cons

    In locations farther from the HQ, some client offerings are not as diverse

  10.  

    Professional Firm

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Strategic Communications  in  Honolulu, HI (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Strategic Communications in Honolulu, HI (US)

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Booz Allen Hamilton has a very great benefits package for all of their employees. They understand that personal situations happen and have a wonderful amount of flexibility for most of the work.

    Cons

    The firm is growing quickly and this is a positive sign, although that brings with it extra work to do. Nothing else that can be considered a 'con'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, amazing work hours, an easy way to get a clearance, and very flexible.

    Cons

    Reviews are very stressful, can get very busy at times (especially Q4).

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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