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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated 19 April, 2019
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Booz Allen Hamilton President and CEO Horacio D. Rozanski
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  • "Work/life balance in management" (in 197 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    6% 401k match, great networking opportunities, management cares about your growth and development

    Cons

    Rapid expansion has caused growing pains- limited work space


  2. "Excellent organization"

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    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Lead Associate in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good exposure to technology

    Cons

    They need to spread geographically

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  3. "Pretty good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton part-time

    Pros

    Very nice staff and management

    Cons

    Hard to get days off

    Advice to Management

    Set a procedure for getting days off


  4. "General thoughts"

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    Former Employee - Lead Associate
    Former Employee - Lead Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great launch pad for new grads and ex-military

    Cons

    more focus on the consulting practice of getting full time employees in client organizations
    High requirement for security clearance


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Just OK."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  6. Helpful (390)

    "Great people, terrible business"

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    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.


  7. "Recruiting Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Campus Manager/Senior Recruiting Specialist in McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Campus Manager/Senior Recruiting Specialist in McLean, VA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The feeling of being on a true team and supported in all you do.

    Cons

    Working and traveling can be taxing sometimes but the overall satisfaction of the work essentially pays off.

  8. "Great Company to work for -- going public changed things!"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Herndon, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Herndon, VA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great exposure to various types of work.

    Cons

    When they went public, it became all about the money


  9. "Great People, Minimal Corporate Culture"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    mission oriented work, build experience quickly

    Cons

    High variability of experience project to project


  10. "Great place to start a career"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to grow your skills

    Cons

    I haven't experienced any cons other than the occasional meeting