Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated 29 January 2015
Updated 29 January 2015
2,290 Reviews
3.3
2,290 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 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.  

    Good

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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

    Pros

    work life balance
    interesting client work

    Cons

    poor pay condition
    too much travel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Senior Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    Get experience in Strategic Consulting
    Meet executives in various industries
    Learn how to work in teams with high-level consultants
    Create strong connections with peers

    Cons

    Long working hours
    High-pressured job
    Travels outside town and very often
    Exhaustive and stressful
    Difficult to enter and stay
    Limited choice of clients and area of expertise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to consultants to try to improve work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best years of my business career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Partner in London, England
    Former Employee - Partner in London, England

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Highly professional environment
    Some of the brightest people on the planet
    Excellent teamwork
    Lifelong associations and friendships

    Cons

    High pressure for performance
    Heavy travel in the early years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has done an outstanding job of growing the company. Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    short opinion

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    prestigious firm, international, world-wide, great opportunity

    Cons

    travelling, long working hours, competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you can only grow as big as your staff

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great colleagues, mediocre management, underwhelming salary

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding colleagues, "jerks need not apply" approach to hiring, interesting work and many training opportunities

    Cons

    management by "boys club" of favorites and pets rather than by most qualified, best people managers; opaque salary discussions; slow promotion for those not among favorites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. stop protecting managers who have violated ethics rules, who have multiple harassment complaints/incidents behind them, who reward staff based on their appearance rather than their competence
    2. clearly define merit increases, pay relative to the industry

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

    Just another defense contractor.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer

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

    Pros

    Above market pay and benefits. The unpaid leave benefit allows employees to take up to a month off per year in addition to a handsome vacation benefit. Everything else is about the same all the rest of the defense contractor community (medical, dental, vision, 401k, tuition assistance, etc.)

    Cons

    Leadership is constantly attempting to harvest the great ideas of its staff. I say harvest because the donation or facilitation of ideas (business development) must happen outside of normal business hours (meaning no overhead charge number). Participation isn't mandatory but it influences company culture (work life balance).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be innovative, provide your staff with an admin charge number to use when participating in non-contract work (business development).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Lexington Park, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Lexington Park, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Being a consultancy, sometimes it's hard to keep connected with your employees; however BAH makes great efforts to keep staff integrated with their home base. The employees at BAH are thorough, committed, honest, and trustworthy; the hiring filter is truly excellent (although some duds do slip through the cracks). BAH also encourages advancement and does everything in their power to help you go wherever you want in your career. I also have never worked anywhere that was so open and easy to work with. It truly is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Working on client site can be challenging at times as far as VPN access, and when you work as a consultant (as many know) there's no forgiving time off, no leaving early, etc. It's all accountable time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A great company to work for!

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

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    When I was working there I found it to be a very enjoyable environment.
    Everyone was always willing to help me. I also noticed that the divisions
    seemed to help each other out; verses being in competition with each other.

    Cons

    I guess if I have to come up with a con; it would be that they had too many mandatory conference calls I was asked to be on that were not relevant to my position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Really dependent on your team, but my experience was excellent - great team and good infrastructure.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    It really depends on your team, but I had a great team of people. We worked fairly independently of the rest of Booz Allen - almost like a startup within a bigger company where we had ample resources, but freedom to work on our own projects.

    Cons

    As a big company, you need to be where they need you to be. If you don't like it, it could be quite difficult to change your position, team, project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider employees' feelings and desires more and match them to what they want to work on. This will lead to more effective work and better retention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    100 Years of Super Coolness

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    As a whole, Booz Allen is a fantastic place to work. 100 years old, committed to community service, diversity, and keeping it's superb reputation intact. Large enough a company that you can transfer internally without loosing tenure, opportunities to get certifications and continue your education are other nice factors. For the most part, you are surrounded by hard-working smart people, and you can count on the assessment system to eventually weed out the shirkers.

    Cons

    Some of the mid-level job managers or career managers are short-sighted, and operate within a cone of halo effect/bias. Out new health benefits are expensive - but probably still on par with market. Just hard to lose what we had before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider peer pulse checks throughout the year for mid-level management to make sure they are not giving lip service to leadership values, and actually supporting staff as leaders and not managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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