Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
2,135 Reviews
3.3
2,135 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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Employee 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

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    • 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 for 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.  

    Very hard work that improves one's capabilities and capacities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator  in  Belgrade (Serbia)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Belgrade (Serbia)

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

    Pros

    International project, experience with experts from Booz, working on Public Administration reforms, great team

    Cons

    At times, burden to family related life and obligations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company cancelled international involvement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Pleasant Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, availability of work, good structured company

    Cons

    Management seems to be too cut-throat and back-stabbing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your employees job satisfaction. They are just as important as the clients satisfaction in the employees job performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Working for Booz PRE-Carlyle Buy-Out

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

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

    Pros

    You felt like you were one of the elite; working for one of the best companies in the market, a company that was very selective about who it hired. The compensation was fair. The benefits were awesome - especially the 401K and training. Leadership knew you and you knew leadership. Career development was the mantra for taking care of staff. The annual assessments were constructive and critical; there might be some hard pills to swallow in the debrief but the information was typically spot-on and was meant to help you grow as a professional.

    Cons

    Seemed as if climbing the ladder above Senior Associate required someone to retire, die, and/or have testicles - and it required breakfast, lunch, and dinner meetings on a regular basis to "socialize" your career progression. Many of the social events included drinking or golf - what if you didn't like those? They did have a part time track for work-life balance, but that usually meant earning 75% of your prior pay for the ability to answer emails and requests from home and your workload didn't seem to diminish. I fault the very senior leadership for selling out to Carlyle and ruining what had been a great company. Principals and Senior Associates asked if they could buy company stock to help raise money for the "Booz & Company" folks who wanted out of Booz Allen Hamilton and we were told NO. Bad decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From what I hear, Booz is now just another Beltway Bandit. P&L are taking precedence over quality deliver and quality staff care because the "P" is expected to be much larger than it had been in the past. To regain the reputation of old, refocus on staff care and quality delivery. Lose the multiple layers of management and "bean counting" that takes staff away from client delivery.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Team Matters!

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

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

    Pros

    Overall, my experience at Booz Allen has been good. That said, I'm on a really good team with Senior Leadership who supports my career goals. It is however important to note that getting promoted at Booz Allen can be a long process. Due to the fact most of Senior Leadership is retired military, promotions at Booz Allen have a tenancy to be based on tenure and not necessarily merit.

    Cons

    In general, Booz Allen is financially risk adverse. Thus, their not going to back (i.e.financially) an innovative out of the box idea if there's the slightest chance it'll fail and they can't recoup their initial investment. Furthermore, it's a very team oriented environment... you can luck out and get a great team that supports you or you can be unlucky and get a team that's steered by an individual just trying to save his/her job. It really is the luck of the draw! Also, I wouldn't count on a lot of teams working in harmony to reach a specific goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scared money doesn't make money! Also, have faith in your staff no matter their age or years of experience. Be willing to take a small risk on them because it may payoff big in the long run!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Tremendous amount of opportunity and professional growth

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Booz offers flexible work schedules. The client's we support have extremely exciting missions where Booz Allen staff are able to provide real impact. Leadership cares about their staff and continuously provides opportunities for growth

    Cons

    The firm communications are definitely lacking. The rumor mill far outpaces the corporate communications, and when those communications come out, they are not in tune with the staff. Corporate policies can inhibit agility to response to unique client challenges

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Best company I have worked for among the five governement contract companies I have been employed by.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Military Analyst  in  Huntsville, AL (US)
    Former Employee - Military Analyst in Huntsville, AL (US)

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

    Pros

    A very professional and caring atmosphere driven towards mission accomplishment and a happy client employee relationship. Work toward a collaborative future as a team, made me feel at home. Challenging work and very fare compensation and an excellent benefits package, the best I have been a part of to date.

    Cons

    I have little negative to say about the company. I was in a unique situation which didn't help me out. Both of my first line leaders left the firm and as a lone on-client-site employee I got lost by the next level of leadership who really didn't know me or what I was doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care and Communicate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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