Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated 30 August 2014
Updated 30 August 2014
2,415 Reviews

3.3
2,415 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.  

    Senior Associate

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    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best years of my business career

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    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
  3.  

    short opinion

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    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
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  5.  

    Great for growth, requires your contribution to keep it moving

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    Current Employee - Management Consulting Senior Associate  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Senior Associate in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, collaborative and knowledge sharing, but don't expect to sit back and have it handed to you - you have to put your time and effort into getting the most out of the company. When you articulate what you want and where you want to go, and develop a plan with your manager and team, then there is lots of support and opportunity. If you sit back and expect it to just happen, it won't happen.

    Cons

    The environment and operating model changes ever so slightly and sometimes vastly each year - you have to be flexible and adaptable to these changes and make them work for you. If you want your own work area to hang your pictures and talk around the water cooler, might not be the place - very transient, at the customer site, or at various offices to make things happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go onsite more often - experience what the team experiences. Don't wait to be invited, just take it in for what it is to the person with boots on the ground.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for, great work life balance.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Booz is a great place to work. Lots of flexibility as far as opportunities and work life balance. Great first job. They are always looking at ways to improve upon the way that they operate as an organization and put their employees first. They really understand that without its consultants they would not be able to achieve the amount of success it has and it shows. Tons of training opportunities although that time doesn't count towards your billable hours so you have to be careful not dig yourself into a hole you can't get out of.

    Cons

    It is easy to get "lost" but this really depends on your management team and your ability to network. The company is large and sometimes inexperience can hurt you. In some situations you may be without a project and though there are some available, you are not qualified enough for the position. It's not always easy to cross markets once you start out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure those in charge of the daily operations of employees, Lead Associates and above, actually care about the wellness and livelihood of those that report to them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    After two years, I still like my job!

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    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
  8. 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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    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
  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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

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