Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
2,181 Reviews
3.3
2,181 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 294 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 103 reviews)


Cons
  • The Work Life Balance that it promises is often not the reality (in 111 reviews)

  • It is not uncommon for a person to be hired and then let go in a few months for "lack of work" (in 45 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good

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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

    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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    • 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

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    • 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
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    • 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. 14 people found this helpful  

    Working for Booz PRE-Carlyle Buy-Out

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 (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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    A good company for REALLY hard workers

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

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

    Pros

    There is usually interesting work available, and there are some very bright people on staff. The pay is pretty good compared to other east-coast companies. You are rewarded nicely if you pour your heart and soul and weekends in to your work.

    Cons

    In order to "make it," you are expected to average about 60-70 hours a week. In other places, this might be something that happens every once in awhile, and your bosses notice your extra commitment, but at Booz Allen, this is kind of the minimum level of effort to really get "noticed." This makes it really hard to maintain a good family work-life balance and also climb the ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really smart people wear down when run raw, especially in situations where the company pits the internal members against each other for success, rather than to work together for a common goal. Need more focus on teamwork.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work, requires internal networking for follow-on work

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for variety in work. Work with smart people and interesting projects. On the job training for skills and paid training for certifications. If your current project ends, management works with you to find other projects.

    Cons

    Sometimes work isn't ideal based on your skills and interests, depending on available projects. Networking internally nets more work but is often difficult due to team silos and client side work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company culture, interesting work, so much room for growth, underpaid

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

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

    Pros

    Company Culture
    Company Volunteers for awesome events
    Room for Growth
    Interesting Projects, never gets old. You'll never feel stuck because they'll put you on new projects that are
    Company Name. As Booz wins more contracts, the company name keeps growing stronger and continues to look great on a resume

    Cons

    Compensation. Because Booz Allen deals with mostly government contracts, the margins are low and therefore pass on the low pay to its employees. The only thing missing about this company is the pay. For the quality work I do, I feel that I'm underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place for transition from science/tech background to business

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

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Booz Allen employees are collaborative, smart, and innovative
    - Multi-disciplinary team work is engaging and interesting
    - Everyone is interested in networking
    - Good hours for a consulting firm
    - Company emphasis on innovation

    Cons

    - The decentralization of the company makes it difficult to mingle with coworkers outside of your immediate project team
    - Recruiting strategy is unorganized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a university-hiring plan. Hire a cohort of young people and let them build a community and support each other

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very constructive and educational experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

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

    Pros

    Excellent company to start off your career in the region (MENA), given its outstanding reputation and brand recognition.

    Cons

    The firm isn't really multicultural.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More emphasis needed on intellectual capital

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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