Booz Allen Hamilton

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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated 28 September 2014
Updated 28 September 2014
2,155 Reviews
3.3
2,155 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 290 reviews)

  • High opportunity ceiling; great benefits; worthwhile challenges; ability to influence work that matters (in 101 reviews)


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

  • lack of work opportunities for personal growth and promotion, too many staffing levels (in 44 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 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for transition from science/tech background to business

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working for Booz PRE-Carlyle Buy-Out

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    • 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
  8.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    work life balance compensation environment

    Cons

    couldn't think of any at the moment besides traffic getting here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    organized training

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Booz Allen Hamilton is a company that takes care of its employees needs and tries to provide opportunities for everyone.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    There is a good work-life balance when working with government clients. The management is polite, respectful, and well-organized. Booz Allen compensates fairly. There are many opportunities to achieve outside of your client work in the form of service, committees, and other work.

    Cons

    Depending on the contract you work on, you may not enjoy the work you are doing from day to day. From my observation and experience, much of the government work feels menial and unambitious.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good cultural

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Associate  in  Norfolk, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Junior Associate in Norfolk, VA (US)

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people and cultural morals for a large company

    Cons

    Pay can be marginally better than the average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Booz Allen Cyber Security Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Reston, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Reston, VA (US)

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great professional experience, especially for college students.
    Worked on new techonolgies
    Booz employees are all very driven and professional.

    Cons

    Not for those who aren't self motivated
    Often was left to find work to remain billable without support
    Hotelling often left people struggling to find a desk

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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