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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated 13 December 2017
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Booz Allen Hamilton President and CEO Horacio D. Rozanski
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Pros
  • Great Work/Life balance (depending on your contract) (in 524 reviews)

  • Most projects make it easy to work from home a day a week, if not 100% of the time (in 85 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes the work/life balance is not there (in 180 reviews)

  • If not, employees get lack of work notice (in 82 reviews)

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  1. "Fascinating Work Where You Own Your Career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work at Booz Allen is fascinating - it is fast paced and impactful. It has given me the chance to understand the inner workings of the government and be incredibly close to decision making. Over the past decade, I have had the chance to work on multiple assignments, gain increasing levels of responsibility, and have never been bored. I have had high-quality managers and the Firm has invested in my growth (a graduate degree and multiple certificates).

    Cons

    Occasionally decision-making at Booz Allen can feel bureaucratic - especially things that go back to headquarters. You have to own your career - and build your network to identify new projects and growth opportunities. Your manager can guide you, but you alone are responsible.

    Advice to Management

    There can be a tendency to be disconnected from employees at client site - work on fixing accessibility (e.g., devices for those on client site) and focus on communicating where the Firm is going.


  2. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people
    Manageable hours
    Good location in the DC area

    Cons

    Projects can be slow and tedious
    Government work is 99% of projects


  3. "Analyst at Molesworth, UK"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Molesworth, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in Molesworth, England

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Our contract was just upgraded, we now make 20 days of paid time off per year, and 6% matching 401K contributions. Life insurance for one year's worth of salary is also included. Other benefits are available. A housing allowance is also provided.

    Cons

    No yearly bonuses, nor is there a way of increasing your salary other than apply for other jobs. The housing allowance is small, but better than nothing.


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  5. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work life balance
    interesting client work

    Cons

    poor pay condition
    too much travel


  6. "Senior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Best years of my business career"

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    Former Employee - Partner in London, England
    Former Employee - Partner in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. "short opinion"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    prestigious firm, international, world-wide, great opportunity

    Cons

    travelling, long working hours, competitive

    Advice to Management

    you can only grow as big as your staff


  9. Helpful (212)

    "Great people, terrible business"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great. Everyone -- even the difficult types -- are eager to work and excel. There are some senior officers with questionable morality, but most people here are great people to work with.

    Cons

    1. Federal clients. Don't forget that you'll move at their pace, not yours.
    2. The nature of the job means that sooner or later you'll be strategizing ways to get more money from the client (i.e. federal government), regardless of whether or not you'll actually add value. BAH runs on government money, a large chunk from DoD, and thus is part of the bigger problem we have in this country with fiscal responsibility.
    3. Living off the American taxpayer. Much of the money that flies around in DC is at the expense of everyone else everywhere else in the US, BAH is a major player in this system, particularly the defense technology sector.
    4. You'll never get paid what you're worth. The three lowest ranks (Consultant, Sr. Consultant, Associate) seldom make what they're worth, while senior management (looking at you, officers) make insane amounts of money.

    Advice to Management

    I'm leaving this job for two reasons, despite being hand-picked and groomed for greater responsibility by senior management.

    1. You weren't paying me enough to do the job; especially when you factor in the amount of stress this job puts on a human being, the amount of time I sacrificed with my family, the amount of guilt this job inspired in me as an American.
    2. The job is not meaningful to anyone who doesn't lust for profits. At some point each of us gets a look at how the sausage is made, and then it becomes clear that the government is basically asking (literally sending out solicitations and announcements) to be ripped off. They don't need what we're selling, but they buy it anyways because Congress tells them to. This buys Congress fancy retirement plans at the same businesses that profit. But everyone else loses, and Booz Allen isn't doing enough to be a part of our nation's long-term fiscal stability.


  10. "Work Atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent working environment and culture, really care about the clients and the employees.

    Cons

    I have not had any negative experiences to date.


  11. "1 year with the firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    So many opportunities to switch tasks. Great benefits!

    Cons

    Dispersed management - spread throughout the offices. Little face time with direct leadership.


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