Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated 14 Jun 2021

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Booz Allen Hamilton President and CEO Horacio D. Rozanski
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1,578 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work life balance, great people(in 692 reviews)

  • "Really great benefits for employees(in 244 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Not fully managing work life balance(in 229 reviews)

  • "Benefits are not what they used to offer before going public(in 103 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year
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      Accommodating and Supportive

      23 Feb 2021 - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA
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      Pros

      Extremely accommodating, supportive in career aspirations, ample training, and kindness. Great work life balance.

      Cons

      I could always use more PTO

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good employer, learned a lot

      15 Sep 2019 - Associate in Sydney
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      Pros

      Great team Diverse and interesting work

      Cons

      Limited progression prospects Creeping bureaucracy Cultural clashes at times

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Terrible Pay and Culture

      9 Feb 2019 - Associate 
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      Pros

      Everything depends on your specific project/team/client Non client-facing positions usually offer some flexible working arrangements

      Cons

      Outdated culture Management talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk Benefits are being cut even during growth periods You will feel like just a number Pay is terrible and not on par with competitors Very little work / life balance Office space is terrible, company refuses to invest in decent / large enough facilities High turnover among younger employees b/c of everything listed above

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Not a great company to work for

      10 Jun 2015 - Senior Analyst in Brisbane
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The CEO seem like a good guy.

      Cons

      "The Work Life Balance that it promises is usally not the reality" "It is common for a person to be hired and then let go in a few months for "lack of work""

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Strong firm

      10 Jul 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
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      Pros

      Good values and work ethic

      Cons

      Long hours, sometimes on the weekend

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Working at Booz Allen

      5 Jun 2021 - Management Consultant in Arlington, VA
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      Pros

      Booz Allen is pretty well known in the consulting industry so there is some prestige to it. People also generally care about the missions. Booz focuses mostly on military and defense clients. So if you’re interested in Air Force, Navy work, this is a great place to gain exposure to it

      Cons

      Even though people are generally pretty nice and try to be helpful, it can be clicky. Also your career manager is suppose to help you with throughout your career at Booz Allen but sometimes that person is not be as helpful as they could be (I suppose it depends on who you get). Your career manager takes in feedback from your current project (manager and co workers), which influences your promotions, reviews. I sometimes found it frustrating getting feedback from a third party (my career manager) who doesn’t work with me, but I know this is a common structure in consulting. Like at most places, the people can make a huge difference on your experience and in consulting you often work with a range of people. But it’s nice when you feel like your leaders care and support your growth. I didn’t feel this as much from my leaders.

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Career Company with more pros than cons.

      10 Jun 2021 - Lead Associate in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      - Great pay and benefits (medical, dental, vision, PTO, 401k matching (5%), tuition reimbursement, legal services, child care, corporate discounts, a lot of other resources). - Travel, training, and career advancement opportunities. - Incentives/recognition for high performers. - High degree of accountability. - 100+ year old company with refined and efficient processes. Overall, an excellent company that I was happy to have been a part of.

      Cons

      - Fairly rigid rank structure with people almost "fearing" a Senior Associate or Principal, let alone a Vice President. I understand chain of command and maintaining respect for superiors, but some managers made it clear they were in a higher class. - Company wide emails, policies and trainings that where driven by politics and/or over-inclusivity. While I am not surprised, it was quite annoying at times.

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Mediocre Management Consulting Company

      22 May 2021 - Consultant 
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      Pros

      Work life balance is good. Salary is competitive.

      Cons

      Lack of Work process and notice is concerning and not right. During my interview process, HR failed to inform me about the Lack of Work process, only to find out about this process after being hired. Lack of Work process kicks in after you are rolled off a project and if you are unable to find a new project within 2 weeks your career manager will have a talk with you about the LoW process. The company has the right to terminate you if you fail to find work or land a new project after four weeks. Another con is that most often folks are places in projects with no subject matter expertise in the relevant space, and often others are forced to pick up the slack. Furthermore, this affects client delivery.

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Mixed Bag - Depends on Project

      14 Jun 2021 - Senior Technologist/Software Engineer in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      - Good Benefits - Chance to work with lots of technologies - Chance to work on seemingly important federal projects for your country - Good place for those with no experience Not a pro/con: Your mileage will vary based on the project you work on. Booz Allen has hundreds (or thousands) of contracts spread across the federal government. It's more like thousands of companies in one than a single uniform unit.

      Cons

      - They appear to hire almost anyone, lots of warm bodies. This is good if you need experience, this is bad if you're a good engineer because you'll end up pulling dead weight on your project. - Too much corporate cheerleading and propaganda. The two-day new hire intro is lots of drinking Kool-Aid and pretty thin on important details like benefits etc. It could be condensed into one day with how pointless the cheerleading is. Tons of Booz Allen spam to your inbox like "how booz allen is embodying its values in the month of may". Does someone get paid to write that spam? - The structure of Booz Allen feels very nebulous, poor organization. For instance, they have tons of subdomains that you go to do various tasks like setting up a printer, contact helpdesk, etc.. yet they don't have a centralized area where you can see all the subdomains. You are just expected to learn/know. Very disorganized - Too many meetings, as a developer expect to spend 5-10 hours a week in meetings. - PTO policy is bad, 15 days per year, woof, get with the times. If the project I was on was managed better and Booz Allen had better PTO I might have stayed. - My project was a trainwreck. Team Lead was in over his head. The organization was terrible. Lots of subject line only Jira tasks with no info. No planning. Also, the guy just didn't do anything. Very bad for morale when you see that coming from your lead. It's highly unlikely I would work at Booz Allen again.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great company to work for

      14 Jun 2021 - Technologist in McLean, VA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work-life balance, diversity, collaborative work environment

      Cons

      Less suited to highly ambitious, "cutthroat" individuals, which might be a bit of a disappointment to some with certain expectations from management consulting.

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