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Booz Allen Hamilton Reviews

Updated 12 February 2019
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Booz Allen Hamilton President and CEO Horacio D. Rozanski
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Pros
  • "Amazing work-life balance with the most flexible schedule in the industry" (in 569 reviews)

  • "Work from home, community sharing" (in 94 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance in management" (in 197 reviews)

  • "Mostly young inexperienced gossiping chatter boxes with a lack of work ethic" (in 90 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    6% 401k match, great networking opportunities, management cares about your growth and development

    Cons

    Rapid expansion has caused growing pains- limited work space


  2. "Strong firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good values and work ethic

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes on the weekend

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Pay and Culture"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (More than 5 years)

    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    Outdated culture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

    Advice to Management

    None. They won't listen anyways. They are stuck in the 1900's. If you want to be overworked and underpaid, fight your colleagues for office space, be nickel and dime'd by your own company, have your benefits slashed every year even when the company experiences growth, and experience all the worst parts of corporate culture - Booz Allen Hamilton is the place for you.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not a great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Brisbane
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Brisbane
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time (Less than a year)

    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""

    Advice to Management

    Stick with the pick


  5. Helpful (365)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great company and culture"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Falls Church, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in Falls Church, VA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are fantastic. Booz Allen matches your 401k contributions up to 6% of your salary. The company culture is great and they really try to reach out to employees on a regular basis. Telecom positions are hard to come by, but they do exist. If you have a good Career Manager you'll go far in this firm.

    Cons

    My biggest complaint is that there is no tracking on internal talent and the skillsets they have so the firm is constantly hiring for certain capabilities. This is most frustrating when you are looking for a new contract and you see open positions that you fit, but it's a capability hire which means you cannot apply for it. Which leads me to the way you work at Booz Allen; when your contract ends it is your responsibility to find another "job" within the firm. If you don't find a new contract within a certain period of time (I believe it's 2 or 3 months) you get a warning letter that if you don't have a job within 2 weeks you will be let go.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to track the talent you already have and stop hiring so many people when you have so many current employees on the bench. Tracking your talent will make it easier to place them on new contracts when their contract ends and they're looking for something new.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Penetration Tester"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the team and the work while at this position. Pay and benefits were good, and the only reason I moved on was because it looked like another contractor was going to win the contract.

    Cons

    Nothing during my time with the firm.

  8. "Incredible Talent, Poor Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Analyst
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Analyst

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Phenomenal internal mobility to explore career paths.

    Cons

    Talent management could be better. Many employees have underutilized skills.


  9. "Great consulting firm"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Process Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Business Process Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and people centric

    Cons

    I don't have any. This is a good company with good people.


  10. "Great opportunities to learn and master CPSR"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contracts/Subcontracts in McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Contracts/Subcontracts in McLean, VA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good culture, very talented staff

    Cons

    leadership is becoming too fluid and keep changing

    Advice to Management

    When some work and process is working great, why change it.