Booz Allen Hamilton Employee Reviews about "going public"

Updated 27 May 2020

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Booz Allen Hamilton President and CEO Horacio D. Rozanski
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  1. "The right slot can make for a fascinating career"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Associate in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on interesting projects that make a difference in the real world.

    Cons

    Since going public the culture became no different than any other publicly traded company.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to start your career, but not the top-notch firm it used to be"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Booz Allen provided the opportunity work on some really rewarding projects I probably would not have had the chance to do elsewhere. - Collaborated with some of the finest colleagues I've ever had - Learned a lot - not just consulting, but bus. dev. and team leadership. - Benefits are a cut above the competition.

    Cons

    - Since going public about 8 years ago, Booz Allen has been in an overall slow but precipitous decline, and it shows. - If the intention was to transition from "consulting firm" to "butts-in-seats" chop shop, it succeeded admirably. - The bottom line is now all about quarterly earnings, not people. - More and more contracts are "administrative services" in nature and less about innovation/solutions (ie. real, actual "consulting"). This has opened the door to some really toxic and hostile work environments and the "client is always right" attitude allows so many good people to suffer under some very nasty clients. - Little to no opportunity to move to other projects outside of the Wash DC. area. - Loyalty is not valued they way it used to be. - There's been a recent spike in turnover of senior leadership in some local offices, and that can't be a good sign.

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    "Toxic Culture"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some really great/smart people here. Brand name is still decent.

    Cons

    Company has lost sight of its mission and employees- since going public, they will do anything to maximize revenue but growth has been low quality. As a result, leaders sacrifice ethics and values and employees are not paid market rate. Additionally, gender and racial discrimination is widespread across the company. Clients have noticed the drop in quality and no longer view the company as a trusted adviser and treat project teams as a low-value workforce augmentation.

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    "Complete Body Shop"

    2.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    Good Brand, Good 401k program

    Cons

    Burns through people by chasing awful work to maintain company revenue after going public

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    "Great room for technical growth"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer/Technologist in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity exists for growing your technical skills

    Cons

    A lot of the benefits have been drastically reduced since going public.

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    "Not your mother's Booz Allen"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    For a junior staff person right out of college, Booz offers a good first job experience with comprehensive training and a large resource base.

    Cons

    Once you reach middle management, opportunities for advancement are limited to who you know and how much pull they have. The leadership is underwhelming, since going public, all the good people have left and they have lost sight of strategy and replaced it with butts in seats.

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    "Avoid BAH at ALL Costs!"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Talented colleagues, good company reputation

    Cons

    Everything is based on utilization (% funded), management was frozen in time in 2010. Going public destroyed this fine firm. Look someplace else,

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  8. "A decent place to work"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Lead Engineer/Technologist in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton

    Pros

    Good pay Good benefits Professional atmosphere Stable employment

    Cons

    Strict dress code Has lost its "startup" atmosphere since going public

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    "Downhill Slide"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Booz Allen Hamilton for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company has a competitive benefits package.

    Cons

    High turnover rate. Company culture has taken a nose dive since going public. BAH really used to be a great employee-centric place to work. Employee orientation used to be a week long event in DC that educated the employee on the company's history, ethic, and culture. Last I was there, it was only 2 days long and Principals were in such a hurry to staff they were skipping orientation altogether. Because of the senior staff's financial incentive to grow teams, BAH has become much more about quantity of folks rather than quality. Why hire one highly qualified individual at 80k, when you can hire two inexperienced folks at 40k?

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  10. "Associate"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Booz Allen Hamilton for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great Company with great people

    Cons

    since going public there is no bench depth. If you are not billable you are gone.

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