Booz Allen Hamilton Employee Reviews about "going public"

Updated Dec 23, 2020

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Booz Allen Hamilton President and CEO Horacio D. Rozanski
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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. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good Company

      Dec 23, 2020 - Associate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart people, lots of opportunities to grow

      Cons

      Benefits are not what they used to offer before going public

      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      The right slot can make for a fascinating career

      May 27, 2020 - Lead Associate in McLean, VA
      Recommend
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      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.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

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

      Jan 25, 2020 - Analyst 
      Recommend
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      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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      1 person found this review helpful
    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Toxic Culture

      Dec 26, 2019 - Senior Consultant 
      Recommend
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      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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      6 people found this review helpful
    5. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Complete Body Shop

      Feb 19, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good Brand, Good 401k program

      Cons

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

      2 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great room for technical growth

      Oct 16, 2017 - Lead Engineer/Technologist in Annapolis Junction, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      A lot of opportunity exists for growing your technical skills

      Cons

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

      1 person found this review helpful
    7. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Not your mother's Booz Allen

      Oct 29, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      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.

      5 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Avoid BAH at ALL Costs!

      Dec 21, 2016 - Associate in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      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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      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Downhill Slide

      Dec 7, 2016 - Consultant in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      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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      4 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Former Employee

      A decent place to work

      Dec 2, 2016 - Lead Engineer/Technologist in Annapolis Junction, MD
      Recommend
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      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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