Why does Booz Allen Hamilton suck so much?

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nic0e in Endicott, New York

72 months ago

Ok, more details on the suckiness, please? I'm interviewing w/ them now so why do they suck?

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Richard Carlisle in Springfield, Missouri

72 months ago

I posted this in reference to a Prudential post. Same thing goes here.

I believe the essence of what they really want is your Attitude, your skills and resources are secondary. You can learn the skill especially if you have the resources but your attitude keeps you going - for them - with blinders.

One of Prudential's recent employment offers read in part, "Any negative information obtained as a result of the background screening may result in the disqualification of the applicant from this and any other position in Prudential, including their CURRENT position if they are an internal applicant".

My translation is once you are inside; you MAY NO LONGER HAVE THE CORRECT ATTITUDE. You may be a trained professional by education but most of it was to create that hole where they put the sucking straw into you. I am very pleased that you notice. To more directly answer your question; Follow the money!

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Exp62 in Chantilly, Virginia

66 months ago

Not all of Booz Allen sucks. We are now a big firm very different than 10 yrs ago when we were 7,000 employees. We have become a microcosm of the industry itself. It is a company made up of people, some such, some do not. It is unfortunate that you have had a sucky experience. I have had both, but you can always move within the firm unlike other companies. We have some very good people, leaders and teams.

nic0e in NY if you are interviewing in NY in may be with Booz and Co we use to be the same but are not now. Good luck, ask lot's of question and be confident.

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andjusticeforall in Columbia, Maryland

64 months ago

They grew too big for their own good. Plenty of great people there still and great from the standpoint of being a cash machine that continually grows and makes lots of money but not that great to work for anymore.

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Annoyed Wife in Columbus, Ohio

33 months ago

Booz Allen is annoying and they suck. I agree! They packed us up, relocated us to Central Ohio, put my husband on TWO major contracts in which he did an EXCELLENT job managing and then after those two contracts ended... so did his JOB! Mind you he's got a massively great resume and he'll find work, but that doesn't change the fact that two weeks after he received an AWARD for excellent performance- they let him go because of " Lack of billable work". basically there were any contracts to put him on within the TINY two week window. Sickening that now we are going to be a statistic of the job loss in Ohio. Thanks Booz Allen for sucking up every second of the last two years and then tossing us like a number.

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Jim Burns in Sterling, Virginia

30 months ago

If you have ever interacted with Booz personnel for an extended period of time, you understand why they suck. They do hire quality people, but they seem to hire only arrogant quality people. After a while, the arrogance (bred by the company culture) is the main factor in promotion rather than the skills themselves.

I have interacted with many who have worked with Booz people (both public and private employees) who have the exact same things to say (I think that many of these are part of the company culture):
1. They often come in with undo arrogance.
2. High internal competition breeds a level paranoia (always good for team building).
3. Way overpriced.
4. Ignore the direction of the customer.
5. In the end, they hand you a stack of paperwork and ask for their money.

If you want to be an arrogant paper pusher, then Booz is your place.

These are generalities. I’m sure there are some good down to earth people in the company, but from what I have seen of the organization and the people, these people are few and far between.

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Wasn't ready for this... in Cleveland, Ohio

30 months ago

I definitely sense the arrogance. But I definitely agree that I wasn't hired to do a job that I think I'll like to do forever. I have a feeling this is something temporary until I can find something better, and more permanent. I love working in a team oriented environment and I can't help but to feel that I'm only the client's "extra help."

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hawk1821 in Troy, Michigan

29 months ago

I have my final interview with booz on wednesday of next week and this forum has certainly turn me way off towards booze. I am interviewing for and analytical tool specialist position....is it really that bad? I have a job right now that I really like! its laid back and satisfying. what should I do?

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hawk1821 in Troy, Michigan

29 months ago

Annoyed Wife in Columbus, Ohio said: Booz Allen is annoying and they suck. I agree! They packed us up, relocated us to Central Ohio, put my husband on TWO major contracts in which he did an EXCELLENT job managing and then after those two contracts ended... so did his JOB! Mind you he's got a massively great resume and he'll find work, but that doesn't change the fact that two weeks after he received an AWARD for excellent performance- they let him go because of " Lack of billable work". basically there were any contracts to put him on within the TINY two week window. Sickening that now we are going to be a statistic of the job loss in Ohio. Thanks Booz Allen for sucking up every second of the last two years and then tossing us like a number.

I am really sorry this happend to you and your husband. cnn.com and gijobs.com make this company sound so fantastic. I have my final interview with booz on wednesday and after reading this post and considering how recent this situation occurred with your family makes me not even want to attend the final interview only b/c I am afraid they will do the something to me upon project completion. what do you think i should do. thank you in advance for your insight......

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Wasn't ready for this. in Westlake, Ohio

29 months ago

Look, I've only been working for the firm for about 6 months, off-site at the client location. I came from a large corporate background, which I loved working in. Coming to consulting has been such a change for me. I have experienced more anxiety at this firm, due to all of their demands, that I am looking for a job elsewhere. I just don't care for this culture. You won't get laid-back here. You probably won't even do the job you applied for at Booz. Your assessments are based off of your demonstration of the core values. It's intense...believe me.

Just take it from me...I'm one of those people that come in with a good attitude on any new opportunity, but this is not what I was expecting or signed up for. I wish I would have reached out the way you have. This place has sucked all of the life out of me, and I feel like I have to fake being so happy to come into work everyday. Plus if you don't have experience working directly with a government client, then I would completely pass. Just trust me, do yourself a favor a turn it down. Don't let the money or the benefits draw you in. If you're happy with your current job, then keep it.

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Wasn't ready for this. in Westlake, Ohio

29 months ago

And you know, she's right. This is just from my experience in the Northeast market. In my 6 month tenure with the firm, I have already seen 1 person quit, and 3 get fired. There's only about 30 BAH people that work on our government client site. 2 got let go because they just weren't getting it fast enough to keep the clients happy, and the last one was let go because the government is cutting their budgets and they couldn't pay an additional labor expense.

Again, you will be doing nothing wrong by saying no. I strongly advise it. Especially you being from Michigan, I know how hard it could be to find another job. You have to think of this in terms of, "can I find another job in the field I love, quickly, if I end up not liking booz allen."

I'm actually jealous that you find your current work to be satisfying. I had that at my last company and got laid-off. Coming and working for the government client has been so unsatisfying. It's up to you, but I wouldn't do it if I were you.

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hawk1821 in Troy, Michigan

29 months ago

thank you so much for your pure honesty and insight. reading these two post replies have solidified my decision to pass on this "opportunity". Hang in there, hopefully things will either change for the better at booz or another opportunity will open up for you. take care and thanking again.

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hawk1821 in Troy, Michigan

29 months ago

thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my inquiry this has been most helpful. also as I mentioned in the reply above, you have helped my solidify my decision to pass on this "opportunity". thanks a bunch you have been most helpful and appreciated.

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Looking in Cleveland, Ohio

24 months ago

Does anyone know if you find yourself in a situation at BAH, where you've been sitting on the beach for a while and haven't found new work, will they lay you off and you can collect unemployment? What if they find billable work for you, but in another state, and you decline due to the inability to move? All I want to know is if collecting unemployment is a possibility?

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Uncle WIlly14 in Dayton, Ohio

23 months ago

Looking in Cleveland, Ohio said: Does anyone know if you find yourself in a situation at BAH, where you've been sitting on the beach for a while and haven't found new work, will they lay you off and you can collect unemployment? What if they find billable work for you, but in another state, and you decline due to the inability to move? All I want to know is if collecting unemployment is a possibility?

Yes. If you are "laid off" you are eligible for unemployment. I recently received a medical discharge from the military and filled for unemployment. I think the only way you might not be eligible is if you were fired.

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Dianne in Fort Washington, Maryland

15 months ago

hawk1821 in Troy, Michigan said: I have my final interview with booz on wednesday of next week and this forum has certainly turn me way off towards booze. I am interviewing for and analytical tool specialist position....is it really that bad? I have a job right now that I really like! its laid back and satisfying. what should I do?

Stay at your current job. You will be much happier.

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Former Employee in Baltimore, Maryland

6 months ago

Not a great place for minorities and women... in other words they are not practicing what they are preaching

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