Booz Allen Hamilton at a Glance

The Buzz

  • "Staff aug -- not what they were."
  • "One of the big guys."
  • "Prestigious, direct."
  • "Unrewarding government contracting."

About Booz Allen Hamilton

With roots that can be traced back almost a century, Booz Allen Hamilton has carved its own place in the consulting industry as an indispensible advisor to the US federal government, particularly in administering IT strategy and integration to numerous agencies and departments.  One would be hard pressed to find an area of government where Booz Allen's reach is not felt in one capacity or another, be it through security projects and developments for the Department of Homeland Security, improving public alert and warning systems in conjunction with the FCC, creating the Federal Enterprise Architecture as a standard for budgetary management in federal offices, or the outright provision of systems intelligence support to the military and defense agencies.

Not your father's Booz Allen

The Booz Allen Hamilton of today looks a lot different than it did just a couple years ago.  The Virginia-based consulting firm once consisted of two very distinct businesses-one that advised government clients and one that worked with commercial companies.  A December 2007 email from CEO Ralph Shrader first informed employees that the firm's leadership was considering a separation of the two groups, a deal which soon materialized in early 2008; the commercial and international business spun off as the independent firm Booz & Company with Shumeet Banerji at the reins, while the U.S. government business retained the name Booz Allen Hamilton and Shrader as CEO.  To reinforce their independence from the commercial group, the firm then sold a $2.54 billion majority stake in itself to private equity giant The Carlyle Group.  The firm went public in November 2010, and the Carlyle Group remains a majority shareholder.

Number seven

Dr. Ralph W. Shrader is the seventh chairman in Booz Allen's 98-plus-year history, a title that he's held, along with the CEO spot, since 1999.  Before assuming those positions, Shrader was president of the firm's worldwide technology business and before that he headed the firm's technology division.  Shrader first joined the firm after serving as national director of advanced systems planning for Western Union, and earlier in his career he was on the staff of RCA's government communications system division.

A former chairman of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association board, Shrader currently serves on the board of The Neediest Kids, Inc. and Abilities, Inc., the latter an organization dedicated to improving career opportunities for people with disabilities.  This is a cause close to Shrader's heart: His son lives with disabilities and epilepsy, and Shrader has become a leading advocate for people with disabilities in the workplace. Booz Allen has established a forum for employees with disabilities, introduced ASL interpretation at major meetings and began closed-captioning of corporate videos.  Shrader has also worked closely with the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (PCEPD) Business Leadership Network and is the recipient of leadership awards from the National Business & Disability Council.

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Booz Allen Hamilton

8283 Greensboro Drive
Mclean, VA 22102
Phone: (703) 902-5000
Fax: (703) 902-3333


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Stock Symbol: BAH
  • Stock Exchange: NYSE
  • Chairman and CEO: Dr Ralph W. Shrader
  • 2016 Employees: 22,500

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Acquisition & Program Management
    Assurance & Resilience
    Commercial (Financial Services, Health, and Energy)
    Economic & Business Analysis
    Information Technology
    Intelligence & Operations Analysis
    International (Middle East/North Africa)
    Modeling & Simulation
    Organization & Strategy
    Scientific Innovation
    Supply Chain & Logistics
    Systems Engineering & Integration

Major Office Locations

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Melbourne , Australia
  • Canberra, Australia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Shanghai, China
  • Bogata, Colombia
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Washington, DC
  • Tampa, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Chicago, IL
  • Leavenworth, KS
  • Linthicum, MD
  • Lexington Park, MD
  • Annapolis Junction, MD
  • Rockville, MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Omaha, NE
  • Parsippany, NJ
  • Newark, NJ
  • Eatontown, NJ
  • New York, NY
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Dayton, OH
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Charleston, SC
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Mclean, VA
  • Chantilly, VA
  • Herndon, VA
  • Falls Church, VA
  • Arlington, VA
  • Stafford, VA
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Caracas, Venezuela
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Paris, France
  • Munich, Germany
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Jakarta , Indonesia
  • Milan, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Beirut, Lebanon
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