Veteran Employer Background – Defense – Booz Allen Hamilton

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Published in the January/February 2011 issue of print Search & Employ®  | 

For over 95 years, Booz Allen Hamilton has been a leading provider of management and technology consulting services to the U.S. government in the defense, intelligence and civil markets. Booz Allen employs more than 23,800 people and had revenue of approximately $5 billion in its latest fiscal year.

Angie Messer, a senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, leads the firm’s Army business. “Both my grandfather and father served in the Army, so I understand the military from a family member perspective,” Messer said.  She is a West Point graduate who served in both the regular Army and the IRR (individual ready reserve) for over 13 years, and notes that her experiences in the military were foundational in preparing her for success.  At Booz Allen, she supports DoD and Army clients, especially in the areas of information technology, quick reaction capabilities – electronic warfare, operations, cloud computing, cyber, systems engineering and integration.

With a distinct focus on helping military and government clients, there’s no question that the firm looks to veterans to fill its ranks. “We have put in place focused recruiting initiatives to increase our talent pipeline by leveraging multiple branding efforts and showcasing career opportunities,” Messer said. “The recruiting team has a broad network of relationships with transition centers, family services offices and veterans-based organizations that serve as strategic partnerships to identify the top-tiered transitioning military talent. Through efforts on base, recruiting programs targeted at JMOs, NCOs, and enlisted personnel as well as broadcasting current openings/advertisements to the established networks, Booz Allen attracts and hires more than 30 percent of our employee population from military channels. Strategic partnerships with organizations like Marines for Life, Local Veterans Representatives, Army PAYs and other veteran-based programs ensure that Booz Allen remains branded as an employer of choice for the transitioning military community.”

Booz Allen supports its military veterans and National Guard and Reserve members with its Armed Services Forum. The forum provides outreach and professional development opportunities for employees with military backgrounds and assists them with the transition from military to corporate culture. It also helps develop programs that ease reintegration when staff returns from active duty.

“Booz Allen Hamilton is a people business and delivers capabilities derived from people. I believe the intersections between the unique characteristics of military men and women – such as service, integrity and teamwork – and our firm’s own core values. Service men and women have deep expertise – from leadership to functional skills such as logistics, technology, analytics and strategy.”

Messer said that there are many reasons why veterans will enjoy working at Booz Allen Hamilton. “We have a best-in-class Disability Accommodations program, tailored training and learning opportunities targeted toward former military staff integration, and a diverse and inclusive environment. Additionally, we have 14 diversity forums/employee resource groups.”

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This article was written by Jay Myers