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We’ve got more than 450 people working in and around the Pacific Rim. The people in our Hawaii office say that the culture is part of who they are and what they do. Here’s why they love it.
“One of the things that makes Hawaii unique—and our office here—it’s the only place on earth where you have a combatant command and all of the service component headquarters all in the same location, within 5 miles,” says Principal Bob Lietzke. And because our work in Hawaii is so heavily dependent on the U.S. military, almost all of the staff have connections there. Many are in their second career after serving in uniform, some are military spouses.
“Here, 'board meetings' are literal—that means paddle boards and surfboards. That’s how the leadership team gets things done.”
Here, “board meetings” are literal—that means paddle boards and surfboards. That’s how the leadership team gets things done, says Hawaii office lead and Senior Vice President Dennis Gibson. “We have to talk any way but it’s a way to get outside and enjoy being in Hawaii.” And because of the time difference, many staff members will be out and on a bike or running trail by 5 a.m., hitting the office at 8.
The word means “family” in Hawaiian. “The further away you get from home, the closer” you become to your co-workers, says military spouse and Lead Associate Regina Irwin. “You spend more time together—potlucks, Thanksgiving—you can’t just drive down the road” to your relatives’, she says. Ohana extends to the leadership team’s unique challenge of placing lots of employees like Regina whose spouses are deployed to the area—they’ll always have a place at Booz Allen.
“The staff here is more giving than any place I’ve seen,” Dennis says. “In Hawaii, your credentials are the way you get involved in community activities.” Firm staff are out there in their “board shorts and tank tops” working the Wounded Warriors Canoe Regatta, helping protect and restore traditional Hawaiian fishing spots and working with Habitat for Humanity, among many, many other things. “It’s not a government city,” Dennis says. “Here it’s around, how are you connected to the community. It’s about family and community first and then what you do. You have to make a personal commitment. That gives our office credibility.”
When the firm went casual—relaxing the dress code of business suits associated with our brand for many years—Hawaii was already way ahead of the game. As you might guess, standard duds for Honolulu staff include “Aloha shirts” and slacks. “How we look at our appearance is how we are as consultants,” says Lead Associate Jon Paul Akeo of Honolulu. “We take our work very seriously,” but the informality of dress “helps us become more closely knit, it effervesces into the casualness in how we connect. That’s the office atmosphere here.”
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