Navigant Consulting

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Navigant Consulting Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
238 Reviews
3.1
238 Reviews
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Navigant Consulting Chairman and CEO Julie M. Howard
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule, work-life balance, all employees are bonus eligible (in 22 reviews)

  • Yo get the opportunity to work with very smart people (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • As with any consulting job, at time it can be difficult to maintain a good work/life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Long hours expected and appreciation for sacrifices not readily acknowledged (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Decent work/life balance, but lack of opportunities for entry-level/junior level staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Navigant Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - For a professional services firm, pretty reasonable work/life balance with flexible work hours due to minimal or no work travel (maybe 2/3 of my colleagues at the Consultant/Senior Consultant level have never had to travel even once for work)
    - Very smart, educated colleagues (many Practices require Masters or PhDs especially in the more specialized fields)
    - Extensive internal training opportunities to sharpen analytical/quantitative skills (SQL)

    Cons

    - No real company/office culture - seems like there are really about 50 smaller companies (mostly acquired firms) within the company as a whole, generally creating friction and alienation within larger offices among Senior-level employees (Directors and Managing Directors)
    - Most engagements within Industry-based practices (Energy, Healthcare, Construction) are way too niche and overly specialized, thus leading to almost none or minimal cross-collaboration with other practices or even other sub-groups.
    - Engagements tend to be very long-term (3+ years), repetitive, and unstimulating after first year
    - For junior-level consultants (Consultant or Senior Consultant) or even sometimes managers (Managing Consultant or Associate Director), very little opportunity to actually interact with clients and develop stronger understanding of clients' business functions (this is why people go into consulting!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to develop business strategies that leverage expertise across multiple industries or consider rotational programs to attract/retain talent as most entry-level/junior-level staff pursue the consulting profession to gain broad exposure to different client businesses and industries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Navigant Consulting Response

    Sep 15, 2014Sr. Manager, Human Capital

    We appreciate the candid feedback. We're sorry you did not have the best experience at Navigant. The Firm is constantly evolving and your experience and insights will be helpful as we continue to ... More

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    As this is the consulting world, you are expected to kowtow to the client and to your egomaniacal manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time

    Pros

    This company cares about getting the work done and not necessarily in what fashion, so there are flexible hours and time arrangements that employees can take advantage of, as well as the ability to work remotely. The company does offer incentives for hard work, but they are nearly unachieveable milestones.

    Cons

    As this is the consulting world, you are expected to kowtow to the client, and management have the same expectations for themselves. The egos that exist in this company are extraordinary and what managers say and do to junior level employees is astonishing. Complete and utter disrespect, scape-goating, only interested in the bottom line. Projects are consistently mismanaged and managers recuse themselves from the day to day operation of their projects only to give blind directives, most of which are counter-productive. Now there is a chance that if you work here you will work for some smart, motivated, and considerate managers, and you will learn and have positive experiences. But, more likely, if you work here you will not be treated like a human being, and that's a chance not worth taking. The compensation is fair and the perks admirable, but again, it is not worth subjecting yourself to this top-heavy company where you are expected to come running when your name is called and admonished for not jumping higher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In my opinion, managers are the key cog in driving retention rates and there is a reason that junior level employees consistently leave this company after only a few years. They are run into the ground and treated like garbage. I think managers should take a step back and think long and hard about if they even want junior level employees to stick around. If they don't, then they won't need to change anything, but if they do, then they should start with themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    College, Part II

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good location, good work-life balance compared to the average consulting job (although this experience can vary from one person to another), everyone is easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Compensation is below-average for the industry. Performance ratings seem to be based more on whether you've got a managing director in your corner, less on your actual performance on a given project. Thus, advancement can be hard for lateral hires or those who have not become the "go-to" person for a higher-up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does a good job of hiring people who are easy to get along with, but not necessarily the best job of hiring and retaining the most qualified individuals. That is not to say that the people working at Navigant are unqualified, but personality seems to be the most important factor here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Terrible workplace culture, old school consulting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    fair salary, able to juggle time, good benefits

    Cons

    Old school consulting, terrible workplace culture, mass exodus of talented people, leaving only ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your are the problem

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting

    Pros

    people have diverse background and nice

    Cons

    projects are pretty bad and stick to one subject matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider employee career development

  7.  

    Very poor management and leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Navigant Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice offices; good benefits; not much else

    Cons

    Allow toxic environments to continue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees feedback - it's to improve culture and performance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Long hours, uninteresting projects, little payoff or advancement.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting and talented colleagues, some unique rewards programs and compensation models, and very dedicated employees.

    Cons

    Very clique driven, and management is not open to any opinion other than from those "in the club." It isn't really a consulting firm - more like a high end staffing agency for distressed projects that no other firm will take. It is also very top heavy, leaving little room for growth and advancement. Compensation and benefits are marginal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time on practice development. When MDs have 100+% utilization, no one is focused on the care and feeding of the staff, the business, or strategic direction of the practice. As a result, we take whatever the clients throw at us, regardless of fit, skill set, or fit. Also, your employees are not the enemy. Stop treating them as such.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good pay, bad culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Navigant Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance, flexible hours, real smart and fun coworkers. All depending on your location and practice area - there are dozens of offices across the U.S.

    Cons

    Your experience is completely determined by which projects you work on with which directors and for which clients, and opportunities to move between projects are fleeting and hard to catch.

    No culture - the firm is basically an umbrella for independently operating project directors. There's nothing holding it together besides shared time-entry / billing systems and bulk purchases of office supplies. Attempts by Corporate to bring people together are half-hearted at best, ring hollow, and are ultimately pointless. Feels like being in The Office or Office Space, but without the humor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a bad place to start, but try not to stay too long.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good collection of people at younger levels.

    Cons

    Career advancement is very slow. The fact that it is publicly traded as well leads to dramatic cost cutting measures when quarterly estimates are not hit; the first expense to be reduced: labor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better upward mobility options.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Lots of promises very little follow through

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting

    Pros

    Nice people with flexible schedules. If you need to take a day off its not too difficult. Lots of free food to be found.

    Cons

    Not alot of opportunities for administration to advancement. Pays alot less than industry standard. You can find yourself doing work above your paygrade and being taken advantage of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunities for administrative staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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