Navigant Consulting

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Navigant Consulting Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2014
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3.1 216 reviews

72% Approve of the CEO

Navigant Consulting Director, President & CEO Julie M. Howard

Julie M. Howard

(60 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Good pay, bad culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent 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.

    ConsYour 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Long hours, uninteresting projects, little payoff or advancement.

    Associate Director (Current Employee) Washington, DC

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

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementSpend 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGood collection of people at younger levels.

    ConsCareer 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 Senior ManagementBetter upward mobility options.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of promises very little follow through

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsNot 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 Senior ManagementMore opportunities for administrative staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't spend too long here.

    Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsYou get a lot of responsibility early on and have the chance to interface directly with clients. The projects can be used as a resume builder.

    ConsThe culture is not great. Internal politics are difficult to manage through. Work is not intellectually stimulating or challenging. Your success may be tied to who your arbitrarily assigned mentor is and the director that you most frequently work with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore group inclusion. Improve office and group culture. Better projects. Manage staffing better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Career opportunity tends to be linked to the sub-group you work for

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsWork flexibility. You may be able to work as a remote employee.
    Decent compensation

    ConsNavigant is not the typical consulting firm. I would not recommend it to junior/ mid-management consultants with no sales responsibility. Navigant doesn't have a good development program/ path for its consultants. It is very difficult to ascend through the ranks. Most of its senior employees come from other companies. Navigant has a bunch of experienced consultants close to retirement and as such are only interested to sell a couple of projects that would keep them busy and billable. The work doesn't flow to the junior consultants. What worsens the situation is that everybody is responsible for its own utilization and to provide yourself your projects. Consultants are not part of big pools where you can be called upon to work in diverse projects based on your skills.
    It works more like little groups within a practice. You get to work most of the time with the manager who hired you. If that manager resigns to Navigant you better follow him because your career is over. It would be very difficult to get projects and the situation is worsened since you have to look around and knock lots of doors only to realize that those sub-groups will not let you in.

    Bottom line if you are an expert close to retirement, Navigant is the place to be.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lots of hours spent on mind-numbing projects

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThere are some talented co-workers

    ConsNo regard for work-life balance (in Financial Services and Valuation groups), high turnover
    Learning curve plateaus quickly, rate of skill development slows sharply after a short period of time due to lack of intellectually challenging work
    Less training than at other consulting firms
    Politics plays a very big role in promotions
    Yearly salary increases are menial even when the company is doing great
    Awful healthcare plans

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensate better, find more interesting projects, be meritocratic, respect your employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Depends

    Managing Consultant (Current Employee)

    ProsOpportunities to work on a variety of projects and good for moving up in a young career. Flexible work environment.

    ConsSilos within practice areas limit ability to easily move internally.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Inhibiting environment

    Administrative Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsInteresting field, good way to get your foot in the door, get to work with people from diverse backgrounds, social committee events and celebrations, casual atmosphere, vacation and sick time.

    ConsLacking leadership, lack of growth opportunities, favoritism, lack of consistency with higher education assistance and support, aggressive management styles, dysfunctional team working environment, fractured environment, unprofessional at times, very little work-life balance, repetitive, lack of stability.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement training and build better working relationships with coworkers and subordinates.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mediocre

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInteresting projects for 5 tier firm

    ConsWorst recruiting and hr staff disrespect employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire recruiters and hr who don't return multiple emails or calls from internal candidates

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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