Navigant Consulting Reviews

Updated March 6, 2015
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  1. Severely Underpaid

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

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Comfortable, mundane, monotonous job.
    - Good work hours
    - Great location - in downtown New York City, Washington DC, Chicago and San Francisco

    Cons

    - Underpaid compared to all other consulting firms or industry.
    - Few vacation days.
    - Non challenging projects, therefore hurting future career opportunities.
    - Bad promotion opportunities and bonuses (<$1000).

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees what they deserve based on market demands.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Horrible Company to Work For

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

    I worked at Navigant Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing positive to say about this company

    Cons

    No longevity or career paths in place.
    It's all about the money
    They hire people who are unqualified
    They have no concept of budget and waste tons of money
    They bully there employees thinking it will produce work. Then they try to build them back up by saying nice things about the work that was produced.
    They lack vision and focus.
    Tons of unhappy and miserable people.
    No interaction with Upper Mgmt. as it pertains to everyday employees
    They use people to do their dirty work
    Pay raises are based on what they want to pay with NO measuring tools in place, basically you get cost of living increases.
    Never anything good to say from there employees.
    People get hired or promoted based on who they know (with no experience) over other highly qualified people

    Advice to Management

    You lack vision and character. Get to know the people in your company who are making you the money to pay your excessive salaries.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Everyone who has worked here says it's a bad company

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

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Summer hours/activity. Great location, very smart colleagues

    Cons

    - Management makes employees feel lucky to be employed.
    - Decisions that affect employee(s) are made without any formal communication.
    - Serious lack of trust between senior management and employees.
    - People are frequently laid off with no explanation nor communication until the very moment employee is laid off.
    - Feels like your manager keeps secrets from you
    - HR protects their relationships with certain managers and cares less about resolving issues brought to their attention.
    - Managers show favoritism when it comes to performance evaluations and promotions

    Advice to Management

    Where do I start...Navigant is a great company, that could see productivity increased if employees felt appreciated.

    My advice to management...CHANGE!


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  5. Needs work

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

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Vacation time - 3 weeks after 2yrs.

    Cons

    No reward, miserable co-workers, poor leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to appreciate and listen to your employees.


  6. Helpful (9)

    Damaged Culture, Do Not Recommend Working Here

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

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    On the surface, there are a lot of great things about Navigant Consulting: many of the people are very smart and very hard-working and dedicated to doing a good job for clients. NCI has a professional environment and pays reasonably well. But, your situation at Navigant largely depends on which practice you are in. (Navigant has several disparate and unrelated practices that don't fit together easily in a coherent whole.)

    Cons

    There is no way to sugarcoat this: employees are completely expendable at NCI--much more so than at most other companies. As a result, the culture is extremely unhealthy at Navigant. Both voluntary and involuntary turnover at NCI is very high and Navigant is very quick to let people go. Moreover, Navigant is extremely callous when it terminates personnel. It is difficult to state how much more disrespectful/disdainful/dismissive Navigant is to its employees compared to most other companies--the lack of consideration is way off the charts.

    Advice to Management

    Most companies speak the line: "employees are our most valuable asset". Navigant could not say that with a straight face. The first step toward fixing a problem is acknowledging that you have one, so let's call a spade a spade: Navigant does not respect its employees. Navigant uses and discards employees (quite unceremoniously) more than most other companies, and until this changes Navigant will not be a healthy place to work and the culture will remain broken.


  7. Helpful (2)

    A company that has very little invested in its employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Navigant Consulting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For a period of time, Navigant was comprised of bright, energetic people. Some of the leaders within their respective fields congregated under the larger umbrella.

    Cons

    Navigant's strategic goals were unattainable for years. There was a campaign to "build to a billion" without any discernable direction. Prior to the recession, Navigant bought several companies without thinking about how the separate entities would assimilate. To solve the problem of cost growth without commensurate revenue generation, Navigant experienced heavy attrition; conveniently ascribing its management problems to larger economic forces.

    Advice to Management

    Navigant's leadership needs to take ownership over its poor decisions. Accountability would create changes in leadership, which is much needed for the organization.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Outside Training is the best take away

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

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is set up as silos and it is not easy to move between. Some groups are great and work well, a lot of groups are terrible. If you want to pursue a certification or outside training you can usually get support for it.

    Cons

    Skilled project work is coveted and you have to work hard to obtain meaningful work. The company does not promote from within and the staff is not diverse.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management does not appear to have any strategic planning in the works for the future. Also, it is very easy for non-productive management and employees to "hide out" and not do anything.


  9. Helpful (1)

    poor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA

    I worked at Navigant Consulting

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    lots of former Big 5 folks there w/good credentials

    Cons

    no corporate identity - just a bunch of acquired firms smashed together; only career mobility is offered in Chicago HQ


  10. Helpful (1)

    Not a good company to work for

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

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive Salary, good experience gained from bad experiences.

    Cons

    Lots of Micromanaging, good employees are treated like crap, hardworking employees are rewarded with more work and less resources. Management shows favoritism when determining promotions and layoffs. Senior Managers seem to make a lot of bad decisions and mistakes and are very quick to point fingers at lower level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs an intensive training on Leadership & Ethics


  11. Helpful (2)

    It really depends on the group you work in. Could be OK, could be horrible.

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

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is on par with the industry. Bonuses completely determined by hours worked with no performance component, which is good and bad, of course. Casual work environment.

    Cons

    I can only speak to the Economics practice and mainly to the Chicago Partners end of it. The practice consists of three separate firms that have been merged into one. There are remnants of LECG, Chicago Partners, and Empiris at this firm. They do very dissimilar work. Chicago Partners concentrates on very high end, large stakes litigation with prominent academic economists. That seems pretty interesting. However, these economists have clearly decided that there's no way to make their earn out and have decided not to bring any cases. A horrible practice to be in for career development and mobility.



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