Navigant Consulting

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Navigant Consulting Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
255 Reviews
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Pros
  • Energy practice leadership is keenly aware of work/life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • you got the chance to work with smart people (in 12 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 11 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    College, Part II

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    • 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 (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
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Long hours, uninteresting projects, little payoff or advancement.

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    • 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 (more than an 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't spend too long here.

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

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    More group inclusion. Improve office and group culture. Better projects. Manage staffing better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Navigant 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of hours spent on mind-numbing projects

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are some talented co-workers

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Compensate better, find more interesting projects, be meritocratic, respect your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pure body shop, MD level has no strategy, market connections or real expertise.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at Navigant Consulting

    Pros

    Talented people move up quickly

    Cons

    Lack of strategic focus. Senior management staff should be providing the inroads from marketing, product building, thought leadership and strategy development. Just a club that sets a goal and checks utilization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't outsource strategy. Your senior management staff has to be the cultural leader and strategy provider.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to stand out, but terrible corporate structure.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Navigant Consulting

    Pros

    Internal mobility.
    Direct opportunities to interact with upper management.
    Opportunities to learn transferable skills sets.
    Amount of vacation time (4 weeks).
    Caliber of people who you get to work with.

    Cons

    Some people work 100 hours a week, others work 40, there is little to differentiate between those who work 100 and those who work 40.
    Some management doesn't understand how to explain big picture behind project.
    Different practices fast track the promotion cycle, even though there may be others more qualified for promotions.
    A lot of internal politics.
    Lack of transparency from corporate execs to corporate citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send a unified message.
    Compensate your hardest working and most talented people the best.
    Strive for transparency at all times.
    Take time to solicit feedback from employees at the most junior level.

    Disapproves of CEO

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