Navigant Consulting

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Great stock to short

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Current Employee - Director
Current Employee - Director

Pros

Navigant Consulting is a far better experience than unemployment and the way that they beat you down incessantly leads to greater resiliance. As said "What doesn't kill you will make you stronger." The practitioners are great, as only the best and strongest can survive the "sink or swim" environment.

Cons

As a director in the advisory practice, there is no on-boarding. You are expected to market the firm's services but the firm doesn't have an inventory of past sold engagements. Marketing support is non-existent. You are expected to prospect, surface opportunities, create marketing materials, respond to RFPs, develop marketing materials, price the engagement with a 70% gross margin and deliver the engagement. When you do manage to actually close on the deal, management finally shows up to ensure that the bureaucracy is satisfied with Project Acceptance Forms and Project Initiation Forms. The successful director needs to be strong in many different domains, including sales, marketing, project management and methodology.

The standards are different for legacy "Peterson" management and staff. The natural selection that occurs throughout Navigant is absent for these individuals, who happen to monopolize the management suite. MD"s "fail upwards". The most recent example is CEO Bill Goodyear receiving "Consultant of the Year Award" from Consulting Magazine. In the feature interview, Bill is quoted as saying he is shutting down the Financial Services practice. Supposedly, this was an error on the magazine's behalf and he was misquoted. However, the article should have been reviewed by HQ prior to publication. Where's the competence?

If you think this point of view comes from an individual who wasn't successful, I was actually a relatively strong performer who survived the highly accountable environment for 2 years prior to exiting on my own terms.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Replace yourselves. You make value destroying acquisitions, you don't know how to grow the top line, you don't know how to integrate the acquisitions, your excessive cost forces the projects to be priced uncompetitively at a 70% gross margin. Your just oxygen consuming overhead.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Other reviews for Navigant Consulting

  1.  

    Navigant Review

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

    Pros

    Experience in a wide range of industries and ability to travel for project engagements.

    Cons

    Because of the wide range of industry experience, it's difficult to develop a specialty that's recognized by the general public.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value retaining good people.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Neutral review

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

    Pros

    Navigant employs many very smart, very dedicated professionals working hard to sell and deliver high quality work to clients. Reasonable pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of strategic direction and focus at the most senior levels. Firm is very focused on litigation support consulting, including staffing models, performance review criteria, job setup and billing practices. History of acquiring, then selling, smaller firms has undoubtedly benefited the owners of those firms, but in many cases, not the larger organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using consultant speak when communicating with the market and your employees. Focus on organic growth and only selective, well considered acquisitions.

    No opinion of CEO
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