Navigant Consulting

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  1.  

    Company needs a major overhaul

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Navigant Consulting

    Pros

    Pay is good for consultant work

    Cons

    zero feedback, zero communication, zero interaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to acknowledge consultants have more experience than the pool of full timers which is actually a bunch of young kids at entry levels with little street experience. fulltimers can talk a good game and its precisely that, talk. The actual work are done by consultants. The management can't seem to manage a team. The senior management don't seem to care. The company structure is very strange.

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

    Great stock to short

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting

    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
  3.  

    Navigant - Not a positive environment

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    Former Employee - Associate Director
    Former Employee - Associate Director

    I worked at Navigant Consulting

    Pros

    Well established litigation support firm looking to diversify their service offering

    Cons

    Public consulting model is not well suited for longer sales cycle and subject matter expert focus of many employees. Generalist consultant is preferred and will do well in this firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the "old guard" and focus not on the next 3 months (Wall Street) and instead work to develop a business line / service that will be highly profitable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Take a thorough look before you leap

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant

    I worked at Navigant Consulting

    Pros

    Most of the people working here, at least that I met, were friendly and bright and generally concerned with doing quality work on their projects.

    Cons

    Management, benefits, and pay leave a lot to be desired. Communication to the ranks is generally very whitewashed. I was with this company for awhile, and I don't know it has an actual strategy in place besides rolling up small firms. Post-merger integration is essentially absent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more frequently and clearly. Do not spin pay, benefits, economic environment, etc. Focus on defining a coherent strategy that avoids consulting lingo and can be understood in 1 minute.

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

    Navigant Staffing

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Navigant Consulting

    Pros

    Navigant is more or less a "flat" organization. For exceptionally driven individuals, opportunities to make an impact exist if such individuals have the patience to address some of the organizational shortcomings. At the Senior Consultant/Managing Consultant level, many folks have Big 4 experience who cashed in their time there for a decent pay with Navigant. Depending on the project, there is a level of work/life balance as well.

    Cons

    Lack of an effective sales force translates into a highly "opportunistic" pipeline, meaning staff-augmentation work, as opposed to Navigant-driven solution engagements. Perhaps a better name for the firm would be Navigant Staffing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward talent and production; purge non-performers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Avoid if you can

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    They hire really talented mid-level consultants

    Cons

    Management has no direction, overwork staff and seem not to care about the high turnover. Little quality work in Financial services and as a result senior staff likes to hog the meaningful work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop grooming the same type of people for success and embrace employees who bring diverse skill sets and work experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Working for Navigant is worthwhile, but not a passion.

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of flexibility to do the work you are interested in and the flexibility to maintain a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    It is a very corporate environment which allows for people to fall through the cracks and promotes competition over collaboration.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work where they need you, when they need you

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    Good benefits that cover a lot of medical and dental expenses. The pay is competitive with other consulting firms.

    Cons

    You will basically have no time for yourself during this job. I was often called during my vacations, during thanksgiving, as well as around Christmas to work remotely. I averaged around 55 hours a week normally and could not escape work even when at home. Sometimes, when your group currently has no work you will be loaned to different internal groups where you are not working on career growth or trying to learn new skills for your expertise. Instead they want to use you for billable hours that any level could do. During my time I was loaned off to a group for multiple months traveling Sunday through Friday doing monotonous work for which I had no background,experience, or interest in. I cannot speak to a company wide ethical standard, however I experienced charging billable hours without work because it was budgeted in the project which was a direct order from upper management. This is all for a entry level Consultant job however, it is a rough place to start a career when they see you as a disposable asset to gain billable hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees more.

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

    Seems to be a good place for those fresh out of school

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Practices covering many industries (e.g. Finance, Economics, Healthcare, Energy, etc.) and presence in most major US cities. Great place to start right out of undergad or grad program.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and limited integration within practices and business units. Very little foresight in accepting projects and utilizing talent. Sterile office environment and unapproachable leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a communications strategy from leadership. Make more than a facile attempt at integrating business units and practices. Assess adequacy of compensation in relation to peer companies and adjust accordingly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Middle of the road place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule is nice

    Cons

    Siloed groups within practice areas, creates competition rather than collaboration. If not actively marketing yourself your work is easily overlooked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create compensation, vacation, benefits package that is competitive. Plenty of great places to work in Boulder, Navigant should want to be known as one of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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