Navigant Consulting Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
234 Reviews

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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunity to grow, but not a great work/life balance.

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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    There are a lot of really smart people in the company, and you can very much take control of your own career development. Learning and training opportunities are nearly unlimited. Pay is competitive and the requirements for promotion are clearly outlined and very transparent.

    Cons

    As with any consulting job, at time it can be difficult to maintain a good work/life balance. Experienced hires may occasionally feel they're being talked down to or do not have the trust of management to do your job. There are a lot of rude, entitled people that work for the company, and the culture can be a bit grating at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    College, Part II

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    • 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 for 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long hours, uninteresting projects, little payoff or advancement.

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    • 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 for more than a 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
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  5.  

    No Leadership

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people. Not much else.

    Cons

    You have no control over projects / directors. Senior leadership is poor. Toxic culture starts at the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    RUN AWAY - while you still can

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    The salary was great, they basically overpay people to do menial tasks and use their compensation as the only way to keep them in a miserable existence.

    Cons

    Honestly this is the worst place I have ever worked, or heard of anyone else working. It all depends on your practice area, but the entire financial branch and all practices within it are an absolute nightmare.

    Senior management cares only about client satisfaction and have dismal retention rates, people are ALWAYS quitting. In order to succeed be aware that you will be playing the political game to your very last breath, those that are promoted quickly are willing to trod on others to make their way. In terms of culture, there is none. You will be screamed at, abused, called names, asked to work 80+ hours, to cancel vacations to work, work every weekend, and nobody will care when your health fails because of it. They utilize a TON of contractors and the projects are meaningless and do not change.

    It isn't a consulting firm, you will gain no real skills, it's a temp agency. The work is mind numbing and you have to be in with one or two of the "right" people to get any responsibility. Don't waste your time with a full time position here, at least the contractors make overtime. Every single project is a constant fire drill, and don't expect training or professional development as there is "no time" for such things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try listening to your employees and giving at least 10-20% of your effort to employee satisfaction. Yes, clients are important in consulting, but at the end of the day you need people to do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't spend too long here.

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  8.  

    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 for 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
  9.  

    Not a bad place to start your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    They put an emphasis on training. A massive emphasis on client first, which is understandable in consulting. Many young workers that like to socialize with each other, so the people you work with are very friendly, as well as knowledgeable. The people that work here tend to have incredible knowledge about the subjects that they are working on.

    Cons

    Some practices are so small that you are around the same people working on the same projects all the time, which would be fine if there was a better work/ life balance. The work life balance is not good most of the time, but I think this varies greatly between practices within the company. You can get stuck on the same project for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Within certain practices, there is a large problem with micromanaging workers and projects. It gets to the point where we spend more time checking in than working on our client deliverables. Provide more opportunities to work on different projects or with different practices.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very diverse and you work with people from different backgrounds

    Cons

    Zero work-life balance and definitely ADs and MDs have favorites that gets promoted very quickly. Poor management and please improve your workspace as people definitely hate working in PODS!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize yourself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    better stay away

    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    you got the chance to work with smart people

    Cons

    weak compensation and promotion. Management team lacks management skills. no work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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