Navigant Consulting
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www.navigant.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

Navigant Consulting Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jun 30, 2014
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67% Approve of the CEO

Navigant Consulting Director, President & CEO Julie M. Howard

Julie M. Howard

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Lots of opportunity to grow, but not a great work/life balance.

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsAs 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Long hours, uninteresting projects, little payoff or advancement.

    Associate Director (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsInteresting and talented colleagues, some unique rewards programs and compensation models, and very dedicated employees.

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementSpend 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    RUN AWAY - while you still can

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsHonestly 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 Senior ManagementTry 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't spend too long here.

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsYou 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementMore group inclusion. Improve office and group culture. Better projects. Manage staffing better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

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

    ConsNavigant 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a bad place to start your career.

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThey 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.

    ConsSome 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 Senior ManagementWithin 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of hours spent on mind-numbing projects

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThere are some talented co-workers

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementCompensate better, find more interesting projects, be meritocratic, respect your employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    better stay away

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    Prosyou got the chance to work with smart people

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsVery diverse and you work with people from different backgrounds

    ConsZero 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 Senior ManagementOrganize yourself

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Political stew

    Associate Director (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsNice branding and some forward thinking on go to market strategies

    ConsA political stew with self serving, disinterested practice leadership residing over a clique-fest.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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