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Pros
  • Navigant does a pretty good job of creating a culture that supports a sustainable work-life balance, which isn't common in management consulting (in 58 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance, smart people (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • The company could do a lot more to support a healthy work life balance (in 31 reviews)

  • Sometimes long hours, work can be dull at times (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Good quality of life, low salaries"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really smart people, about half of whom are taking a pay cut to work on interesting projects and have a good work-life balance. These people are great to work with, smart, driven, and similar to those you'd see at another management consultancy.

    Cons

    Pay is low compared to peer companies, low level employees are only incentivised to meet utilization targets, not do great work.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure employee evaluation process. Provide more opportunities to do meaningful non billable work, and recognize good non billable work.

    Navigant Response

    Sep 7, 2016 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for leaving a review about your experience at Navigant. Feedback such as this is important in shaping the future of the company.


  2. "It was fun while it lasted"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Navigant full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced, very competent consultants

    Cons

    Hire-and-fire mentality, be prepared for the 80 h week

    Advice to Management

    Don't work your people to death

    Navigant Response

    Sep 7, 2016 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for leaving candid feedback. We are sorry that you did not have a great experience.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Navigant offers a great work-life balance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues create a sense of community in and out of the workplace.
    Supports a healthy work-life balance and flexible environment.

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits are not competitive.
    Non-uniform standards for performance and quality.

    Advice to Management

    Strive for consistency.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Inconsistent management and narrowly defined verticals"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've stayed at Navigant much longer than I should have because I love my coworkers. Hands down, they are the best. Smart, highly qualified, and passionate about the work (we're in the energy practice.)

    Cons

    However, it doesn't matter that I have wonderful, smart, coworkers. The majority of the work is large government contracts, which is repetitive and mind numbing on a good day. There are some offices that have a better mix of contracts (not all government work) but that is the minority in Navigant Energy. How quickly you move up also depends on who you work for. I've seen people in other parts of the practice get promoted year after year, while other managing directors seem to believe in a tenure track system wherein they will not consider promoting their staff until 3-4 years have passed at one level.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your staff for being the overachieving ambitious workers that they are, and be consistent about it across the company. I know you're talking about consistency, but we have yet to see it filter down to the bottom of the totem pole.
    Get out there and get us more work to do than these giant 3-5 year government contracts of rote work. You hire the best, from top institutions, why give us such unimaginative assignments?


  5. "One of the best places to launch a career, hard place to gain upward mobility..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great client exposure, ability to take on as much responsibility as possible, large company benefits with small company feel...

    Cons

    Not a place where a hard working, talented young professional can move up at an appropriate pace. Compensation is at the bottom for top tier consulting firms...

    Advice to Management

    Identify and promote young talent faster...


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sink or swim, it is all up to you as they do not have good co-ordinated approach to selling and client service."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very competent senior managers and directors

    Cons

    - poor integration
    - little useful training
    - limited mentorship from senior staff
    - limited cooperation to sell work and serve clients

    Advice to Management

    Change incentive scheme to encourage a "one firm" approach to winning work, developing staff and serving clients


  7. Helpful (1)

    "We're not strategy consultants - don't be fooled. Want a job? Consider the Big 4 accounting firms before you come here."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are the best selling factor, hands down. Since the company hires young right out of college new hires, a lot of the people you work with are people just like you.

    Cons

    The turnover is ridiculously high, which also plays into the amount of young new hires. Also sometimes it feels like there's no senior management because everyone is so young. There's definitely a generation gap (30's - mid 40's). We have no sense of direction or strategy. No one knows where we're going or even how to get there. This message is just convoluted across all levels within the company. Particularly in down economies is when we're supposed to sell the most work, but in reality, we're just going through layoffs with poor disclosure.

    Advice to Management

    Sell more work. Be clear to your co-workers about our economic situation.


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