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Updated July 19, 2017
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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 59 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. "Your experience will vary wildly depending on your office/practice/level"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've worked in one of the healthcare sub-practices for over 2 years now. Overall, it hasn't been a terrible experience, although I'm not thrilled with my job either. The biggest benefits have been work-life balance and limited travel. But those vary considerably depending on your project and manager.

    Cons

    The company is so segmented between different offices and practices (and even within those practicies) that it's impossible to describe a typical office or employee. Some of the frustrations I've encountered are monotonous and repetitive work (you can only format so many Excel spreadsheets before you start hating it), unclear reasons for staffing or moving from one project to the next (if performance is an issue, please raise those issues with staff, just be transparent about why), bonus structures (it's based almost entirely on your utilization rate, which is billable hours / total hours, so good luck if the directors in your practice haven't sold enough work to keep everyone busy). I know the pay is a bit low compared to some of my friends from grad school with similar careers, and from my conversations with other/former co-workers getting low-ball offers seems to be common with recent grads. Some of the managers have a repeated and highly annoying tendency to take a long time to review projects you've sent them, only to send them back with "can you address this ASAP" at 5pm.

    Advice to Management

    Either ensure that associate directors and above review work in a timely manner (not sit on it for a week and then send back on a Friday afternoon) or empower staff to work with less oversight. Offer staff more ability to seek out projects on their own with different practices that need staff instead of telling them to sit around on the bench for weeks while you find work for them.


  2. "Not bad, not great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Navigant full-time

    Pros

    there is a decent variety of work

    Cons

    the growth objectives can create pains

    Advice to Management

    keep things stable

  3. "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Navigant (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High quality individuals working at firm

    Cons

    Practice groups do not cross-sell.


  4. "Executive Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefit package and salary

    Cons

    Changing work environment geared towards younger staff.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to all employees comments, all too often changes are made and there has been no discussion with MD/Ds.


  5. "Culture is lacking"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Navigant full-time

    Pros

    The people are really good to work with and there is a nice team environment. Very diverse, inclusive company.

    Cons

    The company could do a lot more to support a healthy work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Put people above profits and you will keep the turnover rate down, which is extremely high at this point even for a consulting company.


  6. "Temp to Hire Nightmare"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navigant part-time

    Pros

    I guess there is opportunity for growth within the company

    Cons

    They treated the temp to hire employees as complete interns.
    No transparency from management


  7. "Great place to start for those transitioning to the private sector for the first time"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Navigant full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start for those transitioning to the private sector for the first time.

    Cons

    Working from home is not allowed or frowned upon.

  8. "Good company, fair benefits, poor administrative structure"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great vision and diversity/inclusion initiatives. Good benefits. Good if you are a Sr. Consultant or above.

    Cons

    Same problems most large companies face - Top executives don't really know what's going on with the "little guys," Managing Directors are expected to be treated like royalty, entitlement based on title/role. Administrative staff is treated like second class citizens, despite the efforts of management to make compensations - but the reality is admins aren't as important as "billable" employees (even though they are the glue that keeps everything together). Administrative structure is strange and there aren't opportunities for much growth or movement. Accounting needs an overall attitude adjustment and billers deserve more recognition and appreciation for their hard work.

    Advice to Management

    All employees should be treated more as equals and there should be more employee recognition (all levels). Admins should be assigned to support practices rather than the operations umbrella. Many administrative assistants feel out of the loop.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great introductory job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navigant full-time

    Pros

    Great introductory place to work

    Cons

    Overworked
    Compensation
    Internal development of leaders and subject experts

    Advice to Management

    Develop internal talent


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging Work Opportunities!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Navigant full-time

    Pros

    Navigant works with some of the top organizations in industry and has an impressive client list
    Challenging work - always looking for next level of performance and innovation
    Hard working colleagues
    There are stock options

    Cons

    Expectation for work leaves little balance for other life
    Rewards for performance are minimal and there is a lack of transparency around bonus structures
    PTO is average
    Some good (but expensive) health benefits
    Average 401k match

    Advice to Management

    Improve rewards and compensation


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