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Updated August 17, 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. Helpful (4)

    "Not a good place to be..."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    NCI is a good place to start your career, but you need to leave within 3 years or else you'll see your opportunities dry up quickly.

    Cons

    No one is on the same page. Executive team is not well respected by the street (look at the stock price) nor the employees, MD's and practice leaders are incented by selling busy work that trained monkeys could perform, and consulting staff is not happy. Morale is low. Career development does not exist. Compensation is low for the industry. People settle into positions and then put it on cruise control. Project work is mind numbingly boring.

    Advice to Management

    Start over.


  2. "Not your typical consulting company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Automony. If you have your own book of business, can do well here.

    Cons

    Lack of strategic vision
    Lack of stewardship of people
    Not a market leader
    Directors/MDs act like independent bounty hunters

    Advice to Management

    Define a stratgeic vision
    Promote and Reward colloboration

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Worthy place but horrendous culture as lack of communication and cohesiveness is a huge downside"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very diverse environment and a wide variety of unique individuals to work with

    Cons

    At early levels, get zero say in anything. Cannot pick projects to work, and senior management basically ignores anyone below the Management Consultant level (which is sort of insulting)

    Advice to Management

    Talk to individuals at all level!!! Ignoring early level employees ruins the entire culture


  4. "Could be a great Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Atlanta, GA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great teams
    National and International Market for Work
    Great reputation in Dispute Industry

    Cons

    Overachiever employees consistently unrewarded
    Poor Bonuses
    Company does NOT follow its internal published Bonus/Reward program
    Office layout/size hinder team performance

    Advice to Management

    Value your team - you are selling our experience
    Don't be surprised with massive resignations with better economic times


  5. "Encourage Growth Within"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The ability to work virtually when not traveling

    Cons

    Its more about the numbers than the people

    Advice to Management

    Understand the dynamics within particular practices and why the "numbers" may not be as expected.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Navigant is only good in a few select areas of Health Care, Energy, and D&I. Otherwise, avoid it."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance. Ability to actually use your vacation time, which is difficult at other consulting firms. Decent pay relative to the amount you work. If you are in one the groups listed in my headline, the work is interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    Training for recent grads and new hires is weak and insufficient - this is really a firm for experienced hires. Most Managing Directors can't sell well, so you end up with more bench time than you'd like or boring projects that only serve to keep you billable. It has an "every man for himself" culture. Even my manager had that attitude with his employees. I always had to network and find my own way onto projects, which can be difficult when you're new. There is very insufficient feedback and communications from your managers. Top management seems confused and unfocused. I'm not sure what the strategy is there and they can't seem to sustain growth. Also, for a small company, it feels huge and cold. They grow through acquisitions, which creates further cultural and bureaucratic divisions within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your core businesses and cut the dead weight practices and groups. Create a more dynamic, interactive, and cohesive culture within the firm. Mr. Goodyear, the company is small - you should visit each office at least once a year so it feels that way. You should also create a more comprehensive training program for new hires - at least college hires - and hire MDs with a track record of sales and delivery, not just delivery. Navigant has a lot of potential that will never be realized on this current path, whatever that is.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to stand out, but terrible corporate structure."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Internal mobility.
    Direct opportunities to interact with upper management.
    Opportunities to learn transferable skills sets.
    Amount of vacation time (4 weeks).
    Caliber of people who you get to work with.

    Cons

    Some people work 100 hours a week, others work 40, there is little to differentiate between those who work 100 and those who work 40.
    Some management doesn't understand how to explain big picture behind project.
    Different practices fast track the promotion cycle, even though there may be others more qualified for promotions.
    A lot of internal politics.
    Lack of transparency from corporate execs to corporate citizens.

    Advice to Management

    Send a unified message.
    Compensate your hardest working and most talented people the best.
    Strive for transparency at all times.
    Take time to solicit feedback from employees at the most junior level.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Pure body shop, MD level has no strategy, market connections or real expertise."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented people move up quickly

    Cons

    Lack of strategic focus. Senior management staff should be providing the inroads from marketing, product building, thought leadership and strategy development. Just a club that sets a goal and checks utilization.

    Advice to Management

    You can't outsource strategy. Your senior management staff has to be the cultural leader and strategy provider.


  9. 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."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Inconsistent management and narrowly defined verticals"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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?


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