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  1. "Creative and fun"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NavigationArts full-time

    Pros

    The work was plentiful, but hectic. Some Managers were great, others could use training. Benefits were great, PTO was more than you normally would see and as long as you got your work done, you were ok.

    Cons

    Hours could be long into the evenings and weekends.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "I love ping pong"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun people. Ping Pong table

    Cons

    Need to recognize technical/artistic talent quicker and put them in charge.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers that used to be Designers/Programmers and still enjoy it. Avoid managers who just took PMP classes and cant understand what the people they manager do.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Had a great start at inception, but due to weak management and no real plan for growth, the best people have left."

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at NavigationArts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Early on there were some top talent and the opportunity to learn and progress quickly. Work environment is fairly flexible. Compensation was better than average with decent bonuses during the early years of the company.

    Cons

    Owners definitely play favorites with staff. If you fall out of favor with them for any reason, it will be career limiting. No strategy behind company's growth. A lot of questionable work was sold on the back of some great work done in the early days. As brand became recognized and demand increased, company hired a lot of new staff members, many who were severely under qualified to do the work. This had a cascading effect through the company, eventually leading to projects going south and a huge exodus of many of the best people.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in building a stronger senior management team and get out of their way. You won't attract A level talent with C level yes men and women.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Never a boring day..."

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NavigationArts full-time

    Pros

    They provide the ability to grow in your position. They believe in you and the work. There are often fun days like company events, food/treats galore and just daily laughs with coworkers.Very flexible and no micro-managing. CEO and others often email kudos for recognition about projects we've accomplished and other items. Colleagues are very smart/creative people. It's rewarding and exciting work.

    Cons

    This place gets actual work done. A lot of it. If you're looking to sit back and collect a paycheck for nothing, not the place. Also, even though you may be happy and having a good day, there is always that one negative Nancy that will always find something wrong with anything, which is unfortunate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to make improvements when/where possible. Always remember, not everyone is going to love their job and it's OK.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Top Notch, Outstanding Company!"

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NavigationArts is a standout company! It is a fast-paced work environment that grooms employees to be creative and critical thinkers. The amount of effort the company puts into the development of its employees is outstanding. They really want to see every person grow (coming from a few jobs where this was not the case, I can really appreciate it). The relaxed office environment is a great benefit, as well as, the company provided snakcs and drinks! All of the employees are very approachable to new hires and help foster that encouraging/developing environmnet. I can see myself staying here for a long time!

    Cons

    While it is not in DC, McLean is not too far of a commute and with the newly opened Silver Line, I can take the metro quicker than I could drive!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and great support of your employees!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Passionate People"

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    Current Employee - Information Architect in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Information Architect in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone here is smart and interesting, and people genuinely care about creating good products. People don't slack off and everyone is a self starter so work gets done. Management is very flexible and trusting, so will let you dictate the type of schedule and hours you work so long as you put in 110% and can be counted on to deliver.

    Cons

    If you need someone breathing down your neck telling you what to do, this is not the place for you. Most people tend to be driven and intrinsically motivated, so if you need someone to lay out what you need to do to get ahead, then you won't succeed. Culture in comparison to other tech companies/startups in dc is a little more professional and serious (perhaps yawn-worthy) than other more fun and young environments. People are generally not here to mess around, they are here to work.

    Advice to Management

    Not everyone can be a type-a salesperson or an outgoing force to be reckoned with. Try awarding people not just for making a great sales pitch to a client but for pushing the envelope mentally.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Grow"

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    Current Employee - Technical Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NavigationArts is a fast paced, driven, value minded consultancy. As a consultancy it faces the same feast or famine landscape that any other mid-size firm encounters, but it does so with an eye towards picking great clients and finding even better team members.

    Having worked at NavigationArts for years, I’ve seen what a challenging environment it can be. Yes, it is hard work. Anyone who has ever worked at a consultancy worth its salt knows that consulting means longer hours, hard deadlines, and the reality of working a business solution through a creative and technical process.

    However, with challenge come rewards; NavigationArts has a Grade-A client list, amazing talent, and a vision firmly planted in the roots of its rich history in user experience. Over the last decade, the firm has evolved, maturing its client delivery techniques, but also internally become the business that drives a culture of success and professional collaboration.

    Cons

    With the hard work and dedicated talent, often egos arise. It's tempting to give in to need to be right, but staying above the fray works best.
    At a mid-size firm, gossip is bound to happen. It's no different at NavArts but for the most part its normal office politics.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to lead by example - demonstrating work ethic, integrity, and employ the best hiring practices. Weeding out those that don't share in the vision and work ethic is a necessary step forward.

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    "Ugly, vicious pressure-cooker environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Information Architect
    Former Employee - Senior Information Architect
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NavigationArts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have a great reputation for the work they used to do. But none of the same quality is there anymore. Five years ago, working at NavigationArts meant something. Fortunately, a lot of people in DC are still impressed by the name brand. It looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    As an employee, you're either on a pedestal or on the dung heap. Once your halo wears off, you're as good as dead to the senior leadership. They'll demote you or fire you without a second thought.

    Most of the partner level employees will stab you in the back as soon as look at you.

    Expect to get nasty emails and even nasty phone calls (!) from the CEO on Sunday mornings.

    You're lucky GlassDoor doesn't allow us to name names. Sexual harassment by one of the partners... that is all.

    Advice to Management

    This isn't a game. This is people's lives you're playing with.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "InformationArchitect"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Architect in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Information Architect in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of very smart people. Good people to work with for the most part.

    Cons

    They come from a UX background and they need to mature their tecnology process.

    Advice to Management

    They need to manage a few bad apples out of the organization. Some of your old timers really should move on.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great Experience if you are up to it"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing client list and brings in very cool and complex work. I don't know if I've ever seen this many really smart people in one place. The work experience I've gained here has been well worth whatever challenges have come with it. I've learn new skills and gotten exposure to other disciplines. Overall its been a positive experience.

    Cons

    The company struggles with structure and consistency. There are often really challenging clients, tight deadlines, and a fast paced environment.


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