Navigant Consulting
3.1 of 5 197 reviews
www.navigant.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Feb 13, 2014

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Navigant Consulting Director, President & CEO Julie M. Howard

Julie M. Howard

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52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Political stew

Associate Director (Former Employee)
Washington, DC (US)

I worked at Navigant Consulting full-time for more than a year

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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Severely Underpaid

Senior Consultant (Current Employee)

I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

Pros- Comfortable, mundane, monotonous job.
- Good work hours
- Great location - in downtown New York City, Washington DC, Chicago and San Francisco

Cons- Underpaid compared to all other consulting firms or industry.
- Few vacation days.
- Non challenging projects, therefore hurting future career opportunities.
- Bad promotion opportunities and bonuses (<$1000).

Advice to Senior ManagementPay employees what they deserve based on market demands.

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

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Horrible Company to Work For

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

I worked at Navigant Consulting full-time for more than a year

ProsAbsolutely nothing positive to say about this company

ConsNo longevity or career paths in place.
It's all about the money
They hire people who are unqualified
They have no concept of budget and waste tons of money
They bully there employees thinking it will produce work. Then they try to build them back up by saying nice things about the work that was produced.
They lack vision and focus.
Tons of unhappy and miserable people.
No interaction with Upper Mgmt. as it pertains to everyday employees
They use people to do their dirty work
Pay raises are based on what they want to pay with NO measuring tools in place, basically you get cost of living increases.
Never anything good to say from there employees.
People get hired or promoted based on who they know (with no experience) over other highly qualified people

Advice to Senior ManagementYou lack vision and character. Get to know the people in your company who are making you the money to pay your excessive salaries.

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

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Everyone who has worked here says it's a bad company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Navigant Consulting

ProsSummer hours/activity. Great location, very smart colleagues

Cons- Management makes employees feel lucky to be employed.
- Decisions that affect employee(s) are made without any formal communication.
- Serious lack of trust between senior management and employees.
- People are frequently laid off with no explanation nor communication until the very moment employee is laid off.
- Feels like your manager keeps secrets from you
- HR protects their relationships with certain managers and cares less about resolving issues brought to their attention.
- Managers show favoritism when it comes to performance evaluations and promotions

Advice to Senior ManagementWhere do I start...Navigant is a great company, that could see productivity increased if employees felt appreciated.

My advice to management...CHANGE!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Needs work

Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood Vacation time - 3 weeks after 2yrs.

ConsNo reward, miserable co-workers, poor leadership.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to appreciate and listen to your employees.

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

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Damaged Culture, Do Not Recommend Working Here

Director (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

ProsOn the surface, there are a lot of great things about Navigant Consulting: many of the people are very smart and very hard-working and dedicated to doing a good job for clients. NCI has a professional environment and pays reasonably well. But, your situation at Navigant largely depends on which practice you are in. (Navigant has several disparate and unrelated practices that don't fit together easily in a coherent whole.)

ConsThere is no way to sugarcoat this: employees are completely expendable at NCI--much more so than at most other companies. As a result, the culture is extremely unhealthy at Navigant. Both voluntary and involuntary turnover at NCI is very high and Navigant is very quick to let people go. Moreover, Navigant is extremely callous when it terminates personnel. It is difficult to state how much more disrespectful/disdainful/dismissive Navigant is to its employees compared to most other companies--the lack of consideration is way off the charts.

Advice to Senior ManagementMost companies speak the line: "employees are our most valuable asset". Navigant could not say that with a straight face. The first step toward fixing a problem is acknowledging that you have one, so let's call a spade a spade: Navigant does not respect its employees. Navigant uses and discards employees (quite unceremoniously) more than most other companies, and until this changes Navigant will not be a healthy place to work and the culture will remain broken.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A company that has very little invested in its employees

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

I worked at Navigant Consulting

ProsFor a period of time, Navigant was comprised of bright, energetic people. Some of the leaders within their respective fields congregated under the larger umbrella.

ConsNavigant's strategic goals were unattainable for years. There was a campaign to "build to a billion" without any discernable direction. Prior to the recession, Navigant bought several companies without thinking about how the separate entities would assimilate. To solve the problem of cost growth without commensurate revenue generation, Navigant experienced heavy attrition; conveniently ascribing its management problems to larger economic forces.

Advice to Senior ManagementNavigant's leadership needs to take ownership over its poor decisions. Accountability would create changes in leadership, which is much needed for the organization.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Small Company that Feels Huge

Senior Consultant (Former Employee)

I worked at Navigant Consulting

Pros-Good work/life balance

-Great place for those with a specialization or who want to specialize

-Great Healthcare and Energy practices

-Entrepreneurial in that you could pursue new clients and network to get on projects as you please

Cons-Managers have poor sales skills and you depend on them selling to get work

-You must network to get on a project, so if you're new to the firm, this can be tough. My manager and the staffing coordinator didn't help me much to get my first engagement at the firm. I had to network hard because nobody knew me.

-Poor feedback from management. Even your periodic reviews offer little in terms of substantial, actionable feedback, so you're unsure as to how you're doing and how you can improve

-The organization feels large and bureaucratic even though it's relatively small

-Weak training

-It's very hard to get work outside of your practice or even outside of your own group within your practice. This is partly because they want specialists on projects, but also because they have a P&L model. If your manager knows about another group that is interested in having you join a project, but he/she has a possible engagement in the near future (1-2 months), your manager may hold you back for his/her potential project. This is bad because if your manager doesn't sell that engagement, you are stuck sitting on your hands.

-The benefits are only fair compared to other consulting firms

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a better training program that includes sales workshops for managers, offer more actionable feedback to employees, allow younger employees to work across groups and practices more, and try to create a more intimate, accessible culture that matches your firm size.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Outside Training is the best take away

Consultant (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

I have been working at Navigant Consulting

ProsThe company is set up as silos and it is not easy to move between. Some groups are great and work well, a lot of groups are terrible. If you want to pursue a certification or outside training you can usually get support for it.

ConsSkilled project work is coveted and you have to work hard to obtain meaningful work. The company does not promote from within and the staff is not diverse.

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior Management does not appear to have any strategic planning in the works for the future. Also, it is very easy for non-productive management and employees to "hide out" and not do anything.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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poor

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Vienna, VA (US)

I worked at Navigant Consulting

Proslots of former Big 5 folks there w/good credentials

Consno corporate identity - just a bunch of acquired firms smashed together; only career mobility is offered in Chicago HQ

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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