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Navigant Consulting Reviews

Updated 9 April 2015
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Navigant Consulting Chairman and CEO Julie M. Howard
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Pros
  • Energy practice leadership is keenly aware of work/life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • you got the chance to work with smart people (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • As with any consulting job, at time it can be difficult to maintain a good work/life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Long hours expected and appreciation for sacrifices not readily acknowledged (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great colleagues with a reputation for quality work and interesting projects

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I get to work with really smart, passionate people. There's a ton of variety in the work that we do, and that keeps things interesting. There's a good amount of autonomy and flexibility granted to consultants. We're treated like adults who can make decisions for themselves. There's a lot of room for creativity and innovative thinking, if you get on the right projects. The energy practice (where I work) has a good blend of thinkers from different fields: engineers, economists, B-school grads, social scientists, etc. I feel very proud of our reputation for quality in our field.

    Cons

    I am acutely aware that many people have had a less positive experience than I have; so much depends on which office you're in and which project managers you're working with. Some of the offices have no camaraderie (thankfully, I am in one of the ones with a good culture). Some project managers treat their employees like indentured servants but many are excellent and nurturing.

    Performance evaluations focus too much on how much time you bill to the client and not enough on how much value you create for the client and what you do to ensure the long-term success of your group. There's a lot of talk about building a "sales culture" but at the lower levels, there is really no upside to spending non-billable time on trying to sell work. I think there's a lot of short-sightedness in the performance evaluation process.

    There could be more collaboration across teams and groups. A good amount of reinventing the wheel takes place. That's partially due to the emphasis on billable hours. Nobody wants to spend a ton of time that they don't get credit for making things easier for other people.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that many employees are motivated by the opportunity to pursue intellectually satisfying and meaningful work, not solely the pursuit of a fatter paycheck and higher stock prices. Internal communication focuses too much on dollars and not enough on the human beings who are creating value for our clients.

    Create more flexibility in opportunities for advancement. Few people can truly excel at technical work, mentoring, project management, and sales; they are four distinct and equally important skillsets. Create career paths for people who want to excel at 2 or 3 of those areas and allow them to continue receiving promotions and raises. Stop pretending that someone who can sell work is also qualified to manage a project. That is very often not the case. Place more value on mentoring; advance people who improve the work quality of those around them.

  2. Absolutely the best thing I ever did

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Managing Director in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are simply great - so collaborative and helpful. The practice I joined is global, and the people we have around the world are wonderful to work with. The atmosphere in the office is hugely positive - it is just a great place to be. I had a family friend here on work experience recently - she was blown away by it all too. I did the same job for 24 years before coming here, and had no reason to move, but the more people I met the easier the decision became. I would highly recommend Navigant as an employer.

    Cons

    Getting used to the corporate culture (not Navigant specific corp culture, just generally) was a shock to my system as I had not been in this environment before, but I am slowly picking it up (with the help of my wonderful colleagues).

  3. Helpful (3)

    Disappointing experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensations above fair market value for life sciences
    Great diversity of profiles
    Strong bounds with the US

    Cons

    Have witnessed inappropriate situations, reported it to HR (with other witnesses), nothing noticeable was done about it
    Have been strongly discouraged interacting with HR to discuss 'the problem'

    Advice to Management

    Pay less, but invest more in training, especially for managers
    Promote your amazing pension scheme externally

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  5. Small teams doing big things

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In-depth knowledgeable people working in small teams

    Cons

    Big firm admin with small firm benefits

  6. Great at what they do, but really bad with people working for them

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Navigant Consulting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    experts working there really know their fields; benefits,

    Cons

    there is zero company culture

    Advice to Management

    Less politics, more collaboration

  7. Helpful (3)

    Mixed experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to get stuck in with projects and provide input on direction of projects. Range of projects is diverse and interesting.

    Cons

    Navigant consulting is better suited to experiened professionals rather than people starting off their careers. Promotional opportunities are based on office politics rather than merit.

  8. Positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    International consultancy and exceptional reputation

    Cons

    It seems that the integration between departments is not at satisfactory levels

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the integration, one-shop stop approach

  9. Helpful (3)

    Bologna on white bread with mayo

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of smart people to work with, most are decent people, with a few exceptions. Positioned well in industries that need our help. Good reputation with most clients. Navigant often provides better value for money than the Big Three.

    Cons

    --Some of the projects - while yes they deliver value to clients - are truly mind-numbing.
    --Work-life balance is hit or miss. For me it has been okay but I see others working a lot of hours.
    --The HR approach is straight out of the 1980s - everything is run by numbers. There is no leadership culture and none expected.
    --Internal IT is awful.
    --Most admin processes are easy for 3-4 people in Chicago HQ to manage but are challenging for the rest of the workforce to use.
    --The majority of Managing Directors are hired externally. There is only a small chance of advancing beyond Director level via promotion.
    --Benefits should be better for a company of this size.

    Advice to Management

    Navigant has no corporate culture. There is nothing about this company that is exciting. I can't think of anyone who is loyal to Navigant, though there is lots of loyalty to colleagues. You need to develop a culture. "Perform, Bank, and Innovate" does not inspire.

  10. Great people, good culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Fairfield, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Fairfield, CT (US)

    I worked at Navigant Consulting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked with great teammates and co-workers. Company structure did not induce competitive or cut throat nature.

    Cons

    Did not provide a great deal of area specific training which left me feeling lost with some tasks.

    Advice to Management

    More area specific training would be helpful.

  11. Good experience with strong growth and advancement opportunities, decent work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to a wide variety of industries and project types, reasonably competitive salary and benefits, management promotes work/life balance typically

    Cons

    Senior management does not actively recruit junior staff leading to staffing issues and long hours in times of turnover, salary seems to lag competitors slightly, especially year end cash bonus

    Advice to Management

    Improve recruiting policies, recruit more actively at a variety of campuses instead of just one, improve work culture by organizing more group events

    Navigant Consulting Response

    Apr 08, 2015Sr. Manager, Human Capital

    Thank you for your feedback and are happy to hear that things seem to be going well for you. We appreciate your insight. We would recommend that you talk with your practice leaders about getting ... More

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