Navigant Consulting

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Navigant Consulting Reviews

Updated 23 January 2015
Updated 23 January 2015
263 Reviews
3.2
263 Reviews
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Navigant Consulting Chairman and CEO Julie M. Howard
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great colleagues with a reputation for quality work and interesting projects

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Absolutely the best thing I ever did

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    • 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 an year)

    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).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Navigant Consulting full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Small teams doing big things

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting

    Pros

    In-depth knowledgeable people working in small teams

    Cons

    Big firm admin with small firm benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Navigant Consulting

    Pros

    experts working there really know their fields; benefits,

    Cons

    there is zero company culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less politics, more collaboration

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mixed experience

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

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting

    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.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Positive

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting

    Pros

    International consultancy and exceptional reputation

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the integration, one-shop stop approach

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Navigant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Navigant Consulting

    Pros

    Great hard working company good salary

    Cons

    If you're not ready to work hard then this isn't the company for you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Flexible and Independent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company allows you to seek out opportunities you are interested in. Lots of smart people working on interesting and relevant problems.

    Cons

    Still can be a stuffy, corporate environment with standard corporate training, meetings, and mind-numbing performance evaluation processes. Training leaves a lot to be desired.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company if you like working a lot

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Navigant Consulting full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Compensation was good.
    * If you are proactive, you can push your career in the direction you want by choosing the right projects.
    * Developing skills is encouraged as long as you take initiative.

    Cons

    Must work a lot (though that's generally true of most competitors as well).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to help develop lower level staff to keep them engaged.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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