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Navigant Consulting Reviews

Updated 11 September 2014
Updated 11 September 2014
238 Reviews
3.1
238 Reviews
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Navigant Consulting Chairman and CEO Julie M. Howard
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule, work-life balance, all employees are bonus eligible (in 22 reviews)

  • Yo get the opportunity to work with very smart people (in 11 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 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  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 for 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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    • 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 for more than a 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

    • 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 for more than a 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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.  

    I was a contractor and converted. Best decision I made

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Outstanding company, culture and upward mobility

    Cons

    Some of co-pays in health plan are a bit steep

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Life Sciences Practice Quickly Growing

    • 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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for personal / professional growth in the Life Sciences group. There is excellent work life balance and the senior management really does value people's family commitments

    Cons

    Training is ad hoc and still in development, though it is improving over time. Sometimes selling additional work gets in in the way of quality

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Navigant Consulting Response

    Sep 18, 2014Sr. Manager, Human Capital

    Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate you sharing your experience..

  11.  

    Decent work/life balance, but lack of opportunities for entry-level/junior level staff

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

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

    Pros

    - For a professional services firm, pretty reasonable work/life balance with flexible work hours due to minimal or no work travel (maybe 2/3 of my colleagues at the Consultant/Senior Consultant level have never had to travel even once for work)
    - Very smart, educated colleagues (many Practices require Masters or PhDs especially in the more specialized fields)
    - Extensive internal training opportunities to sharpen analytical/quantitative skills (SQL)

    Cons

    - No real company/office culture - seems like there are really about 50 smaller companies (mostly acquired firms) within the company as a whole, generally creating friction and alienation within larger offices among Senior-level employees (Directors and Managing Directors)
    - Most engagements within Industry-based practices (Energy, Healthcare, Construction) are way too niche and overly specialized, thus leading to almost none or minimal cross-collaboration with other practices or even other sub-groups.
    - Engagements tend to be very long-term (3+ years), repetitive, and unstimulating after first year
    - For junior-level consultants (Consultant or Senior Consultant) or even sometimes managers (Managing Consultant or Associate Director), very little opportunity to actually interact with clients and develop stronger understanding of clients' business functions (this is why people go into consulting!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to develop business strategies that leverage expertise across multiple industries or consider rotational programs to attract/retain talent as most entry-level/junior-level staff pursue the consulting profession to gain broad exposure to different client businesses and industries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Navigant Consulting Response

    Sep 15, 2014Sr. Manager, Human Capital

    We appreciate the candid feedback. We're sorry you did not have the best experience at Navigant. The Firm is constantly evolving and your experience and insights will be helpful as we continue to ... More

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