Navigant Consulting Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
235 Reviews

3.0
235 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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  1.  

    Good choice for early stop in career but don't stay too long

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Many nice people overall, mostly below senior management levels. Good presence across US. Good place to start off career at consultant level.

    Cons

    Long hours expected and appreciation for sacrifices not readily acknowledged. Management seems to change strategy fairly often. Actions do not always match communications. Promotions are hard to attain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commit to strategy (not just in words but in actions that support same strategy).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long hours, uninteresting projects, little payoff or advancement.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Interesting and talented colleagues, some unique rewards programs and compensation models, and very dedicated employees.

    Cons

    Very clique driven, and management is not open to any opinion other than from those "in the club." It isn't really a consulting firm - more like a high end staffing agency for distressed projects that no other firm will take. It is also very top heavy, leaving little room for growth and advancement. Compensation and benefits are marginal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time on practice development. When MDs have 100+% utilization, no one is focused on the care and feeding of the staff, the business, or strategic direction of the practice. As a result, we take whatever the clients throw at us, regardless of fit, skill set, or fit. Also, your employees are not the enemy. Stop treating them as such.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a bad place to start, but try not to stay too long.

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good collection of people at younger levels.

    Cons

    Career advancement is very slow. The fact that it is publicly traded as well leads to dramatic cost cutting measures when quarterly estimates are not hit; the first expense to be reduced: labor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better upward mobility options.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunity to grow, but not a great work/life balance.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    There are a lot of really smart people in the company, and you can very much take control of your own career development. Learning and training opportunities are nearly unlimited. Pay is competitive and the requirements for promotion are clearly outlined and very transparent.

    Cons

    As with any consulting job, at time it can be difficult to maintain a good work/life balance. Experienced hires may occasionally feel they're being talked down to or do not have the trust of management to do your job. There are a lot of rude, entitled people that work for the company, and the culture can be a bit grating at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    RUN AWAY - while you still can

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    The salary was great, they basically overpay people to do menial tasks and use their compensation as the only way to keep them in a miserable existence.

    Cons

    Honestly this is the worst place I have ever worked, or heard of anyone else working. It all depends on your practice area, but the entire financial branch and all practices within it are an absolute nightmare.

    Senior management cares only about client satisfaction and have dismal retention rates, people are ALWAYS quitting. In order to succeed be aware that you will be playing the political game to your very last breath, those that are promoted quickly are willing to trod on others to make their way. In terms of culture, there is none. You will be screamed at, abused, called names, asked to work 80+ hours, to cancel vacations to work, work every weekend, and nobody will care when your health fails because of it. They utilize a TON of contractors and the projects are meaningless and do not change.

    It isn't a consulting firm, you will gain no real skills, it's a temp agency. The work is mind numbing and you have to be in with one or two of the "right" people to get any responsibility. Don't waste your time with a full time position here, at least the contractors make overtime. Every single project is a constant fire drill, and don't expect training or professional development as there is "no time" for such things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try listening to your employees and giving at least 10-20% of your effort to employee satisfaction. Yes, clients are important in consulting, but at the end of the day you need people to do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst company I've ever worked

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    I've worked at five companies throughout my career and this is hands down the worst of them.

    Cons

    False promises from management
    Did not deliver on anything promised when joining
    Terrible management with no mentorship
    Work was incredibly uninteresting
    Bonuses were a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't flat out lie to people about what they will be doing and don't tell people the bonus percentages are targeted at 20%, then tell someone they are in top 3 people at their position and give them a 5% bonus, it's insulting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great project work - but leadership needs to address practice issues

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Growing practice, innovative and challenging project work,

    Cons

    Limited development/training, lack of work/life balance, growing pains, difficult career progressions, lower pay scale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    okay job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting

    Pros

    some smart people, some not so much

    Cons

    long hours at client site

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide better work life balance

  10.  

    Lots of promises very little follow through

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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

    Nice people with flexible schedules. If you need to take a day off its not too difficult. Lots of free food to be found.

    Cons

    Not alot of opportunities for administration to advancement. Pays alot less than industry standard. You can find yourself doing work above your paygrade and being taken advantage of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunities for administrative staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't spend too long here.

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

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

    Pros

    You get a lot of responsibility early on and have the chance to interface directly with clients. The projects can be used as a resume builder.

    Cons

    The culture is not great. Internal politics are difficult to manage through. Work is not intellectually stimulating or challenging. Your success may be tied to who your arbitrarily assigned mentor is and the director that you most frequently work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More group inclusion. Improve office and group culture. Better projects. Manage staffing better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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