Navigant Consulting

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Navigant Consulting Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
255 Reviews
3.2
255 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. 5 people found this helpful  

    As this is the consulting world, you are expected to kowtow to the client and to your egomaniacal manager

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

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting full-time

    Pros

    This company cares about getting the work done and not necessarily in what fashion, so there are flexible hours and time arrangements that employees can take advantage of, as well as the ability to work remotely. The company does offer incentives for hard work, but they are nearly unachieveable milestones.

    Cons

    As this is the consulting world, you are expected to kowtow to the client, and management have the same expectations for themselves. The egos that exist in this company are extraordinary and what managers say and do to junior level employees is astonishing. Complete and utter disrespect, scape-goating, only interested in the bottom line. Projects are consistently mismanaged and managers recuse themselves from the day to day operation of their projects only to give blind directives, most of which are counter-productive. Now there is a chance that if you work here you will work for some smart, motivated, and considerate managers, and you will learn and have positive experiences. But, more likely, if you work here you will not be treated like a human being, and that's a chance not worth taking. The compensation is fair and the perks admirable, but again, it is not worth subjecting yourself to this top-heavy company where you are expected to come running when your name is called and admonished for not jumping higher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In my opinion, managers are the key cog in driving retention rates and there is a reason that junior level employees consistently leave this company after only a few years. They are run into the ground and treated like garbage. I think managers should take a step back and think long and hard about if they even want junior level employees to stick around. If they don't, then they won't need to change anything, but if they do, then they should start with themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company overall but lacking in rewarding loyal employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst Manager in Lawrenceville, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst Manager in Lawrenceville, NJ (US)

    I worked at Navigant Consulting full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company, benefits, and work-life balance. I worked for Navigant for almost 10 years and overall I was satisfied with how I was treated. The company definitely knows how to communicate properly and they are very diplomatic and careful with HR-related stuff.

    Cons

    The company needs to provide a more fair succession plan for loyal, hard-working employees who have put in the time and effort to grow. I worked for almost 10 years and was only promoted once with a total increate in my salary of $10,000 over 9 years of dedication. My reviews were always fantastic but I never saw any growth for me. In the end, I lost my job due to the elimination of certain positions because we lost several clients in one year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair with hard-working and loyal employees and reward those that have put in the time.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    College, Part II

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

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

    Pros

    Good location, good work-life balance compared to the average consulting job (although this experience can vary from one person to another), everyone is easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Compensation is below-average for the industry. Performance ratings seem to be based more on whether you've got a managing director in your corner, less on your actual performance on a given project. Thus, advancement can be hard for lateral hires or those who have not become the "go-to" person for a higher-up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does a good job of hiring people who are easy to get along with, but not necessarily the best job of hiring and retaining the most qualified individuals. That is not to say that the people working at Navigant are unqualified, but personality seems to be the most important factor here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for first year, stagnant after that

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

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

    Pros

    Very flexible work arrangement (work remotely when needed, work odd-hours when needed, take off two hours in middle of day for appointments, etc.)
    Enthusiastic, bright, and engaging junior staff
    Plentiful initial training opportunities
    Commitment to diversity

    Cons

    Strict hierarchy
    Uninspiring executive team
    Incohesive corporate/management goals/message
    Lack of training opportunities after first year
    Little emphasis on professional development
    Little support for pursuing learning opportunities
    Bloated management and executive compensation
    Inconsistent vacation policies
    Aggressive acquisition campaign destroys 'close-knit' culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tie management and executive compensation to median employee salary (no more than 20x median salary for executives, 10x for management)
    Provide consistent and cohesive firm-wide goals
    Focus on employees you already have, not companies you want to acquire
    Encourage training and professional development from the top down
    Provide consistent vacation allowances to employees of all levels
    Try to spend a day-in-the-life of administrators, consultants, and analysts to gain perspective
    Start a sustainability initiative to limit reckless waste of resources (electricity, paper, ink, water, heating/cooling)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    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
  7.  

    Coordinator - Corporate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Friendly coworkers
    - Health/401(k) Benefits
    - If you're on the right team, there is a strong sense of collaboration and comradely

    Cons

    - Corporate employees (non consultants) are treated like second class employees
    - Heavy focus on cost cutting. Trying to get by with minimal staffing, resources.
    - Lots of political wrangling for power & promotions manifesting as CYA and blame shifting
    - Compensation was okay but not great - personally, I was over-promised on performance bonus and raise expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your corporate employees, build the teams and resources necessary to get the job done and keep the talented ones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Terrible workplace culture, old school consulting

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

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

    Pros

    fair salary, able to juggle time, good benefits

    Cons

    Old school consulting, terrible workplace culture, mass exodus of talented people, leaving only ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your are the problem

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you like a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment that pays for performance

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

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

    Pros

    Strong experienced leaders who work alongside staff providing an outstanding learning experience for the whole team, nice people to work with, good teamwork and collaboration, we work on challenging assignments at industry leading companies, if you perform well there are lots of advancement opportunities and good compensation, not a lot of beauracracy like at Big Four consulting firms, no independence issues that get in the way of sales

    Cons

    Lacks the global scale of large consulting firms (but the pluses far outweigh the cons)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to tell the Navigant story better since many people do not know who we are. Build a much better web presence to help promote the brand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navigant Consulting

    Pros

    people have diverse background and nice

    Cons

    projects are pretty bad and stick to one subject matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider employee career development

  11.  

    Very poor management and leadership

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

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

    Pros

    Nice offices; good benefits; not much else

    Cons

    Allow toxic environments to continue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees feedback - it's to improve culture and performance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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