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Navigant Consulting Reviews

Updated 19 August 2014
Updated 19 August 2014
232 Reviews

3.0
232 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.  

    Lots of promises very little follow through

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't spend too long here.

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

    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
  3.  

    Career opportunity tends to be linked to the sub-group you work for

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

    Pros

    Work flexibility. You may be able to work as a remote employee.
    Decent compensation

    Cons

    Navigant is not the typical consulting firm. I would not recommend it to junior/ mid-management consultants with no sales responsibility. Navigant doesn't have a good development program/ path for its consultants. It is very difficult to ascend through the ranks. Most of its senior employees come from other companies. Navigant has a bunch of experienced consultants close to retirement and as such are only interested to sell a couple of projects that would keep them busy and billable. The work doesn't flow to the junior consultants. What worsens the situation is that everybody is responsible for its own utilization and to provide yourself your projects. Consultants are not part of big pools where you can be called upon to work in diverse projects based on your skills.
    It works more like little groups within a practice. You get to work most of the time with the manager who hired you. If that manager resigns to Navigant you better follow him because your career is over. It would be very difficult to get projects and the situation is worsened since you have to look around and knock lots of doors only to realize that those sub-groups will not let you in.

    Bottom line if you are an expert close to retirement, Navigant is the place to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Keep yourself busy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    Decent work life balance, room for growth

    Cons

    Compensation is not great, leadership organization is constantly changing, emphasis on utilization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at why people stay and work on keeping that in place, in addition to focusing on why people leave and fixing those issues

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Experience and a Great Team

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

    Pros

    The staff on the team are awesome to work with. Very dedicated and committed to the process. Great customers.

    Cons

    Work Life Balance is difficult when traveling

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not work here

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    Pros

    If you are desperate to get into consulting, then take a job here

    Cons

    There is absolutely no consideration for nights, weekends, vacations. You are literally expected to be a slave. The attitude is that you should just be happy to even have a job. There is also no upward mobility. The leadership is unimpressive and uninspiring. The work is boring and monotonous. Its not really a consulting company, more of a temp agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Consulting excellence

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    mentorship, leadership, opportunities are endless

    Cons

    con - non traditional consulting model

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Junior People, Silos, Lack of Accountability

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    Pros

    Great people at the junior level, some amazing Associate Directors and Directors as well. Very interesting and engaging work. Some nice perks, good work-life balance. Never felt over-worked. Life is great if you have a good MD.

    Cons

    Non-competitive benefits package. Projects and skills poorly matched. Very specialized practices and lack of diversity in projects assigned. Each sub-practice is its own siloed territory, guarded fiercely in some cases by MD warlords.

    Had some AD's who would work remotely basically everyday, and junior staff would get blamed for ensuing chaos. Limited room for professional growth and development within smaller, more top-heavy siloes. Great/smart/talented people at all levels, mixed in with some incompetent people at the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure project managers actually show up to work. Consulting is unstructured by nature, but that shouldn't be because of the managers. Have more inter-practice collaboration and consistency throughout.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not a bad place to start your career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    They put an emphasis on training. A massive emphasis on client first, which is understandable in consulting. Many young workers that like to socialize with each other, so the people you work with are very friendly, as well as knowledgeable. The people that work here tend to have incredible knowledge about the subjects that they are working on.

    Cons

    Some practices are so small that you are around the same people working on the same projects all the time, which would be fine if there was a better work/ life balance. The work life balance is not good most of the time, but I think this varies greatly between practices within the company. You can get stuck on the same project for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Within certain practices, there is a large problem with micromanaging workers and projects. It gets to the point where we spend more time checking in than working on our client deliverables. Provide more opportunities to work on different projects or with different practices.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Lots of hours spent on mind-numbing projects

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

    Pros

    There are some talented co-workers

    Cons

    No regard for work-life balance (in Financial Services and Valuation groups), high turnover
    Learning curve plateaus quickly, rate of skill development slows sharply after a short period of time due to lack of intellectually challenging work
    Less training than at other consulting firms
    Politics plays a very big role in promotions
    Yearly salary increases are menial even when the company is doing great
    Awful healthcare plans

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate better, find more interesting projects, be meritocratic, respect your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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