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Navistar Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
Updated February 15, 2015
88 Reviews
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88 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work is interesting and they are flexible with the work/life balance which is great if you have kids (in 21 reviews)

  • Good people and at the present time the company is still trying to not take away some perks (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • The new upper management (directors and above) is making the environment difficult (in 34 reviews)

  • Little sense on the decision of senior management (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Difficult to Recommend

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

    I have been working at Navistar

    Pros

    Company has good pay, strong benefits, impressive history. Seems to be minimal politics when it comes to hiring and promotion which is good.

    Cons

    This is a company that has fallen hard on it's face the last few years. It's the laughing stock of the truck industry and the competition is eating them for lunch. The company should be doing everything it can to rebuild it's reputation, but it's just not doing that. Incredibly outdated systems and that can't live up to the competition's systems. Never worked for a company where employees have to be emailed at least 2-3+ times to get something done. People do not reply to emails, do not call you back, and are rude to you when you try to get them to do their job. I thought it was an anomaly, but after working there for 3 years I see this in all departments I deal with. Senior management does nothing to address it, and doesn't like to hear about it. If you can even get them to reply that is...

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

    Spinning Wheels

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

    I have been working at Navistar as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed office environment, winter break, plenty of room to do what you want to do.

    Cons

    Wasn't hired on as promised despite exceeding management's expectations. Engineering Dept. full of waste and bogged down by incomprehensible, outdated computer systems in which Engineers are forced to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your attrition strategy for cutting the budget just encouraged the talent to leave and left only the people too shiftless to find better employment. Consider actually tracking the workloads of your employees if you want them to work efficiently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent through the years; bad leadership decisions at end

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Management in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Management in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Navistar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits
    Good products and reputation
    Great campus with several amenities

    Cons

    Too much politics
    Too much internal selling/negotiating
    Takes forever to get things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restrict your options in price pages
    Charge to so called up charge fees on options
    Assign real cost reduction goals on all functions; not just Purchasing
    Eliminate politics and status from Managers to top leadership
    Eliminate favorites in promotions: equal opportunity

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

    Once a great company to work for, look elsewhere if you are a young professional looking for career growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer, Senior in Melrose Park, IL
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer, Senior in Melrose Park, IL

    I have been working at Navistar full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Christmas break/ shutdown. I would like to write about my great coworkers, but currently most of them have left the company or they are looking elsewhere. My manager is great long term employee, but overwhelmed with 15+ direct reports. Probably a good place for older employees to wind down their career and retire in the Chicago area.

    Cons

    Currently a depressing atmosphere and still as of 2015 not recovering. I thought the bottom was reached about 1 year ago but we keep getting negative announcements. Melrose Facility no longer has a cafeteria. Hundreds of empty desks in both Lisle and Melrose means you're literally running the skeleton crew. Some labs were constructed in 2012 but never finished. Front of the building construction ceased 2 years ago and remains without walls and vacant. People leaving every day and things are getting worse. Promotions were once possible, but constant reorganization means opportunities are getting cut at every quarter. Many managers lost their direct reports so opportunity for leadership experience is nill. Pay is not competitive, particularly considering the Chicago area. I actually got a job offer at another company for $10k more pay, in the state of Michigan which has a much lower cost of living. I was a very hard working employee from 2009-2012. Each year, I looked forward to work, worked late , gained responsibility, etc but never got more than a 3 on my TPM. I would frequently log more than 50 hours per week in the past. My manager once told me that the TPM score was not a result of effort. For the past 2 years, I have just been doing the absolute minimum amount of work and still get the same 3 on my TPM. I probably should have gotten a 4 or 5 in the past, but now I have no motivation and still get the same score as I did in the past. TPM very ineffective system when you can't reward truly hard working employees. Did I mention the news headlines on Navistar?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You know what you need to do, but obviously you can't give raises. I would suggest promoting some of the existing people into the management roles and giving direct reports with maybe a modest raise. Move people around so that experience is gained. I saw that is happening but not in engine group. There are too many great opportunities at other companies so the only people who you'd be able to hire from outside are going to be the bottom of the barrel. I'd say promote or use what little experience you have remaining to stop the bleeding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Job Hunter Beware!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, clean facilities, friendly environment if your a regular hourly employee. Up to date computers, some software is old but easy to learn.

    Cons

    Some employees work pretty much for free. Your asked to leave early or take extended lunches to cover the difference so over time isn't paid. If you take a break the time must be made up. Rules are in place but they only apply to some. Management is pretty much in a state of chaos. One woman is in charge and the others must please her no matter who gets stepped on. Bonuses no longer happen, focus is on customer service however the service of its employees are overlooked. Concerns are never addressed, work is not even, some have barely enough to do while others do the job of 3. This location emphasizes cost savings at the expense of its employees by piling so much on them. In an effort to save money they will not longer supply cream & sugar for coffee. This is how petty its become. Turnover is constant, your work isn't valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees more often than throwing them under the bus!

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

    Politics Galore and underpaid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lisle, IL

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

    Pros

    Paid Shut down for almost 2 weeks in December in addition to your vacation time.

    Cons

    No raises or profit sharing
    company is unstable has had over 5 layoffs in the last 2 years.
    Very cut throat
    I was one of the few with a degree and management around me who didn't have one made sure to make anyone who can take their position suffer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you cared about your employees more and paid them accordingly you would get them to perform as much as you want them too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    The beginning of the end...

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

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

    Pros

    Great place for task-oriented people who carry low expectations and lack ambition, and people who live outside the city limits.

    Cons

    No product innovation. Bad financial state. Shareholder activism. Dubious GM retirees as executives. Top heavy organization. Incompetent middle managers lacking basic problem solving skills. Old school thinking and actions. Political silos. No opportunities to grow and develop in the good'ol boys' network. Low quality and overworked employees. Poor morale, below industry salaries, and dwindling benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be prepared for the lonely ride to oblivion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Slow turnaround

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navistar

    Pros

    Plenty of parking and flexible hours.

    Cons

    relying to much on contract employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great American company going down slowly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager Parts in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Product Manager Parts in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Navistar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent salaries and benefits
    Good headquarters

    Cons

    Management does not listen to employees
    Too many new managers that do not understand the business
    TPM process was a joke for most of the managers (this is the employee annual review)
    Lost a lot of experienced employees in the last 24 months, there is no incentives for employees to stay
    Pension was frozen and finalized cancelled
    No respect for people even though it is one of the company's values
    Too many flavor of the month projects without consistency
    Executive management made up of ex GM employees with no loyalty to Navistar/International Harvester
    Work overload, everyone is doing three jobs
    Employee morale is extremely low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start showing some respect for people
    Lay offs are a way to save money but you have lost a lot of good employees
    Middle management needs to be heard
    Get rid of managers that are not doing their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at Navistar full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are opportunities to grow market share through strategic product planning and management, cost containment and product quality improvement. Company has strong dealer network that if well managed could help improve sales volume both to existing and new markets.

    Cons

    Culture of company is stagnated in the 19th century. While there are opportunities to grow market share through strategic product planning and management, there is no strong sense of growing and retaining people who can help grow and sustain company business. With loss of market-share and sales, company has lost a large number of employees through layoffs to reduce SG&A cost and later through attrition because of loss of faith in top management to actually turn the company around. Lack of succession planning has led to a lack of continuity in the business, employee are put in positions where they have no experience. Many jobs are open, company cannot fill the positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a clear vision for the company, make it achievable and reward employees who go the extra mile to help the company in various responsibilities. It would be great to promote based on merit and training rather than who you know in the company. Navistar pays on average 70% to 80% of market rates for various skill set sets which is partly why there is an exodus of employees, it would be great to pay based on market to retain current employees and attract new talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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