Navistar

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Navistar Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
380 Reviews
2.8
380 Reviews
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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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Can't stop the bleeding

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

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

    Pros

    -Decent starting compensation
    -Large (somewhat falling-apart) campus
    -A few "diamonds in the rough' for coworkers
    -2 Parking Garages
    -Great starting benefits for now

    Cons

    Please note, most of these Cons occurred after Dan Unstian was fired and the massive "transformation" began.

    - Promotions/Reviews: Their system started as a way for normal employees to steadily progress within the company. However, their new focus on "cost savings" has severely crippled their retention. Employees are given a rating of 1-5 which decides their rate change/promotion or discipline depending on their score. Scores of 4 or 5 are guaranteed compensation increases, while 3's are the most common (met expectations). These scores reflect the employee's Development and Business goals, neither of which the employee has any say in. Managers have "Calibration meetings" at year-end where they are strongly discouraged at giving 4's or 5's, no matter what the employee has accomplished.

    - Leadership: Their best sales and business staff has fled this company long ago. The ones staying, are ones currently under a retention bonus contract that pays them a lump sum every 6 months for the duration of 2 years. If you're looking to grow with a company, you would best serve looking elsewhere. Additionally, they have been playing the "hold the lines, we're nearly there" card for nearly 2 years. During those two years, nearly 40% of their Lisle employees were either laid off, fired, or have gone to greener pastures. They can't stop the bleeding, and they're panicking.

    - Human Resources: Their HR is split into 3 separate areas: the Human Resource Consultants (not contractors), Talent Acquisition and the Employee Retire Information Center. You won't find this at most companies because it creates discord and confusion. There have been consistent rumors the last 6 months involving the outsourcing of HR entirely, or at the very least ERIC. There's simply no reason to have 3 separate departments staffed servicing what is left of the company.

    -Recognition/Culture: 4 years ago, a yearly company paid Christmas outing was what everyone looked forward to. Employees were routinely rewarded for going above and beyond both inside and outside of the workplace. After the transformation, you will not find that here anymore. Lump Sum awards now have a cap of a miniscule amount on them, and they are strictly given to senior management and above. They've recently lifted part of Toyota's and Google's culture motos, but none of the results and work that need to go behind it. A culture change is far more than changing your internal slogan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I grew up with Navistar, and it broke my heart these last 3 years watching it pick itself apart. It's becoming increasingly evident by the atrocious retention rate and lack of morale, that the company is downsizing itself to be small enough to sell off. The job market has changed dramatically in the last 2 years. People have choices now, and Navistar fails to realize this.

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

    Good in the beginning, but left due to insecurity and lack of career growth.

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

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

    Pros

    Working level folks are friendly. The facility is top notch and the gym is fantastic. Cafeteria serves good food. Number of meeting rooms to reserve.

    Cons

    Lack of career growth. The company has been in dire straights for years due to pursuing old technology with high warranty repercussions. No ability to move vertically or laterally. Needs more focus on r&d if it wants to be an industry leader.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand that times have been hard, but without workers with experience in the area, you won't have a quality product. Pay your people closer to industry average, and promote internally to retain them.

    In addition, there are still people in power with old mindset (fire fighting vs. preventative validation). They need to go.

    Finally, there is a dichotomy in TPMs between purchasing whose goal is lowest BOM cost up front regardless of warranty, manufacturing whose goal is 0 ppm and no ability to ever build anything wrong regardless of any cost, and reliability whose goal is lowest warranty regardless of BOM cost. Reasonable goals to accommodate needs to be set at the top and cascaded down, and all parties need to work to those goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    There is lots of work to do and not enough people to do it.

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

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

    Pros

    Good for getting work experience.

    Cons

    Too much work and not enough people do in almost all areas of product development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring people is a good idea but if you don't focus on keeping the people you have you just end up with a lot churn and lost experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once great company, problems may be too great to overcome

    • 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

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Significant problems with critical decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to middle management more, be willing to try new ideas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr Product Development Engineer at Navistar 3 years

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

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

    Pros

    My manager is flexible about my work schedule

    Cons

    Removed engineering management positions, and will move you anywhere the company needs man power, even if you don't have any experience or appropriate education. This is not a good place to work for new college grads, there is little training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train new people, and align skill set with appropriate work level. Stop reorganizing the company, there are a lot of people in groups they should not be in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Headstrong - Lack Vision

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Compensation very competitive, but advancement hindered by political leanings

    Cons

    Lack vision to enhance/embrace change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider listening to new points of view and accept the challenge.

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

    Too many Vice Presidents for a $11B company - Management lacks vision

    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you want to learn something just by your own interest, it is good, as there are a lot of areas where people do not know what is going on.
    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Promotion is only dependent if you know somebody very well. You will not get promoted even if you show solid performance for years.
    Demotivating because you will find new positions created, and people who do not perform as well getting promoted quickly, just because they know somebody.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have an unbiased process to recognize upcoming talent.

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

    Squeeze the lemon.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Columbia, SC

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

    Pros

    After most people abandoned ship there's not enough people left to fire anyone. Lots of O T available because things can't get done.

    Cons

    Don't think your going to get raises for working hard. Insurance is expensive and crappy. Nobody has any desire to work hard just to be slapped with more work from lazy workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something for the hard workers and cull the lazy ones. Find some good insurance or there won't be anyone left to do the work. Keeping things in the USA would be smart.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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