Navistar
2.9 of 5 300 reviews
www.navistar.com Lisle, IL 5000+ Employees

Navistar Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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2.9 300 reviews

                             

59% Approve of the CEO

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Troy Clarke

(29 ratings)

39% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Not Learning from Mistakes

Product Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Lis, IL

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

ProsNice campus. Great coworkers. Plenty of engineering talent. Okay salary.

ConsTerrible management. The company is struggling to recover from a disastrous engine strategy, and while most of THAT management has left, the new management isn't doing much better. Even with a "flattened" organization, they managed to make it even harder to fix known problems or implement improvements, but once management has made a bad decision, the marching orders will not change until it has exploded in their faces.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen when someone in engineering tells you it's a bad idea. Stop chasing nickels and dimes and let the (talented) engineering staff launch new products to shake away the 2010 funk.

Most importantly, stop bleeding talent. Every week it seems that another knowledgeable coworker is leaving.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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VP musical chairs while base level gets stripped of resources and blamed for it all

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I have been working at Navistar

ProsGood base level guys that give their all and make a huge difference

ConsNo recognition, no way to move up, no raises, and you receive no real management.

Advice to Senior ManagementRespect your employees, pat them on the back when they are putting more than what they signed up for, realize that everyone is leaving because of your doing, not because of the financial status of the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Pretty good company to work for overall.

Product Cost Engineer (Current Employee)
Lisle, IL

I have been working at Navistar full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat opportunities to advance in the company.

ConsNavistar believes in overworking their employees and pushing them to the point of no return. Managers with bad attitudes and some non working managers who micro manage and don't add value to the cause.

Advice to Senior ManagementShow appreciation to the employees and understand the work needed to get the job done and make attainable goals that are realistic to reach.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Disfunctional

Purchasing (Current Employee)
Lisle, IL

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

ProsThe company has new senior leadership that is at least ethical.

ConsCompany dealing with sins of the past PLUS too many inept people in leadership positions.

Advice to Senior ManagementSell the company start from scratch.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Work harder not smarter

Senior Finance Analyst (Current Employee)
Lisle, IL

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

ProsWorld Headquarters has perks of onsite gym and cafeteria plus covered parking.

ConsPeople are more interested in the time you spend at work rather than the value you add. No one wants to change - they preach change but embracing it becomes an emotional tug of war on "we've always done it this way" and terrified that you'll expose people for the non-value added work they contribute.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe culture Navistar wants to have needs to be communicated through the ranks - not just at the executive level or some quote on the wall. There is no action that emulates a work/life balance or is there any action that supports working smarter rather than harder.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great staff lead by people putting employee moral last on the list of priorities.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Navistar full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat people. Overall culture is flexible when it comes to doctors appointments/working from home, etc. Potential opportunity if you know the right people and are willing to stick out the current business decisions.

ConsLosing people quickly and not backfilling positions. While the work-life balance used to be a great advantage, it has deteriorated. All backfills have to be approved by the CEO, which makes for a slow process and little to no transition training when people leave.

Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of continuing to cut employee costs, try to invest in your people, they are what makes your company successful. You are losing any and all good employees because of the choices you are making. When someone absorbs 3-4 peoples jobs and is doing higher level work, promote them- you will save a lot more money if you promote the good people who deserve it then if they leave and you have to hire from outside and train.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Limited vision and rewards "Yes" men

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Springfield, OH

I worked at Navistar full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood benefits and pay
Good manufacturing capability

ConsUnion
Poor Engineering
Poor Leadership
Lack of vision

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Its Ok

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGood people
Nice Amenities
Excellent workout room

ConsPoor Management
Employees have no voice
Old school Mentality about how to manage people

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the employees and learn to trust them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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After years of trouble, Navistar is still having program fixing issues.

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Lisle, IL

I worked at Navistar full-time for more than a year

ProsBeautiful campus with ample amenities and descent benefits. New leadership speaks the right language but it has yet to show it can make the changes necessary to right the ship.

ConsNavistar silos are the main issue preventing sustained change, too many chiefs in multiple silos leads to duplicated work and inefficient processes. Focus on the customer is blurred vision. Career development means shifting from silo to silo.

Advice to Senior ManagementBreak down the walls, bring in new departmental leadership that shares the same values and vision. Move forward but don't forget the long standing customers that has supported the company throughout its history.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Contract position that was supposed to last longer, but their financial issues caused them to lay off all contractors.

Product Development Engineer - Team Lead (Former Employee)
Lisle, IL

I worked at Navistar as a contractor for less than a year

ProsGood contract pay, interesting work.

ConsCompany financial issues, immature workers who waste company time with personal matters.

Advice to Senior ManagementFire workers who waste company time & money and keep the hard working people that know better.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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