Oshkosh Corporation

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Oshkosh Corporation Reviews

Updated October 5, 2014
Updated October 5, 2014
68 Reviews
3.0
68 Reviews
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Oshkosh Corporation CEO Charles L. Szews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay for the area as a blue collar worker (in 5 reviews)

  • I was fortunate to work with some great people at Oshkosh, and the pay was good for what I did as a temp (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no such thing as work life balance with this company (in 4 reviews)

  • No real internal career paths are defined, nor are dept moves encouraged within the company (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Enjoyable and fun, yet challenging and demanding. Overall a great place to work at.

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

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation full-time

    Pros

    The work is challenging and is team oriented. Management can be demanding, but allows employees to take ownership and initiative to succeed. Sometimes feels a bit directionless, but that provides opportunities for team oriented employees to step up and take the lead. Co-workers are great and helpful.
    Management in my division is very team positive, open to personal initiative, encourages ideas, innovation and have high company values.
    If you are a team player, come in everyday committed to do your best, be supportive and understand that company shortcomings are opportunities to your career, then you'll find this a great place.

    Cons

    Can be demanding and stressful for both managers and employees (which is why many comment on manager demands). Can sometimes require long hours for salaried employees. Can often seem one person short of a full team (or there's not enough hours in the day to finish tasks).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more company news and accomplishment sharing with employees. More empathy with union employees might go a long way. Overall, management is very good, but the energy does not seem to flow down as well as could be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Every day has new challenges.

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

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable work, and the customers are interesting.

    Cons

    Medical benefits are third-world class'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits will keep the best employees. Benefits are worth 20%+ of fair compensation. A Salary or hourly wage is only part of the package.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Entry job right out of college.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation

    Pros

    A good first job to have coming out of college with lots of oppurtunities to work on big projects and have direct impacts to processes.

    Cons

    The expectation of working a lot of hours. A culture to work harder vs smarter and the typical glares if only working an 8 hour day.

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  5.  

    Great leaders

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Staff in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - IT Staff in Oshkosh, WI

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

    Pros

    IT Leaders are willing to help you get any thing accomplished.
    IT Technology has been improving over the last few years.
    IT goal well planned

    Cons

    Budget constraints
    Work load more then national standard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider ROI more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good environment, challenging work, needs more cohesion

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

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation (more than an year)

    Pros

    In the IT side of Corporate, the environment is mostly positive. Most of the managers (from upper mid, to the front lines) try to involve employees in the decision making. A definite 'invest in getting it done' attitude. Pay isn't bad, and the benefits package is pretty good, and the offices can be crowded but extremely functional.

    Cons

    They need to ensure that 'getting it done' includes 'the right way' as some managers (especially in the segments) 'cheap out' and then complain it doesn't work. Senior management can a bit directionless with how hard to press forward with projects. The hours can get crazy because nobody wants any downtime, but that's not unusual for IT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We might be ONE Oshkosh a little quicker if they'd pay a little more AND crack a few segment heads that don't want change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Assembler in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - General Assembler in Oshkosh, WI

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay.. wide variety of job opportunies and excellent benefits

    Cons

    Too much push push let's rush to hit the numbers and not enough management caring about the quality of the product

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pull your head out of your tail and learn to actually listen to what employees have to say and their ideas instead of treating them like crap and shutting them out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Pay, Poor Management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation

    Pros

    The Pay is very Good

    Cons

    The Management is very poor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to People that are willing to help

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Could be much better...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Oshkosh, WI

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

    Pros

    1. Exciting vehicles and products.
    2. Opportunity to work on DoD projects and directly assist our war fighters.
    3. Fast-paced engineering and design environment. Something new every day.
    4. Still some experienced and highly intelligent people left to work with on ground floor.

    Cons

    1. High level of effort and sacrifice expected, but not willing to pay for it. Salary structure is behind the times and not market competitive. Yearly increases are routinely behind inflation.
    2. Managers are very stuck on themselves and only concerned with self-promotion.
    3. Projects are inadequately managed, resulting in a pile of work at any given moment. The company always seems to be behind on everything, which ends up unnecessarily pushing everyone daily.
    4. Promotions are dangled in front of you, but rarely handed out and very much dictated by a club atmosphere. If you're in the club, you're all set. If not, you're screwed no matter how much effort you put in.
    5. No real internal career paths are defined, nor are dept moves encouraged within the company. Each dept does what it wants and HR only gets involved if there's an issue or fight to keep someone.
    6. Bonus structure is a joke. Honestly, it really is that bad. Might as well just donate to charity instead, would mean more to everyone.

    Overall, company has a militant approach to dealing with employees and customer issues. Very rarely does the right thing get done unless required by law or contract. They simply don't treat employees well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do better, we expect more from our leaders... especially for what you get paid. Grow a set and start doing the right thing, stand up for your people when they are right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Time to get out!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fabricator in Appleton, WI
    Current Employee - Fabricator in Appleton, WI

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The wages are the best for my job class in this area, but that's it!

    Cons

    Management is about the worst I and many others have ever seen. It literally is amazing that a product is even produced, much less a decent one. You're always kept in the dark an s treated with little respect. Constant threat of layoffs sue to poor management and planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to run a business!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not a bad place for an internship.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology Intern in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - Information Technology Intern in Oshkosh, WI

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    For an internship, they are very flexible with students and will try to accommodate them as much as possible.

    Cons

    There can be periods of time where there isn't much work that an intern can do. There is also the matter of little training going on as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a pretty nice internship program, but you hire very few from it because you seem to only want senior level experience. You have plenty of valuable skills coming out of nearby colleges.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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