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Updated March 29, 2015
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Oshkosh Corporation CEO Charles L. Szews
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  1. OC is a "Life Draining and Uncaring Company" that has little to no regard for the family lives of its employees.

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    Former Employee - Team Coordinator in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Team Coordinator in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for both salary and hourly personnel. The benefits package does cover the basics, but the insurance leaves much to be desired when it comes to deductibles.

    Cons

    The company preaches that "Work-Life Balance" is to be enjoyed by all of its employees. However, overtime is excessive and often mandatory. While hourly employees are paid for overtime hours, salary personnel are not compensated.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your people, especially at the Team Coordinator level. Pushing your frontline supervisors, Team Coordinators, in excess of 55 uncompensated hours week after week after week is not only uncaring but beyond abusive.

  2. Helpful (6)

    One Big Dead End

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Manager in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Oshkosh builds very interesting products. The office is modern and comfortable. The pay and benefits appear good on the surface but don't plan on having a personal life.

    Cons

    Oshkosh is an exceptionally poor employer for production and professional employees alike. Management is compartmentalized where the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. It has a consistent pattern of making rash, uninformed and illogical decisions. There are frequent haphazard changes in direction creating frustration, chaos and confusion. In addition, changes to business systems are also occurring continuously usually without notice. They are almost always poorly functioning or left incomplete to generate issues for years to come adding to the patchwork graveyard of broken and obsolete business systems.

    There is exceptionally poor communication, incredible bureaucracy and politics. Way too many layers of deadwood management giving contradicting direction and filled with people trying to justify their existences by creating ever more crippling policies and procedures. Work flows have become so numerous, complex, frustrating, contradicting to existing processes and contrary to common sense that there is tremendous waste with many employees spending a majority of their time on non-value added activities. Way too many so called “Best Practices” which are mostly job justification activities keeping managers busy that are not focused on generating profits.

    From a middle management perspective, there also appears to be a lack of focus on maximizing profitability, pursuing true business opportunities through real innovation and no real strategic business planning. The company is a rudderless ship wandering aimlessly in many areas and appears more focused on generating positive headlines on the company website, creating catchy phrases and mitigating political correctness issues.

    Unfortunately Oshkosh tends to cultivate many of its leaders by the good old boys network. Although a few are exceptional, have somehow survived and risen through the ranks based on talent, way too many are talentless backstabbing politicians that kiss up to superiors and manipulate or step on subordinates in order to advance their own careers. Many are also oppressive micro managing control freaks whom stifle innovation, discourage employee involvement and are only interested in their own self-preservation. The good old boy network pulls along and shelters poor leaders from accountability. A highly political culture of arrogance and management incompetence has been created which is clearly evident. The result is a history of business failures especially in managing other companies that Oshkosh has acquired. They just can’t help themselves from blindly meddling with and damaging the core business practices of their acquisitions. Some profitable acquisitions have been later sold at a loss and others have been damaged so severely by Oshkosh business practices that the businesses were discontinued shortly after investing millions of dollars. Despite this, corporate executives spare no means in maximizing their compensation and finding new and creative ways to reward themselves while loyal hard working employees routinely get cut without regard to their contributions or performance.

    After you have worked at Oshkosh Corp. for a while you will come to realize that Oshkosh truly does not care about its people. The truth is Oshkosh is a highly unstable cut throat hire/fire company from an employment standpoint and will toss you out the door in the blink of an eye. If you are just starting, be advised that a long term career at Oshkosh for most is a pipe dream. For every long term employee, dozens have been terminated. The odds are you will eventually be cut no matter how loyal you are and how hard you work unless you are in the good old boys network. There is a revolving door of people and tremendous turnover. Young talented employees are expected to work extreme hours, are routinely taken advantage of, stepped on, used up and discarded like an old pair of underwear. That is, after their superiors have taken credit for the employee’s accomplishments. Many wonderful talented employees have learned the hard way that Oshkosh Corp is one big dead end. Think twice about wasting your talents at Oshkosh Corp.

    Advice to Management

    Oshkosh also needs to get back to common sense ways of doing things and needs to start taking care of your talented employees! Start fixing problems instead of ignoring them. A major overhaul in culture from top to bottom is needed to improve communication throughout the company, restore accountability and transparency. Get rid of the top heavy multiple overlapping layers of managers, directors, VPs and career politicians that are not producing profits. Invest heavily on innovation and expanding business opportunities. Stop meddling with other divisions in an amateurish way and driving them into ground. Continuous fleecing of the company and excessive increases in executive compensation is immoral, unjustified and needs to be reined in especially when the company is doing poorly. Hire an outside firm to simplify, streamline and eliminate wasteful business practices. Corporate would be a good place to start. Internal employees cannot be trusted to do this. They will only produce more bureaucracy to save their own jobs.

  3. Helpful (1)

    10 years behind in technology - high stress and few office comforts

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Position in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Office Position in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation

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

    Pros

    Salary was great, benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Not even the email system is within in the last decade. I've never seen a corporation this size not use Outlook!! No time for lunches...but that doesn't really matter since there isn't anywhere but your desk to eat your lunch. Expect to get to work an hour early and stay an hour late and your company cell phone will never stop chirping at your even when you get home. All technology improvements are continually 2 years out, but you are expected to perform like everything is a well oiled machine. Very little time allowed to get into your role.

    Advice to Management

    Update technology, provide better training, and give people the opportunity to learn their role.

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  5. Not a good environment

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    Former Employee - Materials Specialist in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Materials Specialist in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience
    Good people
    Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Work-Life balance
    Felt like high school in terms of advancement-if you didn't golf with the right group, forget it

    Advice to Management

    Could be a great place to work if people cared about the work they did and not just their next opportunity.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Work hard, no reward.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This was a Manufacturing company that employed a dedicated workforce. The employees do what it takes to get projects done. They have pride in their finished products.

    Cons

    Management style and executive team is ineffective. Often heard it referred to as the"old boys network." Expectation for salaried employees is to work a lot of hours without compensation or recognition. No employee development programs or career development paths. Company is disjointed among divisions. No real company loyalty.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to implement diversity, employee development and recognition and a communicative culture.

  7. Helpful (4)

    Could be much better...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Time to get out!

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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Learn how to run a business!

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great product, but that is where the fun ends

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Industrial Engineer in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Industrial Engineer in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    -Fantastic product; can be proud of what you are part of
    -OK company to get your start; will hire entry level engineers, etc.
    -Oshkosh as a city can be fun and entertaining

    Cons

    -Looooooong hours; expect to work 60+ if salary
    -Union does not budge
    -Entitled management
    -Very Stressful
    -Prepare to live underneath a bus; will be thrown there constantly and consistently
    -Pay/per hour is laughable when considering the amount of hours
    -Very undefined roles and responsibilities
    -Unhappy work force; very low morale

    Advice to Management

    The happiest day of my professional life was when I left OSK. I can say I miss my co-workers, but that is the extent of my nostalgia.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great for unlimited overtime, no benefits, burn out and leave when your bills are paid.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Buyer in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    I made $20 an hour and worked there for 1 year and a half. The job offered almost unlimited overtime on occasion and there are times when the work can seem enjoyable if you are organized and like hassling suppliers, which at times I did. There was some autonomy depending on the work load.

    Cons

    You will do data entry and cold calling until you imprint excel sheets in your eyes and your hand ache. You will also feel like a glorified intern however, the interns will feel like they are above you as they get more project work and more interesting work than you. As a contractor, you will likely be treated as disposable labor. There is also a everyone for themself attitude. Little to no culture of friendship or comradery. Nobody seems to be friends and everyone is there just for a paycheck. When you take this job, it will likely be for the money, however when the money is no longer worth the job you will have a hard time leaving this job for more fullfiling work because they are known for burning out employees so that even with what litle time you have left after working 55 hours you don't have the energy to look for a job elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Show interest and build real relationships with your employees. Act like you care and it will go a long ways. Occaisionally, ask an employee how his work is going and just be friendly rather than treating them like they are equipment to be used and disposed of.

  11. Expect More, pay less

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

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It has a demanding customer, and is a fast paced manufacturer. There are plenty of opportunities for improvements, and the chance to work on many big projects. Products are very cool, and serving the customer is rewarding.

    Cons

    The expectation of working more hours. Never ending work load and a lack of training. Old-boy network controls promotions, and there is an overall resistance to change.

    Advice to Management

    Share the wealth, low raises are an insult. Actually show that you value your workforce by listening to them. Maybe consider embracing 20th century (or even 21st!) management methods.

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