Oshkosh Corporation

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Oshkosh Corporation Reviews

Updated October 5, 2014
Updated October 5, 2014
68 Reviews
3.0
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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.  

    Treated like a number, not a person.

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

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

    Pros

    I believe in their mission to protect those (Warfighters), who protect us. The vehicles Oshkosh makes are second to none, they are quality vehicles that literally save lives everyday.
    The benefits are fair.

    Cons

    HR and some members of the leadership team treat people (even a salaried employee like myself) as a number and don't take individual circumstances into consideration. The management is top-down only. Those with ideas or concerns on the bottom (manager and down) do not have a voice and will not be heard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those that are doing the work at the bottom and mid-levels, give them a forum, give them a voice. Leadership does not have a handle on what is happening at those levels and they continue to make changes without asking those people their thoughts. In many cases, the changes end up doing more harm than good. If you would ask people at the manager level and below for insight, you can prevent a lot of unnecessary hardship as well as saving time and money.

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

    What a Nightmare- Avoid at All Cost

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fed Up in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - Fed Up in Oshkosh, WI

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation

    Pros

    There are indeed alot of opportunities for growth, if only you had any authority to exercise those opportunities. There are current openings available at the company. The last is a great reason to apply if you are desperate for a job.

    Cons

    Upper level management is clueless along with other corporate departments on what needs to be done to take care of current issues. The entire company is a clique and if you aren't in the group, you will get nowhere. The character of corporate mid level leadership is not good. These people beat you into the ground to promote themselves all the while being poor civil examples for the rest of the company. This makes it extremely difficult to do the right thing and get anywhere above your position. The work life balance is considered an average of 60/hrs/wk with no OT. This makes our turnover rate astronomical with salaried people.

     The insurance packages the company offers to its salary staff are shameful compared to what they dole out to the union workforce. You cannot have an illness. Regardless, you will pay upwards of $150/month as an individual for insurance and still have a $1750 deductible. Otherwise you can pay $100/month and have a $3000 deductible. If you have a family like me, best of luck. The company is truly being unfair with their benefits. They dont match 401k anywhere near what other corporations are offering. 50% match up to 6%. All of these things give me reason to seek employment elsewhere. Best of luck to all fellow employees, Im getting out of here as soon as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the program. Understand that what you are doing is driving your employees away. You can't keep promoting the people that buy you rounds at the bar and depend on them to do the right thing. You have been bought and you need to right the ship before it sinks. Yes, military contracts are great but when you are done selling trucks on your last contract, where will you go from here? A strong workforce will stand behind you. Your current workforce however, won't be left standing.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Limburg an der Lahn (Germany)
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Limburg an der Lahn (Germany)

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation

    Pros

    The products itself are phantastic. The particular markets are interesting and the customers are people with a warm and helpful character.

    Cons

    They have problems with their inner structure. They did not appoint someone yet being responsible for Europe. So there is no leading for Europe. The local management is doing something without control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Responsibilty cannot be divided. They must learn that the poeple who take responsibility need to have also the power for decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Oshkosh Truck

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation

    Pros

    Benefits, fast track management, cross training

    Cons

    hours, no over time pay for salaried staff, union vs corporation mentality, 3 generation management style

  9.  

    Poor management and no room to grow professionally.

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

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation

    Pros

    Oshkosh truck offers great pay rate and did have a fairly quick raise rate and the benefits package was a great package.

    Cons

    Despite the good pay rate and the great benefits package, trucks didnt have much room to grow professionally and also management was sometimes horrible in changes that would be made in production lines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The feedback I would like to offer is that they should hear more of what the people who actually assemble the parts and work on the line instead of just letting someone who hasnt worked on the line make changes according to some data sheet.

    Recommends
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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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