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Internal View of Navistar Product Development

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Current Employee - Design Engineer in Fort Wayne, IN
Current Employee - Design Engineer in Fort Wayne, IN

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

Pros

Working at Navistar Product Development in the year 2012 is an incredible wealth of experience. You can learn something from anyone, whether for good or bad. I find it hard to believe that a person could witness poor management on a grander scale, or as rapidly, as we can at Navistar today. There are so many ways to fail, demotivate people, and concentrate on short term internal victories rather than any kind of long term strategy. This can be an excellent learning experience, which can only lead to success in future roles at other companies.

Cons

Working at Navistar Product Development in the year 2012 is not something most of us are doing as part of a long term career anymore. There are so many stories of various diferent leaders who see their employees as nothing more than a number on a paper. They predicted in 2009 that they'd have 20% retention when they moved PD to Lisle, IL from Fort Wayne, IN. In reality it isn't anywhere near 20%. Navistar went out and hired some talented and completely inexperienced people and replaced their truck PD workforce almost wholesale.

They did not, of course, acknowledge this in the Plan. As such they planned to continue full-speed ahead on numerous projects, most of which hit the wall this past summer due to lack of trained staff and lack of functional validation facilities. However the culture does not permit acknowledging issues or mistakes, so we continue on, and we blame those below us for these failures.

See also Navistar's emissions strategy, any Google search should help make the issue clear here.

If they pull through this enormous challenge they're in the middle of, they may again become great. They are not great now and won't be anytime soon.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Clean house. You have changed the CEO and Truck Group President. You need to change a lot more people from VP level down, recognize the mess you are in, and call some of your rank and file back that you've let go. When you call you need to be VERY persuasive. You have knocked most of the experience and ability right out of your organization willfully Your choice is to eat some crow and call people back in, IMMEDIATELY; or to spend the next 8 years rebuilding your abilities.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Experience at Navistar

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    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    On time pay, great benefits, Right equipment to perform work functions, Lots of younger professionals, Near Chicago, Good for resume,

    Cons

    Work culture, Lack of knowledge database, Politics, Interaction between engineering and non-engineering, Existing silos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency is always a good thing .... Communication too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    No Commitment to Employees and bad leadership

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    Current Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at Navistar as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good salaries, benefits, some opportunity.

    Cons

    Bad leadership, no vision, no commitment to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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