Navistar
2.8 of 5 330 reviews
www.navistar.com Lisle, IL 5000+ Employees

Navistar Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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2.8 330 reviews

                             

50% Approve of the CEO

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Troy Clarke

(40 ratings)

38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "The work is interesting and they are flexible with the work/life balance which is great if you have kids"
    in 16 reviews
  • "Good people and at the present time the company is still trying to not take away some perks"
    in 16 reviews
Cons:
  • "Management in middle are not challenging any decisions by upper management"
    in 31 reviews
  • "While the work-life balance used to be a great advantage, it has deteriorated"
    in 5 reviews
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    Mostly good people with good intentions, but weighed down by bureacracy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSalary and benefits were not bad. Most of the people were friendly. There was a lot of effort at organizational level to support people.

    ConsThe management structure and processes were not very efficient. As a result, many simple "no-brainer" decisions take much to long to happen. There was a switch to using external consulting companies to provide fundamental services. Management did not appear to listen to valid concerns from people about the challenges in making this switch - the resulting rollout was not very well executed.

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

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    Easy Internship

    Engineering Intern (Former Employee)
    Lisle, IL

    ProsVery nice headquarters campus, generous salary and housing stipend given to interns. A lot of interesting, younger engineers work there due to Navistar's move to Lisle, IL a few years ago when a lot of older people decided not to move with.

    ConsMany of the interns either had very little to do or they had very involved projects. I first project was super easy excel drudgery but my boss treated it as if it were much more difficult for me and we had many unnecessary meetings -- I read the 4 hour work week at my desk in the time I had finished all of my work and was waiting on him. I should note that my second half of the internship was more involved and interesting. Oh, and they cut their intern program entirely in 2014

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen I was there it seemed like every one was focused on putting out fires much more than innovating. I noticed a few distinct types of people -- generic business types who were excited to be part of a company turn around, interesting young people who had been with the company a few years but were not in leadership roles, and old timers who seemed to do most of the work and were stressed out as a result. The company needs a vision to work towards that can excite the younger employees into doing something more than a typical project engineer.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Chaotic environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice amenities, New programs to work on, Fair compensation package

    ConsProjects are often cancelled half-way through, Poor training, Behind in terms of technology

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    Great people, great environment, but a struggling company

    IT Intern (Former Employee)
    Lisle, IL

    ProsI interned there in the summer of 2013 for the it department. The atmosphere was very welcoming and training was a breeze. For the first few weeks after training i didn't have anything to do, due to my lack of knowledge in .net. Though i was able to find projects for my manager to complete. Navistar is really a great company, but there was so many changes going on in management that there was no really clear path of where the company is heading

    ConsThey should find ways to clear state the goals for incoming interns on what should be accomplished. There was a lot of wasted time and really lack of work. It may good to some people, but i felt wasn't really challenged or gained much experience for future work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great coworkers, Poor Company Management, and horrible union BS

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Melrose Park, IL

    ProsGreat Coworkers, Good products overall.

    ConsDealing with union BS
    Poor program choices

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop selling high warranty product on emission credits.
    Make sure program costs can be recouped on real, not projected, sales volumes.

    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 learning and job experience!

    Lead Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Madison Heights, MI

    ProsGreat hands on work experience understanding how the business works as a whole. Great culture and atmosphere. Has a great work life balance.

    ConsIt is difficult completing certain tasks/projects at times due to misdirection or lack of clarity of what is supposed to be accomplished for a specific project.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    difficult times

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Lisle, IL

    Proscomparing the company with itself 20 years ago, it is quite unfortunate the many changes that have impacted it negatively. Great school for young engineers and hope it goes back again to be a great company to build a lifelong career.

    Conslimited advancement opportunities and uncertainty. constantly change of priorities.

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

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    Short term pain; long term prosperity

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIn the long run, the company will turnaround and prosper again.

    ConsHowever, in the near term, job-opportunity is limited and career ladder almost non-exists.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe a more customer-centric company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
    Lisle, IL

    ProsGreat place to work! Navistar leadership is doing a great job to put the Company on the right way, so it's a matter of time to the Company recover completely.

    ConsWhile the Company is fighting to recover, tough decision is being made, which sometime is affecting the employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNavistar leadership is putting the Company on the right path!

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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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