Navistar
2.8 of 5 300 reviews
www.navistar.com Lisle, IL 5000+ Employees

Navistar Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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2.8 300 reviews

                             

59% Approve of the CEO

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Troy Clarke

(29 ratings)

39% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Work life balance but that's like saying having nothing to do is a good thing"
    in 15 reviews
  • "Mostly good people to work with throughout the organization"
    in 15 reviews
Cons:
  • "Management in middle are not challenging any decisions by upper management"
    in 31 reviews
  • "terrible organization, no opportunities for advancement"
    in 5 reviews
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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Navistar full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood Environment and good people

ConsCompany was always in some sort of crisis mode

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

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Started great, now shaky.

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Lisle, IL

I worked at Navistar full-time for more than 3 years

ProsWas a great place to work that still had its founding values, loaded with long term employees. Though the pay was below market rate, it had fantastic vacation time.

ConsHas since turned into a "typical" corporation without adjusting it's pay and benefits to match. People who were rehired were then laid off again within months.

Advice to Senior ManagementDecide what kind of company you want to be.

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

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Good trucks, great teammates

Chief Engineer (Current Employee)
Lisle, IL

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

ProsNavistar provided me numerous opportunities to broaden out my career and get to know the business better. Their products are very complex and enjoyable to develop. The people have a wide range of skill sets required to design, manufacture and support commercial vehicles. The new integrated facilities are sensational with loads of amenities.

ConsThe transportation industry rises and falls with the GDP, so periodic layoffs are part of the whole package. They have lost a lot of the vehicle product development staff during the move to Chicago and are rebuilding the team.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees as well as your dealers and customers. Communicate the vision to all of them. Don't try to execute strategies without understanding the true risks.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great place to start as a recent graduate

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Navistar

Prosexposure to business
WHQ close to a major city

Consmanagement needs to have the right people in place to execute plans

Advice to Senior Managementmore transparency please

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Decent employer.

Sales Manager (Current Employee)
Lisle, IL

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

ProsNavistar provides a competitive salary, job growth opportunities, and moderate training.

ConsExecutive management has made recent decisions that will lead to employees leaving within the next few months. Current employees are required to work 2-3 jobs and most departments are running skeleton shifts.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet's focus on morale when making decisions that affect many employees, many who Navistar should want to retain. If our focus is on customer service and customer retention, we need the tools required to accomplish these tasks. We should be less penny-wise and pound-foolish.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Navistar is a company with great opportunity but a stressful and hectic work environment.

Senior Product Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Lisle, IL

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

ProsYoung workforce
Ability to see work through from start to finish

ConsNo bonuses or profits
Limited job growth
Compressed deadlines

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to involve people doing the physical work in program scope and charter approval. Many pitfalls could be avoided up front if management consulted with the right people.

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 work experience ... until the end

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Lisle, IL

I worked at Navistar full-time for more than 10 years

ProsLearned many things and felt part of something
Many fun times and challenging work
Many good colleagues

ConsComplete change in late summer 2012 when CEO left and the company lost its soul

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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good

Senior Product Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Lisle, IL

I have been working at Navistar full-time for more than 3 years

Prosworkculture is great and good environment

Conslack of process and methods

Advice to Senior Managementmore process oriented

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great Employment Experience

Supplier Development (Former Employee)
Fort Wayne, IN

I worked at Navistar full-time for more than 8 years

ProsA good culture showcasing diversity and a good world view of manufacturing and operations. Good focus on the individual and excellent opportunities for self-improvement. They paid for my Masters degree and provided time to attend classes.

ConsSometimes the goals of the company are not completely clear to the employees. Also, the review process requires individuals to make their own improvement plan without regard for providing time to complete the plan.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave more periodic meetings to discuss goals and the vision for the future. Review how employees are evaluated. Ensure the core values are truly reflected. Include how people have achieved advancement by their development plans.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Experience!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Lisle, IL

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

Pros- Excellent facility. One of the best. The all-glass facade provides plenty of natural light, a direct contrast to my previous job at a Fortune 50 company where I could not tell if it was night or day outside.
- Lots of young professionals, a rarity in the automotive industry
- World class fitness center
- Very convenient Metra access for those who want to commute from Downtown Chicago
- Good time to work for Navistar. After years of mismanagement, the company finally seems to be on the up.
- Plenty of opportunities to move internally

Cons- Dysfunctional HR
- Layoffs do not help employee morale but things seem to be turning around for the positive
- No clear promotion structure

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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