Navistar Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
371 Reviews
2.8
371 Reviews
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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 21 reviews)

  • Good people and at the present time the company is still trying to not take away some perks (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • The new upper management (directors and above) is making the environment difficult (in 34 reviews)

  • Little sense on the decision of senior management (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Ups and Downs but still good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at Navistar full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good. Pretty competitive in most areas. The compensation is decent. Navistar pays at market rates. The annual winter break/shut down is awesome.

    Cons

    There is a lot of change and turnover right. Many departments have been forced to do more with less. People are scared due to the uncertainty but management believes we will turn the corner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have been in the turnaround phase for a long time. Management needs to communicate more often. They need to look at the attrition and do something to retain the folks that are still here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A great company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Navistar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic, very diversified work-environment. Great peer collaboration. Excellent opportunities for career growth. The company is very diversified and offers great benefits to employees.

    Cons

    Too focused on making changes that would take the enterprise a notch up but failing to implement and follow through with changes. Poor program management and project portfolio management. All IT department has been outsourced to reduce staff to a bare minimum in lieu of IT transformation. Too many valuable resources were let go that will take many years (or decades) to replace. Poor strategic management actions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It takes years to learn all school bus and truck manufacturing processes and business rules. Outsourced resources do not have this experience due to high turnover. Your effort to eliminate IT payroll caused the company to lose billions. Rehire former employees willing to go back.
    Value your resources: acknowledge and nurture those who have been great contributors. Waste of intellectual property must be stopped.
    IT TAKES MONEY TO MAKE MONEY! Invest in your valuable employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company overall, but individual departments have different issues

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navistar

    Pros

    Strong company with good heritage, many positions and able to move positions is a possibility.

    Cons

    Promotions are few and far between in the last two years given the companies condition. Unfortunately they're still slow to help their employees in their career. This is why so many people are leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the delay and give your employees a reason to stay at the company. So much talent has left the company it is hurting from lack of experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not the correct time to be there

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navistar as an intern

    Pros

    excellent learning opportunities, excellent facilities

    Cons

    Management not interested in Technical Aspects

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Next thing closest to the Auto industry...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at Navistar full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A significant part of the Management has a strong automobile background.
    People are down to earth so if you are one of those who carries a chip and puts on an act; you act will soon fall apart.

    Cons

    It is a cyclical industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Hard work, quite a bit of responsibility, rules are not followed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Joliet, IL

    I have been working at Navistar full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You can work there and not follow rules ...you have multiple warnings and still do not get fired.

    Cons

    no structure no discipline no SOP enforcement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See how the majority of your workers are taking the company for granted...not earning what they are paid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Electrical group, wiring harness engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer Senior Team Lead in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer Senior Team Lead in Lisle, IL

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

    Pros

    Very solid company, concentrated in one product, Truck manufacturing.

    Cons

    Not invested enough in R&D .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in new products development, in order to compete better with others Trucks manufacturer, specifically Freightliner.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Once great company, problems may be too great to overcome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navistar

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Significant problems with critical decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to middle management more, be willing to try new ideas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sr Product Development Engineer at Navistar 3 years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Development Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Product Development Engineer in Lisle, IL

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

    Pros

    My manager is flexible about my work schedule

    Cons

    Removed engineering management positions, and will move you anywhere the company needs man power, even if you don't have any experience or appropriate education. This is not a good place to work for new college grads, there is little training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train new people, and align skill set with appropriate work level. Stop reorganizing the company, there are a lot of people in groups they should not be in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great location, great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL

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

    Pros

    Good wages, comfortable environment, opportunities for advancement. Onsite walking paths, putting green, basketball hoops. Outdoor grilling every Friday, lots of menu options. Coworkers are helpful and friendly. Mentoring opportunities. A couple of the buildings have parking garages.

    Cons

    As with all corporations, there is some secrecy among management... lots of closed-door discussions. Change occurs often and is expected. Just work hard and prove your worth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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