Navistar Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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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 12 reviews)

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  1. It is great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navistar

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    It is a lot of work but it is fun

  2. Product Development Engineer, Team Lead

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navistar

    Pros

    Good company to work for, rich product history.

    Cons

    Cost of living is pretty high in the area

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Overall, company has considerable financial issues and has been losing money consecutively for over two years....

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    Former Employee - 3D Artist
    Former Employee - 3D Artist

    I worked at Navistar

    Pros

    Campus is up to date and has a very clean appearance. Alot of the current staff are former GM, Ford and Chrysler employees and are very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Higher Management is so/so, I've sat in on alot of meetings with higher ups with great expectations and positive outlooks but when the "rubber hits the road" ....the numbers just dont measure up. They keep losing large sums of money every quarter that passes. The company's in some pretty hot water financially and has had consecutive layoffs for the last two years. Can't seem to stay above water. People have been leaving since I've been there (14 months). Hard to say if this will continue.....I wouldn't be surprised if they get a buy out from Scania or Volvo or another major trucking company in a few years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great management

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Melrose Park, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Melrose Park, IL

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

    Pros

    great pay and benefits
    provided all specialty tools needed
    management is very willing to work with you on issues

    Cons

    low morale
    training is non existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only advice would be to offer better training to employees on new technologies and procedures.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Only OK

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

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

    Pros

    - Nice campus (good food in cafeteria and well equipped fitness center)

    Cons

    - Chaos and lack of engineering resources related to progressive approach to on-going programs
    - No space for growth
    - "Antiquated" engineering tools, and obsolete process approach
    - Match to 401K contribution made on annual and not bi-weekly basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on what is more important - engineering, modern tools, and right process - this will make your products competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navistar

    Pros

    Great facilities, continued improvement in products and cost reductions. It's getting better, it will take some time.

    Cons

    In the recent years trouble with engines has created a decrease in Market Share.

    Company not profitable. Employee benefits and pay on a constant decline. Not to mention continued reduction in workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Navistar

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navistar

    Pros

    Overall I have had a pleasant experience working at Navistar, long standing company, good benefits, competitive salary

    Cons

    There are very few cons of working at Navistar other than the current struggles the company has been going through, but the ship seems to be righted on those.

  9. Good company, great Bosses

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    Current Employee - Machine Repairman in Melrose Park, IL
    Current Employee - Machine Repairman in Melrose Park, IL

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

    Pros

    Working environment is pleasant, co-workers make you feel like family.
    The people I work with function like a well oiled machine.

    Cons

    Way too many Chiefs and not enough Braves.
    The Union is a house Union, The skilled trades are not represented properly.
    Held back by Union rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management needs to diversify when choosing bosses, instead of having all bosses with a background in Electronics, they need to be more Mechanically oriented.
    Listen to employee input.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Working level people have been great to work with

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    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer - Team Lead in Melrose Park, IL
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer - Team Lead in Melrose Park, IL

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

    Pros

    An automotive oem in the chicagoland area? Depending on what group you are in, one can have a lot of fun and really make a difference in the company.

    Cons

    A lot of wasted time on trying to impress top level management and not enough time spent on the real work at hand. Ownership and pride in projects seems to be lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to get people motivated and have pride in their company and what they do. Talent acquisition needs to find and be willing to pay the true enthusiast and the ones that want to engineer a great product. Not all engineers are created equal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Difficult to Recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navistar

    Pros

    Company has good pay, strong benefits, impressive history. Seems to be minimal politics when it comes to hiring and promotion which is good.

    Cons

    This is a company that has fallen hard on it's face the last few years. It's the laughing stock of the truck industry and the competition is eating them for lunch. The company should be doing everything it can to rebuild it's reputation, but it's just not doing that. Incredibly outdated systems and that can't live up to the competition's systems. Never worked for a company where employees have to be emailed at least 2-3+ times to get something done. People do not reply to emails, do not call you back, and are rude to you when you try to get them to do their job. I thought it was an anomaly, but after working there for 3 years I see this in all departments I deal with. Senior management does nothing to address it, and doesn't like to hear about it. If you can even get them to reply that is...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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