Navistar Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Promotes a good work/life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Mostly good people to work with throughout the organization (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Direction from upper management is unclear (in 34 reviews)

  • Little sense on the decision of senior management (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Engineering Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Warrenville, IL
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Warrenville, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Those willing to work to the very best of their ability, be collaborative and flexible, and be an advocate of success get recognized and promoted. For those who brave management, can demonstrate adaptability, and embrace self-learning, the opportunity to thrive in several rewarding positions over time is a true career benefit. Huge opportunity to grow and learn technical and leadership skills over time.

    Cons

    Commercial vehicle sales is hyper-cyclical, resulting in cyclicality in nearly every aspect of operations, including staffing and talent management. The Business has had some stumbles, historically, by introducing new technology into product development cycles prior to reaching minimum TRL requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to manage operations costs, taking controlled risk toward growth, have an exit strategy. While meeting the needs of investors, never loose sight of your two greatest assets; Navistar staff and Navistar loyal customers.


  2. Great people; fluctuating morale.

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    Current Employee - Not Able to Share in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Not Able to Share in Lisle, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits - 401(k) match plus additional quarterly employer contribution to 401(k) with full vesting after 5 years. Friendly and collaborative atmosphere.

    Cons

    Morale fluctuates as company struggles to come back from major strategy issues in 2011-12. Fear of RIFs is always a negative motivator.

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees that are still at the company More generously.


  3. Great place not work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Navistar

    Pros

    Good salary, great benefits, good culture

    Cons

    Longs hours, management expects a lot

    Advice to Management

    It was a good placed to work, they will keep you very busy!


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  5. Sales Manager Latin America

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Navistar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    wrong management is in charge, not letting employees to grow and empower great proposals for the company, a lot of politics

    Advice to Management

    do not be afraid of politics inside the company, there is not a decision , always wait until okay'd by the director, which delays good moves and good steps.


  6. Project/Program Manager II

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project/Program Manager II in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Project/Program Manager II in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Navistar

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people at the working level. Products are iconic and fun to work with.

    Cons

    A lot of problems in the overal business due to a series of poor decisions by upper management in the 2006-2012 timeframe. Sales are especially tough. Most of the best young talent has left or will be leaving soon, unfortunately. Too much bureaucracy involved in getting the job done. Workers are not empowered to make decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of retaining top talent. If you remove bureaucracy from the process of getting work done, most employees will be happier.


  7. Working at Navistar

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navistar full-time

    Pros

    Good amount of flexibility and freedom to develop new technologies/methodologies

    Cons

    Sometimes too much freedom is linked to lack of processes and discipline to execute product development


  8. Helpful (3)

    Manufacturing Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Navistar

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

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility and a feeling of ownership. I had a terrific manager. I completed a lot of very cool manufacturing projects.

    Cons

    The company has reported losses for the past 8 quarters. Do not expect the company to be around very long. They are not investing in research and development. The list goes on and on. This was once a very good company; however a few bad choices have caused this company to nearly go bankrupt.

    Advice to Management

    Should never have invested in the EGR technology for engines. Invest in R&D.


  9. Manager pricing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navistar full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible nice location and office complex

    Cons

    Financials are not strong. Competition is killing them


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Navistar full-time

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good people. Local management tries to achieve goals without abusing workforce.

    Cons

    Previous CEO made bad emissions strategy decisions which almost wrecked a good company.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management needs to communicate plans and strategy to workforce clearly and concisely.


  11. Office/Administrative Support

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Navistar

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

    Pros

    Great co workers
    Benefits
    Flexible schedule
    beautiful location
    health care

    Cons

    Has no value on diversity
    No professional integrity with management
    Every year company goes through lay offs



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