Navistar

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Navistar Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
380 Reviews
2.7
380 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 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at Navistar full-time

    Pros

    Good location and various positions available for advancement

    Cons

    Current short term business struggles

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good company... Needs a lot of work to be a great company...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Ample opportunity to grow, learn, and develop as well as advancement. Many options/pathways to work on and explore for new engineers. Never a dull day.

    Cons

    Lacks common sense and robust processes. Plagued by poor decisions. Not doing enough to keep and grow talent within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to define better process to plan up front. Plan margin for error. Learn from mistakes. Reward employees for their accomplishments in significant/meaningful ways. Seek out and recognize true assets to the company and keep them happy/productive. Pay the "worker bees" before the "queen bees" to help moral and retention. Take time out of the busy days of meetings and fires to meet the teams 2-3-4 levels below you in personal ways (making rounds). Again, recognize the successes and not just the problems.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Very laid back and not much stress.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Fleet Specialist in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Fleet Specialist in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Navistar as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Room for advancement and self growth is highly sought and promoted. Competitive salary and okay benefits.

    Cons

    Most things take a long time. Big on being lean but not really practiced or taking seriously in some departments. WAY too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Education

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great American company going down slowly

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager Parts in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Product Manager Parts in Lisle, IL

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

    Pros

    Decent salaries and benefits
    Good headquarters

    Cons

    Management does not listen to employees
    Too many new managers that do not understand the business
    TPM process was a joke for most of the managers (this is the employee annual review)
    Lost a lot of experienced employees in the last 24 months, there is no incentives for employees to stay
    Pension was frozen and finalized cancelled
    No respect for people even though it is one of the company's values
    Too many flavor of the month projects without consistency
    Executive management made up of ex GM employees with no loyalty to Navistar/International Harvester
    Work overload, everyone is doing three jobs
    Employee morale is extremely low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start showing some respect for people
    Lay offs are a way to save money but you have lost a lot of good employees
    Middle management needs to be heard
    Get rid of managers that are not doing their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Can't stop the bleeding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Navistar full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Decent starting compensation
    -Large (somewhat falling-apart) campus
    -A few "diamonds in the rough' for coworkers
    -2 Parking Garages
    -Great starting benefits for now

    Cons

    Please note, most of these Cons occurred after Dan Unstian was fired and the massive "transformation" began.

    - Promotions/Reviews: Their system started as a way for normal employees to steadily progress within the company. However, their new focus on "cost savings" has severely crippled their retention. Employees are given a rating of 1-5 which decides their rate change/promotion or discipline depending on their score. Scores of 4 or 5 are guaranteed compensation increases, while 3's are the most common (met expectations). These scores reflect the employee's Development and Business goals, neither of which the employee has any say in. Managers have "Calibration meetings" at year-end where they are strongly discouraged at giving 4's or 5's, no matter what the employee has accomplished.

    - Leadership: Their best sales and business staff has fled this company long ago. The ones staying, are ones currently under a retention bonus contract that pays them a lump sum every 6 months for the duration of 2 years. If you're looking to grow with a company, you would best serve looking elsewhere. Additionally, they have been playing the "hold the lines, we're nearly there" card for nearly 2 years. During those two years, nearly 40% of their Lisle employees were either laid off, fired, or have gone to greener pastures. They can't stop the bleeding, and they're panicking.

    - Human Resources: Their HR is split into 3 separate areas: the Human Resource Consultants (not contractors), Talent Acquisition and the Employee Retire Information Center. You won't find this at most companies because it creates discord and confusion. There have been consistent rumors the last 6 months involving the outsourcing of HR entirely, or at the very least ERIC. There's simply no reason to have 3 separate departments staffed servicing what is left of the company.

    -Recognition/Culture: 4 years ago, a yearly company paid Christmas outing was what everyone looked forward to. Employees were routinely rewarded for going above and beyond both inside and outside of the workplace. After the transformation, you will not find that here anymore. Lump Sum awards now have a cap of a miniscule amount on them, and they are strictly given to senior management and above. They've recently lifted part of Toyota's and Google's culture motos, but none of the results and work that need to go behind it. A culture change is far more than changing your internal slogan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I grew up with Navistar, and it broke my heart these last 3 years watching it pick itself apart. It's becoming increasingly evident by the atrocious retention rate and lack of morale, that the company is downsizing itself to be small enough to sell off. The job market has changed dramatically in the last 2 years. People have choices now, and Navistar fails to realize this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Company Review

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Lisle, IL

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

    Pros

    There are opportunities to grow market share through strategic product planning and management, cost containment and product quality improvement. Company has strong dealer network that if well managed could help improve sales volume both to existing and new markets.

    Cons

    Culture of company is stagnated in the 19th century. While there are opportunities to grow market share through strategic product planning and management, there is no strong sense of growing and retaining people who can help grow and sustain company business. With loss of market-share and sales, company has lost a large number of employees through layoffs to reduce SG&A cost and later through attrition because of loss of faith in top management to actually turn the company around. Lack of succession planning has led to a lack of continuity in the business, employee are put in positions where they have no experience. Many jobs are open, company cannot fill the positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a clear vision for the company, make it achievable and reward employees who go the extra mile to help the company in various responsibilities. It would be great to promote based on merit and training rather than who you know in the company. Navistar pays on average 70% to 80% of market rates for various skill set sets which is partly why there is an exodus of employees, it would be great to pay based on market to retain current employees and attract new talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great company to work for.

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    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    What the heck

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

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

    Pros

    Relax and easy environment

    Cons

    no sense of urgency, everyone is a boss

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect your team,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good in the beginning, but left due to insecurity and lack of career growth.

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

    I worked at Navistar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working level folks are friendly. The facility is top notch and the gym is fantastic. Cafeteria serves good food. Number of meeting rooms to reserve.

    Cons

    Lack of career growth. The company has been in dire straights for years due to pursuing old technology with high warranty repercussions. No ability to move vertically or laterally. Needs more focus on r&d if it wants to be an industry leader.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand that times have been hard, but without workers with experience in the area, you won't have a quality product. Pay your people closer to industry average, and promote internally to retain them.

    In addition, there are still people in power with old mindset (fire fighting vs. preventative validation). They need to go.

    Finally, there is a dichotomy in TPMs between purchasing whose goal is lowest BOM cost up front regardless of warranty, manufacturing whose goal is 0 ppm and no ability to ever build anything wrong regardless of any cost, and reliability whose goal is lowest warranty regardless of BOM cost. Reasonable goals to accommodate needs to be set at the top and cascaded down, and all parties need to work to those goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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