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

Navistar Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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2.9 300 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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Review Highlights

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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Mostly good people with good intentions, but weighed down by bureacracy

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Navistar full-time for more than a year

ProsSalary and benefits were not bad. Most of the people were friendly. There was a lot of effort at organizational level to support people.

ConsThe management structure and processes were not very efficient. As a result, many simple "no-brainer" decisions take much to long to happen. There was a switch to using external consulting companies to provide fundamental services. Management did not appear to listen to valid concerns from people about the challenges in making this switch - the resulting rollout was not very well executed.

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

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Chaotic environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Navistar

ProsNice amenities, New programs to work on, Fair compensation package

ConsProjects are often cancelled half-way through, Poor training, Behind in terms of technology

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Easy Internship

Engineering Intern (Former Employee)
Lisle, IL

I worked at Navistar as an intern for less than a year

ProsVery nice headquarters campus, generous salary and housing stipend given to interns. A lot of interesting, younger engineers work there due to Navistar's move to Lisle, IL a few years ago when a lot of older people decided not to move with.

ConsMany of the interns either had very little to do or they had very involved projects. I first project was super easy excel drudgery but my boss treated it as if it were much more difficult for me and we had many unnecessary meetings -- I read the 4 hour work week at my desk in the time I had finished all of my work and was waiting on him. I should note that my second half of the internship was more involved and interesting. Oh, and they cut their intern program entirely in 2014

Advice to Senior ManagementWhen I was there it seemed like every one was focused on putting out fires much more than innovating. I noticed a few distinct types of people -- generic business types who were excited to be part of a company turn around, interesting young people who had been with the company a few years but were not in leadership roles, and old timers who seemed to do most of the work and were stressed out as a result. The company needs a vision to work towards that can excite the younger employees into doing something more than a typical project engineer.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great people, great environment, but a struggling company

IT Intern (Former Employee)
Lisle, IL

I worked at Navistar as an intern for less than a year

ProsI interned there in the summer of 2013 for the it department. The atmosphere was very welcoming and training was a breeze. For the first few weeks after training i didn't have anything to do, due to my lack of knowledge in .net. Though i was able to find projects for my manager to complete. Navistar is really a great company, but there was so many changes going on in management that there was no really clear path of where the company is heading

ConsThey should find ways to clear state the goals for incoming interns on what should be accomplished. There was a lot of wasted time and really lack of work. It may good to some people, but i felt wasn't really challenged or gained much experience for future work.

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

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Senior Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
Lisle, IL

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

ProsGreat place to work! Navistar leadership is doing a great job to put the Company on the right way, so it's a matter of time to the Company recover completely.

ConsWhile the Company is fighting to recover, tough decision is being made, which sometime is affecting the employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementNavistar leadership is putting the Company on the right path!

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Not Learning from Mistakes

Product Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Lis, IL

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

ProsNice campus. Great coworkers. Plenty of engineering talent. Okay salary.

ConsTerrible management. The company is struggling to recover from a disastrous engine strategy, and while most of THAT management has left, the new management isn't doing much better. Even with a "flattened" organization, they managed to make it even harder to fix known problems or implement improvements, but once management has made a bad decision, the marching orders will not change until it has exploded in their faces.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen when someone in engineering tells you it's a bad idea. Stop chasing nickels and dimes and let the (talented) engineering staff launch new products to shake away the 2010 funk.

Most importantly, stop bleeding talent. Every week it seems that another knowledgeable coworker is leaving.

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 learning and job experience!

Lead Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Madison Heights, MI

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

ProsGreat hands on work experience understanding how the business works as a whole. Great culture and atmosphere. Has a great work life balance.

ConsIt is difficult completing certain tasks/projects at times due to misdirection or lack of clarity of what is supposed to be accomplished for a specific project.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great coworkers, Poor Company Management, and horrible union BS

Engineer (Current Employee)
Melrose Park, IL

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

ProsGreat Coworkers, Good products overall.

ConsDealing with union BS
Poor program choices

Advice to Senior ManagementStop selling high warranty product on emission credits.
Make sure program costs can be recouped on real, not projected, sales volumes.

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

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Almost a great company to work for.

Administrative (Former Employee)
Lisle, IL

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

ProsGreat amenities including cafeteria, basketball court, putting green, gym with fitness equipment and classes. Also have parking garages for those in the front buildings.

ConsManagement keeps their favorites or works hard to find them a spot elsewhere in the company over the people who are rated higher on reviews. There are a large number of favorites who were kept during the last RIF who do not work as hard as some that were laid off. Different departments have different rules when it comes to laying people off.

Advice to Senior ManagementUse the ratings on the TPM's when deciding on who to RIF, isn't that what they are there for? HR should actually know the people and how they work by reviewing TPM's before any decisions are made. How about cutting the number of people in HR?

Idea for cost savings, how about the executives or those making over $100,000 take a cut in pay? Isn't that a better idea than to continue to lay people off? Other companies do it why can't Navistar? Quit laying off the little people who aren't the ones that make the big $$$.

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

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difficult times

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Lisle, IL

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

Proscomparing the company with itself 20 years ago, it is quite unfortunate the many changes that have impacted it negatively. Great school for young engineers and hope it goes back again to be a great company to build a lifelong career.

Conslimited advancement opportunities and uncertainty. constantly change of priorities.

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

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