Navistar

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Navistar Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
374 Reviews
2.8
374 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    What the heck

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    Ups and Downs but still good

    • 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 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Can't stop the bleeding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    There is lots of work to do and not enough people to do it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Good for getting work experience.

    Cons

    Too much work and not enough people do in almost all areas of product development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring people is a good idea but if you don't focus on keeping the people you have you just end up with a lot churn and lost experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company overall, but individual departments have different issues

    • 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

    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
  10. 4 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    .

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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