Navistar Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Troy Clarke
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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. Good company to start your career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Navistar

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance. Flexible timings. Great facility and good benefits

    Cons

    Poor management. Lack of stability and job security

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions based on products capabilities and motivate experienced employees to stay


  2. Get out or duck and cover

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Management in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Management in Lisle, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Great history, great potential for growth, amazing world headquarters and EVERYONE is on antidepressants because this place is so soul sucking so no one will notice your consistent desire to put an end to your professional career. Great place to wish you were dead on the outside too...

    Cons

    Over promise and under deliver is the only response available when Sr. management cuts to the bone, sucks the marrow dry and complains about the horse not responding to the whip. Activist investors see great pension pilfering wealth behind the gates of bankruptcy and don't care about anything related to business other than enabling the hapless management to run this piece of American manufacturing history into the ground so hard that the SEC won't fight them on it.

    Advice to Management

    Try running the business profitably. Support innovation and development with actionable direction. Pivot the manufacturing capability into another market segment. Keep it up... it must be really difficult to smile while acting that stupid.


  3. Three years of lay-offs

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at Navistar full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Employees are very empowered to make decisions and do what they need to.

    Cons

    No job security. There have been lay-offs about every six months for three years now. They only solution to improving the business is to cut back, and lay people off.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great People - Poorly Managed

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

    I worked at Navistar

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

    Pros

    The people there are dedicated, hard working, and friendly. The campus is very nice and comfortable, with open spaces and well spaced cubicles.

    Cons

    The problems created by the engine fiasco have not taught management many lessons, unfortunately. They still tend to dictate without much listening to those with valuable knowledge and experience. They tend to promote to management based on the buddy system or simply by tossing a dart, rather than choosing people with true management talent. Many managers are lacking in people skills, and basic civility, especially in the electrical engineering area. All of these problems have led to a continuing exodus of talent. In some departments, performance evaluations can hinge on whether or not you have put in 45+ hours per week, regardless of whether that much time is really needed to perform your tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Consider using a broader approach to identifying potential managers with not only technical knowledge, but also skill in dealing with people. Challenge managers to elicit input from experienced staff, rather than dictating based on whim or gut feelings.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Everything was great until half the building got laid off.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly Operator in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Assembly Operator in Huntsville, AL

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Best paying job I had to date. Started at $16/hour and ended at $21/hour. Once you learn your job, you know it. Same operations everyday until a new model engine comes out. People were very helpful. Team/family environment.

    Cons

    Got laid off. The location I worked for hired 200 workers in 2011 and turned around and laid us all off in 2014. Kept everyone by seniority. In 5-10 years most of the employees who were "safe" will retire. Mainly the layoff happened because the previous company president took a risk and tried to make our EGR's better instead of using the same technology the rest of the trucking world was using. That risk backfired. He got to step down with millions to his name while the workers got screwed.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take risks when employees' jobs and livelihoods are relying on you to make the right decision. Now the whole company is in jeopardy because a previous company executive got greedy and said "yes we can" when your engineering team clearly couldn't make miracles happen. Don't try to be Einstein. Then the company hires Troy Clark and the only thing he knows how to do is come in and close plants.


  7. Engine Assembly

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

    I worked at Navistar full-time

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, best paying job I've had. Started at 16/hr. Ended at $21/hr. Employees were like family. It didn't feel like work because everyone was so happy. Great work environment with workers who helped and cared about each other.

    Cons

    Executives took unnecessary risks with engineering of their engines and it cost the company millions. This resulted is consolidation of facilities with mass layoffs in an effort to keep the company afloat.

    Advice to Management

    Management at the local level was great! Managers were like family. It's the president or executive of the entire company that "stepped down" (with his millions in tact) that was the problem. The company should have engineered a back up plan instead of rolling the dice with employees' livelihoods.


  8. Senior Financial Analyst

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

    I have been working at Navistar full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Reputable manufacturing company with opportunities for development and growth. Professional and friendly work environment. Good work / life balance. Decent benefits package.

    Cons

    Base salary levels could be closer to market, complicated bonus structure.

    Advice to Management

    In order to keep your people on board bring compensation closer to market.


  9. Sr Product Development Engineer

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

    I have been working at Navistar

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of good people to work with. Pretty good benefits. Facilities are great. Hours are flexible. Great vacation and holiday schedule.

    Cons

    Lack of knowledge a processes within the company. Lower salary for the area. Lots of disconnects between upper management and people actually performing the work. Annual bonuses are based off of company goals that are extremely difficult to achieve.


  10. Engineering Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  11. Great people; fluctuating morale.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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