Navistar Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
361 Reviews
2.7
361 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 20 reviews)

  • Good people and at the present time the company is still trying to not take away some perks (in 18 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 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great location, great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at Navistar full-time for 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    12 years in engineering

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    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer  in  Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Navistar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Lots of things to learn. One of most complex products on the mark.
    You have to challenge yourself since the training is almost un existing or superficial at best.

    Cons

    Lot's of lazy people. OT is expected but not payed. Management has the vision of a snail.
    People quit everyday. Have never seen a fast revolving door like here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outsource the management. That will reduce the head count by more than 35%.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Navistar full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work lots of small perks

    Cons

    Lots of politics personal growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your work style

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great opportunities with long-standing company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Navistar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great experience with a long-standing company ... Suffered through popular,yet unproven, engine strategy with no contingency that resulted in terrible results past couple of years; but see a bright future echo has been demonstrated through improved financial results.Opportunities to improve and to work with others with focus on providing more value to our customers

    Cons

    Systems outdated ... Inability to reinvest due to current financial conditions ... Organizational changes and Communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wondering what the future will hold

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navistar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Working level people are great!!!

    Cons

    Uncertain future. Company is looking too much at the short term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't allow your talent and loyal employees walk to greener pastures

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

    Roller coaster

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navistar full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and decent hours

    Cons

    Not alot of growth opportunities outside current job titles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what your employees do before making changes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Pay and a Solid Benefits Package

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer II  in  Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer II in Lisle, IL

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

    Pros

    Navistar has struggled but have always kept a good mission in mind. The pay is decent and at least in my position the work load is not overwhelming most the time. The flexible professional ours and availbility to work from home when needed is great. Tuition reimbursement ins't great but it is very helpful.

    Cons

    They are located in Chicago land and i don't care for it here. They have built a trend of hiring from out side instead of creating growth in promoting qualified people within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within when possible. Alot of people are leaving due to lack of growth oportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Product Development Engineer

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    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer  in  Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Lisle, IL

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

    Pros

    Very nice world headquarters in Lisle, IL
    Body Exterior manager cares about his employees and is easy to work for.
    Build shop in Melrose can turn around prototype parts pretty fast.

    Cons

    Health benefits could be a lot better and are getting worse each year.
    Direction from upper management is unclear.
    Turnover is really high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Headstrong - Lack Vision

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Compensation very competitive, but advancement hindered by political leanings

    Cons

    Lack vision to enhance/embrace change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider listening to new points of view and accept the challenge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many Vice Presidents for a $11B company - Management lacks vision

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navistar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you want to learn something just by your own interest, it is good, as there are a lot of areas where people do not know what is going on.
    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Promotion is only dependent if you know somebody very well. You will not get promoted even if you show solid performance for years.
    Demotivating because you will find new positions created, and people who do not perform as well getting promoted quickly, just because they know somebody.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have an unbiased process to recognize upcoming talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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