Navistar Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great People and environment. Some great opportunities to learn fast.

    Cons

    lack vision and continuous change of strategy and path moving forward. I guess CEA and management trying everything they could to bring the company back to its foot. Some past major mistake still biting Navistar greatly.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop making changes and stay on course for few years to see the result.


  2. Good place for learning

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Navistar (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people and culture, lots of learning opportunities, challenging work, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Going through tough times, traditional organization, need to upgrade many aspects of the the organization.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Still struggling

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New management wants to pull company into the 21st century. Communication to employees is much better than past administrations. Working hard to engage employees and communicate goals. Management wants to make fast data and information driven decisions.

    Cons

    Accurate, accessible, centralized information is what the company lacks - but what management wants and needs for decision making. The capital needed for to modernize processes and the systems to support modern processes is very limited and has been limited for years. Overcoming the last 20 years, or even the last 10 years of neglect continues to be the main challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in infrastructure.


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  5. Hard tough work, temperature is controlled by the climate.

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    Current Employee - General Technician in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - General Technician in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and insurance. Has been around for 14 years in Tulsa. Shut down time at Christmas is nice. 3 day weekends are great!

    Cons

    Too much overtime in the hot months & can get over 100° in the summer & in the 40's in the winter.

    Advice to Management

    Stop throwing away money on overtime. Slow it down a bit. Hire english speaking/reading employees!


  6. Helpful (10)

    Get out or duck and cover

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    Current Employee - Engineering Management in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Management in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    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.


  7. Cautiously Optimistic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Navistar full-time

    Pros

    Nice people and nice working atmosphere

    Cons

    Financially unstable, salary could be better


  8. Field Test Engineer

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Melrose Park, IL
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Melrose Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great raining and work environment.

    Cons

    Job instability, upper management changes way too often


  9. Mid-Level Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful campus with large cafeteria, gym, and parking garage for most. Paid leave between Christmas and New Year's. Get to work with some of the best looking Trucks and Buses on the market!

    Cons

    Due to poor engine strategy with no backup plan, company is trying to climb back to profitability by cheapening the vehicles and has laid off people about every 6 months for the last couple years. The next one is expected to take 20-30% across the company before the end of the year. What's left will be a shell. The wonderful headquarters is already about half empty.

    Advice to Management

    Don't cut your most valuable asset - the people - any further. Selectively choose what to engineer and innovate - not design to make the vehicle less valuable to the customer. Change in leadership is needed and possibly ownership to reverse the culture.


  10. Service Engineering Manager

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    Current Employee - Technical Services Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Services Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Easy going work environment beautiful corporate campus with onsite fitness center and cafeteria.

    Cons

    The company is going through tight times financially and reducing positions.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Machine Operator

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Navistar (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Union brothers!!! Pays the bills. It's not hard work, heat is bad but you learn to deal with it.

    Cons

    Lied to us in Indianapolis. We closed, they started us back and promised we'd make our money back that we gave up to re open and before our new contract was up they closed for good. Low down dirty!!! Bad company!! They ruined a good thing!!! Greedy bastards!!!

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees how you'd treat yourself. We didn't ask for much other than employment. Thank you!



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