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Navistar Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
392 Reviews
2.8
392 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 12 reviews)

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    Navistar

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Navistar

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Many opportunities to better your skills. Supportive work environment.

    Cons

    Poor HR and Poor upper management, resulting in bad decisions being made, costing the company and it's employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Part Sales Manager Review

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    Current Employee - Parts Sales Manager in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Parts Sales Manager in Lisle, IL

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to sell to new and existing customers and dealers.

    Cons

    Extensive travel and expense related issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Coworkers were great but the company is struggling. I wouldn't recommend until a turn around is demonstrated.

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Navistar full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary compensation was in line in the industry and a good number of great people work there.

    Cons

    The company overall was and is struggling financially. Bonus was minimal, retention bonuses that were promised never came, funding for employee training and education became nonexistent to minimal, all travel was frozen without approval from a company president, SG&A goals seemed to result in yearly layoffs/RIFs without growing profitability. Time was spent talking about, documenting and planning a lean transformation rather than just doing the actions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees and their moral should be more of a primary focus. The company needs to be reborn with employee motivation instead of extreme cost cutting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Great people and a leadership team that really wants to turn the company around

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people are great and I have always been treated and compensated very fairly. While the company has had a rough few years financially, that has provided additional opportunities for employees who have stuck around, and I have learned more in 2 years than I would have learned anywhere else.

    Cons

    Variable pay (bonuses/raises) cannot be counted on, and the constant threat of layoffs makes it a challenging environment, especially as the employees left deal with more work and fewer resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seems like management is headed in the right direction and is trying to do a better job of recognizing employee contributions; keep this up and keep pushing to get the company back to profitability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Navistar Review

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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

    Pros

    Great experience and products at navistar

    Cons

    Lack of communication from upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen and communicate with employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Demanding, but very professional and rewarding, overall.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navistar

    Pros

    Strong emphasis on employee health and safety...arguably the best in the area.

    Cons

    As with any automotive company, employment fluctuates. It pays to save and/or plan ahead in that business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to speak of. Those employees fortunate enough to accrue 20 years of service [or more] enjoy more career options.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Navistar

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at Navistar full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great group of hardworking people. Plenty of opportunities to challenge yourself. Company has a great history and product line that I am proud to represent.

    Cons

    Roles and responsibilities are not always clearly defined. It is difficult to figure out how to progress within the company. Next to no leadership development programs available.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Once upon a time a great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    >Some excellent mid level managers.
    >Relatively young workers

    Cons

    >Absurdly high turnover(One engineer seems to quit every day and the position is not back filled)
    >Ridiculous work load balance(Certain groups have just insane work load and responsibilities while others have nothing at all to do and no responsibility. Oh and engineers in all these groups get paid the same...)
    >No reason to stand out and perform above and beyond what is needed because you will just be rewarded with more work and will not get recognized; only your failures are noted and not the success
    > Some absolutely clueless mid/high management; Unreasonable program deadlines and absolutely no resources.

    In conclusion the engineer's job in certain high stress and high work load groups seems to be set up to fail. The fact that the company has not simply folded boggles my mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For god sake hire more people!!!!!

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The beginning of the end...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place for task-oriented people who carry low expectations and lack ambition, and people who live outside the city limits.

    Cons

    No product innovation. Bad financial state. Shareholder activism. Dubious GM retirees as executives. Top heavy organization. Incompetent middle managers lacking basic problem solving skills. Old school thinking and actions. Political silos. No opportunities to grow and develop in the good'ol boys' network. Low quality and overworked employees. Poor morale, below industry salaries, and dwindling benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be prepared for the lonely ride to oblivion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Politics Galore and underpaid

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Navistar full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Paid Shut down for almost 2 weeks in December in addition to your vacation time.

    Cons

    No raises or profit sharing
    company is unstable has had over 5 layoffs in the last 2 years.
    Very cut throat
    I was one of the few with a degree and management around me who didn't have one made sure to make anyone who can take their position suffer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you cared about your employees more and paid them accordingly you would get them to perform as much as you want them too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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