Navistar Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
368 Reviews
2.8
368 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 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great opportunities with long-standing company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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    Systems outdated ...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

    Wondering what the future will hold

    • 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 full-time (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
  3.  

    Roller coaster

    • 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 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
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  5.  

    Good Pay and a Solid Benefits Package

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place for many years, now sinking slowly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Navistar full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The workers want to succeed, good place to quickly get promoted, nice campus

    Cons

    Weak senior management, incapable of decision making, zero direction, some areas very old school degrading/yelling at employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a decision, indecision is not a decision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Company that is years behind the competition due engine strategy, used truck inventory, and poor balance sheet.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    There are still some good people left at Navistar; but most of the good employees have left. In in order to advance you will need to be employed in Lisle.

    Cons

    CEO is under pressure from investors. Good old boy network still prevails. Only C&D players left at this company. Little R&D investment for products. At least 3 years behind the competition,
    Advanced EGR Engine strategy has resulted in significant downtime of trucks which has affected customers and dealers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The two main investors need to clean house of senior management and that includes the CEO. The strategy of reducing employees either through force retirements and/or budget cuts has resulted in 1 manager to 1 direct report.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Product Development Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at Navistar full-time (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
  9.  

    Headstrong - Lack Vision

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Navistar full-time (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • 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 full-time (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
  11.  

    Squeeze the lemon.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Columbia, SC

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

    Pros

    After most people abandoned ship there's not enough people left to fire anyone. Lots of O T available because things can't get done.

    Cons

    Don't think your going to get raises for working hard. Insurance is expensive and crappy. Nobody has any desire to work hard just to be slapped with more work from lazy workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something for the hard workers and cull the lazy ones. Find some good insurance or there won't be anyone left to do the work. Keeping things in the USA would be smart.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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