Navistar

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Navistar Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
375 Reviews
2.8
375 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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Product Development Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great place for many years, now sinking slowly

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    • 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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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
  6.  

    Headstrong - Lack Vision

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    • 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Squeeze the lemon.

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    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Had a lot of potential

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Navistar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was a great company and had a lot of potential, great opportunities for advancement and growth. Still some good people there.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and accountability leading to heavy business and financial challenges. Lost a lot of experience and talent. It will be a long hard road to recovery.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Navistar, A great place to work and they promote personal ownership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Lisle, IL

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

    Pros

    Promote positive discussion between cross-functional teams. Offer many cultural discussion between all levels of the organization allowing the ability to question leaders.

    Cons

    Many of the tools that are currently used have been developed over years, they have become so interlaced that understanding them has become a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working in the correct direction to turn the org around

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company to one that doesn't care about their employees anymore all within a 3 year span.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting and Finance Roles in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Accounting and Finance Roles in Lisle, IL

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

    Pros

    Health Benefits are very good

    Cons

    Downsizing. Not promoting. Turning down heat in winter to save costs. Taking away dish soap at the sinks to save costs. Meanwhile, they still have their skybox tickets for all of the Chicago sport teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward current good employees now because if you wait, it will be too late when they walk out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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