Navistar

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Navistar Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
374 Reviews
2.8
374 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 11 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Pay and a Solid Benefits Package

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  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

    • 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
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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.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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. 2 people 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Squeeze the lemon.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Had a lot of potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor Leadership

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Very inviting workplace, modern campus, great facility.

    A lot of employees work well together, a lot of product groups to find the information you need

    Cons

    Lack of clear direction, no career plan, poor transparency

    Bloated company structure, yearly metrics do not encourage employees to do the job right but rather as quickly as possible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward Employees even during difficult times

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Exhausting place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Manager in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn as you tend to become involved in things you wouldn't normally deal with per your title. Lots of hours & if you like OT you could likely work 7 days a week during the summer months.

    Cons

    Troubling times in the truck industry is delaying pay increases & the little things are becoming extinct. Seems to be take & take recently. Pay could be better for the pressure one puts up with as soon as you startup daily. Seems your always behind due to the added responsibility's after layoff's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You all tend to worry about your own #'s walking in & are oblivious to what folks have been dealing with before you became involved in situations & expect those involved to drop everything just for your needs. Quit being a bully as we are being puled in so many different directions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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