Navistar Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Where do I Start Where do I Begin

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office in Springfield, OH
    Current Employee - Office in Springfield, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay Good benefits Some good people

    Cons

    Management (Rediclous) Workload/Equal Work Distribution Layoffs Too many people that need to retire.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating good employees like slaves. They should have some rights during the 8 hours of hard work we put into keeping the place afloat, like bathroom breaks, work breaks, lunch breaks, and overall actual communication instead of being talked down to and ignored. You need to bridge the gap and build trust with your employees.


  2. Field Test Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Travel, Prototype projects, Hands on

    Cons

    Direction of organization, leadership, team

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees, grow from the bottom up


  3. Helpful (4)

    Everything was great until half the building got laid off.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly Operator in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Assembly Operator in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Best paying job I had to date. Started at $16/hour and ended at $21/hour. Once you learn your job, you know it. Same operations everyday until a new model engine comes out. People were very helpful. Team/family environment.

    Cons

    Got laid off. The location I worked for hired 200 workers in 2011 and turned around and laid us all off in 2014. Kept everyone by seniority. In 5-10 years most of the employees who were "safe" will retire. Mainly the layoff happened because the previous company president took a risk and tried to make our EGR's better instead of using the same technology the rest of the trucking world was using. That risk backfired. He got to step down with millions to his name while the workers got screwed.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take risks when employees' jobs and livelihoods are relying on you to make the right decision. Now the whole company is in jeopardy because a previous company executive got greedy and said "yes we can" when your engineering team clearly couldn't make miracles happen. Don't try to be Einstein. Then the company hires Troy Clark and the only thing he knows how to do is come in and close plants.


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  5. Cyclical business

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Navistar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn a lot with a "small" Fortune 500

    Cons

    Cyclical business. Will the company have sufficient cash flow to continue as a viable entity?


  6. Engine Assembly

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Navistar full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, best paying job I've had. Started at 16/hr. Ended at $21/hr. Employees were like family. It didn't feel like work because everyone was so happy. Great work environment with workers who helped and cared about each other.

    Cons

    Executives took unnecessary risks with engineering of their engines and it cost the company millions. This resulted is consolidation of facilities with mass layoffs in an effort to keep the company afloat.

    Advice to Management

    Management at the local level was great! Managers were like family. It's the president or executive of the entire company that "stepped down" (with his millions in tact) that was the problem. The company should have engineered a back up plan instead of rolling the dice with employees' livelihoods.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Leave before the ship sinks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no good reasons to be an employee of Navistar. They are top heavy and only take care of those at the top.

    Cons

    Life is too short to waste your time being dragged down by a company that is doomed.

    Advice to Management

    You didn't listen when I was there so there is no need now!


  8. Senior Financial Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Navistar full-time

    Pros

    Reputable manufacturing company with opportunities for development and growth. Professional and friendly work environment. Good work / life balance. Decent benefits package.

    Cons

    Base salary levels could be closer to market, complicated bonus structure.

    Advice to Management

    In order to keep your people on board bring compensation closer to market.


  9. Engineering Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work environment.

    Cons

    Lots of starts and stops. Management style reactive. Navistar remnant incestuous. Young Engineers are gone after about 3 years of training. Currently not a growth environment

    Advice to Management

    during continual crisis mode, don't lose focus on career development.


  10. Sr Product Development Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of good people to work with. Pretty good benefits. Facilities are great. Hours are flexible. Great vacation and holiday schedule.

    Cons

    Lack of knowledge a processes within the company. Lower salary for the area. Lots of disconnects between upper management and people actually performing the work. Annual bonuses are based off of company goals that are extremely difficult to achieve.


  11. Engineering Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Warrenville, IL
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Warrenville, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Those willing to work to the very best of their ability, be collaborative and flexible, and be an advocate of success get recognized and promoted. For those who brave management, can demonstrate adaptability, and embrace self-learning, the opportunity to thrive in several rewarding positions over time is a true career benefit. Huge opportunity to grow and learn technical and leadership skills over time.

    Cons

    Commercial vehicle sales is hyper-cyclical, resulting in cyclicality in nearly every aspect of operations, including staffing and talent management. The Business has had some stumbles, historically, by introducing new technology into product development cycles prior to reaching minimum TRL requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to manage operations costs, taking controlled risk toward growth, have an exit strategy. While meeting the needs of investors, never loose sight of your two greatest assets; Navistar staff and Navistar loyal customers.



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