Oshkosh Corporation Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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Oshkosh Corporation CEO Charles L. Szews
Charles L. Szews
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Pros
  • Good pay for the area as a blue collar worker (in 5 reviews)

  • I was fortunate to work with some great people at Oshkosh, and the pay was good for what I did as a temp (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no such thing as work life balance with this company (in 4 reviews)

  • No real internal career paths are defined, nor are dept moves encouraged within the company (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Nothing to great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay is good. Most coworkers friendly

    Cons

    Can't manage thier way out of a wet paper bag

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. OC is a "Life Draining and Uncaring Company" that has little to no regard for the family lives of its employees.

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    Former Employee - Team Coordinator in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Team Coordinator in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation

    Pros

    Good pay for both salary and hourly personnel. The benefits package does cover the basics, but the insurance leaves much to be desired when it comes to deductibles.

    Cons

    The company preaches that "Work-Life Balance" is to be enjoyed by all of its employees. However, overtime is excessive and often mandatory. While hourly employees are paid for overtime hours, salary personnel are not compensated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your people, especially at the Team Coordinator level. Pushing your frontline supervisors, Team Coordinators, in excess of 55 uncompensated hours week after week after week is not only uncaring but beyond abusive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Great company with great pay

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    Former Employee - Assembler in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Assembler in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation

    Pros

    Great pay and good work life balance. Company shut down during December.

    Cons

    Work place is a union which can be hard at time because employees take advantage of this. Vacation hours have to be used during plant shut down during the week of July 4.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management are great but also need to have more open commutation to their employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great Sustainability department that is growing and committed to shifting the culture at the company. Highly recommended

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    Former Intern - Intern in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Intern - Intern in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great training program and professional development opportunities. Work environment was quite friendly and not much office politics. Sustainability coordinator has strong vision for company and is very great to work with

    Cons

    Location is not ideal and a bit of restructuring was going on with the company when I got there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. laid off

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    Former Employee - Assembler in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Assembler in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation

    Pros

    hourly rate of pay, benefits

    Cons

    the age of the management on floor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Good Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Large Company, diverse product offerings, generally good culture

    Cons

    Defense segment relies completely on government spending.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful

    One Big Dead End

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    Former Employee - Manager in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Manager in Oshkosh, WI

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

    Pros

    Oshkosh builds very interesting products. The office is modern and comfortable. The pay and benefits appear good on the surface but don't plan on having a personal life.

    Cons

    Oshkosh is an exceptionally poor employer for production and professional employees alike. Management is compartmentalized where the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. It has a consistent pattern of making rash, uninformed and illogical decisions. There are frequent haphazard changes in direction creating frustration, chaos and confusion. In addition, changes to business systems are also occurring continuously usually without notice. They are almost always poorly functioning or left incomplete to generate issues for years to come adding to the patchwork graveyard of broken and obsolete business systems.

    There is exceptionally poor communication, incredible bureaucracy and politics. Way too many layers of deadwood management giving contradicting direction and filled with people trying to justify their existences by creating ever more crippling policies and procedures. Work flows have become so numerous, complex, frustrating, contradicting to existing processes and contrary to common sense that there is tremendous waste with many employees spending a majority of their time on non-value added activities. Way too many so called “Best Practices” which are mostly job justification activities keeping managers busy that are not focused on generating profits.

    From a middle management perspective, there also appears to be a lack of focus on maximizing profitability, pursuing true business opportunities through real innovation and no real strategic business planning. The company is a rudderless ship wandering aimlessly in many areas and appears more focused on generating positive headlines on the company website, creating catchy phrases and mitigating political correctness issues.

    Unfortunately Oshkosh tends to cultivate many of its leaders by the good old boys network. Although a few are exceptional, have somehow survived and risen through the ranks based on talent, way too many are talentless backstabbing politicians that kiss up to superiors and manipulate or step on subordinates in order to advance their own careers. Many are also oppressive micro managing control freaks whom stifle innovation, discourage employee involvement and are only interested in their own self-preservation. The good old boy network pulls along and shelters poor leaders from accountability. A highly political culture of arrogance and management incompetence has been created which is clearly evident. The result is a history of business failures especially in managing other companies that Oshkosh has acquired. They just can’t help themselves from blindly meddling with and damaging the core business practices of their acquisitions. Some profitable acquisitions have been later sold at a loss and others have been damaged so severely by Oshkosh business practices that the businesses were discontinued shortly after investing millions of dollars. Despite this, corporate executives spare no means in maximizing their compensation and finding new and creative ways to reward themselves while loyal hard working employees routinely get cut without regard to their contributions or performance.

    After you have worked at Oshkosh Corp. for a while you will come to realize that Oshkosh truly does not care about its people. The truth is Oshkosh is a highly unstable cut throat hire/fire company from an employment standpoint and will toss you out the door in the blink of an eye. If you are just starting, be advised that a long term career at Oshkosh for most is a pipe dream. For every long term employee, dozens have been terminated. The odds are you will eventually be cut no matter how loyal you are and how hard you work unless you are in the good old boys network. There is a revolving door of people and tremendous turnover. Young talented employees are expected to work extreme hours, are routinely taken advantage of, stepped on, used up and discarded like an old pair of underwear. That is, after their superiors have taken credit for the employee’s accomplishments. Many wonderful talented employees have learned the hard way that Oshkosh Corp is one big dead end. Think twice about wasting your talents at Oshkosh Corp.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Oshkosh also needs to get back to common sense ways of doing things and needs to start taking care of your talented employees! Start fixing problems instead of ignoring them. A major overhaul in culture from top to bottom is needed to improve communication throughout the company, restore accountability and transparency. Get rid of the top heavy multiple overlapping layers of managers, directors, VPs and career politicians that are not producing profits. Invest heavily on innovation and expanding business opportunities. Stop meddling with other divisions in an amateurish way and driving them into ground. Continuous fleecing of the company and excessive increases in executive compensation is immoral, unjustified and needs to be reined in especially when the company is doing poorly. Hire an outside firm to simplify, streamline and eliminate wasteful business practices. Corporate would be a good place to start. Internal employees cannot be trusted to do this. They will only produce more bureaucracy to save their own jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    10 years behind in technology - high stress and few office comforts

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    Former Employee - Office Position in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Office Position in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation

    Pros

    Salary was great, benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Not even the email system is within in the last decade. I've never seen a corporation this size not use Outlook!! No time for lunches...but that doesn't really matter since there isn't anywhere but your desk to eat your lunch. Expect to get to work an hour early and stay an hour late and your company cell phone will never stop chirping at your even when you get home. All technology improvements are continually 2 years out, but you are expected to perform like everything is a well oiled machine. Very little time allowed to get into your role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update technology, provide better training, and give people the opportunity to learn their role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Not a good environment

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    Former Employee - Materials Specialist in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Materials Specialist in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation

    Pros

    Great experience
    Good people
    Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Work-Life balance
    Felt like high school in terms of advancement-if you didn't golf with the right group, forget it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could be a great place to work if people cared about the work they did and not just their next opportunity.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Oshkosh

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    Former Employee - Assembler in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Assembler in Oshkosh, WI

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

    Pros

    Good paying job for Oshkosh and good support for surrounding businesses.

    Cons

    Working overtime all the time and still continuous layoffs. Always running out of parts because of purchasing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because you hire kids fresh out of college doesn't mean they know how to run a company. Need to quit blaming employees for their mistakes. Hopefully there will be progress in Oshkosh as promised when they extended the contract to keep work in Oshkosh.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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