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Oshkosh Corporation Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
75 Reviews
2.8
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Oshkosh Corporation CEO Charles L. Szews
Charles L. Szews
33 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Dysfunction and degradation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Welder in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - Welder in Oshkosh, WI

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation

    Pros

    Used to have good pay and benefits. No longer worth the trouble. You will be much happier working somewhere else for less money.

    Cons

    Company doesn't self invest. Appears like their ready for a quick exit strategy. Layers upon layers of management with no accountability or decision making. Broken tools, bad parts, ridiculuos tack times, and endless cleaning duties. You're never gonna win. .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executives need to start paying attention to what's going on down on the floor and get to the root of the problems. Get him outta here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Sad

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

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

    Pros

    Pay Environment Picnic Modern Hard Work

    Cons

    No job security. Out of normal window of hours.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not even Human Reources cares about it's employees!

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Decent benefits (after 30 day waiting period). Some opportunity to advance or move to a different segement.

    Cons

    As a former member of the HR department, I can tell you first hand that the company does not care about its employees. They want to hire as many people to get as much work done as efficiently as possible. You'll get hired, make a lot of money for a while and get let go the moment they don't need you. There is no such thing as work life balance with this company. If you don't want a life outside of work, you'll be fine. You'll make a lot of money but will never have the time to spend it. Management does not work on development of employees or consider employee engagement an issue. Workforce is not happy. Work environment is not enjoyable. Management picks favorites and throws money at them... if you're not on the favorite list, good luck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider your whole approach... your employees are not happy!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    This company is the devil incarnate!!!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Driver in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Driver in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The money....but the bullcrap you have to put up with hardly makes it worth it.

    Cons

    There isn't enough room here to list all the ways they violate employees rights. A herd of cattle at a slaughter house are treated with more respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out while you can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Very Bad.

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

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Benefits and health insurance is very good.

    Cons

    Bad management practices and poor union support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Redirect your ideas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Miserable

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Coordinator in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Team Coordinator in Oshkosh, WI

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

    Pros

    The people and the product.

    Cons

    Good old boy network, long hours, little to no recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the good old boy network, embrace the employee's that do the work and try and work with the union instead of against it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big company, small vision

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

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Oshkosh is the market leader in tactical wheeled vehicles for all branches of the military. They make GREAT vehicles. Recent emphasis in the global market is encouraging.

    Cons

    Oshkosh does not see the big picture when it comes to life cycle customer support. The aftermarket support is minimal at best and not taken seriously by upper leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research other business segments, like aviation, to better understand the revenue potential after the sale of the vehicle to the customer. Way too much emphasis is given to the next big contract when more emphasis should be supporting the customers Oshkosh already has.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Treated like a number, not a person.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oshkosh, WI

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

    Pros

    I believe in their mission to protect those (Warfighters), who protect us. The vehicles Oshkosh makes are second to none, they are quality vehicles that literally save lives everyday.
    The benefits are fair.

    Cons

    HR and some members of the leadership team treat people (even a salaried employee like myself) as a number and don't take individual circumstances into consideration. The management is top-down only. Those with ideas or concerns on the bottom (manager and down) do not have a voice and will not be heard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those that are doing the work at the bottom and mid-levels, give them a forum, give them a voice. Leadership does not have a handle on what is happening at those levels and they continue to make changes without asking those people their thoughts. In many cases, the changes end up doing more harm than good. If you would ask people at the manager level and below for insight, you can prevent a lot of unnecessary hardship as well as saving time and money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    What a Nightmare- Avoid at All Cost

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fed Up in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - Fed Up in Oshkosh, WI

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation

    Pros

    There are indeed alot of opportunities for growth, if only you had any authority to exercise those opportunities. There are current openings available at the company. The last is a great reason to apply if you are desperate for a job.

    Cons

    Upper level management is clueless along with other corporate departments on what needs to be done to take care of current issues. The entire company is a clique and if you aren't in the group, you will get nowhere. The character of corporate mid level leadership is not good. These people beat you into the ground to promote themselves all the while being poor civil examples for the rest of the company. This makes it extremely difficult to do the right thing and get anywhere above your position. The work life balance is considered an average of 60/hrs/wk with no OT. This makes our turnover rate astronomical with salaried people.

     The insurance packages the company offers to its salary staff are shameful compared to what they dole out to the union workforce. You cannot have an illness. Regardless, you will pay upwards of $150/month as an individual for insurance and still have a $1750 deductible. Otherwise you can pay $100/month and have a $3000 deductible. If you have a family like me, best of luck. The company is truly being unfair with their benefits. They dont match 401k anywhere near what other corporations are offering. 50% match up to 6%. All of these things give me reason to seek employment elsewhere. Best of luck to all fellow employees, Im getting out of here as soon as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the program. Understand that what you are doing is driving your employees away. You can't keep promoting the people that buy you rounds at the bar and depend on them to do the right thing. You have been bought and you need to right the ship before it sinks. Yes, military contracts are great but when you are done selling trucks on your last contract, where will you go from here? A strong workforce will stand behind you. Your current workforce however, won't be left standing.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    One Big Dead End

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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