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Oshkosh Defense Overview

Oshkosh, WI
10000+ employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Oshkosh Defense delivers leading-edge tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services to military and security forces around the globe. For more than 98 years, Oshkosh has designed, tested and manufactured a robust portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly ... Read more

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  • Oshkosh Corporation named one of FORTUNE's World's most admired companies!

    Oshkosh Corporation Named One of FORTUNE's World's Most Admired Companies

    Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) today announced that it has been recognized as one of FORTUNE's World's Most Admired Companies. Oshkosh Corporation is one of 330 companies to achieve this honor, as ranked by industry peers, highlighting some of the most respected and successful companies from around the world.


    Oshkosh Corp. 100th anniversary parade

    Oshkosh Corporation displays its accomplishments and corporate pride in a parade in Oshkosh Saturday celebrating 100 years of being in business July 15, 2017.

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Oshkosh Defense – Why Work For Us?


Oshkosh Defense delivers leading-edge tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services to military and security forces around the globe. For nearly 100 years, Oshkosh has designed, tested and manufactured a robust portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles and technologies to support the U.S. Armed Forces and its allies.

Oshkosh offers advanced technologies and vehicle components that provide our customers with a technical edge. These include: TAK-4® independent suspension systems, TerraMax® unmanned ground vehicle solutions, Command Zone™ integrated control and diagnostics system, ProPulse® diesel electric and on-board vehicle power solutions, and the CORE1080™ crew protection system. Oshkosh also provides NetReady command, control, communications and computer (C4) systems integration for its vehicles to bring the network to the mission.

Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a dedicated team of technical experts, a global logistics and supplier network that spans six continents, and a complete range of life cycle sustainment services to optimize fleet readiness and performance.


For the employees of Oshkosh Defense, it is an honor and privilege to serve the men and women who risk their lives for the mission. Every Oshkosh innovation, product and service is designed to help them successfully complete that mission. We go to great lengths to understand our customers’ ever-changing needs, then harness our expertise to respond. Through research and collaboration with our customers, our mission is to redefine the limits of tactical vehicle performance – continuously advancing off-road mobility, survivability, power generation and fuel economy.


Since 1917, Oshkosh has been a pioneer in vehicle technologies.  Oshkosh Defense has delivered and sustained more than 150,000 tactical wheeled vehicles to our customers in more than 20 countries.  Every Oshkosh Defense vehicle is designed to support and protect the men and women who depend on it. Our team is comprised of approximately 2,500 employees, including hundreds who have served, or are currently serving in the military, and thousands with family members and friends currently serving. We are inspired by them, committed to them and driven to provide them with our very best.

Oshkosh Corporation has a long-standing history of charitable giving and support for programs that assist members of the armed forces and their families, both in the field and when they return home. We are proud to partner with organizations such as Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Fisher House, Disabled Sports USA: Warfighter Sports, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and many more.

What’s your why?

At Oshkosh Corporation, it’s about making a difference in people’s lives. From caring and genuine leadership to building on our 100 Years of strength and perseverance, we have created a culture focused on our people. Our goal is for all team members to come to work every day with their head, hands and heart fully engaged in our purpose of making a difference. 

 How are we building our People First culture?

Oshkosh Excellence Awards

Every year our team members are recognized for their outstanding projects that have made a difference for our people, our customers, and our communities. Oshkosh team members submit their projects and present in front of our Oshkosh Leadership Team. The top projects of the year receive a total of $125,000 to give back to charities of their choice.

Community Involvement

At Oshkosh Corporation, we believe in giving back to our communities, carrying on a tradition of giving that started 100 years ago. Through team member volunteer programs, corporate involvement and monetary donations, we support a variety of social, educational and human welfare causes.


Sustainability at Oshkosh Corporation is defined as how we’re making a difference for our people and communities, our customers and our environment. To learn more about sustainability at Oshkosh, visit:

Diversity & Inclusion

Our diversity and inclusion strategy connects employees, communities, customers and suppliers to the company's long-term business success.

We define success as every employee feeling valued, respected, and engaged.  We achieve this success by focusing on a People First culture and attracting and retaining a diverse, highly-skilled and fully engaged workforce.

Vital to the success of Oshkosh Corporation is our commitment to fostering an ethical culture. While we respect the diversity of cultures between each of our business segments, our core values bind us together as One Oshkosh. The values of Honesty, Accountability, Integrity, Respect and Citizenship are central to our ethical decision-making framework.

The Oshkosh brand and reputation have been unmatched for the past 100 years, and it is our commitment to doing things the right way, The Oshkosh Way, that will be a key ingredient to delivering superior performance for the next 100 years. This includes attracting and retaining exceptional employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers and dealers around the globe.

Oshkosh Corporation was one of only 124 companies around the world to be recognized as a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company. Wilson Jones, Oshkosh Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer, says “At Oshkosh, our team members embrace the idea of ethical behavior in everything they do. It is a fundamental part of our culture, and is our way of doing business each and everyday.”

This is what we call The Oshkosh Way.

Oshkosh Defense wants you to feel like you have the ability to continuously grow your career through ongoing personal and professional development. It is why we’ve committed to providing our team members with development opportunities that enable growth in your roles, as leaders of teams, and as leaders of our organization.

Your Oshkosh University (YOU)

Your Oshkosh University (YOU) isn’t a building, it is our model and platform for enabling the discussion around your continued development. We have built the YOU on a foundation of providing robust experiences to grow your knowledge, skills and abilities; exposure to peer networks and leaders to share ideas and feel supported; and education opportunities that are both in the classroom and online.

At Oshkosh Corporation, we believe it is a great honor to Build, Serve, Defend, and Protect the world around us. For more than 100 years, we’ve been making a difference in our communities, in the lives of our customers, for our team members, for our shareholders, and for the environment.

We got our start by enhancing off-road capabilities giving people the courage and the confidence to go places they didn’t think possible – even when others told us it couldn’t be done. And we’re still at it. The perseverance instilled by our founders has earned us the trust of customers all over the world; enabled us to develop game-changing innovations and has allowed us to Make a Difference in People’s Lives. With more than 750 Veterans as part of our Oshkosh Corporation Family, we are honored to be named a Military Friendly Employer.

Oshkosh Defense Reviews

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    "Strong business model"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI
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    I have been working at Oshkosh Defense full-time (More than a year)


    I trust the leaders of Defense are working hard to make the best decisions for the future of the business. This was not always the case. It is good to finally see a couple of females on your leadership team. It makes a difference in approach and ideas.


    Sometimes tight deadlines cause long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Some don’t appreciate anything and always look for the negative, but they don’t leave so what does that say?

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Oshkosh Defense Photos

Oshkosh Defense photo of: Oshkosh Defense is more than a truck
Oshkosh Defense photo of: Oshkosh team members are thrilled to spend this beautiful day volunteering at the Fisher House Wisconsin lending a hand with some landscaping and gardening projects.
Oshkosh Defense photo of: Talk about a good looking lineup! Stop by Fox River Brewing Company in Oshkosh, Wis. to purchase your growler of The 1917, our 100 Year Anniversay Beer, or pick up a 22 oz. collector chassis bottle!
Oshkosh Defense photo of: The Oshkosh Corporation Women's Network hosted an event on 5/23/17 charging team members to focus on their growth, reach their full potential and make a difference in their careers.
Oshkosh Defense photo of: Oshkosh Defense team members gathered in December 2016 to collect items for Toys for Tots
Oshkosh Defense photo of: Oshkosh Defense is honored to stand with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to support families of America's fallen heroes.
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Oshkosh Defense Interviews



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    Cost Management Co-Op Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI
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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Oshkosh Defense (Oshkosh, WI) in December 2017.


    So the interview process was broken into a phone screening, a phone interview, and an on-site interview. The on-site interview consisted of going to 4 different people, the current person holding the position, the director of cost management for the company as a whole, and your direct supervisors.

    Interview Questions

    • In terms of questions, they pretty much just asked about my resume   1 Answer
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Oshkosh Defense Awards & Accolades

  • Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award, Wisconsin Safety Council, 2017
  • FORTUNE's World's Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2018

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