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"Technical Honesty Is Wanting"

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Current Employee - Design Engineer in Melrose Park, IL
Current Employee - Design Engineer in Melrose Park, IL
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

The company has a very talented set of engineers and designers. It's engineering processes are sound and well developed. Several designers have proven to be extremely gifted.

Cons

Technical Leadership at the highest level has been wanting. Example: The 6.0 liter engine was known to be very problematic and required further development, but was pushed into production prematurely. The most senior technical leaders (VPs) lack sound engineering knowledge and experience. Most are political appointees. While having had a great technical history, things went down hill dramatically since the release of the 6.0 liter diesel. Those responsible for this and subsequent technical failures have moved on in the company, to other positions of authority, rather than having been dismissed. Politics overshadows sound judgment.

Advice to Management

Replace the current VP of Government Relations (EPA Debacle) and also the VP of Engineering responsible for the 6.0 liter. Demand honesty at all levels of the company, especially from those in top level management. The stock holders deserve far better.

Other Employee Reviews for Navistar

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of strategic direction. Stubborn management. Old school mentality. New location does not make a company modern."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Manager in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Supply Manager in Lisle, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally stable work environment. Coming from a Schaumburg based technology company (Mot), this company is a polar opposite. People are best assets is truly seen.

    Cons

    Need to get in 2012 in technology and systems and desperately needs a house cleanup. 20-30 years with a company is good if you are still productive. There are many middle to older age individuals with over 10-30 years of experience that can be done by a high school graduate (some are high school grads without college degrees). These individuals make upto 6 figures and add little to no value to the company.
    Capitalist structure - Raises are a hit or miss (mostly misses) but bonus is almost guaranteed even when the reports are less than desirable or flat out negative. I understand the upper management and "C" suite personnel like their bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline training for L7 and above so the management style is not a night and day from one group to the other.
    Global expansion is great but keeping a close eye at home (market share/gain) is a must.
    REVENUE is important if PROFIT MARGINS make sense. Revenue without margins is what non-profit organizations do.


  2. "Good company, lots of change, direction not always clear"

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    Current Employee - Corporate in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Corporate in Lisle, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are very nice and believe in doing the right thing. Compensation and benefits are competitive, great amenities (fitness center, campus, etc.)

    Cons

    Executive efforts are not always coordinated resulting in missed opportunities for collaboration and some frustrating dynamics

    Advice to Management

    Lack of coordination at the executive level is amplified throughout the organization; a little collaboration will go a long way towards strengthening employee morale, focus, and results

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