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"Hoping to get through rough time, and focus on new, quality product development"

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Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Lisle, IL
Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Lisle, IL
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Navistar has a very nice facility and it is an environment that helps to attract new talent. Most co-workers are very friendly. There is a large percentage of young engineers that are motivated to work hard and make their mark.

Cons

The move to consolidate the truck development technology center in Fort Wayne, IN with the engine development in Melrose Park, IL in the Lisle, IL World Headquarters as the new "Integrated Product Development" isn't quite integrated yet. Yes, the teams now sit next to each other, but there has been no changes to merge the different processes and tools together. Financially, they are operating as separate companies, and this is stifling new development. The teams are out of sync with each other. A team on one side of the floor has no sense of urgency, while the team on the other side of the floor is being worked like dogs. Navistar is currently trying to save themselves from the grave and just have some product to sell, but once it can get some core product it needs to establish itself as a leader in quality and technology. New product development hasn't been a focus at Navistar for quite a while. Rumors about layouts and reorgs abound in the cubilces and hallways. There is an unhealthy competition between engineering organizations where it seems one engineering organization will try to make the other look bad to cover up its flaws. There isn't enough teamwork cross-functionally. There is no clear technical career path defined. The systems are too complex and the variation in the product is killing development.

Advice to Management

Reduce the amount of variation in the product. Focus on creating the best product in the industry and "sell it" instead of "taking orders" on low margins.

Other Employee Reviews for Navistar

  1. "Company has cut many positions in 2012"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Brand new corporate office location

    Cons

    Many layoffs have occurred with much uncertainty about the company's future


  2. "Was great until the engine strategy turned out to be a sham"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are good opportunities for advancement and it has relatively good compensation levels - better when bonuses were paid. The suburban location is great for such large company.

    Cons

    The engne strategy turned out to be flawed. Senior management tends not to be held accountable, although this may change with the new CEO.

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