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Navistar Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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  • Unfortunately the company suffered from multiple bad decisions by upper management (in 52 reviews)

  • Senior management constantly changing the organization making employee in the lower tier hard to follow (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "rework assembly tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Tech in Bellwood, IL
    Former Employee - Tech in Bellwood, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Navistar full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I had a clean lunch room, but that the end of the pros.

    Cons

    If I put you in a room full of unhealthy people you will not make them healthy, they will make you sick.
     Working at "Negtivestar" is like walking through a mind field, with bombs that are packed full with deadly explosive anger, and every day they bury the anger bombs in a different location.
    Unhealthy people hate healthy people. As a newcomer you will be happy and well adjusted, and due to this they will hate you. Beware if you should make a mistake as they will fire you. The tension is so thick there you can cut it with a knife. "Negitivestar" had to install bullet proof glass in the Bellwood location and electronic locks in the other locations because there are so many angry former employees attempting to get even with them. The also have a bad engine design and the solution
    to the problem of emissions is just another a bad idea on top of other bad ideas. They have lost all their good engineers and they absolutely refuse to listen any other ideas from the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Don't bother to give advice to management because a wise man doesn't need it and a fool wont heed it. Wisdom is a language they do not speak there. I would give them no stars at all, however this program will not allow me to go that low !


  2. "stay away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Contractor - Senior Design Sculptor in Lisle, IL
    Former Contractor - Senior Design Sculptor in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Navistar as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I didn't see any pros. boring mediocre environment. zero creativity and freedom

    Cons

    a little mafia, with a paranoid design director, who honestly hates everyone, even his hand trained dog, the modeling manager.

    Advice to Management

    retire as soon as possible


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Navistar Defense - Stay Away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Pros

    -Competitive pay and benefits
    -Flexible work schedule
    -Nice campus
    -Troy Clarke is trying to do the best he can to clean up the mess left by Dan Ustian

    Cons

    -Serious financial problems resulting possibly in bankruptcy or being acquired by another company within the next 5 years
    -Company doesn't know its own identity
    -Engineering and other costs completely out of control; ND cannot bid competitively
    -Trucks the company built (outside of MRAP) are poorly designed and built
    -Navistar Defense swung and missed on major contracts like JLTV, SMP, GMV, AMPV, etc. etc.
    -Company is trying to embrace continuous improvement, but has traditionally followed destructive patterns of re-organization, re-structuring, layoffs and other reactionary management techniques that make executives feel they are doing what’s right
    -Company outsourced key roles to expensive consultants to capture business
    -Company outsourced a lot of IT support offshore
    -No use of earned value management for projects, which normally is a USG requirement
    -Top heavy organization of underperforming executives with massively bloated salaries
    -Management does not care about the employees at all, resulting in an “us vs. them” toxic culture
    -Directors tell employees conflicting things making assignments confusing and difficult
    -Departments operate in silos, making decisions to their benefit while at the expense of another
    -Fluctuating workload means it can be slow for months and then completely out of control at other times
    -Short-term thinking abounds which results in short-term savings, but long-term increase in costs
    -Company relies too heavily on commercial practices despite them not being efficient or effective
    -Company can’t figure out its identity after years and years of declining sales
    -Improperly staffed and several key positions have not been filled in many years
    -Business Development and Purchasing make too many decisions while other functions are left out
    -Company’s arrogance blinds them to problems and hurts ability to learn from mistakes
    -Performance Management System is poor; most employees are doomed to get a “3” (average) no matter how many hours they put in
    -Succession planning and development is rarely, if ever talked about
    -Little to no chance for promotion due to flattened organizational structure (i.e. everyone reports to a VP or some Director) and financial problems
    -Poor communication on deadlines, projects and meetings resulting in a fire drill culture filled with daily surprises
    -Low morale due to financial sickness of corporation
    -No accountability, some people consistently miss work and claim to “work from home” and make relentless excuses
    -Four rounds of lay-offs mean no job security
    -Skeleton crew left behind where some people are stretched very thin, doing the work of 2-3 jobs
    -Training opportunities are rare because company is clamping down hard on costs
    - Job descriptions are misleading or inaccurate
    - After the lay-offs, so many people have quit that the company is in panic mode to retain the few that are left
    - Company has a pension plan underfunded by $2.7 billion, so don’t count on a pension upon retirement
    -No recognition

    Advice to Management

    Ask yourself, do you genuinely care about your employees? Do you know anything about them outside of work? If not, then you should not be in a leadership role. Start genuinely caring about your people by going out and talking to them. Don’t just view them merely as workers. Just because everyone is under one roof does not mean you have total integration either. Silos still remain and business units do not talk to each other because processes are not in place or not mature. Listen to your customer and understand their requirements so you can design to them. Finally, start making decisions with a long-term vision. This company’s thought process and decision making has been rooted in short-term thinking for far too long.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Don't Work Here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a paying job.

    Cons

    Extremely poor morale. Management is rudderless. Recent furloughs will cut pay by 20%.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "It used to be a great company,5 years ago"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    it used to be a great company

    Cons

    The new CEO and all the people that came from GM are only mercenaries looking to get a great bonus after the sale of the company to VW

    Advice to Management

    Leave the company


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Turn around, don't look back"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Warrenville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Warrenville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Navistar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice, new building
    Good to be part of a company with strong legacy, too bad it's now only legacy

    Cons

    Low pay
    Performance reviews were a joke, favoritism was obvious
    Office politics were deep enough to drown in
    Incompetent directors and C-levels led us to several big scandals, trouble with SEC, EPA, and military

    Advice to Management

    You should all take a long walk off a short pier


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Production Worker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay was good for the first 10 years

    Cons

    Got laid off all of the time and the company did not care about their employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "This place is a joke"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer Senior Team Lead in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer Senior Team Lead in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Navistar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice cafeteria
    Good place to run and walk around

    Cons

    Lack of good engineering and management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees, not the managers


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Tough work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Navistar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good coworkers. Nice campus. Nice gym and cafeteria.

    Cons

    Horrible work environment. High turnover rate. I have regrets that I took this job. Very stressful job that is ambiguous in job responsibilities. Upper management does not understand it's workers. Brown nosers are rewarded while talented engineers are not noticed. Good old boy network. Lost a lot of young talent due to slow promotions and low pay. There are definitely better opportunities out there. There are several people looking for jobs outside the company.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to VW or GM. That way they can get rid of you.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Glad I got out"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No one really expects you to succeed at your job and failure is considered a success. In the end, they pay you to leave...

    Cons

    If you didn't get selected to be paid to say home and not come back you have to stay and figure out how to deal with being told to do the work of 4 or 6 people and only really being expected to do the work of well less than 1 because you will be in meetings for 60-70% of your day.

    Advice to Management

    Shut it all down... You have a 50 year track record of loosing so no one expects any more than balancing the books, paying the pension liabilities, and closing the doors without a federal bailout.


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