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Updated September 30, 2017
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  • IPD upper management need better balance of technical and people skills (in 53 reviews)

  • Very poor middle management who are never held accountable (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "It data administrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Navistar full-time

    Pros

    Great facility to work in

    Cons

    Was promised a 1 year contract. Was let go after 3rd day because the did not have a budget for my position.

    Advice to Management

    Don't promise a one year job then be let go after 2 1/2 days. Get you financial backing first.


  2. "Mechanic tech"

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    Current Contractor - Engineering Tech in Burr Ridge, IL
    Current Contractor - Engineering Tech in Burr Ridge, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Navistar as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice clean shop, that's all.

    Cons

    People are rude everybody gets fired or laid off, employees and management is unwilling to do anything if it is a new idea.

    Advice to Management

    Advice will do no good because wisdom to a fool is folly. Wisdom is a language they do not understand and are unwilling to learn.

  3. "Extremely bad management"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Navistar as a contractor

    Pros

    Nothing good about this company. Don't ever think about working for this ridiculous and unreliable company.

    Cons

    Inexperienced management and holds a lot of attitude towards employees. Worst place to work and no appreciation. All they care about getting product out of the door and never appreciate employees hard work. They treat you like slaves and have no process in place. Worst place to work!


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible Experience"

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    Former Employee - Experimental Diesel Mechanic in Melrose Park, IL
    Former Employee - Experimental Diesel Mechanic in Melrose Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Navistar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay check, co-workers are a pleasure to deal with, mostly

    Cons

    Browbeating, dumbing down, managers lack experience, abusive, harassing, haranguing, bullying management styles. If you want to be demoralized this is the job for you!

    Advice to Management

    Let people do their jobs, get out of the way and let your employees be good at what they do! Stop micromanaging and stop your abusive behavior towards your help.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Electrical Test Engineer Senior Team Lead"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Navistar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun work experience when the times where good

    Cons

    Poor Poor Poor Management. Joke

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people who take great pride in the product and listen to what they say. We are test engineers with degrees and years of experience working to only benefit the company as a whole/team. Instead, management would demote/layoff people who were considered "Not a Team Player" but in retrospect were considered by peers as a top performer and brought much value to the organization. Management couldn't deal with the truth which in turn reflect on the overall status of the company as they try and get back their customers.
    Too bad Volkswagen purchased a portion of Navistar to help bail them out of financial trouble for the past 5 years. Should have let them fail and file chapter11/13 and let the stock holders/investor know the real truth. about management there


  6. "OK if you are into trucks"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are good to work with.

    Cons

    Management overloads their employees with "high" priority assignments with little time to complete them all.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Analytics"

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

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

    Pros

    My coworkers were a wonderful group of people who truly wanted to drive the business forward into the 21st century.

    Cons

    This is a very dusty industry that talks about changes and uses analytics as a popular talking point/buzzword, but is not seriously invested in improving. The organization does not embrace analytics for the most part, which makes this a very frustrating environment to experiment and implement modern analytical processes.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. The industry, and the world, is changing. The heavy equipment market has shifted and the oligopoly has been disrupted. It's time to be competitive again, take calculated risks and truly differentiate your products. Slashing costs is a short-term fix, but not exploring opportunities and new methodologies ultimately strangles a struggling institution in the long run.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Don't Work Here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -A Check
    -Air conditioned facility with vaccumed carpeting.

    Cons

    -Sales Directors are all overweight. Sales teams are not sharp and lack basic business acumen. It's a boys club. All they do is eat Cheetos and guzzle Coke while forwarding emails from dealers. Dealers act as if they just got out of jail and obtained an International Truck franchise as their first job out of jail.
    -Too many managers with no skills. They pay managers $75,000, $80,000, $90,000 a year and many don't even have a basic business degree. No interpersonal or leadership skills. Didn't even complete a Management 101 class. Way too much middle management with no leadership skill. All they do is track spreadsheets and micromanage. Most projects are out of budget and late. Middle managers are no concerned about employees, only what Level they are and their "management" title.
    -All computer systems are from 1988. Most companies have two main information systems (one that controls internal accounting and one that controls customer interfacing functions) Navistar has over 15 systems to store financial and customer information. Will cost well over $500 million to upgrade and streamline. Therefore, they expect everything run on Excel spreadsheets.
    -HR isn't used to improve the work or career environment. It is dysfunctional and is used by inept managers as a resource to bully and intimidate employees into taking on more work as other employees leave the company. Many managers choose to "work from home" so they can just forward emails to the employees below that are actually running the business. The more employees leave, the more work is left for the employees that choose to stay.
    -No annual merit increases.
    -Mandatory furlough days at the end of each year so company can preserve cash
    -Finance directors aren't concerned with reporting accurate financial data, rather trailoring financial data in order to paint a false narrative for the qurarterly conference call with investors.

    Advice to Management

    Give it up. Tell VW to speed up the acquisition of 100% of the company so they can flatten the organization and eliminate the inept level 6, level 7 and level 8 middle managers. These layers do not add any performance value to the company. Level 5's would be better off reporting directly to senior level executives. Close down the HR department and save some money on hat department's salaries, they don't do anything for performance. With all the product quality,launch issues and managerial issues, don't apply to work here. There are thousands of other companies that you will be happier working for. CEO and CFO are doing a great job, level 6, level 7 and level 8 managers make the company look bad.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible environment but interesting products"

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    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer Senior Team Lead
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer Senior Team Lead
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Navistar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting products, depending on the facility and role you perform you can be hands on with the product.

    Cons

    How to easily describe how this company thinks and acts --> Navistar has so many negative reviews on Glassdoor that HR even made a new 'company' called "SLT Truck Company" and moved all the open job listings under that and a each HR rep gave the company a '5 star rating'. Standard Navistar: getting down voted and reviewed on Glassdoor - "what should we do?", "fix the problems and take the advice of the reviews?", "nah just start a new fake company listing and put all the jobs on that one instead so they don't know what they are getting into".

    Terrible management, they promote the people that "meet" deadlines, regardless of the quality of how things are completed and at what cost. Terrible work-place culture. I have experienced and seen several engineers be told they are "traitors" and "worth nothing" because they are leaving the company during their leaving negotiations.

    Advice to Management

    Read your glass door reviews and realize you need to do something different. 12-15 person groups that average a person leaving every 2-3 months IS NOT HEALTHY, look at management, start training your management, and expect results from them. Implement "bottom-up" reviews, so you can see which managers are doing a great job, and which are not.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "rework assembly tech"

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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 !


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