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Navistar Reviews

Updated August 19, 2017
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  • Unfortunately the company suffered from multiple bad decisions by upper management (in 52 reviews)

  • High turnover especially at middle management level (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Been here for a year and a half"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible, good managers, no micro management.

    Cons

    the company is not doing so well in the market.


  2. "Process Planner"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Garland, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Garland, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay for all employees. Posses a wealth of knowledge to offer for all areas of production and manufacturing.

    Cons

    The company is more focused on cost savings than using quality material to build their product to provide to the customer.

    Advice to Management

    Always be open minded and accept ideas and suggestions from employees at all levels. Be respectful, kind and most of all professional.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "On the rebound"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research and Development Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research and Development Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work with some great people including my Manager. I can't say that is true for the entire company.

    Cons

    HR is worthless. There are no training opportunities. Corporate in Lisle is treated like royalty while other locations are treated like sweat shops. The productivity at Lisle is abysmal, productivity at other locations is above average. There is monthly celebrations at lisle for turn around and the other facilities are under budget constraints. Health benefits are spiraling down.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and realize who is putting in the extra effort for this turn around. Get rid of some of the dead wood middle managers who are waiting to retire. Give some fair raises, 3% over two years is not a fair raise. You will continue to loose good people and only retain employees who can't get jobs elsewhere.


  4. "Supply Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Navistar full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity working cross functionally across organization

    Cons

    Process management and systems


  5. "Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Navistar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Vacation and winter break.

    Cons

    No vision for future of business or employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being insestuous.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Analytics"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Trucking business is a thing of the past"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. CEO Troy Clarke is leading Navistar in the right direction.

    Cons

    Lots of favorism to less talented younger engineers who get promoted. Not investing in veteran talent. Suck ups move up fast in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Beyond help. Hopefully VW buys Navistar out and cleans house of management. Needs new culture.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Navistar full-time

    Pros

    I have been with the company over 7 years. It's a great company to work for, but as with any large company there is to much fat up top.
    If they can get back in the US market and turnaround the bad rap on the engines, it will mean something to our customers.

    Cons

    Too many former GM and Ford management team members. I am not impressed with the fact that they continue to hire (friends) from companies that have failed and are put in key roles in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the fat!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Work Here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible environment but interesting products"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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