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Updated Oct 19, 2017

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Pros
  • "Plenty of great people who are happy to pass along knowledge and experience(in 65 reviews)

  • "my location at MLP gives a good work-life balance(in 47 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Upper management lacks support and moving up seems to be reserved for people they know(in 57 reviews)

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

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    1. 4.0
      Former Contractor

      Senior systems engineer

      Aug 7, 2015 - Anonymous Contractor 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people. Good pay. Dynamic industry

      Cons

      Management reactionary, afraid of change, and unimaginative. Leadership missing skill within middle management

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      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work, outlook for company is nerve racking

      Jan 30, 2014 - Field Service Engineer in Lisle, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I work in the World Headquarters located in Lisle IL. Its a wonderful building with great amenities. I love my job and the people I work with. This is still very much a trucking company, do not let the shinny exterior fool you. This, to me is a good thing, the company is full of real traditional, hard working, genuine employees. There are opportunities for growth, but you have to seek them out.

      Cons

      The current financial status of the overall business is not in a good place. Former Sr Management made some bad calls and we have been trying to stoop the bleeding for about 2 years now. Too much middle management, lots of cooperate BS (standard in a company this size I suppose).

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      2 people found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Senior Product Development Engineer

      Jan 25, 2016 - Senior Product Development Engineer in Lisle, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I was respected by my peers and bosses. I got along with everyone fine in my 5 years at Navistar.

      Cons

      The company's executives lack vision. They want to make money but have no real plan on this. All we did was cut costs, cut costs, cut costs. No one is buying Navistar/International product. That is why the company will fail in the long term. Costs of products are too high and we have a horrible reputation in the trucking industry. Middle management is horrible at Navistar. They run around without purpose, cutting programs and groups, and redeploying this resources to only start up the same programs with new people a few months later. So much experience and knowledge is lost through this mismanagement of resources. Navistar is only focused on one thing, cutting costs. There is no quality or customer first attitude, cost is the only thing that matters right now and no one can figure out how to make more money, so to help our bottom line all we can do is cut costs.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      OK Pay and Benefits, Highly Resistant to Change

      Feb 13, 2013 - Marketing Manager in Lisle, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Pay is decent, as are benefits, new hires are generally upbeat and excited to do well. Corporate headquarters are outstanding -- cafeteria is awesome!

      Cons

      Upper management believes themselves to be incapable of error, middle management tends to seek to maintain the status quo, rather than challenge it with new ideas (people don't get promoted or rewarded for rocking the boat, even if their ideas turn out to be good in the long run). Despite a desire to be innovative, the company hangs onto old ideas too long. Bonuses are rarely fully funded, so even if one exceeds expectations, they receive less than the bonus they are promised.

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Finance/Audit

      Apr 16, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The Internal Audit group at Navistar has some great people. Leadership tries their hardest to put a positive spin on what is going on within the organization. Flexible hours. You get a chance to bring ideas to the table and own them through to completion. Lots of opportunity.

      Cons

      Company is in a financial crisis. This crisis can't be solved until the old culture of Navistar is purged. Until a lot of the company leadership that are just 'hanging on' to get salaries/bonuses leave, the culture won't change. The company needs to begin challenging middle management layers, and seek out the right blend of experience, skills and motivation. An attitude of fear is pervasive and destructive to the organization's plans to turn it around.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Start looking for another position at a different company and join the rest who have left.

      Mar 6, 2014 - Senior Engineering Manager in Lisle, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice facilities, easy parking, convenient commute.

      Cons

      No one is willing to make a decision. Culture is still behind the touted vision, there is no transparency, middle management right next to upper management hides problems in order to let someone else find it. No discipline to meeting commitments and absolutely no sense of urgency.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Used to be great company on very long downhill

      Jul 17, 2014 - Manager in Lisle, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Lisle IL campus with tons of amenities. Great work/life balance and flexible hours. Added time off during Winter Holiday shutdown on top of regular vacation time. Some departments have a great culture and actually work efficiently on turning company around. If you want a desk job that requires you do take OK pay and not do a hell lot, this is a place for you.

      Cons

      Office politics at all levels. Band of brothers from GM took over the company couple of years ago and it's easy to see that the history will repeat itself if you mix in the same GM ingredients. Culture of mediocrity. Decisions are rarely based on logical and factual data driven arguments. Most of the middle management that was worth something left over last couple of years and either people that were "good enough" were promoted to the empty positions or the positions left empty got eliminated leaving overworked employees in a lot of department. The layoffs and departures cut the personnel to the bare bones. Promotions happen if you're part of the "gang", otherwise get back to your desk and work more and harder as that's what's expected of you. The company used to have great learning center with tons of courses, now there is almost nothing left for employees to utilize as a training tool. Old school corporate giant that will go down if change doesn't come soon. Hardly any innovation happening on the product side. They still market a product that was developed in 70's with hardly any improvements over the years, not to mention that it looks like someone beat it with the ugly stick.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Navistar

      Aug 21, 2015 - Engineering Manager in Lisle, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people, hard working at the bottom

      Cons

      Middle management is a big fog - they prevent things from flowing down or up. Many are secretive, from the "old" Navistar or Ford, where politicing got them ahead. I think top management wants more of an open forum, but they won't get it with the middle as it is. Company is in transition - no room for moving up until company stock improves.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Manager

      Oct 19, 2017 - Manager in Lisle, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great coworkers in most areas. Lisle campus is currently a great place. Very interesting and challenging work.

      Cons

      HR department performance is very week. No real change in supporting employees, work life balance, etc. The message is to to do more and work more hours. Very poor middle management who are never held accountable.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Yikes...Stay away! Accept an offer with their Powertrain/Engine group, only if you have no where else to go!

      Apr 23, 2010 - Project Engineer in Melrose Park, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You have a job. Chicago being a big city, is a plus for those who prefer large cities. Good fallback during bad economy.

      Cons

      Salary does not cover the high in cost of living in Chicago. Navistar's engine/powertrain group is a substandard organization. Their program timings are off and the senior and middle management seem to be running around like a headless chitcken. Directors often get fired. If you love technology, honesty and hardwork, you will neither advance nor have job satisfaction here. The only way to progress is to say and do what your boss likes and shut your concience up. After a while this gets extremely frustrating. Bosses, especially the younger ones, feel easily threatended by the hardworking and talented engineers, so keep your head low and be ready to sacrifice work/life balance. Engine/Powertrain group often tries to save money in the short term and when things go wrong, they have to spend twice as much to rectify problems. Powertrain is in an utter state of chaos. It is highly understaffed and there are too many managers and project managers and design leads who keep pushing you to get work done. Younger managers need to be trained to appriciate good work. If you butter them up they certainly appreciate you. Every thing is outsourced; from drawings to analysis and you are told to yell at folks to get work done. If you do not have a job, work here till you find a better one.

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      6 people found this review helpful
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