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Updated Sep 16, 2021

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Navistar CEO and President  Mathias Carlbaum
Mathias Carlbaum
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  • "Poor Poor Poor Management.(in 74 reviews)
  • "Horrible upper management.(in 47 reviews)
  • "Continuous layoffs and there seemed to be a disconnect between upper level management and those actually carrying out the work.(in 33 reviews)
  • "Senior leadership and other managers can be heard cussing each other and talking about other employees.(in 26 reviews)
  • "Many managers choose to 'work from home' so they can just forward emails to the employees below that are actually running the business.(in 21 reviews)
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  1. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Layoffs

    Jan 12, 2020 - Production 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    1st shift and money is good

    Cons

    Company and upper management sux

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  2. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Unorganized and unprofessional

    Apr 13, 2011 -  in Madison Heights, MI
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Work schedule flexibility. The vehicle variants offer many design and engineering challenges.

    Cons

    Lack of direction, no knowledge of systems engineering process or any other processes to keep the organization operational. Poor communication among so called team members. Very cliquish, individuals with very loud unprofessional behaviors get noticed the most and fit in very well with management. Upper management are not engaged at all with the bread and butter workers of the company. No opportunities for growth or enhancement in skill set either. Don't come here if you're truly looking to gain insight into the world of Defense or to gain valuable work experience.

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  3. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Navistar doesn't promote loyalty, knowledge retention, or the right people.

    Apr 18, 2012 -  in Fort Wayne, IN
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Navistar offers a rewarding experience and unique challenges. They encourage knowledge expansion and cross-training so its great for personal growth.

    Cons

    They are tending toward hiring upper management who are not familiar with the industry and are considered businessmen in their own right. This creates managers who don't respect the historical talent nor their employees' experience. Navistar has become highly politicized internally therefore the best ideas and methods rarely make it. They have recently let go a sizable portion of their knowledge-base and have moved operations to a higher cost area. They will be hiring inexperienced engineers fresh out of college and relying on them more than they should. I'd be wary about any long term plans with Navistar.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  4. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Procurement Financial Analyst

    Apr 29, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good work life balance and a really nice facility to work. The people are nice and if you seek it out the work can be fulfilling.

    Cons

    Continuous layoffs and there seemed to be a disconnect between upper level management and those actually carrying out the work.

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  5. 5.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Great company, team, and pay

    Sep 9, 2012 - Intern in Lisle, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Pay Benefits Co workers company growth great team

    Cons

    Input isn't as valued if you aren't a long time employee or upper management

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  6. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Navistar has a solid base of great employees, but is ultimately controlled by investors.

    Oct 20, 2012 - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Hard working and knowledgeable workforce. World Class headquarters with great amenities. Working to create a more robust design and development process. Top notch industrial design.

    Cons

    Will sacrifice workers to satisfy investors. Crowded and constantly shifting upper management roster.

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  7. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Good people, not pay

    May 1, 2019 - Engineering Group Leader in Lisle, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    They have a good cafeteria. And are located near good restaurants. I don't know. I didn't like the management, the pay didn't make the work you did often... Good work was rewarded with more work...

    Cons

    They will work your with unreasonable expectations. What I experienced was upper management only concerned witj themselves at the expense of the small guy

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    2 people found this review helpful
  8. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Too much pressure on employee for no good reason

    Apr 16, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Very fair and good upper management

    Cons

    department level management can be oppressive.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Terrible leadership has all but ruined this once icon of American industry.

    Nov 29, 2013 - Field Service Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity for advancement (because the experienced people are leaving in droves).

    Cons

    I am a current employee of over 10 years that used to absolutely LOVE my career at Navistar. Unfortunately it's now time to move on as so many already have and continue to do so. Almost all of the experienced people here have jumped ship leaving only green employees fresh out of school with no experience. Upper management continues to pick up upper level flunkies from GM (the company that was just led into bankruptcy) like they are gold. You will not be rewarded for taking on additional responsibilities - neither with appreciation nor financial incentive. Executive management continues to make decisions that is leading to employees leaving at a rate of 1.5 people per day. Current employees are required to work 2-3 jobs and most departments are running skeleton crews. RUN don't walk from this company unless you are fresh out of school or hard up for a job.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  10. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Sinking Ship

    Feb 29, 2016 - Systems Administrator in Lisle, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Nice location, that's about it.

    Cons

    Management is horrible. Top level managers have no idea how to manage people. The recent re-organization of the business has sent a clear message. Promoting incompetence and putting the yes men in place to try and keep the status quo while upper management plans their exit. Clearly shows with this recent move of people and flattening of managers to direct reports. Management says they want to coach you and build you up to be promotable, but that never happens. They promise one thing and hit you with another job but no promotion. They move your focus around but don't increase your pay. They keep the carrot dangling until one day you realize the carrot cannot be obtained and then you walk away. If you are looking to get your feet wet, this is a great company to start, but do not plan on a long term career here or you will be sorely disappointed with your choice.

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    4 people found this review helpful
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