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Updated Jan 12, 2020

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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. 5.0
      Current Intern, less than 1 year

      Good summer

      Jul 26, 2017 - Engineering Intern in Lisle, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Competitive pay, facilities, positive culture

      Cons

      IPD upper management need better balance of technical and people skills

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    2. 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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    3. 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
    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Financial Analyst

      Oct 19, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      There are no pros and all cons are listed below.

      Cons

      Horrible atmosphere and culture. Upper management do not care about anything other than getting money for themselves. People are robotic, unemotional creatures, not a family oriented culture. No training opportunities. They cant pay for team events or outings (which are at it's best minimal to begin with). What can I say when they make you pay for company sponsored events while they are a multi billion dollar company. They dont care about their employees and take the path of least resistance to encourage and empower employees. Navistar present itself to be so holy and perfect but the employees are suffocating and hate it. Warning - do not apply to Navistar, and if you do, you'll quickly learn and see the darkness behind the veil.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Good

      Jul 9, 2014 - Chief Engineer in Lisle, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very exciting work. The leadership was not afraid to take on challenges that allowed ingenuity and product development. The engineers, especially that more experienced, were great to work with. Friendly, easy to approach, and always ready to mentor and support. The Lisle and Melrose Park facilities are world class. Great environment to work in!

      Cons

      The salaries were barely competitive, and with the financial problems they are having and delayed and low raises, the salaries are now too low. The new upper management (directors and above) is making the environment difficult. Decisions are typically based on politics and perception and not based on experience and facts. Work is now shifting to more focus on integration, and not as much on development.

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Lack of strategic direction. Stubborn management. Old school mentality. New location does not make a company modern.

      Jul 2, 2012 - Supply Manager in Lisle, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Generally stable work environment. Coming from a Schaumburg based technology company (Mot), this company is a polar opposite. People are best assets is truly seen.

      Cons

      Need to get in 2012 in technology and systems and desperately needs a house cleanup. 20-30 years with a company is good if you are still productive. There are many middle to older age individuals with over 10-30 years of experience that can be done by a high school graduate (some are high school grads without college degrees). These individuals make upto 6 figures and add little to no value to the company. Capitalist structure - Raises are a hit or miss (mostly misses) but bonus is almost guaranteed even when the reports are less than desirable or flat out negative. I understand the upper management and "C" suite personnel like their bonuses.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 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
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Overall not the greatest, but good positions available

      Feb 5, 2013 - Senior Product Development Engineer in Lisle, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people, lots of great places to live in the area. There are definitely great jobs available that encourage innovation and creativity, although these are few and far between and tainted by the rest of the company a little.

      Cons

      Upper management tends not to take advice from company's own engineers. It took a long time for them to realize that advanced EGR was not going to work, even though every engineer in the industry had been telling them for years. Lots of yes-men on the ladder. The corporate culture tends to stifle innovation (advanced EGR was advertised as an innovative technology, when in fact it was simply more of the same technology that met previous emissions standards). There's not much funding for research-type projects. Company tends to follow other companies' technologies rather than develop their own. Now that the top management has changed some or all of this may be different.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Inconsistent Employee Treatment, No Room to Move Up

      Sep 8, 2013 - Product Development Engineer in Lisle, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Company seems to be turning around, the worst should be behind Navistar - There are some opportunities to take more leadership due to high attrition - Good managers do exist, unfortunately there aren't enough - Nice fitness center at WHQ

      Cons

      - Some groups are getting raises and promotions, while others are not; thanks upper management - After "flattening" the organization, there are far fewer management positions available; most product development engineers report directly to chief engineers now - Non-competitive salaries - Average of 1-2 people leaving the company a day (as of early September 2013) - I know one manager who can't book a room in Outlook - "It makes good cents to print in black and white" signs are in every copy room, but ironically printed in color and laminated

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      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 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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