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Oshkosh Corporation Reviews

Updated February 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Building a people first culture (in 12 reviews)

  • Products that Make a Difference (un-coincidently very cool as well) (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance lacking at times (in 10 reviews)

  • Can work some long hours, work life balance could be a little better (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "MTM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Challenging environment. Continuous need for improvement

    Cons

    Inconsistent business decisions. A lot of industrial amnesia


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Know what you're getting into..."

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    Former Employee - Babysitter in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Babysitter in Oshkosh, WI
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Pays well
    Good amount of PTO

    Cons

    Ignorant management
    Shortsighted goal planning.
    Untrustworthy
    Dishonorable
    Values a 4-year degree over aptitude, actual product knowledge and real-world experience. They prefer to train someone with any degree, no matter how unrelated to the position, to hopefully become proficient.

    Advice to Management

    When you make a plan and set a goal, be intelligent enough to staff to realistic levels and train employees to fulfill requirements. Cobbling unknown and unexpected variables and problems together without a reasonable plan always ends in the same failed outcomes.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Assembler in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Assembler in Oshkosh, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    pay, benefits, overtime, other employees,

    Cons

    the upper level management has too big of a disconnect between themselves and the actual production floor, yet they are down there all the time giving tours.

    Advice to Management

    treat the employees better. do not treat them like children, or they will act like it. also don't hire someone before they have finished college for a management position. spend some money on experience.


  4. "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay for job done

    Cons

    some hard labor, can be moved out of your position any time company feels like it. for up to 6 months

    Advice to Management

    very poor comunication


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Pay not worth the headache..."

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Oshkosh, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some great people at Oshkosh that are passionate about doing great work. It is a miracle the products are as well made and innovative as they are...

    Cons

    Red tape, bureaucracy, and more red tape... Somehow management convinces excellent people to come work there, and then they do not allow them to make any changes. All spending on new tech has to go through rounds and rounds of approval - this is exacerbated by the execs that have ONLY worked at Oshkosh, have been there 20+ years, and really have no clue that there is a better way to do things. They feel that the longer you sit in your chair each day, the better worker you are. They have no idea how to judge based on actual job performance.

    The base pay is great but the benefits are just awful.

    Advice to Management

    Stop paying the huge bucks for executive bonuses at corporate - nothing is getting done, so why shell out the money?? Get rid of those that are resistant to change and get Outlook for god's sake.


  6. "Product aftermarket support lack vision"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Good pay for the business segments
    Good benefits for medical, dental, and 401K plans
    Good locations through out the fox valley to work and live

    Cons

    Defense sector is very cyclic
    HR department lacks desire to move perspective laid of staff to other business segments
    Most of the focus is on production and not supporting the life cycle of the vehicle

    Advice to Management

    Research how the Aviation Industry treats life cycle support


  7. Helpful (3)

    "OC is a "Life Draining and Uncaring Company" that has little to no regard for the family lives of its employees."

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    Former Employee - Team Coordinator in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Team Coordinator in Oshkosh, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for both salary and hourly personnel. The benefits package does cover the basics, but the insurance leaves much to be desired when it comes to deductibles.

    Cons

    The company preaches that "Work-Life Balance" is to be enjoyed by all of its employees. However, overtime is excessive and often mandatory. While hourly employees are paid for overtime hours, salary personnel are not compensated.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your people, especially at the Team Coordinator level. Pushing your frontline supervisors, Team Coordinators, in excess of 55 uncompensated hours week after week after week is not only uncaring but beyond abusive.

  8. Helpful (10)

    "One Big Dead End"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Manager in Oshkosh, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Oshkosh builds very interesting products. The office is modern and comfortable. The pay and benefits appear good on the surface but don't plan on having a personal life.

    Cons

    Oshkosh is an exceptionally poor employer for production and professional employees alike. Management is compartmentalized where the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. It has a consistent pattern of making rash, uninformed and illogical decisions. There are frequent haphazard changes in direction creating frustration, chaos and confusion. In addition, changes to business systems are also occurring continuously usually without notice. They are almost always poorly functioning or left incomplete to generate issues for years to come adding to the patchwork graveyard of broken and obsolete business systems.

    There is exceptionally poor communication, incredible bureaucracy and politics. Way too many layers of deadwood management giving contradicting direction and filled with people trying to justify their existences by creating ever more crippling policies and procedures. Work flows have become so numerous, complex, frustrating, contradicting to existing processes and contrary to common sense that there is tremendous waste with many employees spending a majority of their time on non-value added activities. Way too many so called “Best Practices” which are mostly job justification activities keeping managers busy that are not focused on generating profits.

    From a middle management perspective, there also appears to be a lack of focus on maximizing profitability, pursuing true business opportunities through real innovation and no real strategic business planning. The company is a rudderless ship wandering aimlessly in many areas and appears more focused on generating positive headlines on the company website, creating catchy phrases and mitigating political correctness issues.

    Unfortunately Oshkosh tends to cultivate many of its leaders by the good old boys network. Although a few are exceptional, have somehow survived and risen through the ranks based on talent, way too many are talentless backstabbing politicians that kiss up to superiors and manipulate or step on subordinates in order to advance their own careers. Many are also oppressive micro managing control freaks whom stifle innovation, discourage employee involvement and are only interested in their own self-preservation. The good old boy network pulls along and shelters poor leaders from accountability. A highly political culture of arrogance and management incompetence has been created which is clearly evident. The result is a history of business failures especially in managing other companies that Oshkosh has acquired. They just can’t help themselves from blindly meddling with and damaging the core business practices of their acquisitions. Some profitable acquisitions have been later sold at a loss and others have been damaged so severely by Oshkosh business practices that the businesses were discontinued shortly after investing millions of dollars. Despite this, corporate executives spare no means in maximizing their compensation and finding new and creative ways to reward themselves while loyal hard working employees routinely get cut without regard to their contributions or performance.

    After you have worked at Oshkosh Corp. for a while you will come to realize that Oshkosh truly does not care about its people. The truth is Oshkosh is a highly unstable cut throat hire/fire company from an employment standpoint and will toss you out the door in the blink of an eye. If you are just starting, be advised that a long term career at Oshkosh for most is a pipe dream. For every long term employee, dozens have been terminated. The odds are you will eventually be cut no matter how loyal you are and how hard you work unless you are in the good old boys network. There is a revolving door of people and tremendous turnover. Young talented employees are expected to work extreme hours, are routinely taken advantage of, stepped on, used up and discarded like an old pair of underwear. That is, after their superiors have taken credit for the employee’s accomplishments. Many wonderful talented employees have learned the hard way that Oshkosh Corp is one big dead end. Think twice about wasting your talents at Oshkosh Corp.

    Advice to Management

    Oshkosh also needs to get back to common sense ways of doing things and needs to start taking care of your talented employees! Start fixing problems instead of ignoring them. A major overhaul in culture from top to bottom is needed to improve communication throughout the company, restore accountability and transparency. Get rid of the top heavy multiple overlapping layers of managers, directors, VPs and career politicians that are not producing profits. Invest heavily on innovation and expanding business opportunities. Stop meddling with other divisions in an amateurish way and driving them into ground. Continuous fleecing of the company and excessive increases in executive compensation is immoral, unjustified and needs to be reined in especially when the company is doing poorly. Hire an outside firm to simplify, streamline and eliminate wasteful business practices. Corporate would be a good place to start. Internal employees cannot be trusted to do this. They will only produce more bureaucracy to save their own jobs.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "10 years behind in technology - high stress and few office comforts"

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    Former Employee - Office Position in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Office Position in Oshkosh, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary was great, benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Not even the email system is within in the last decade. I've never seen a corporation this size not use Outlook!! No time for lunches...but that doesn't really matter since there isn't anywhere but your desk to eat your lunch. Expect to get to work an hour early and stay an hour late and your company cell phone will never stop chirping at your even when you get home. All technology improvements are continually 2 years out, but you are expected to perform like everything is a well oiled machine. Very little time allowed to get into your role.

    Advice to Management

    Update technology, provide better training, and give people the opportunity to learn their role.


  10. "Not a good environment"

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    Former Employee - Materials Specialist in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Materials Specialist in Oshkosh, WI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience
    Good people
    Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Work-Life balance
    Felt like high school in terms of advancement-if you didn't golf with the right group, forget it

    Advice to Management

    Could be a great place to work if people cared about the work they did and not just their next opportunity.


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