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Oshkosh Corporation Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Building a people first culture (in 11 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. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has competive pay

    Cons

    The company is known to work its employees hard. There is nothing wrong with hard work; however, excessive hours are sometimes demanded which can adversely affect work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Company policies are inconsistently applied depending on the manager. Get rid of the old boys network. Consistently require 360 reviews of managers by their subordinates to use in the manager's review.


  2. "Welder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Welder in Dodge Center, MN
    Current Employee - Welder in Dodge Center, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great employer. Good benefit s

    Cons

    Long hours. Hot dirty work

    Advice to Management

    More personal interaction


  3. "Overall, positive, but frustration regarding career advancement policies."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supplier Manager in Appleton, WI
    Current Employee - Supplier Manager in Appleton, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with at a company that really makes a difference in many lives.

    Cons

    One of the main challenges I have experienced is that like many companies advancement is slower and when advancement happens raises are uncompetitive with what an outside candidate would receive. Negotiation during internal offers is not tolerated.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate rules that dictate how much an employee can advance when changing positions and make offers to internal candidates competitive with what an external candidate would be offered. Be willing to negotiate on the terms of an internal job offer.


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  5. "Quite Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Education reimbursement, HSA, and PTO. Feel genuinely cared about by management.

    Cons

    Very segmented and difficult cross functional relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Further implement One Oshkosh


  6. "System Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Oshkosh, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The staff are very nice people to work with but everyone seems to work in fear.

    Cons

    Project Management and Organization is lacking at every level. There is no clear scheduling, quality control and no clearly defined leadership roles with accountability and direction. As a result their projects run long, extremely costly and appear to be more complicated then they should. Their turnover rate is through the roof and they use several consulting firms which are constantly at odds. The management roles they do have in place present several conflicts of interest which is the root cause of stagnation.

    Advice to Management

    Put the right people in charge at the right levels. Promote collaboration and adopt one of the several Agile methodologies to help keep and project project Velocity.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Dysfunction and degradation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Welder in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - Welder in Oshkosh, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to have good pay and benefits. No longer worth the trouble. You will be much happier working somewhere else for less money.

    Cons

    Company doesn't self invest. Appears like their ready for a quick exit strategy. Layers upon layers of management with no accountability or decision making. Broken tools, bad parts, ridiculuos tack times, and endless cleaning duties. You're never gonna win. .

    Advice to Management

    Executives need to start paying attention to what's going on down on the floor and get to the root of the problems. Get him outta here.


  8. "Enjoyable and fun, yet challenging and demanding. Overall a great place to work at."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation full-time

    Pros

    The work is challenging and is team oriented. Management can be demanding, but allows employees to take ownership and initiative to succeed. Sometimes feels a bit directionless, but that provides opportunities for team oriented employees to step up and take the lead. Co-workers are great and helpful.
    Management in my division is very team positive, open to personal initiative, encourages ideas, innovation and have high company values.
    If you are a team player, come in everyday committed to do your best, be supportive and understand that company shortcomings are opportunities to your career, then you'll find this a great place.

    Cons

    Can be demanding and stressful for both managers and employees (which is why many comment on manager demands). Can sometimes require long hours for salaried employees. Can often seem one person short of a full team (or there's not enough hours in the day to finish tasks).

    Advice to Management

    Consider more company news and accomplishment sharing with employees. More empathy with union employees might go a long way. Overall, management is very good, but the energy does not seem to flow down as well as could be.


  9. "Great leaders"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Staff in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - IT Staff in Oshkosh, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    IT Leaders are willing to help you get any thing accomplished.
    IT Technology has been improving over the last few years.
    IT goal well planned

    Cons

    Budget constraints
    Work load more then national standard

    Advice to Management

    Consider ROI more


  10. Helpful (1)

    "learning experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Assembler in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - General Assembler in Oshkosh, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay.. wide variety of job opportunies and excellent benefits

    Cons

    Too much push push let's rush to hit the numbers and not enough management caring about the quality of the product

    Advice to Management

    Pull your head out of your tail and learn to actually listen to what employees have to say and their ideas instead of treating them like crap and shutting them out.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Could be much better..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Oshkosh, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    1. Exciting vehicles and products.
    2. Opportunity to work on DoD projects and directly assist our war fighters.
    3. Fast-paced engineering and design environment. Something new every day.
    4. Still some experienced and highly intelligent people left to work with on ground floor.

    Cons

    1. High level of effort and sacrifice expected, but not willing to pay for it. Salary structure is behind the times and not market competitive. Yearly increases are routinely behind inflation.
    2. Managers are very stuck on themselves and only concerned with self-promotion.
    3. Projects are inadequately managed, resulting in a pile of work at any given moment. The company always seems to be behind on everything, which ends up unnecessarily pushing everyone daily.
    4. Promotions are dangled in front of you, but rarely handed out and very much dictated by a club atmosphere. If you're in the club, you're all set. If not, you're screwed no matter how much effort you put in.
    5. No real internal career paths are defined, nor are dept moves encouraged within the company. Each dept does what it wants and HR only gets involved if there's an issue or fight to keep someone.
    6. Bonus structure is a joke. Honestly, it really is that bad. Might as well just donate to charity instead, would mean more to everyone.

    Overall, company has a militant approach to dealing with employees and customer issues. Very rarely does the right thing get done unless required by law or contract. They simply don't treat employees well.

    Advice to Management

    Do better, we expect more from our leaders... especially for what you get paid. Grow a set and start doing the right thing, stand up for your people when they are right.


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