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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. Helpful (4)

    "Pay not worth the headache..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  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. "Production Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Oshkosh, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work environment with people who care to provide the best products. Most of the leadership team is engaged in doing the right thing all of the time without introducing their own agendas. The products built here give people something to be proud of and you know they make a difference. There is also a great deal of room to move within the organization.

    Cons

    As with most public companies, sometimes you make decisions based on stock prices, and not what is best for the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to look for products that will make you a viable option in the defense business. What other heavy equipment can you provide?


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  6. "Product aftermarket support lack vision"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "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


  8. Helpful (3)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Great company with great pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Assembler in Oshkosh, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and good work life balance. Company shut down during December.

    Cons

    Work place is a union which can be hard at time because employees take advantage of this. Vacation hours have to be used during plant shut down during the week of July 4.

    Advice to Management

    Management are great but also need to have more open commutation to their employees.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "One Big Dead End"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. "Good Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Large Company, diverse product offerings, generally good culture

    Cons

    Defense segment relies completely on government spending.


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