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Spartan Motors Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Zero Stars - Look Elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Team in Charlotte, MI
    Former Employee - Marketing Team in Charlotte, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Spartan Motors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits, I guess.

    Cons

    Where to start? The last review sums it up - they are clearly talking about a specific toxic, juvenile, backstabbing, hateful, unprofessional department. There is zero leadership for this team, and as a result, turnover is extremely high. Numerous people have left after less than a year because of a certain manager's preferential treatment of certain team members and horrible treatment of others. If you like being demeaned in front of other people, talked down to, or given ZERO authority, this is the place for you. As for as HR, they talk a good game, but in the end will do nothing to support employees when issues are brought up. Stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the cancer who doesn't know how to lead, otherwise you will continue to lose quality employees. Your reputation is suffering.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "OMG, what have I done??"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Spartan Motors full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not much, truly. There is potential to produce good products and work but you need to have some stability in team to move things forward.

    Cons

    This place is absolutely toxic! They lure you in with titles, pay, etc. but soon after you arrive, you see that you have just sold your soul to the devil. Since I have been here, almost the whole team that was hired in within the past year is gone. My classless boss just bad mouths everyone using 4 letter expletives all the time, so I know she is doing that to me when I am not around too. My coworkers are all encouraged to "tattle" to try and save their jobs, so it is not a place where you can trust anyone and DON'T go to HR for help...that is the kiss of death. I need to get out of here!!!

    Advice to Management

    Look for the common denominator in all of this and remove her if you want to keep your investment in people. Otherwise, continue to expect turnover and stagnation.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Not worth it!"

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    Former Employee - Accounting in Charlotte, MI
    Former Employee - Accounting in Charlotte, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    None! They pay is the only thing that drew me to the position but in the end it definitely was not worth the hassle and awful verbal abuse by my manager and others.

    Cons

    Departments are all unorganized, no one knows what is going on, and upper management is clueless.

    Manager was never on time for meetings or sometimes never showed up

    The software that is in use is pointless and not efficient. They do have a software upgrade in the works but it has been pushed back the past five years because the IT department cannot figure it out. I believe last I heard that the go live date was 2020!


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Worst Employer, EVER"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Charlotte, MI
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Charlotte, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spartan Motors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome lower-level co-workers who care about what they do.

    Cons

    Upper & middle management don't see what they are doing as being wrong. Agree with the gorilla, or you're out!

    Advice to Management

    Act as you preach. Don't say one thing and go off and do another.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Underapprecaited & Overworked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sioux Falls, SD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sioux Falls, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spartan Motors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Have a part in building custom emergency response vehicles for departments all over the country. Know that you are helping communities stay safe and Fire Department do their jobs better.

    Cons

    No appreciation for time and efforts put into your job. No compensation for working 60-70 hours a week expect for overtime for hourly positions. No family/life/work balance.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the employees and hire enough so you do not burn them out within the first month. Train them correctly and immediately.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Something happened, not good somethings!"

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    Current Employee - Production in Charlotte, MI
    Current Employee - Production in Charlotte, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    .............well, not much to say here.

    Cons

    Poor middle management. No guidance from upper management. Do as i say not as i do. You are required to build trucks with little to no parts. The small town clicks are amazing. Minorities, don't even think about it.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "An organization that has lost its way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Spartan Motors full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A good place to gain experience in the heavy truck business. Engineers can gain a broader level of experience than larger truck OEMs. Engineers can get experience with suppliers, hands-on design, project engineering, and manufacturing. The custom environment is a challenge. Systems integration is a core focus. Still some very good people in this organization.

    Cons

    The cons are management. Management has tried to make more out of the emergency vehicle business than it really is. It is still a homegrown industry. They have alienated their OEM appartus customers who are responding in kind. Management failed to recognize the industry transition from Class A to Class C motorhome chassis and now have no solution. The handling and sale of Road Rescue ensures an inability to compete with Pierce on many levels. The acquistion of Utilimaster is a failure in terms of Chassis division being able to supply chassis which was one of the key points. Utilimaster R&D and Engineering Management have large egos while in reality the overall engineering department is mostly a collection of engineering designers. Chassis has a reluctance to do low volume / high margin custom chassis work. The Isuzu assembly work is beneath the organization and obviously is nothing more than revenue work from financials.

    Advice to Management

    None. Shareholders, this organization has been taken over by automotive people with zero background in this style of vehicle business other than as component suppliers. The best situation is a complete Board and Senior Management overhaul. A sell to a larger OEM such as Navistar is probably the best solution at this point. A homegrown turnaround will take 5-10 years and is very unlikely. Most of the BOD is interested in Spartan Motors for their own personal gain. The old truck guys have left.

  8. "Not a great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Charlotte, MI
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Charlotte, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small company, easy to find and talk to the people that you need to know to get the job done.

    Cons

    Because its a small company, little "clicks" of people are formed, and sometimes that can be detrimental when it comes time to promote or even get a fair review on your performance.

    Advice to Management

    You put rules into place that you do not follow. If you are going to make rules, follow them consistently, otherwise don't bother. Also, the rules that apply to the people out on the floor ALSO apply to the leadership. I could not believe all the "ethical" talk that was touted there, only to see upper management thumb their noses at it time after time. That's a sure-fire way to decrease morale and motivation.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are good to work with.

    Cons

    Super unorganized, managers dont trust employees, unrealistic expectation. Manager is not trying to communicate with employees, just blaming them when something happens. Not a good company to work for.


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