Over all tulsa bus plant is the lowest paying Automotive plant and corporate and in-house management sucks no respect for the employees
general tech (Former Employee), tulsa okla – April 11, 2014
Pros: lots of good people trying to make a living
Cons: read statement... management and poor decision making could cost the company to be a failure
Worked there for 12 years the best thing I've ever done is quit.. I would advise anyone that would like to work there get in and get out.. the pay is decent but low compared to other automotive industries. Would be good for somebody to get experience and then leave. speaking of experience training is a big issue. people are more or less trained here's – more... your tools and here's what you need to do now your expected to do it and keep up. Union and company disagree even though they sign the contract... contract is legal binding.. there is no union rule book issued. from what I've been told they are now hiring ankle bracelet aka felony rehabs (temps) because they can't find people is that will work. Because the company has a bad reputation in the Tulsa area. You hardly ever see HR/ upper management on the floor. safety is number 1 whenever something happens otherwise they don't care... slogan is safety first quality always. if you could find the ratings they are the highest in unsafe practices in the automotive industry.. They are reactive not proactive. overall they need a whole new management team that would care about the employees because they are the ones that make the company... the people like the CEOs and upper management and corporate don't have a clue what the people on the floor go through. everyday somebody should come thru and shake people's hand and tell them how much they appreciate them working to build school buses and quit making excuses and give people some heat and air.. yes it's approximately a million square foot but I don't see corporate or the offices without heat or air. Respect your people and your people will respect you. I hope that somebody in upper management reads this and takes it to heart because something needs to change. – less
Field Service (Current Employee), Lisle, IL – April 10, 2014
Pros: work from home on night shift, also work from home one day week, get to travel
Cons: contractors do not get hired on as promised, have been furlowed during holidays, have not received any
Typical work day consist of making sure you are logged in to the cisco phone. Certain managers are very strict about punctuality your computer needs to be running and logged into phone on time. If not logged on exactly on time then you are considered late in the (WFM) Work force management system. Only CSO ( Customer Service Operations ) Uses WFM. You – more... have to log out of communicator to even use the bathroom and if you do not then it will count against you as not being productive in WFM. Lots of system issues and lack of urgency. You can be on time at work but marked late by WFM because computer can take almost 20 minutes to start up. Learned alot about Internationals Engine platforms and Parts distribuition and sourcing. Co workers are easy to get along with but some tend to use vulgar language and can be childish. almost everyone comes from a technical background which makes it easy to pick up trends and make good connections with the peopel you work with. Hardest part of job is the WFM system and annual reviews are now being stongly based off the WFM system. It is hard to get help and new information through engineering which increases tension when trying to support the product and provide troubleshooting steps to field support. – less
Welder (Former Employee), Barton, AL – April 1, 2014
Pros: nothin at all
Cons: short breaks, no off days, benifits, management, equiment, everything
Worked at the same place for 4years at brand new plant building rail cars an loved until Navistar thought they should buy it. They took over an our insurance more than doubled and worked there for over a year and never got antother raise they wouldn't even tell us what top pay would be.i was an A Class welder makin the same as a forklift driver. Our – more... plant manger was hired to be a electrical engineer Then promoted to plant manger. Overall management sucked Not shocked at all at the financial trouble they are in – less
Great Job, Excellent Co-Workers, Unfortunate Plant Closings
Multicraft Technician (Current Employee), Madison, AL – March 13, 2014
Pros: excellent learning potential
This has been a great job, I've learned alot on the control side. Excellent group of people to work with. The management at the Huntsville location has been terrific. They've done every possible to make this a place you want to be. The entire maintenance team works together: couldn't ask for a better group of guys.
Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee), Huntsville, AL – March 12, 2014
Pros: 4 10 hour days, good co-workers
Cons: management, compensation, job security
Another example of a once great company with a long history going down the toilet. How do you expect a company to change or transform when management is the problem. No direction, no vision, no focus or willingness to change. I would not be surprised to see this company filing for bankruptcy in the next 1-2 years. I hope not because the only thing good – more... about the place were my co-workers. Executives are currently keeping investors happy with all the layoffs and plant closures but when the music stops and there isn't anything left to cut, there won't be a chair left to sit on. You can't cut your way to profitability NAVISTAR MANAGEMENT!!!! You have to have a good quality product that customers want to buy. Not a thrown together mess of the cheapest foreign supplier parts and out-dated and tired designs. The reputation of this company is ruined because of poor management decisions and high warranty costs that come from designing and producing junk.
•A typical day at work - wondering if I will have a job tomorrow
•What you learned - how NOT to run a company
•Management - Utterly horrible. The only thing there fit to manage was the Titanic, and its only because we all know how that turned out!!!!!!!!
•Your co-workers - the best part of my job
•The hardest part of the job - getting up and coming to work everyday
•The most enjoyable part of the job - when I quit – less
Commodity Manager (Current Employee), Lisle, Illinois – March 10, 2014
Navistar is a challenging but rewarding environment, where you are focused on tasks based on strategic goals and cost savings initatives. Time management and multi-tasking skills are highly useful and you can see your work impacting the companies bottom-line. Most difficult thing is the challenge of increasing market share for our organization as volumes – more... are dropping and suppliers are requesting increases, challenge is to use strong negotiation tactics to keep prices low in order to get market share back to keep Navistar in business. – less
Product Development Engineer (Current Employee), Melrose Park, IL – March 9, 2014
Pros: good people, improvement in processes
Cons: not making profit, too many chiefs and not enough indians
People are leaving every day and not getting replaced. Employees are asked to work "harder" as if we weren't already, since we are doing the job of 2+ people. Work-Life balance has gone down hill because of this, and have been asked for weekend support at times. I really enjoy working at Navistar, but the times in which the company stands make it a – more... not very friendly work place. People there are great. My immediate managers are decent and do not demand anything crazy, unless is coming from above them. – less
Best place I've ever worked. If the plant wasn't closing I'd retire here.
Assembly maintenance tech (Current Employee), Huntsville, AL – March 8, 2014
Pros: great atmosphere, good pay and benefits
Cons: having to call for technical support in the middle of the night.
Working nights I have my projects to work on if production doesn't have any glitches. I've expanded my machining and design skills and enjoy going to work. The people I work with are easygoing and try to do good work. The hardest part is having to leave when the shutdown comes. The most enjoyable part is doing what I can while I'm there.
Controls Engineer, Machining Division (Current Employee), Huntsville, AL – February 28, 2014
Pros: flexible schedule
Cons: financial instability
Basically a very good company. Previous financial problems have been difficult to over come. Decisions being made right now will make Navistar profitable in the future. Good company that will eventually shine again.
Electrical Engineering Team Lead (Current Employee), Lisle, IL – February 27, 2014
Pros: low pressure. beautiful campus. good location
Cons: navistar is struggling which makes it a difficult place to work, many employees have been layed off.
Work/life schedule is very managable. Work environment is good. Very nice campus. Good benefits for employees including full cafeteria, workout facility, basketball and volleyball courts and putting green.
Millwright (Former Employee), Fort Wayne, IN – January 30, 2014
Navistar is a good place for a career. The employees are highly trained and continue their knowledge base with on the job training. The experienced employees are always willing to help. The management has regrouped in the last few years. This promises that the focus of the company will be in one direction. Being, engineering and sales.