Oshkosh Corporation

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Updated 26 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)

    One Big Dead End

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Oshkosh, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Oshkosh, WI (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  2. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Position in Oshkosh, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Office Position in Oshkosh, WI (US)

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.

  3. Not a good environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Materials Specialist in Oshkosh, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Materials Specialist in Oshkosh, WI (US)

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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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  5. Oshkosh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembler in Oshkosh, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Assembler in Oshkosh, WI (US)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good paying job for Oshkosh and good support for surrounding businesses.

    Cons

    Working overtime all the time and still continuous layoffs. Always running out of parts because of purchasing.

    Advice to Management

    Just because you hire kids fresh out of college doesn't mean they know how to run a company. Need to quit blaming employees for their mistakes. Hopefully there will be progress in Oshkosh as promised when they extended the contract to keep work in Oshkosh.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Dysfunction and degradation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Welder in Oshkosh, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Welder in Oshkosh, WI (US)

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Every day has new challenges.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable work, and the customers are interesting.

    Cons

    Medical benefits are third-world class'

    Advice to Management

    Benefits will keep the best employees. Benefits are worth 20%+ of fair compensation. A Salary or hourly wage is only part of the package.

  8. Very Good internship program

    Former Employee - Intern in Oshkosh, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Oshkosh, WI (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large company making products for a great cause. The people are enjoyable to be around.

    Cons

    work-life balance. They use lotus notes, which is awful. Not everyone is very friendly

  9. Entry job right out of college.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation

    Pros

    A good first job to have coming out of college with lots of oppurtunities to work on big projects and have direct impacts to processes.

    Cons

    The expectation of working a lot of hours. A culture to work harder vs smarter and the typical glares if only working an 8 hour day.

  10. Ok job, liked the people

    Former Employee - 201 Assembler in Oshkosh, WI (US)
    Former Employee - 201 Assembler in Oshkosh, WI (US)

    I worked at Oshkosh Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great paycheck, money was good

    Cons

    Got laid off, too many chiefs and not enough Indians

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI (US)

    I have been working at Oshkosh Corporation full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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