Spartan Motors

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Spartan Motors Reviews

Updated 11 June 2014
Updated 11 June 2014
9 Reviews

2.4
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Spartan Motors President, CEO, and Director John E. Sztykiel
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  1.  

    good people and opportunity but often chaotic

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good deal of opportunity, talented people and decent work environment, conditions and benefits; family friendly. you can get as much responsibility as you can handle.

    Cons

    management repeats man of the same mistakes, pay is so-so, work environment can be frustrating at times, generally understaffed, difficult to accomplish much due to shifting goals and lack of resources

  2.  

    Adding Top Heavy Employees, Cutting the Rest

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

    Pros

    Great insurance benefits, most departments shut down for the holiday break. Opportunity to take on different roles as they cut positions and switch people around. The severance package was good!

    Cons

    Which day will be your last one. Does your area fit into the manufacturing world. Are you on a marketing team or a leverage team, makes a big world of difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It seemed like a ship without a rudder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    An organization that has lost its way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlotte, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, MI (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Never know if you are a valued employee.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlotte, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, MI (US)

    Pros

    Good health benefits, nice people, good systems.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for advancement, hold on pay increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the Product, not the bottom line.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be proud of the company and what they were doing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Decent compensation and benefits
    Products make a difference in the lives of the user
    Not too big, not too small

    Cons

    People no longer matter, bottom line is most important
    Customer quickly becoming secondary to stock price
    There has been a culture change over that past several years that has shifted the company from the values that it was founded upon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledging that the bottom line is important, superior product and people will deliver far better results in the long run than a short-term, quarter to quarter management strategy. Strive to be excellent rather than average. Morale is in the tank right now and if something doesn't correct that, the company will be damaged as a result. Why would anyone give their best if they are concerned if the job they have will be there next week?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A business that has issues sustaining itself over hte long haul

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlotte, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, MI (US)

    Pros

    Forty to forty five hours per week,

    Cons

    Leadership thats do as I say not as I do. Leaders that dont lead by example

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not What it used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer

    Pros

    In general there is a fair amount of flexibility at Spartan Motors.

    Cons

    When it come to getting your annual performance review management is more concerned about ensuring everybody is paid the same. Hence, ensuring that the more motivated employees do not receive much for a merit increase so they do not outpace the lower motivated employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a direction and stick with it long enough to know if it is good or bad.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Not a great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Charlotte, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Charlotte, MI (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Electrical Project Engineer

    Pros

    The people are great. They are some of the best people to work with. Everyone is willing to help with anything at work or home if needed. Family atmosphere.

    Cons

    Pay is not what I expected. Chance of advancement seems poor at the present time. Not being challenged enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the employees in mind as an investment. Make sure they advance and feel good about where they work. Don't think of company advancement without them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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