Spartan Motors Reviews

Updated 19 March, 2015
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Spartan Motors President, CEO, and Director John E. Sztykiel
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  1. A company with a focus on the bottom line

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Charlotte, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Charlotte, MI (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    No-nonsense, profit-centered organization. Focus is always on the bottom line and making investors happy. You know exactly what is expected of you, and there isn't much tolerance for failure.

    Cons

    Often, there is a gloomy mood that hovers over the workplace, due to the serious nature of Spartan's employees. It can make work less than enjoyable.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up a little. Create a more modern, creative work environment, not one where everyone is expected to conform.

  2. Great people, dysfunctional cross-team management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spartan Motors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people
    Interesting projects
    Cool products
    Flexibility
    Opportunity to learn & be involved in as much as you want

    Cons

    Some higher management is not qualified to be in their positions which leads to dysfunction when trying to complete projects across teams/functions. Understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and get good people in the right spots.
    Set quantifiable goals.
    Set clear responsibility.
    Be transparent.
    Hold people accountable.

  3. Good experience in high school, worked in Fabrication doing data entry

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Charlotte, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Charlotte, MI (US)

    I worked at Spartan Motors part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great experience, looks awesome on resume.

    Cons

    Unorganized, unprofessional, made minimum wage, ran out of work for me to do.

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  5. good people and opportunity but often chaotic

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spartan Motors full-time

    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

  6. Adding Top Heavy Employees, Cutting the Rest

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spartan Motors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    It seemed like a ship without a rudder.

  7. Helpful (1)

    An organization that has lost its way

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, MI (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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. Helpful (1)

    Never know if you are a valued employee.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, MI (US)

    I have been working at Spartan Motors

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good health benefits, nice people, good systems.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for advancement, hold on pay increases.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the Product, not the bottom line.

  9. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spartan Motors

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

    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 Management

    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?

  10. A business that has issues sustaining itself over hte long haul

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, MI (US)

    I have been working at Spartan Motors

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Lead by example

  11. Helpful (1)

    Not What it used to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer

    I have been working at Spartan Motors

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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