Daimler Trucks North America

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Daimler Trucks North America Reviews

Updated July 19, 2014
Updated July 19, 2014
117 Reviews

3.1
117 Reviews
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Daimler Trucks North America Head of Daimler Trucks North America Martin Daum
Martin Daum
45 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance can be tricky at times, but in my department it can be worked through (in 9 reviews)

  • Stable company; pay and benefits are attractive (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Much of the senior management is 'old school', strictly follows the org chart and is out-of-touch with technology (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper management does not realize what is going on, I suppose because no one dares speak up (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Big company with lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Lots of red tape to get anything done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Charlotte HQ Location - Great people, fractured vision within company, Reactive atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    A large company who values it's employees and offers flexibility with schedules, strong benefits, good perks, supportive team environment within a department and challenging often exciting work. Many departments have excellent exposure to senior management and there are opportunities to grow in the company. DTNA offers a lot of company paid training and values loyalty.

    Cons

    Much of the senior management is 'old school', strictly follows the org chart and is out-of-touch with technology. This is challenging when working on cutting edge solutions that need vision and risk-taking decisions. The company struggles with it's reactionary traditional methodology vs. a proactive mind-set. Most departments are understaffed since the downturn and burn-out is prevalent among mid-level managers. The balance tips strongly toward work with little concern for family commitments if you allow it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Partner with your directors and manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Company where changes is very little and very slow.

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    Current Employee - Engineer III  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Good vacations package. Probably the best in the US.

    Cons

    Chances of advances are very low. Good ideas are not rewarded. Change (i.e. improvement) is not perceived as good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engineering process is kinda messy and improvement is too complicated. Management is afraid to try new methods because of the cost it involves, even if it risk to make the company more profitable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Engineering in Portland

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Engineer in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Good work - life balance and benefits. Interesting work and projects. Lots of opportunities for training and to explore different positions within the company in Portland and also abroad. They are continually striving to do better and are, at present, investing a significant amount in their facilities and products.

    Cons

    Have to change jobs to get promoted. Highly influenced and sometimes disrupted by management in Germany. Lots of red tape and processes to learn to become effective at your job. Current product issues can be distracting when your main focus is new product development. Managers can be hit or miss and some are very old school and change adverse. Relatively low pay for the Portland metro.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to employees and hear their voices and not just what you want to hear.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    My life at DTNA consists of very long hours, unending pressure and stress, and poor resources.

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Cleveland, NC
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Cleveland, NC

    Pros

    You get a good deal on a Mercedes Benz lease.

    Cons

    Public beat downs in meetings on production floor that hourly employees can hear, constant equipment break downs, poor planning for launches, oh did I mention very long hours like 12+ a day and often weekends. You will not have a life away from work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Planner  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Project Planner in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Flexible work environment that seeks to improve employees. Good pay and benefits. Work life balance can be tricky at times, but in my department it can be worked through.

    Cons

    Organizations within the company tend to be silos and it can be difficult to cross communicate. Sometimes one hand does not know what the other is doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer I  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer I in Portland, OR

    Pros

    The benefits are great (vacation) and work hours are flexible. Opportunity for growth and advancement is available for those who wish to take advantage of it. The company is becoming more technically advanced.

    Cons

    The salary is modest. Upon reaching a salary level, it is difficult to advance in pay scale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to be more accepting of new ideas and suggestions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Competitive compensation plans. Many opportunities for growth, its encouraged.

    Cons

    They don't allow you to stay in a job long enough to master your craft

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept those who don't share the same philosophy, they may bring value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Typical huge corporation. Too many silos, company keeps people on as contractors for years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn, flexible work hours. Feels more stable than most contract jobs because they keep renewing the contract.

    Cons

    Despite recent initiative to convert long-time contractors to full-time employees, many positions are still contract jobs. Pay is below market rate. IT is divided into so many silos that it's difficult to find the right person or department, and the employee portal is badly organized and out of date. Bringing technology up to date takes forever, and IT projects are underfunded.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK place to work if you like a clique environment

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company philosophy as a whole I enjoy so the comments made are not meant to be derogative but constructive.
    Company has shutdowns on Dec holidays.
    Majority of people are nice to work with.
    They have a MB leasing program for employees with attractive rates.

    Cons

    S&M Aftermarket management plays favoritism with colleagues that come from Detroit Diesel, when it comes to job placement and perks.

    They have eliminated or changed many of the benefits to the companies advantage/employees disadvantage, such as bonuses BUT they have kept the bonuses for the managers. So depending what position you are at, it could be a pro or a con.

    I have worked with many woman professionals in my career, many absolutely outstanding but here S&M Aftermarket managers (they manage a team l4) are very clique and seem to instigate or thrive on gossip with other female managers. From what I have observed they seem to thrive on having someone as their target. Their male counterparts seem to be at a loss sometimes by this behavior. Upper management does not realize what is going on, I suppose because no one dares speak up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Germany should have employees evaluate their managers in a confidential way. Many of the areas have a small number of direct reports so the managers would figure out who had negative feedback. This has discourage employees from speaking up in the past.

    Their needs to be a program in place to instruct managers, placed in the Fort Mill office, how to run a team and focus on being professionally fair, balanced and lead/motivate a team. Instead of placing managers based on who they know, their degree ( you can have a degree but not have leadership qualities) or how well they can schmooze upper management who seem oblivious either because the profits are there so they get their bonuses which prompts them to turn a blind eye or they don't want to deal with the reality that non-management employees are not happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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