Daimler Trucks North America

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Daimler Trucks North America Reviews

Updated January 10, 2015
Updated January 10, 2015
137 Reviews
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137 Reviews
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Daimler Trucks North America Head of Daimler Trucks North America Martin Daum
Martin Daum
55 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance can be tricky at times, but in my department it can be worked through (in 12 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Despite recent initiative to convert long-time contractors to full-time employees, many positions are still contract jobs (in 4 reviews)

  • Managers can be hit or miss and some are very old school and change adverse (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Decent internship program

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    Former Employee - Intern in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Intern in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Daimler Trucks North America as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Program is very structured, competitive pay, and delivers an experience comparable to what a full time employee's would be. Tasks were always available and management was extremely friendly and helpful. Food court was pretty good.

    Cons

    Job responsibilities were cyclical and it was sometimes difficult to get involved in projects outside the scope of these tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to let interns get involved in important projects and take on important roles, at least for those interested. From my experience, interns were talented and could handle such leveled tasks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a cohesive place to work. Down in the mouth and negative in every department.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America

    Pros

    Its just a paycheck, step away from the corporate mess and don look back.

    Cons

    Management is disconnected from the talent that works there. Human resources is a joke, they don't do anything to handle unprofessional situations, in a proper manor. Crazy evaluation come down from the management even if it is completely out of line and packed with lies, putting people in a poor position to function with in there scope of there day to day responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't work there you would probably do better at a fast food joint.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    The corporate culture is money centric, selfish and cold.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Daimler Trucks North America full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A paying job. Speaking for Info Tech area only, you can still learn a lot if you choose to; on your own time and on your own dime or by asking a few good people. Almost everyone who has been there a while is very smart.

    Cons

    The culture is stereotypically corporate. Many players manipulate for personal gain, the stress is high, the time is short and the money is only for men who played the game the best. I've seen more than a few capable people enter the company happy and confident only to end up 6 months later showing stress pimples and looking overwhelmed and doubtful of themselves. Management treats themselves to insanely generous bonuses while still being so cheap as to leave less favored employees pleading for even cheap online training. The culture leans towards the cold, bullying side. Once, an employee, a manager, came into the office overnight and committed suicide, shooting himself in the head at his desk. A corporate announcement, in short, blamed him more than expressed sorrow. They still kept one half of the floor open for work while they cleaned up the cubicle. Couldn't even allow one day off in respect for him. The culture did not improve in the slightest following it. It even, as if in defiance, became even more cold. Promotions favored those who match the culture and so, naturally, the culture became even colder.

    Over the years, the company has been giving more and more management positions to German natives and replacing many of the US employees with Indian (Syntel) contractors, both off site and on site. While many of the Indian contractors are great (polite, smart and hard working, while being treated virtually like slaves), it was still disturbing to have to watch so many good, loyal, longtime employees be eliminated over the years for some excuse; set up to struggle, be it at new job duties, with no training and no guidance and, perhaps worst of all, lots of destructive support. Like an animal kingdom, management separates the injured from the group, then pressures them until they break and then the injured can be "killed" without legal reprisal due to documented failures (basically)

    A note to any women applying to work at DTNA, ask for at least 10% more money than what they offer you.... they do pay men overall much more than women, so they likely offered you much less to start with. You're never going to get it later.

    My low ratings are the benefit of hind site, which is 20-20.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Buck the trend. Be something your Grandma can be proud of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    DTNA

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America

    Pros

    Large Corporation for more opportunities. Global Company.

    Cons

    Sometime it can feel like your effort or position is small since it's a large company and many are involved in the projects.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manufacturing engineering intern. Great internship allowed me to expand my knowledge and professional network.

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Intern in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Intern in Portland, OR

    I worked at Daimler Trucks North America full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The management was highly focused on getting valuable work out of the interns. This translated into having meaningful projects that had direct impact on the end product.

    Cons

    Dull corporate work environment. lots of people doing things because that is the way they have been done....

  7.  

    Good money, easy job, no job security.

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    Former Employee - Pre Delivery Inspection Tech in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Pre Delivery Inspection Tech in Portland, OR

    I worked at Daimler Trucks North America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good Money, easy work, decent hours. Union jobs if your into that sort of thing.

    Cons

    Union job doesn't matter how hard you work when it comes to lay offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good

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

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Vacation, 401k, Mercedes lease program

    Cons

    Pay & opportunities, cost share for health benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Very Resistant to Change

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Portland, OR

    I worked at Daimler Trucks North America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I worked with some very nice people and learned a lot about trucks. My department also had a great budget for education, so was able to take any classes I needed at the company's expense.

    Cons

    Lots of people who have been there for a very long time that are completely resistant to change. Some of those same people are in roles they aren't a good fit for, making it difficult for others to do their jobs effectively. Seems also to not want to promote women very often and is run more in the "good ol' boys club" kind of way (I am a male who observed this).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to trust some of your newer employees. They bring in fresh ideas and contribute just as much as the employees that have been there for a long time. Also, get rid of the people who are dragging the company down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company but..

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Mill, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Mill, SC

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great AAA+ benefits, vacation time, 401K, tuition reimbursement, etc

    Cons

    Front line managers (L4) are less hits and more misses.. Every company has great managers, those in between, and bad managers. It appears that Daimler is focusing on promoting some talented people with poor, very poor management skills. Employees typically do not leave Daimler because there's better job/money/benefits somewhere else; I have known several employees who left Daimler due to poor management. Some of these 'managers' have driven morale, productivity down with their sole presence. Daimler conducts employees surveys every year; as usual, bad management leads 'pain points' associated with job satisfaction. Unfortunately, survey results are ignored and cycle continues year-after-year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversity is great (I myself am 'diverse' employee) However, stop promoting based on diversity and promote the one best qualify for the job/task at hand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Experience as an PVE Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PVE Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - PVE Engineer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Hands on work environment, flexible schedule, plenty of resources to use when solving tough challenges

    Cons

    Growth within company, transparencies of upper management discisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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