Daimler Trucks North America
2.9 of 5 116 reviews
www.daimler-trucksnorthamerica.com Portland, OR 5000+ Employees

Daimler Trucks North America Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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2.9 116 reviews

                             

66% Approve of the CEO

Daimler Trucks North America Head of Daimler Trucks North America Martin Daum

Martin Daum

(44 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
116 Employee Reviews
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Pros:
  • "Stable company; pay and benefits are attractive"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Work life balance can be tricky at times, but in my department it can be worked through"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management does not realize what is going on, I suppose because no one dares speak up"
    in 5 reviews
  • "There is a lack of communication on where company is really headed"
    in 3 reviews
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    Company where changes is very little and very slow.

    Engineer III (Current Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsGood vacations package. Probably the best in the US.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementEngineering 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Engineering in Portland

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsHave 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 Senior ManagementContinue to listen to employees and hear their voices and not just what you want to hear.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    ProsBig company with lots of opportunity

    ConsLots of red tape to get anything done.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Cleveland, NC

    ProsYou get a good deal on a Mercedes Benz lease.

    ConsPublic 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work

    Project Planner (Current Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsFlexible 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.

    ConsOrganizations 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Average

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementAccept those who don't share the same philosophy, they may bring value.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsDespite 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.

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    Good work environment.

    Senior Engineer I (Current Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsThe 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management needs to be more accepting of new ideas and suggestions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    OK place to work if you like a clique environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsS&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 Senior ManagementGermany 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent workplace for interns

    Engineering Intern (Former Employee)
    Portland, OR

    Pros- Salary
    - Flexible hours
    - Smart people
    - Team outings

    ConsUpper management isn't welcome to change. Non-German speakers will not really fit into the culture in the workplace (a lot of German speaking employees).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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