Daimler Trucks North America

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Daimler Trucks North America Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK place to work if you like a clique environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent workplace for interns

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Portland, OR

    Pros

    - Salary
    - Flexible hours
    - Smart people
    - Team outings

    Cons

    Upper 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).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inept managers, failure to communicate truthfully, lies and sexism abound

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

    Pros

    decent pay and benefits if you can stay away from managers and upper management.

    Cons

    Managers outright fabricate situations and statements in meetings and to HR due to their lack of education and knowledge. Mangers and upper management promote a fearful and secretive atmosphere for all employee(s): most never come out on the shop floor and only go to meetings or work from home (via cellphone communication). Supervision and hourly are not appreciated nor respected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate needs to realize that Management (managers and Upper management) at the plants is out of control. They need to replace all managers. TOS is a joke. They have not idea what 6 sigma is let alone safety.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    This place went down hill fast

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Truck Assembler  in  Cleveland, NC
    Former Employee - Truck Assembler in Cleveland, NC

    Pros

    benefits and pay in previous years.

    Cons

    Pressure from mexico company, buddy buddy system, and the union.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Continuous Cost Improvement manager

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

    Pros

    Fair pay, good benefits, and stability make Daimler Trucks a very attractive place to work. The company has invested in the betterment of it's home city, Portland, Oregon, and encourages personal growth by offering in-house classes and reimbursing tuition. This is a company that continues to try to improve by making long term investments.

    Cons

    The size of the company and the emebedded work practices can make navigating and adapting very challenging. While an ideal work-life balance is the goal, this isn't persued in all departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Generally a great place to work. The workload ebbs and flows but is pretty balanced. Great people and a good product.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Portland, OR

    Pros

    They respect work life balance. Good benefits and potential for company car (Merc Benz) for entry level management. Voted top ten best places to work in Oregon for 2013.

    Cons

    It seems to me that Daimler has lower than average salaries. They do a good job compensating with other benefits however.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to allocate 10-20% "free" time as a time for innovative idea exploration and implementation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    If you have another option do not work Here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Purchasing Agent  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Purchasing Agent in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Co-workers were pleasant to work with.
    It was nice working in a global company with many different personalities.
    Great opportunity to learn from others outside of assigned department.

    Good vacation time.

    Overall, this was a great first job and some departments are better than others.

    Advice: Gain experience and move on or better yet work someplace else

    Cons

    Expect to work 60-70 hour work weeks on a regular basis and more during the crunch times.
     Management is bonus driven and only cares about quarterly results.
     Unrealistic targets are set resulting in diminished businesses relationships due to aggressive negotiation style.
    Mandatory training was inadequate and wasted time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't yell at your employees.
    Don't set unrealistic targets because you want a bonus.
    Don't allow others to cheat the system(s) because you want a bonus.
    Don't ruin supplier relationships because you want a bonus.
    Long-Term thinking is needed from this company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Best place of employment in 40 yrs. of working !!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Painter  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Painter in Cleveland, OH

    Pros

    Very rewarding ,easy to get along with supervisors , they recognized the skills of my trade . Very thankful to have worked there !

    Cons

    The amount of employees that didn't realize how good they have it .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Taking a turn for the worse

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits packages (health care, 401k, vacation). Company has locations all over the US and world so there *can* be opportunities to move, as long as your manager likes you as a person.

    Cons

    Opportunities exist only for those who are liked by (or buddies with) management. Many Glassdoor reviews have mentioned that longer-term employees seem "complacent" -- this is because they have learned that challenging the status quo gets you marked as not being a "team player" or some similarly non-specific euphemism. The "team player" one seems to be their favorite, though, as it is such an easy accusation to levy and nearly impossible for the out-of-favor employee to defend against. So you learn (over time) to keep your mouth shut, laugh at all your manager's jokes, and sing the "Everything is Awesome!" song in your head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to defend themselves against accusations thrown at them during the management "reviews" before the statements appear on their own annual reviews. Many employees are being hurt simply because a particular manager doesn't like them. Lower level managers have started working together to boost their own employees while simultaneously cutting down the employees of rival managers. The atmosphere is getting toxic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Test Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer II  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Test Engineer II in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Relax work environment and reasonable work load

    Cons

    Low pay and no bonus or profit sharing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make job salaries mor competitive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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