Daimler Trucks North America

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

I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America

Pros

The pay is pretty competitive and the work is not very challenging if you don't want it to be. Hours are very flexible as long as you get your work done.

Cons

Variable pay is non-existant in the down economy, yet executive spending seems to be up. There is a lack of communication on where company is really headed.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It would be nice to get more updates on the direction of the company before hearing about it on the news.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to show more consideration for employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Daimler Trucks North America

    Pros

    Good staff of employees that take pride in their accomplishments. At the employee level people seem to work together to accomplish goals. Good benefits. Nice work environment and city.

    Cons

    Too many chiefs and not enough workers. Middle management seems to spend a lot of energy on bureaucratic processes and procedures that tend to stifle to productivity of the workers while seeming to focus more on promoting their own careers. A lot of ass kissers and yes men. They claim to promote an open environment for employee suggestions and improvement but tend to be more of a dictatorial bureaucracy of self promotion. The German management of the company seems to be taking more of a role in managing the US operations. Unfortunately this seems to be less about efficiency or cost saving but more about control and jockeying for position with regards to the global executive standing within the organization. This massively contributes to the introduction of applications and procedures that make it more difficult for the workers to be productive. They have become a US company that wants to build Trucks in Mexico. Understandable with the global economy, unions, and the current political climate in the US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate your most important resource, your workers. You have an amazing pool of talent going to waste. Do it by listening to the employees and actually facilitating a way to implement change rather than with some sort of B.S. "look what I can do program". Be honest and open with your employees, share with all, even the bad stuff. The employees see the high level global stuff but many are not aware of the direction of their own departments. If you want to be serious actually let the staff do the reviews of the managers. What is there to fear?

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you like a co.teetering on edge of bankruptcy every 3-4 years.

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    Current Employee - IT Manager (L4/L5)  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - IT Manager (L4/L5) in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America

    Pros

    Alot of smart people who can be learned from. Excellent for work life balance. In good economic times, fairly easy to move around from one dept. to another every few years and get broad experience. In good economic times, opportunity to work on truly global assignments. Communication from Senior Mgmt. about company is excellent.

    Cons

    Pay is terrible. Growth opportunities non existent due to financial condition of company and influx of Germans in high positions. Most decision making is centralized out of parent company in Germany making it sometimes hard to make a difference. Economic cycles have a severe impact on the financial health of the company. Did I mention pay is terrible? Bonuses have become large part of compensation (~25%) and have been cut for one year and on track to be cut a second year (in 2010).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing good and are very open. Unfortunately, the company is far too susceptible to the global economic cycle. Salary levels are a joke. You will lose lots of people when economy picks up. Martin Daum is too new (3 months on job) to rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
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