PACCAR

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Conservative, yet fun

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Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Kirkland, WA
Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Kirkland, WA

I worked at PACCAR full-time (more than a year)

Pros

A great place to start learning about work ethic and discipline
Professional working environment with high level of peer respect
Depending on your team, managers are very weathered (~30 years at PACCAR) and can get you up to speed in no time.

Cons

Salary is lower than other competition's (sort of a known fact).
Conservative ol' grandpa mentality - Wear a tie, be quiet, and laugh even when the manager makes a horrible joke.
Don't even try to negotiate for extra PTO. 2 weeks is what you get. Period!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please, let people wear jeans at least on Fridays, and not when there's a raffle or a new truck line coming out.
Oh, and most importantly, please quit laying off shop employees just to be profitable and be able to brag about this continuous profitability (at employees' cost) to the clients.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Stagnant values, products. Record profits?

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Kirkland, WA

    I worked at PACCAR full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -A few great people/peers
    -Transit pass for commuting partially subsidized
    -401k 5% matching

    Cons

    -Engineers spend 80% of their time on non-engineering activities such as making PowerPoints, attending conference calls & harassing suppliers regarding cost & timing related matters (to name a few)

    -Too many layers of middle management, all bumbling to distort reality to conform with the Chairman's ideas on what it is or should be.
    --Afraid to fail, so failures are covered up or purported to be external
    --Importance is relative & transient. Mostly owing to the Chairman's fickle whims (i.e. the "Eye of
    Sauron")

    -Mediocre monetary compensation for someone working 40 hrs/week, let alone the actual 50+ expected

    -Conservative by every measure. Both in the social format of the workplace and in the willingness to expend resources toward a new idea not guaranteed to contribute to next quarter's profits

    -Outsourcing any actual engineering to suppliers (always the lowest bidder and/or currently in favor with Corporate Purchasing) or to India. Quality usually suffers, and engineers morph into project managers forced to ride those doing the work but with little opportunity to build any true expertise on the material. Expertise & responsibility are maligned terms, with the former presupposed on the latter & the latter nebulously defined/allocated.

    -Promotion to level of incompetence: Capable and reliable colleagues are rare, as those demonstrating such tendencies are either promoted elsewhere or make the determination that PACCAR is not for him/her. While not true of all, at least 60% of employees have resigned to donning a brain slug along with the tie and rely on apathy as a coping mechanism. Motivation for most is probably best summarized by, "what is the minimum amount I need to do to have the fewest number of people riding my back to get what they want?"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to accept failure as an inevitable course in some cases, and to learn from those instances.

    Question and challenge illogical mandates from higher up.

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

    Great in the beginning.....not so good now

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Okmulgee, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Okmulgee, OK

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    401k match 1%-5% depending on State of truck plants. Good Health care benefits. Decent pay if you live in the area. $12-$21 for floor workers.

    Cons

    Management has fallen into a bottomless pit of ignorance. Layoffs are getting more and more often. They keep worthless workers and layoff the hard workers (revert back to first statement) Horrible pay if you live 30+miles from. Cost of living raise? whats that?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves or listen to your workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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