PACCAR
2.4 of 5 217 reviews
www.paccar.com Bellevue, WA 5000+ Employees

PACCAR Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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2.4 217 reviews

                             

24% Approve of the CEO

PACCAR Chairman and CEO Mark C. Pigott

Mark C. Pigott

(143 ratings)

25% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Also not a horrible place to maintain work/life balance"
    in 14 reviews
  • "Stable company with positive earning"
    in 16 reviews
Cons:
  • "Some employees spoke with the Human Resources manager stating there are no written policies regarding dress code or facial hair"
    in 20 reviews
  • "WORK LIFE BALANCE is non existent"
    in 8 reviews
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    High turnover

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsOpportunities due to high turnover.

    ConsRelatively lower paid then the market. Not flexible and old school.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unless you are a white, male, (preferably an engineer too) - then you aren't leadership material for PACCAR.

    Anonymous (Current Employee)
    Denton, TX

    ProsStable company, 401K match, luckily my supervisor is accommodating with flex time as needed. Also, Peterbilt's truly are the best truck on the road & it feels good to have pride in your product.

    ConsWhere to start?

    The culture is depressing. I am surrounded by employees who have been with PACCAR for literally decades, who think they own the company & are so grumpy. The long-term employees truly get away with anything & most of them (not ALL) treat you anyway they please, as they feel entitled.

    The reviews are all true, this company operates on fear from Mark Pigott. Too many horror stories about Mr. Pigott to even count.

    If you're a female, best of luck advancing your career because you likely won't. Meaning, the men all promote their male friends & it's a man's world big time here. It's just the way it is. And if you're an attractive female, you will either be shunned & judged for taking care of yourself or gawked at by most of the plant men.

    You will be told you MUST have an MBA for advancement here. And then once you get your MBA, you will have to beat out all the male engineers for positions.

    And yes, the weird facial hair scandal even gave me the creeps & I'm female. How bizarre that men cannot have facial hair? This place is operated like a backwoods cult by a controlling chairman.

    Everyone is married to someone in the plant & their entire family works there too...it's weird to me but maybe that's just me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChill out. Don't be so unfriendly & rigid.

    Promote people unbiasedly & bring more female leadership into PACCAR.

    Get rid of long-term employees who should have retired already. Ageism is a concern & I get that, however stop allowing employees to "camp out" way past their expiration date. If long-term employees add value then keep them, if they don't add value then let them go.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Requires patience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsEverything is approved at the highest level.

    ConsTakes a long time to make positive change.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTask the talented people you have hired with doing their jobs.

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    Get ready to drink the kool aid - and don't forget to shave

    Design Engineer (Former Employee)
    Kirkland, WA

    ProsSolid financials, has been profitable for a long time, stable employment.

    ConsNon-competitive salaries, management is useless, not flexible on scheduling, benefits are nothing special, little to no perks, very negative environment most of the time, everyone always acts as though they are about to lose their job if they don't impress. Culture is suffocating.

    Work/Life balance is ok...but you are often indirectly suggested to put in more than 40 hours a week. Paccar (Kenworth) runs very lean, so expect to have a very heavy workload.

    Paccar has done things a certain way for a long time, and they don't want to change and adapt to more modern styles of management and culture. So get ready to drink the Paccar kool aid if you want to fit in. Oh, and don't forget, facial hair isn't allowed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more in the employees and new technology. Get out of the 1950's culture and step into the 21st century.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good pay not a good culture.

    Distribution Associate (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsThe pay is good for warehouse work.

    ConsGotta play politics even at the warehouse level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart to develop programs where people can develop. Try motivating employees to enhance their skills like education and such to want to grow. Instead of a this or that attitude.

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

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    Grumpy old company with no desire or interest to be a global technology leader or focus on ground-breaking research.

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Mount Vernon, WA

    ProsThe location in the Pacific North-West is definetly an added advantage. My immediate supervisor is very supportive and I like working in his group.

    ConsOh boy, I'd take several days to write all the cons, however below are a couple of them that I've personally experienced:
    1. At the tech-center in Mt Vernon, when "the chairman" comes for a visit, everyone right from the general manager to an intern is supposed to be clean shaven and wear formals. A week before his scheduled visit, everyone at the tech-center is busy moving plant pots, pictures hanging on the wall are changed, remodeling the cafeteria, painting the parking lot stripes and so on and so forth. They spend literally thousands and thousands of dollars for half a day of chairman's visit, but they cannot invest small amount of money on buying a decent coffee machine or setting up a gym or a basket-ball court.
    2. Visible tattoos, ear piercings, facial hair is a big no-no. All the guys at the tech-center who decide not to shave their goatee/beard are shoved and locked in a room on the day our chairman comes for a visit. You gotta be kidding me..!! Employees are treated as dirt that can be shoved underneath a carpet.
    3. Vacation policy, employee benefits suck big time. Employee salaries are way too less as compared to our competitors or the general industrial rates.
    4. Tech-center is advertised to potential customers as a greatest center of innovation and excellence; in-fact tech-center is just there for trouble-shooting of issues in the field rather than and research or innovation related activities. Non existent product development work at the so called "tech-center".
    5. The company runs "lean". Everyone from a manager/supervisor to engineer is supposed to get their hands dirty as the company wants to restrict the number of technicians hired. I don't get it..!!
    6. You've to literally beg for the smallest of things to make them happen. Even the supervisors know that its important, but their hands are tied as no one is allowed to spend money allocated for employee development per year.
    7. NO STOCK OPTIONS..!! The company might advertise itself as a having good stock prices, but the employees get nothing. All you get as a new hire package is relocation benefits and a one time pay of amount close to your monthly salary.
    8. Company doesn't contribute for socio-economic development in the region. Most other companies have grants or projects setup.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA couple of things:
    1. Please hire more technical people having advanced degrees and a solid work experience; hiring fresh college graduates so that they can work for lower salaries isn't going to work in the long run. Most of the people who are newly hired leave the company for greener pastures in less than 5 years. Employee retention is one of the biggest threat to the company. Employees who continue to stay are those who are primarily born and brought up in the Seattle area, they don't stick around because they like the company or anything of that sort.
    2 Management has no clue on how to handle employee needs or how to keep the workforce happy. Please be receptive of your employees needs. Appreciating the work done by engineers and doing small things for them to show that you care for their contribution goes a long way.
    3. Please focus on research and development type of work, modernizing the infrastructure, hiring new people and building more facilities to make existing products better or innovate new products for the future. Reaping the benefits of the 1970's products isn't going to help the company in the long run.
    4. Start investing in your employee rather than wasting thousands of dollars on a half-day visit by "the chairman"

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Modern day dictatorship

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsPay is decent, on management levels. Great location in heart of Bellevue. Name looks good to some, on a resume.

    ConsStale corporate personality matches the stale, archaic dress code. Promotion is given to friends, frat buddies, golf buddies, military (for the salary kickbacks) and non-experienced Masters- holders. Constant, quick replacement/promotion of management, who are never actually productive in the position; leaving those chained to their positions to pick up the pieces over and over again.

    If you like working in fear, everyday, this is the place for you. The Chairman is a tyrant, abuser of his position power, hater of women managers and a bigot. Employees are threatened against: parking a Mercedes in the Paccar lot, walking across the street to Starbucks, having a plant that appears above the top edge of their cubicle, and other childish expectations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrow-up, respect your employees who make you look good, promote on experience and dedication not on a piece of paper and willingness to sell their soul to the dictatorship. Six Sigma does not rule the world; 3 different Six Sigma managers have passed through my division with absolutely nothing accomplished or bettered.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Mixed Bag

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsTrucks are top quality. Benefits such as pension and 401k are excellent over the long run. There are many opportunities for advancement if you work hard, are a white male and your personality is a fit for the PACCAR culture.

    ConsRelationships are more important than competence, results or creativity. Benefits for regular employees are being eroded over time. Management is arrogant and deluded about what it's really like to work here. Smart employees have options and they are bailing on the company -- leaving behind a team of inexperienced managers who are leading inexperienced employees who generally lack creativity. Salaries are no longer competitive. The management team is almost entirely white, male, conservative and clean-shaven -- all others will feel uncomfortable and will have to walk on water to get promoted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have to have quality employees and adequate resources to continue to produce quality products and services. You have to have a fun atmosphere that is open to new ideas if you want to foster creativity. Invest in your people, give them some latitude, and treat them in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and they will be much happier. Good employees will continue to bail if you don't change the culture of the company.

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

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    Good professional organization with room for advancement if you work hard.

    Project Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsI've gotten great experience and sharpened my skillset. New challenges regularly give opportunity for professional development.

    ConsLack of competitive benefits - sick/vacation time, flexible schedule. No 401k match for 1st year, and doesn't pay out until after Jan 1.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to new and different ideas. Allow all levels of employees a say at the table and consider longer-term solutions rather than cutting cost to the bone for short-term gain.

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStable company with good benefits

    ConsDept. Managers operate in fear, so they rarely feel confident to make decisions without seeking approval from Sr Mgmt. Projects often have unrealistic deadlines, and go over budget because they weren't given the time to do proper planning.
    Very slow to upgrade Enterprise software and keep up with Internet technologies.
    Strict dress code at certain Divisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive Department Managers and their teams more responsibility to make decisions based on their area of expertise rather than have Corporate Executives call all the shots.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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