PACCAR Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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Pros
  • Also not a horrible place to maintain work/life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Stable company, 401K match, luckily my supervisor is accommodating with flex time as needed (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • The full-time employees seemed to lack work-life balance in certain department (in 11 reviews)

  • The dress code is tremendously strict (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Computer programmer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Steady company. Benefits are good. Work/Life balance is very good. I have been treated very well over the last 5 years. The salary levels are competitive. The company is worth consideration.

    Cons

    Many of the posts complain about the dress requirement. Dress requirements very from department to department. My work area is business casual and I do not have to wear a tie.

    Other complaints talk about top heavy management. I have found this not to be true. I have had good managers.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees well and they will be employees for life. Treat them poorly and they will not be employees for life.

  2. Freelance Graphic Designer

    Former Employee - Freelance Graphic Designer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Freelance Graphic Designer in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at PACCAR (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    All of the project managers that directed projects I designed and produced were professional, and I enjoyed our working relationships.

    Cons

    There were no problems at any time.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Design Engineer

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

    I worked at PACCAR full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to get experience fresh out of school. 50% tuition reimbursement; pension plan.

    Cons

    Salary is below average, benefits are only average and employees share costs of medical at 1/3rd ($600 monthly medical costs). Insurance has a $1500 deductible and then only covers you at 80% with trips to doctor costing you $30 each time. You will need a working spouse to be employed here because so much of what you put in is taken away and hopefully (as many do) they will have a better insurance plane as there are now only about 5 paid sick days allowed and each year they share more cost to the employee and warn not to talk to unions for salary staff.
    Management staff are worried about their own positions and this results in a looking over your shoulder environment as some managers are in it for money and not for people so they step on you to make themselves better off. A case in point is one particular manager did little to ensure his team was successful and actually set somebody up for failure. The tasks and goals a child could do! No engineering degree required - yet, the manager for whatever reason did all he could to fail the employee so they would be terminated. Director level managers did little to resolve this matter and the relationship with higher level staff is a friendly one so that any lower level person who isn't liked can be removed. The process works like this. Managers all meet to discuss who their best employee was and who was their least liked. They then discuss why and ask for a 2nd opinion. If nobody comes up to thwart the manager saying "this employee was below average or I didn't like his/her work ethic" they agree to pass on a scorecard to HR that the employee is unsatisfactory. Come review time this means an "F" and sets up a person for dismissal. "Executive management makes the environment ultra conservative at PACCAR. So, even if you get a stellar review each year or are successful all that does is keep you around. There is no profit sharing or bonus reward system! Hence, this firm is difficult to work for unless you plan to stick it out year after year (as it is a job) and you "hang in there". If you end up being there as a long term employee you are not "employable" elsewhere in your field unless you work in the truck industry. That is, an Electrical engineer at PACCAR answers phones, arranges meetings, acts as a customer service person to the manufacturing plant. You will NOT need any of your engineering University studies to work at this firm because there are no need for control systems, PLC, Assembler Programming, Analog IC Design, High Voltage, Matlab, LT Spice, Verilog, VHDL, etc or ANY typical study that an EE sees in schooling. This firm is an assembler so they outsource anything technical to a vendor supplier who provide a finished product. You are wise if taking a position of employment here to get as many certifications as you can so that you can leave the firm with them having paid for your certifications (at half - they don't pay 100%) once you get a chance; leave prior to two years after you get a paid for degree and they will fit the bill to you. In short, the job does NOT teach you any career valuable skills. CAD work is outsource to people from India so you really are only an engineering "head". There a hundreds of engineering "heads" and the staff are adjusted accordingly. The attitude of this firm is if you don't like it - you can leave. The reason the firm is able to do this is that anyone with an engineering degree (who doesn't use or need that degree to begin with) is "easily" replaceable and you are not in demand; anyone can do your job. The learning curve at this firm is less than one week to a month. You get a desk, you learn how to answer the phone, navigate through the building, learn who to call when you need to accomplish something. On any given day you answer plant complaints (phone calls) attend meetings, set-up meetings to resolve re-work problems, and engineering root cause issues, correct typos on drawings from previous employees; new hires get stuck doing a lot of typo correction. Engineers attend project meetings with staff from levels of representation across the firm. You must take notes and do what is asked of you; it is not difficult to work here. Again, there is NO real engineering work done here. Engineering is done by the supplier firms who are demand something from customers (such as collision avoidance systems); you don't design the system! Your job is to simply assemble the pieces in what's called a bill of material; set up new parts, obtain quotes for new parts for purchasing, travel to manufacturing plants when a vehicle build is going on, release bills of material and lastly correct any human mistakes. Sadly, no real engineering here. You can put on your resume engineer and the firm actually likes you to get a PE license but you don't need that - again, too much liability for the firm. A PE is valuable though if you can leave this firm as many EE typical people are sought after to do actual PE work elsewhere (not at PACCAR). The reason they like at PE at PACCAR is to separate the long-term employees and figure out who's in it for the long haul. PACCAR likes employees who listen well, show up for work, do as they are told, meet or exceed goals, and accept average pay. It is not an insult I am throwing at PACCAR. This firm is ultra conservative and does not pay stellar or well. Even after many years you might have slightly better pay than you did in your first few years; for example - after ten years you might be making more than you started with but it is still below the typical salary and engineer expects to earn in industry that calls for an engineer degree. If you are wide and can leave the firm you might simply try going to a "power" company or utilities firm and apply their...as an EE - but forget it. You will not have any skills! Recruiters will tell you that you have then years of experience but nothing on your resume we can use! What you will get at PACCAR are longevity skills...people skills, how to behave; shows you worked for a firm for a long time and learned how to set goals, and be accountable to meet them. Best of luck applying here. My advice to interns is to try it out. Good place to get experience but certainly not worth moving across the state or country for a job to work at PACCAR.

    Advice to Management

    Stop passing on higher and higher share costs of medical to the employees; you are NOT compensating employees better to make up for the difference and consequently people are looking elsewhere for better employers that offer 1. more pay, 2. better benefits. This firm clearly represents itself via its two star employee rating. Firms that are 3.5, 4, and 4.5 star firms are what employees desire. The two star rating PACCAR has is representative of below average wages in combination with the extremely poor benefit plans (high share cost plans).

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Established company, but does not invest in its employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great on resume--PACCAR is a strong company where an employee can gain a lot of experience.

    Cons

    Employees are underpaid but expected to work hard, management is top-heavy

    Advice to Management

    Start investing a little more in current and experienced employees that have given their loyalty to the company.

  6. Helpful (5)

    Excellent, well-respected company that is stuck in the 1950's work culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PACCAR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to gain excellent work experience, professional environment, respected product, potential for upward growth.

    Cons

    Militant work culture (strict suit and tie dress requirement, no cell phone usage in building, strict hours, no work-life balance); Extremely top-heavy org chart

    Advice to Management

    Loosen the iron grip on employees. Make it a more positive work environment to increase morale and increase worker retention (ie: lower employee turnover).

  7. Excellent place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Real teams, real goals, and real money. Everyone works to achieve quality results, and are always willing to help. I don't know why former employees think they didn't get paid enough, but PACCAR pays much better than a lot of companies HQ'd in the Washington state.

    Cons

    I'm just putting a filler here to fulfill the 20 word minimum. But I haven't experienced any cons about PACCAR since I've been here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, everything has been smooth sailing for me. 20 word minimum achieved I hope.

  8. Helpful (6)

    hell

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I can't think of any

    Cons

    Stuffy company that focuses on profits and not people.

    Advice to Management

    get new management

  9. The Internships was a great opportunity to really get to know this company.

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    Former Intern - Internship in Renton, WA
    Former Intern - Internship in Renton, WA

    I worked at PACCAR as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company makes it a priority to introduce students to all areas of the company so the employee can see departments they don't directly work with. This allows a great understanding of the companies overall opportunities and goals.

    Cons

    Be prepared to dress in business attire daily however this is very easy to do and puts employees in a good mindset of being focused on the task at hand.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time

  10. Helpful (3)

    Not enough time spent working for company

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    Former Employee - Corporate Accountant in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Corporate Accountant in Bellevue, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Great reputation and great to have on resume

    Cons

    Lack of training, misleading benefits before hiring, unclear values, poor communication and lack of team attitude. During fourth quarter, tax season and a team member short they hired me and I was given misleading information by the person i replaced who was more focused on her department transfer than training me. There was no chart of accounts, one week training at the beginning of December so no training on closing entries or duties and no list of anything at all as to expectations or the time to start, and little to no communication with supervisor until getting approval to post entries.

  11. Helpful (8)

    Life goes on; the grass is really greener outside of PACCAR!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PACCAR

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

    Pros

    New President and CEO – good reputation; intelligent; potential to move the company in the direction they should go in the 21st century if allowed to do so. A lot of talented and hard-working individuals work for this company.

    Cons

    PACCAR has been outclassed in benefits over the past 10 years regionally by just about any other employer. Salaries are not competitive for the Pacific Northwest. Salary structures only get reviewed/changed every ten years. Very strict workplace environment; independent thinking/actions not welcomed.

    Advice to Management

    To HR management, stop worrying about your reviews on glass door and take time and action to improve perceptions rather than fabricating them on glass door. Clean up your management, stop rewarding the wrong people and encouraging toxic behavior by promoting people that should never have been hired in the first place. Improve your benefits, salary, workplace environment, dress code and outdated expectations on personal appearance. Pay attention to high turnover….there is a reason for it!

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