PACCAR

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PACCAR Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
239 Reviews
2.2
239 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Solid, secure job with a proven company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Kirkland, WA

    I worked at PACCAR full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work hard, and it'll be pretty difficult to lose your job. PACCAR take care of their employees. I had two supervisors during my nearly five years there, and both were excellent. They were mentors and guides more than supervisors. I know bad supervisors existed, but I believe this is the exception rather than the rule. They still have a pension, so far as I know (vested at five years). Seventy-four or whatever STRAIGHT consecutive years of profit can't be argued with. They have a good employee review process; I never had to ASK for a raise, they were already on top of it.

    Cons

    PACCAR are not afraid to cut the fat when they have to, but don't be the fat and GENERALLY you won't have a problem. If an old-fashioned conservative company (nice dress, no shenanigans, etc...) isn't for you, this probably isn't your company. There are definitely a fair amount of old and cranky people who have been there a few years too long and hate anything new and different. I can't speak to the new CEO, but Mark Piggott was pretty darn successful by most metrics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, maybe try and weed out those managers who aren't well-liked. Watch out for the cranky old people who have been there too long and hate anything new and different. Mentor and guide more than supervise and manage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable, but frustrating

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Project Engineer

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

    Pros

    Stable employment, lots of good people to work with, wide variety of projects to work on.

    Cons

    Raises are random and not tied to performance reviews, and far from annual even though the company is very profitable. Senior management seems to operate more by fear than actual leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A good place to be creative; a bad place to be a girl.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Hard work and innovative thinking are rewarded. If you present your ideas with evidence and the enthusiasm to lead the charge- you get support. As with all large companies, there is a range of how you can participate- from hunkering down and performing an 8-hour day role, to collaborating across work groups and needing to stay over time to meet a project deadline. The work is engaging and often requires creative thinking and working in groups. The people in all areas are dedicated and willing to pitch in for mutual successes.

    Cons

    Managers spend a lot of time away from the office travelling and make decisions without having a good sense of what their employees need to achieve the goals they set for them. There is a lot of gender bias where women are expected to take care of the social and emotional needs of staff and men are allowed to perform at a lower level of collaboration, and even productivity, without consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay atttention to decisions you make and how they affect the work you want done.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA

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

    Pros

    They have great training
    They promote from within, so high career mobility
    Very stable
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Compensation is middle tier at best
    You will need to attend grad school to progress to senior managment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are a great company but your locations are a bit dated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time

    Pros

    Excellent pay and good people.

    Cons

    You have to know someone to get promoted up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It's a good place to get hands-on experience. They teach you a lot.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Accounting in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - General Accounting in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at PACCAR as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    They all work very professionally. Managers are good, patient, and easy to work with.

    Cons

    The working hours are too strict.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    good learning experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good place to learn how a successful old school company can be run.

    Cons

    old school, silo environment. very little flexibility.

  9.  

    Great Place to gain experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer Post
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer Post

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

    Pros

    PACCAR is a reasonable firm to work for but you'll probably need a working spouse to justify being here. The pay for an average engineer is not stellar for the Seattle region. The firm allows clean dress codes, and strict adherence to work schedule and provides a vanpool for employees and mileage reimbursement for travel to nearby plant and tech center.

    Cons

    PACCAR is an assembler type of firm. A Bachelor's degree "Gets you in the door" but one will never need the four years of study you took during your employment. for example, an EE wil lstudy PLC programming, printed circuit board design, Matlab, LT Spice, VFD, Motors, Simullink, Labview but a typical day for an EE at PACCAR is....answering the phone, dealing with suppliers, vendors, cross functional departments, setting up meetings, presenting at weekly team meetings, creating ECN's and preparing for design reviews. Cad work is outsourced so at most your job is to feed work requests to cad designers so if you learned cad in your studies it is not a necessary skill. You will need to know how to operate the 1980's industry standard cobol based terminal programs that all the OEM's such as PACCAR, Daimler, Navistar use. Besides your job being boring, the pay is below average. The culture at PACCAR makes it very rigid and un-flexible. On a cyclical basis the economy and truck industry will drop and you might find yourself out of a job. When you apply for a position outside of PACCAr your best bet is to go for re-training as you won't have any skills related to your chosen degree profession as a senior employee (say you've been with PACCAR 10+ years) as if you are applying for EE jobs those employers expect VFD, PLC, Spice simulations, and the like while those types of work are outsourced to the "black box manufacturer" at PACCAR which is an "Assembler". We are not talking about Mercedes Benz here which designs every last nut and bolt. AT PACCAR if a truck needs to be designed for powertrain the firm typically calls up a supplier such as Eaton, DANA, Fuller, and Cummins and your job is to integrate what they tell you into your frame rail. It's mostly an assembly environment with not a lot of your own enginuity required and typically cost reduction and warranty reduction is the most important to your goals. In closing PACCAR would be a great place to intern and try out. If you are struggling to find work and you like it then by all means you will do well in the firm. If however, you intern there (like some have and found) the job you hired on as may be nothing like your internship (often times PACCAR will place an intern in a high profile job such as R&D then drop them into a bottom of the totem pole spot when hired on full time) you then should sharpen your resume and post it and get out so that you aren't a 10 year employer that then gets pulled into a cyclical downturn and you find yourself out of work. My advice is to get an MBA so that you can advance while at same time don't expect PACCAR to compensate you 100%. Those tuition programs are a thing of the past so a $65k dollar MBA at Foster will be covered by half. Consider your average salary at PACCAR and you might research other firms to work. Unless, your commute is less than 2 miles, are a foreigner who can't find work elsewhere, you'll probably learn quickly that a huge employer like this makes it hard to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop placing interns in high profile R&D jobs then dropping them into bottom barrel jobs that even senior engineers still do. Be honest about the job so that the best students can decide if PACCAR really is where they want to be. In time this will force the company to change so that, yes the job is nothing like the education but at least it pays extraordinarily well. Right now, that is not something anyone can say! Instead what you'll hear is "you'll never need any of your schooling and the pay is below average".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    North Korea of Corporations

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PACCAR

    Pros

    Stable performing company, cool product, well respected as top quality product in industry

    Cons

    Too many to count : family run business by a maniac of a CEO with so many crazy stories of his behavior saying and implementing pointless policies that degrade employees. He obviously has so much money that he doesn't seem capable of making an intelligent business decision. I have no idea how the busines still exists. A lot of older people that are so disengaged, just waiting a couple of years to retire. If you're looking for a dead end carrer, go to paccar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are so many good people that have to put up with so much pointless expectations and policies that all levels of management are just puppets. They're given no authority to make their own decisions. I feel sorry for managers, it's like living in North Korea, if you speak out against the supreme leader, you're dead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good stable company but workers unappreciated

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PACCAR

    Pros

    Good stable company with steady growth and good benefits. Decent pay and great facility that is well maintained and all new technology used in production.

    Cons

    Poor management and most employees seem unhappy with how things are ran and how promotions are made. it seams some promotions are decided on popularity instead of the best person for the position. unclear expectations on workload and hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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