PACCAR

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PACCAR Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
246 Reviews
2.3
246 Reviews
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PACCAR CEO Ronald E. Armstrong
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Experience

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    It's a great place to retire, good money w/ little expectations.

    Cons

    Not a great place to work for a young guy, you will learn paperwork but no skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are your best tools, HR needs a good judge of personality like Jenny Hall.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Welcome to the Stone Age!

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    Former Employee - Supervisor
    Former Employee - Supervisor

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

    Pros

    Great company to put on a resume and benefits are at best average amongst the industry. Great place to work for a steady paycheck.

    Cons

    Care far more about the bottom line than any employee. Employees are an expense to management not an asset and very little investment is put towards infrastructure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Solid

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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

    opportunities are good for solid employees

    Cons

    salary can be better, but work/life is good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more money for people that deserve it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PACCAR

    Pros

    Great work life balance and people to work with

    Cons

    Dress code is very conservative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ron Armstrong is a great leader and CEO

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stay away for your own good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mount Vernon, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mount Vernon, WA

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Location: The West Coast natural beauty and scenery.
    You have a job and no unemployment gap in your resume

    Cons

    Too many to list:
    1 - old managers that still think we are in the 60s
    2 - no technical challenge for any smart engineer, most of the engineers here are just there because they really have no other choice.
    3 - lot of grumpy people who think working at Paccar is like working for NASA.
    4 - no room for growth, unless you are a white male or willing to let yourself be intimidated.
    5 - you will learn nothing and may lose what you have learnt somewhere. You want to work on engine go to companies like Cummins or Volvo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employee with respect and hire young and talented engineers from different walk of life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Depressing

    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Our Bellevue, Renton and Kirkland locations are easy to access from I-405.

    Cons

    We focus 90% of our energy on putting our colleagues down, to highlight our own meager successes.
    We spend half of each Friday drumming up a report of "significant events", to give Sr. Management an inflated picture of the things we have accomplished.
    We stress WAY too much over each other's attire and grooming. If someone shows up wrinkled, dirty, or immodest, we literally make note of it, and include it in their performance appraisal and/or discussions for promotion.
    We think semi trucks are exciting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone knows we need a complete culture overhaul.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Depressing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    It is a great place for Type A's to feel important.

    Cons

    We ruthlessly tear each other down to buoy our own careers up
    We stress over irrelevant details (required, standardized power point fonts, facial hair)
    We LOVE talking about professional attire, and we terrorize colleagues who don't dress perfect business professional. As a result, we all dress like grandmas!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need a total culture overhaul here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid, secure job with a proven company

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    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable, but frustrating

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    • 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

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