PACCAR

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PACCAR Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
287 Reviews

2.2
287 Reviews
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PACCAR Chairman and CEO Mark C. Pigott
Mark C. Pigott
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also not a horrible place to maintain work/life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Paccar is a very financially stable company, and has made a profit every year for decades on end (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • The dress code is tremendously strict (in 20 reviews)

  • And yes, the weird facial hair scandal even gave me the creeps & I'm female (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    This company will suck the life's blood out of you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    Great location, if you shop or like to eat well. Looks good on a resume, for future employers who don't know what Paccar really is.

    Cons

    After almost 8 years, stuck in the same position, I got away from this company. Silly me for believing there would actually be any real opportunity, after applying and being overlooked for 8 positions in my field of knowledge.

    If you don't have a Masters, don't bother applying with hopes of moving up anywhere. If you do have a Masters, prepare to sell your soul to a company that will sell you out in a second.

    The Chairman is truly a nut case. He is not even worth talking about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to management. It doesn't matter; nothing changes there.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    High turnover

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Opportunities due to high turnover.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Mixed Bag

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    Trucks 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.

    Cons

    Relationships 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Managers are horrible. OCD micromanaging is the theme at Paccar

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    There is really nothing good to say about Paccar. If you make the mistake of going to work for them. Start looking for another job

    Cons

    Employee turnover is ridiculous pay is horrible way to old school. Pay sucks. Little or no raises ever. All the good employees get hired away by good companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the 21st century this isn't grade school

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very solid company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Corporate in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    Never get bored. There is much to learn and plenty of places to grow. People are promoted within the company with regularity. Education is a prized asset, and they promote it by subsidizing your tuition. Lean Six Sigma Green & Black Belt training is also heartily encouraged. On a personal note, the people I've interacted with have been extremely competent, very likeable, have high standards for performance, and are open to sharing what they know or have learned while working there. Other perks, on-site gym, gym membership discounts, cell phone discounts, MS Office deep discounts, ski package discounts. To other local employers, PACCAR has brand recognition that stands for quality.

    Cons

    The cultural environment is not for everyone. Suit and tie for the fellows. Being clean-shaven also appears to be a requirement. Tailored dress clothes for women. No sandals. At times, the dress code seems oppressive on those mornings when you wake and say to yourself, 'I really just wanna be in jeans today."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is sometimes too Lean. Although it is business savvy to not pay 2 people to handle the responsibilities that one person can do exclusively, there is precious little time to cross-train each other in the event a colleague takes a vacation or leaves the company altogether. In those moments, there is high potential for important things falling through the cracks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ultra Conservative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Stable company with good benefits

    Cons

    Dept. 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 ManagementAdvice

    Give 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too old fasioned

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer

    Pros

    Great people, who love what they do.
    Opportunities to move around and try different things.
    Good benefits, including a pension plan and 401k!

    Cons

    Not much room for promotion of engineers, unless you want to be a manager.
    They (the CEO) are up-tight and old fashioned. I didn't mind being one of the few engineering firms in the Seattle area that had to wear slacks and a button up to work, but when they made it mandatory to be clean shaven, that was a little much for me. Your workplace choosing your work dress code is one thing, but telling you how you are going to look on the weekends is taking it back at least 50 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't need to be yes men to the chairman. He has you as advisers for a reason. Maybe you are afraid that if you tell the chairman that forcing your employees to shave is a dumb idea, he will fire you. You might be right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Business Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pension and people are two of the great things. There are some opportunities for advancement, however very limited.

    Cons

    Lack of resource planning for work. If you work on projects that are not aligned to your managers goals then there is a conflict at review time. There are a few managers that I saw through the years that had experience and enjoyed deploying employees, however most of those folks are gone and have been replaced with newer managers. Unfortunately, the managers (no fault of their own) have not been taught how to develop people and struggle to understand their employees. Vacation is non-negotiable (start at 2 weeks). The atmosphere can be very depressing as there is little excitement to work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When the CEO (Mark C. Pigott) comes to visit your area, you are required to have "business attire" and they say that Mr. Pigott doesn't like the smell of popcorn, so don't make any while he is there. No food or drink should be on your desk. The company also makes sure to clean the parking lot, vacuum and clean the bathrooms as well as doing extra cleanup around the building. When he is close to the building an email announces that he has entered the property....just remember the company is about honoring the leader and pleasing him.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Paccar Engine Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is good pay and they provide some strong values but those are only applied prior to a "God Pigiot" visit. There are some really hard working shop floor employees.

    Cons

    Management is clueless about employee relations. They still utilize the "good ole boy" system when hiring management. Various HR violations go unreported if you are friends with certain HR professionals. WORK LIFE BALANCE is non existent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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