PACCAR Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. paccar corporate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PACCAR

    Pros

    solid and secure company, always profitable

    Cons

    rules and norms can be restrictive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. PACCAR is a conservative, driven company with great 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)

    Pros

    Great Benefits package, vertically integrated company with high potential for career growth. The PACCAR culture is consistent through all divisions of the company.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is compromised in some positions. Conservative business approach can lead to delays in projects and approvals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve employee appreciation through ensuring work/life balance is maintained.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 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
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  5. 5 people found this helpful

    Good for interns, retirees and wall-followers engineers

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Mount Vernon, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mount Vernon, WA

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

    Pros

    Something to put on your resume. If you can work at PACCAR, then any other company that you will later join will feel like heaven.
    Nice Technical Center. You work not just on engines ( mostly from cummins) but also on the entire truck. Close to beautiful places such as Vancouver in Canada, Oregon, Seattle, etc...

    Cons

    Not much smart engineers that are "Game changer" in the heavy duty industry, just couple of average "wall-follower" engineers that are riding on an old success legacy. You may find it as a great learning place If you don't know nothing about engines or your engineering skills are average at best.
    Full of old people and back stabbers, and if you are a woman or part of any other visible minorities, we might keep you just to display our diversity but don't expect anything else.
    They will make your life miserable just to make profitable, but the employees are basically modern slaves with ties and and a false idea of belonging to something big.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step into the new century. The world is changing, either you like or not, you should also change to adapt.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful

    Oppressive culture, stagnant processes, dated systems, low pay, and lack of empowerment

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Stable job with some advancement.

    Cons

    The culture at PACCAR is stifling and depressing. It's quieter than a library the majority of the day with little collaboration. You don't feel like you can express honest opinions to management for fear of being cast out.

    The processes are old and PACCAR does not promote change management whatsoever. The systems don't communicate to each other and the current system is so out-dated that it is no longer supported. We've had so much turnover in IT that they can't even keep up with all the systems issues.

    Low pay for all the responsibilities of the position. And unless you are a white male, don't expect to go too far within the company. Case in point: a former employee of mine, a white male, was promoted 2 levels in pay grade, something I was told in the past was not the way PACCAR operated. That I had to earn my way to the next level and then the next. Should have known they meant because I am female that I was never going to get the same treatment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making top down decisions without working with managers. This style will continue to alienate workers and eventually the reputation will get so bad (if it isn't already) that getting talented workers will become increasingly difficult.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    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
  8. Solid

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    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
  9. 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
  10. 6 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
  11. 6 people found this helpful

    Depressing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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