PACCAR Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Steadily employed for 20+ years

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Company is fiscally sound and has been for many, many years. If you work for PACCAR, do your job well and keep your nose clean job security is yours.

    Cons

    No flexible scheduling in my department. Would like to work at least 1 weekend day for the opportunity of getting administrative responsibilities accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  2. Helpful (9)

    Could be so much better...

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

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

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

    Pros

    Products you're proud to be associated with, solid financial performance year after year, some decent benefits including a well-funded pension plan. High employee turnover creates lots of opportunities for others to get promoted.

    Cons

    Cronyism and nepotism are rampant. Don't even think about working here if you have facial hair. And you'd better love to wear a suit and tie to work every day. Managment spends a majority of their time locked in conference rooms preparing for the next presentation to senior managers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and promote based on merit and accomplishments. Pay more competitive salaries and loosen up the ridiculous dress code policies of this company to attract and keep top talent.


  3. Helpful (1)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at PACCAR (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company. Get to see how things are done right. Good middle managers, with veey well defined processes.

    Cons

    Have to put in the time to grow. Because the company has been successful for so long there is not appt of opportunity to contribute to big projects.

    Advice to Management

    Push for improvements, and allow younger people to grow and try new things, even if they are against the status quo.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Horrible Place to work

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

    I have been working at PACCAR

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

    Pros

    None as I can tell

    Cons

    Horrible management
    Irresponsible HR
    Worst company to work


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good experience, solid performing company financially. Left a lot to be desired!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Good experience, solid performing company financially.
    Lots of opportunities to fix things and drive change, however, your pressure to drive the change is thwarted by a micromanagement culture.

    Cons

    Personnel development, leadership practices, culture.
    Poor on boarding and HR experience. Company is very set in its ways and hard to drive the change you want. lots of pressure from above for results but very little "roadblock" removal from above to allow consistent repeatable results.

    Advice to Management

    People, not quality should be SP number 1! More command by negations and allowing lower levee manager the authority to run the business.


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (9)

    Design Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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).


  9. Helpful (4)

    Established company, but does not invest in its employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (5)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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).


  11. Excellent place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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