PACCAR Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
229 Reviews
2.2
229 Reviews
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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. 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

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time for less than a year

    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
  2. 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

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time for more than a year

    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
  3. 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

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

    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
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  5. 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

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

    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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Business Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PACCAR

    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
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Paccar Engine Company

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

    I worked at PACCAR full-time for more than a year

    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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Conservative but reliable and stable

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent benefits, good focus on training and personal growth. Reasonable work-life balance. Interesting products to work on.

    Cons

    Compensation is only 'okay', and low for the area. Vacation and sick leave are extremely minimal. Very conservative at a corporate level. Middle management will do anything to look good when 'the chairman' comes to visit. Recent verbal-only policy change required everyone to shave beards and goatees at the whim of 'corporate policy'. Software used by engineering and production is embarrassingly ancient and inefficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please focus on upgrading software so no-one is forced to use mainframe terminal windows and custom programs developed in the Windows 3.1 era. This is 2014, and any day now the vacuum tubes powering the mainframes will expire.
    Give employees a little more freedom on the facial hair policy. At-work dress code is one thing, but facial hair affects a person's appearance and life outside of work. An engineer or IT guy with a neatly trimmed beard or goatee is not going to negatively affect the perception of your company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Fear is a Great Motivator!

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

    I worked at PACCAR full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great Products, Good Benefits and Salary, Location

    Cons

    Management by fear.
    Demeaning treatment of employees
    Upper management gossips about each other, employees, and the Chairman; hires people like themselves - dull order takers.
    Women still do not have the same opportunities for advancement.
    Rigid dress codes. It's a professional environment and clothing should reflect that but there needs to be room for personal choices.
    The chairman's minions are dangerously dumb.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It will fall on deaf ears. They know what's right, but they have mortgage and car payments to make so it's, "Yes Mark, I totally agree with you."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent

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

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

    Pros

    Steady work/life balance. You wont bring your work home with you and required overtime only happens once every few years.

    Cons

    Outdated policies on just about everything. Company is straight from the 1950's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Solid, stable employment experience.

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

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

    Pros

    Profitable, secure and stable company.

    Cons

    Average compensation and benefits. Conservative culture not right for everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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