Peterbilt Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. Software Engineering Intern

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern

    I have been working at Peterbilt

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The people are nice and very helpful. Thry give you a chance to do real engineering work and learn in the process. Their software engineering department is growing right now.

    Cons

    There are notr really any cons specific to Peterbilt


  2. Peterbilt Engineering

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very successful company financially. Great long term incentives

    Cons

    Average to low salary. Old school corporate culture


  3. Peterbilt

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peterbilt full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The benefits are good but salaries could be better. It is one of the largest employers in the area. You get to work with and design trucks. Coworkers are good to work with. It is one of the few companies that still has a pension plan.

    Cons

    For me it is a long commute to Denton. There is a lot of politics.


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  5. Its a great place to start your career after college. They provide great training and experience.

    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Denton, TX
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Denton, TX

    I worked at Peterbilt full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a cyclical work environment, extremely busy during new product launches and then it slows down. So the stress and work load are cyclical too. And you get out of it what you put in. If you take the time to be out in the factory you learn more than the average employee.

    Cons

    It takes quite a bit of time to climb the company ladder. The most successful people are the ones who leave engineering for a factory position and then circle back around to engineering.


  6. It was a great learning expereince that thought me alot about fabrication

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    Former Employee - Quality Control in Denton, TX
    Former Employee - Quality Control in Denton, TX

    I worked at Peterbilt

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great boss, good schedual, a chance to learn something new, great co-workers

    Cons

    bad working conditions, slow days, not enough over time

    Advice to Management

    you should look in to hiring motavated people because people who are willing to learn are the best employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    Terrible Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denton, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denton, TX

    I worked at Peterbilt full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for advancement as staff continues to jump ship. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Good 'Ol Boy System! If you play the politics right, you are golden. If you aren't part of the 'good 'ol boy system' then you better watch your back. The leadership team does not listen to employees and does not support those that do.

    Advice to Management

    Value those who are working hard and valuing their employees. Put more emphasis on leading with professionalism and less emphasis on who can yell the loudest. Promote leaders, not individual contributors. Recognize hard work and positive attitudes. Discipline those that lead by intimidating and/or threatening behavior.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Pretty good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Denton, TX

    I have been working at Peterbilt full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They do not expect you to put in tons of overtime. Everyone is nice, not a cutthroat atmosphere. Recently started allowing flextime schedules. Recently removed the requirement to wear a tie. There have been recent attempts to gather and use employee feedback in general. There is a ton of pride taken in the product throughout the organization.

    Cons

    Pay is probably not what would be considered "competitive". Slow to accept new changes. A lot of bureaucracy in the engineering process, more time spent filling out forms than anything resembling engineering.

    Also, weird obsession with "the chairman". They literally have a team of engineers go through the building to adjust the blinds to exactly 45 degrees (yes, it's measured) whenever he comes in.

    Advice to Management

    The reason that the engineering group is constantly losing the top engineers is because it is so much easier to get a raise by leaving. There is no feeling that any attempt is made to keep top performers in engineering.


  9. Good people, bad engineering practices.

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Denton, TX
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Denton, TX

    I worked at Peterbilt full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Always have a job if productive.

    Cons

    Bad engineering design compromises.


  10. Employees are treated as numbers, not people.

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    Former Employee - Service Coordinator
    Former Employee - Service Coordinator

    I worked at Peterbilt full-time

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, absurdly high starting wages for entry level positions (which do not require prior experience or a diploma/equivalent). Resources are plentiful for those with questions within the company.

    Cons

    Some of the higher corporate personnel do not appear to value the employees. Promises are initially made and rarely kept.

    Advice to Management

    Certify your mechanics prior to allowing them to perform repairs, or even just routine maintenance, on $100k+ trucks.


  11. Good start. Lacking interest for long term employment.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Denton, TX

    I have been working at Peterbilt full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    I'm proud of the work I do. And there's no shortage of work to be done. The majority of long time employees are knowledgeable and love to talk trucks. I have a lot of respect for a lot of engineers there.

    Cons

    There are a shortage of positions that require FEA or other analytical expertise. It is all outsourced to another division of PACCAR. This wouldn't be bad, but it has created a propensity to over-engineer parts. Mainly because it takes too much time and effort to have someone else do the work, and project timelines are rushed.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think there's anything to say because they won't change from their "good ole' boys" management style. Stop playing politics, get your vision corrected, and stand up for what's right regardless if it's engineering or manufacturing that's saying it.



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