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Daimler Trucks North America Reviews

Updated August 20, 2018
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  • "Hard to get hired full time for contractors, there's some clannishness" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Lay offs, unstable, sometimes to fast of pace" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Mechanical engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice environment you can share freely

    Cons

    everything is good there so no cons


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Wants to be good but rots from inside"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Daimler Trucks North America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    New HQ bldg is nice to work in and has a subsidized cafeteria. Decent benefits if you are around long enough to use it and expensive if you have a spouse or family. 401(k) vests after 5 years. Standard 2 weeks vacation plus 2 weeks mandatory vacatipn spend for (July 4 week and last week of Dec shutdown for corp office.

    Cons

    Petty middle management always thinks that every project is a rushed crisis which results from poor planning and high agency costs. No senior level executive vision or strategy for core business areas. Entrenched departments are siloed by function and cross-team collaboration is difficult. While DTNA has diversity programs for its employees, the majority of who you work with internally and externally are Caucasian and male. Your immediate manager makes or breaks the experience. Culture is fragmented from within and very cliquish. HR is not your ally.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be a "Best Employer" or "Top Place to Work", stop escorting terminated employees out the freight elevator and treat them with dignity.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, horrible middle management"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Daimler Trucks North America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great perks like the Benz leases, cool office building, opportunities to travel, and a very cool product portfolio. Forward thinking company with a new embrace of diversity. Senior management seems to have a good direction and strategy.

    Cons

    Some very horrible middle management has somehow stuck around (quotas?) and can drive good people away. Sometimes a lot of rigidity in the work, very compartmentalized.

    Advice to Management

    Cull or demote the toxic management and Keep up the good work!


  4. "Parts manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benifits, best product in our industry

    Cons

    Some upper management are under qualified.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great Products - Terrible Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent vacation
    Challenging work
    Global footprint and we'll balanced product portfolio
    Diverse workforce

    Cons

    Emotional, ego driven managers
    Every issue is a 'crisis'
    Poor compensation and benefits
    None of that diversity matters. Unless you're from Germany - or based out a German office - your ideas will never be given attention.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Slow but steady change"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Marketing in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great benefits, especially vacation time and 401k.
    - Opportunity to help impact culture change
    - Ability to move around and do different things.

    Cons

    - Lot of middle managers are simply in their roles because of their tenure at the company. Company has hesitancy to replace them, though many need to be replaced.
    - Slow and resistant to change
    - Working cross-functionally with other departments can be extremely frustrating and challenging.
    - Too many internal power struggles.

    Advice to Management

    - Don’t be afraid to make changes. Those who are disinterested in helping drive change, shouldn’t remain in roles where they are positioned to do so.

    - Encourage and help facilitate better relationships across departments and team. Collaborating with others outside your direct working group is a mess and extremely challenging task.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Solid Company"

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Generations of family working at one place, long tenures, smart people with strong work ethics.

    Cons

    Stagnation of ideas, lean management used to run short-staffed and overwork employees, over-concerned with great place to work scores but not as concerned with real improvement (flashy fixes for a few, instead of substantive for all)

    Advice to Management

    Take a page from QT's treatment of employees, or John Legere's way of listening. Listen to Dan Pink's motivation video and find a way to provide a "free day" where we share what we did at EOD. Bet you find some real problems get fixed when people aren't bogged down with day-to-day work. This is far superior to team-building. We have solutions, let us implement them.

  8. "B"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for overseas transfers with Daimler AG parent company and international experience. Good benefits with 6% 401K match up to 8%. Overall Company growth and performance.

    Cons

    Stagnant wages, 3% every year with little opportunity for larger increases (need promotion, not lateral job moves). Poor Project Management, generally.

    Advice to Management

    Drive continuous improvement, even in times of good profitability. Pay attention to the balance of employees vs. opportunity and/ or level of effort required. Utilize KPIs to steer processes and activities, not as "rubber stamp" of performance (use meaningful KPIs where improvement is required, not KPIs measuring successes for general management approval that do not tell you anything about how the business is actually running in areas that can be improved)


  9. "Assembler"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Gaffney, SC
    Current Employee - Associate in Gaffney, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay and the pto time and vacation time u get after becoming fulltime

    Cons

    Management and the leadership
    .There is none nobody takes charge.

    Advice to Management

    Need to get a backbone. No one has one


  10. "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - WAREHOUSE TEAM LEAD in Wood Dale, IL
    Former Employee - WAREHOUSE TEAM LEAD in Wood Dale, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Daimler Trucks North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Some good co workers and friends

    Cons

    Poor management with no common sense, people selling drugs on shop floor to workers and management, The only true way to advance is to be a 110% brown nose or a minoroty. Upper management don’t care about your opinions only the numbers, they are good at telling you what you think you want to hear but if your stupid you believe

    Advice to Management

    Clean house


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