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Daimler Trucks North America Senior Engineer Reviews

Updated Jan 31, 2018

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  1. "Great Place to be an engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer II in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great products with caring management.

    Cons

    No stock options (because this is a German company)

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget to look to the future!

    Daimler Trucks North America2018-01-05
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good and stable, but not as rewarding as I’d like."

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Stable employment. Good pay. Good vacation (start at 4 weeks, 5 weeks at 10 years). Great location, right on the Willamette. Good coworkers.

    Cons

    Crazy bureaucracy. Not as much opportunity for real engineering as you’d think. Much of your work involves out sourcing work to Mexico or India and managing them. Oh yeah, and LOTS of PowerPoint preparation for managers that care more about the presentation than the information. It feels like there are way too many lose-lose situations with work load.

    Advice to Management

    Decide whether or not we are a “custom” trucking company or not. Half the company thinks so and the other half thinks we are a car company.

    Daimler Trucks North America2018-02-01
  3. Helpful (10)

    "Grooming Engineers to be Cutthroat Managers"

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Design Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Daimler Trucks North America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fortune 500 benefits A few very smart pure engineering types (no desire to be a manager)

    Cons

    Individuals would waste a week perfecting the last 5% of their 15 min Powerpoint presentations for management (encouraged by direct managers).

    Advice to Management

    Stop valuing cutthroat slave driver managers like John Box more than creating a safe work atmosphere.

    Daimler Trucks North America2018-01-17
  4. "Dedicated to innovation and safety"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Daimler Trucks North America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent teams and teamwork, Dedicated to their customers, caring for the environment, and promoting safety.

    Cons

    I have no cons to share, I loved that job.

    Daimler Trucks North America2017-02-24
  5. Helpful (8)

    "Unprofessional Managerment"

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    Senior Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Daimler Trucks North America

    Pros

    competitive pay. Apart from that I really do not see anything else positive

    Cons

    Very unprofessional work etiquette, old school technology, bad management, no culture whatsoever, very unreliable

    Advice to Management

    Please think about whats right for your company and project overall before making decisions. Try to hire people with a better attitude instead of thinking who can get the job done in 10 mins.

    Daimler Trucks North America2016-10-25
  6. Helpful (4)

    "DTNA - Great place to work, but maybe when you're older"

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    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, Mercedes lease option, lenient schedule, reasonable vacation time provided, good pay

    Cons

    Cultural disconnect between younger staff and older management, poor on the job training, skills acquired not applicable outside of trucking industry, lack of strong leaders

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example, not by management

    Daimler Trucks North America2015-08-11
  7. Helpful (9)

    "Automotive Industry Engineering in Portland, OR"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer II in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You get to live in one of the nicest places in the country and do engineering work in the automotive industry which can be a satisfying career when you get to see your work on the road.

    Cons

    You will be pressured into constantly finding ways to save the company money and none of it will come back to you. There are no bonuses in good years and currently the company is making money at record levels and won't share any of it with the employees. People don't really have any passion about what they do because there are no incentives to work harder. Stack ranking system pits employees against each other to... fight for a small "performance bonus" at the end of the year. Moving up requires you to move out of your functional area so there are few knowledge experts in each functional area.

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    Advice to Management

    Share profits with employees. It will change the culture of the company and people will work harder to make the company even more profits which will be a win-win for the company and employees.

    Daimler Trucks North America2015-08-07
  8. Helpful (11)

    "Decent pay but that's all"

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good 401k plan. Average salary, vacation, and health benefits. Able to survive industry downturns through bail outs by parent company.

    Cons

    A mundane work environment and lack of appreciation by management sums this company up. Daimler has consistently been trying to break into the Top 100 Companies To Work For list with no success. They have failed every year and point the blame to the employees who survey them. They have seen record setting profits in recent years and share very little of it to non-management ranks. The message is always "more more... more." There is also a clear directive to replace older workers with young hires through demotions and forced retirements. A great plan to reduce its overhead costs with cheaper salaried employees at the cost of sacrificing the established knowledge base. Endless efficiency plans have also handcuffed the ability to changeover projects in a timely manner. The work is not interesting and the only real design work is now done by outside suppliers. Career development, especially into management, is extremely limited. A heavy German influence can be frustrating at times as the parent company (Daimler) does not understand the American truck market and insists on making risky globalization decisions.

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    Advice to Management

    Share the wealth in good times. Be committed to making real changes if your serious about achieving Top 100 company status. It starts with a culture change that will take you out of your comfort zone.

    Daimler Trucks North America2015-05-12
  9. Helpful (9)

    "Are you German?"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Lots of networking opportunities. Easy job for OSU grads.

    Cons

    Upper management positions are only available to white German males.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity and profit sharing are necessary to reach your goal of being a company people want to work for.

    Daimler Trucks North America2015-03-20
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good work environment."

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer I in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Daimler Trucks North America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits are great (vacation) and work hours are flexible. Opportunity for growth and advancement is available for those who wish to take advantage of it. The company is becoming more technically advanced.

    Cons

    The salary is modest. Upon reaching a salary level, it is difficult to advance in pay scale.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to be more accepting of new ideas and suggestions.

    Daimler Trucks North America2014-05-08
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