PACCAR - Not a bad company to work for, if you can stand being super conservative and old school. | Glassdoor
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"Not a bad company to work for, if you can stand being super conservative and old school."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Seventy plus years of profitability.
Been around for one hundred plus years, very stable.
PACCAR makes quality products.
Global company.
Good benefit.

Cons

VERY CONSERVATIVE, i.e:
Dress code - almost everyone is in a black suit, bright color clothing is "strongly discouraged".
Strict work schedule, no option for telecommute, compressed work week.
No work-life balance.
Too many petty and unnecessary rules, i.e. no Starbucks during breaks because we'd be spending corporate time for a cup of coffee; no Pepsi because they did no purchase our trucks; no Mercedes-Benz because they're a competitor; shouldn't use the elevator if you're only going up or down one floor.
Depending on management, employees may not feel appreciative.

Advice to Management

Stop the petty rules, employees are full grown adults and the majority knows how to manage themselves; we're no longer in grade school. Stop managing by fear; once the economy picks up, all of your good employees will be gone. Doesn't help morale either.

Other Employee Reviews for PACCAR

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Suffocating environment"

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    Current Employee - Manager - IT in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Manager - IT in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At present, the best thing is that it is an income. Formerly, it was a place to make a contribution and a product to be proud of.

    Cons

    Decision making has been pulled upwards to where very few people have the authority to make a decision. And those that can, don't. The company no longer enrolls employees to solve problems, save money, to participate in the company; all things are imposed downward. It is a place of fear, powerlessness, apathy.

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourself. Your need for absolute control is stifling everything and everybody. Good things are possible by enrolling employees to use the talents you supposedly hired us for.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Tough as a place to really grow and develop, great if you just want a 9 to 5 that looks good on your resume."

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Stability (it seems as though you can't be fired unless you do something really wrong, which is a good thing if you want stability, but a bad thing because if you look around you will wonder why some people are even in their positions)
    - Work/Life Balance
    - Location 
    - Parking
    - They turn a profit every quarter (this definitely comes at a price to employees, which is why I would recommend PACCAR as a company to invest in, but not necessarily a company to work for.)

    Cons

    Where do I start?

    - Does not seem to care about your personal development, especially if you really want to excel in software construction because all the company wants to do is get by (in terms of quality of systems).
    - Hard to get promotion or raise (you basically have to give ultimatums in order to get promotions or raises).
    - When you do get a raise it is very little and they don't come often (every 18 months or so).
    - Management (even the one you directly report to) does NOT understand IT. The company values quick and hacked together software more then software produced with quality. The IT workforce just does enough to keep the company going on a day to day basis, every IT employee is pretty much doing support and maintenance.
    - Too much bureaucracy and politics, hard to get things done.
    - No innovation in software or application development. again PACCAR does enough just to get by
    - Everything is top-down, culture is dull and not exciting.
    - Aging employees.
    - Aging hardware (software engineers are developing on PCs and laptops that were built in 2004, and I wouldn't be surprised if there were some even older)
    - High executives get the red carpet treatment, when they are scheduled to be in your building an email goes out the previous day requiring everyone to be in suit and tie, and a conference room is usually set up with catering and linens for them.
    - Rare to even speak to your boss' boss, let alone anyone above them.
    - Performance reviews are a joke, management have quotas for the score of reviews, which usually means whatever you do, they will find a way to just give you a 3/5 "Meets Expectations"

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of half of IT management and hire some better, more talented software engineers that can develop and implement solutions that are highly maintainable, instead of having hacked together solutions that require tons of support and maintenance time to keep running. The culture needs to become modernized so that PACCAR would appeal to younger people that have talent.

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