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Former Employee - Senior Six Sigma Black Belt in Renton, WA
Former Employee - Senior Six Sigma Black Belt in Renton, WA

I worked at PACCAR full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

Stable company with positive earning

Cons

Dated methods and interactions with employees

Advice to Management

upgrade to new technology

Other Employee Reviews for PACCAR

  1. Helpful (9)

    "Absolutely Awful Place for an IT Professional"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I made some great friends while working there.

    Cons

    Let's start with pay. One thing that is true for all non-director positions is that the compensation is dismal. The only ones making respectable money are senior management. PACCAR does not have a bonus structure for normal employees. Only senior management gets bonuses, which can be as much as 25% of their [already high] salary, and is based on yearly goals that they set. You know bonus time is near when your director has you drop everything and focus on their goals.

    Raises are few and far between. There is a small pay bump every 18 months (or longer) - up to 6% when times are great (rare) and 3% or lower during average times. Getting a decent raise (which HR caps at 10%) is all about how you present yourself to senior management. There is a list of employees "deserving" of a raise that senior management goes through every month. They pick and choose a few people to give raises to, and move the others up or down the list. In order to get a raise, most people change teams or threaten to leave the company.

    Benefits are OK. There is a 5% 401K match, which is paid yearly so that the company can hold onto your money for as long as possible. A pension exists, but unless you're planning on putting in decades of earning low pay with the company, it's hardly a benefit. Vacation starts at 2 weeks and goes up to 3 after 5 years. Medical benefits are average.

    As for the work environment, everyone except for senior managers are in cubicles. Everyone is given the same, outdated Dell machine - even software developers. PC refreshes are few and far between. There was one refresh while I was there and management made a big deal out of it, so don't expect another anytime soon.

    The atmosphere is stuffy. Corporate requires every employee to wear a suit. Other divisions require a shirt and tie. The IT division allows jeans and a collared shirt, which we've been warned can change at any time. Whenever somebody "important" (ie. the Chairman) visits, formal dress attire is required by all employees.

    Good managers are few and far between, and it's even more rare for a manager to have any idea about the work you do. Most managers make it their life's work to impress their superiors, as that is truly the only way to move up. Because of this, don't expect your boss to have your best interests in mind.

    Speaking from a software development standpoint, the work is not all that difficult. The hardest part is managing ever-changing requirements, and trying to get your head around the spaghetti code. Because most people (at least developers) leave within two years, the best coders are usually the lowest paid. Those that have been there 5 or more years are typically in it for the "long haul". They own a few applications and are content with their position in the company and with their tunnel-vision technical knowledge.

    There are a few great developers, but for the most part the company is getting what it pays for. The interviews are ridiculously easy. Management has pressured interview teams to limit (or remove) the technical questions they ask an applicant for a technical position. If you make it through the interview process and receive an offer, make sure you negotiate for now and not the future. HR has lied to numerous employees, telling them that they can expect a raise within six months of being employed.

    PACCAR has a lot of trouble attracting developers. Because of this, it recently created the "PACCAR India Technical Center", which has been taking on more and more work. Employees are in agreement that the majority of IT work will eventually end up in India.

    There is probably a lot more that's wrong with the company that I cannot think of at this time. The moral of this story is: Do not work there.

    Advice to Management

    None. They are well aware of these problems and they do not care.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Conservative and cheap!"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time

    Pros

    There are opportunities to move from job to job and gain experience in different areas. From engineering, to marketing, to sales. If you want to change things up, it's possible. Paccar will also invest in training their employees, so for a young person it's a decent place to start and get some credentials. Tuition reimbursement is ok, but isn't as good as some other businesses in the area: Paccar will pay 1/2 of the tuition for classes that relate to your job. People are generally hard working and reasonably smart. Not too many duds. Also not a horrible place to maintain work/life balance.

    Paccar still offers a pension, which is pretty rare these days.

    Cons

    Now for the bad... The worst thing about working here is the pay scale. It's horribly inconsistent! Some people move up rather quickly, while others slog along and don't receive the compensation they deserve. It's not uncommon for a recent hire of 1-2 years to make more than someone who's been there much longer. The culture that is bred here also promotes keeping one's salary private, so these inconsistencies can go unnoticed by most. They claim to give promotions based on performance, but those who good employees who meet expectations can expect to get salary increases that don't keep up with inflation.

    If you are looking to move up the pay scale, expect to work lots of overtime with little/no extra compensation. Supervisors are expected to work long hours.

    Extremely conservative culture! Employees are expected to look the part, which means a white shirt and tie for males. Facial hair is severely frowned upon (except the standard mustache). Those who don't conform, don't stand much chance of moving up the ladder.

    Benefits:
    If you think your vacation benefits are safe here, think again. Senior management will occasionally mandate that employees take some vacation. One can only assume this is to rid the books of vacation liabilities to meet earnings goals, but it sure sucks to be forced to take vacation that you have been saving. The moral of the story? Paccar will do whatever is required to make money. The bottom line is more important than employee satisfaction. If you work here, expect to get sucker punched from time to time.

    Sick leave, paternity leave, and extended sick leave policies are also not as generous as other companies in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Correct salary inconsistencies and pay people the going industry standard! Employees leave this company in droves once they have gained enough experience to get a job somewhere else. Why not do everything in your power to keep good employees and secure the company's future by retaining expertise?

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