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PACCAR Reviews

Updated August 3, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good compensation & benefits (including pension and 401K), work-life balance" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Stable company with good growth perspectives" (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • "At times, work life balance was a challenge" (in 23 reviews)

  • "Very professional dress code for an internship" (in 32 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Change is good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Renton, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    PACCAR Parts has done a major culture change in recent years. The newly formed Diversity Council has done fantastic job by hosting language days, pride parade event, volunteering events and food trucks come on site to spice up the food offerings. Management is really engaged in employee well being and has done multiple changes based on employee survey responses. The culture is changing and there is a lot of opportunity for growth. If people choose not to advance or grow they should stop blaming the management. There is opportunity to travel, learn more about data analysis and be a part of a team based environment. All new employees get to meet PACCAR Parts upper management 1:1. Some remodels and furniture updates have made great impact on overall culture and environment. Great 401k, pension and also vacation policy has improved in the last year. Recently more casual dress, but know when to wear your suit.

    Cons

    Allow working from home from time to time. PACCAR ITD allows more flexible schedule due to business model.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing because the employees see the change. Music in Cafeteria has been another great addition!


  2. "Favoritism at its Finest"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Ability to learn how to analyze data

    Cons

    -Horrible leadership and management
    -Unequal pay based on race and sex of the person
    -Will not progress in the company unless you are a brown noser or know someone high up in the company
    -If you are a hard worker, they will overload you with work and stress you out while your peers sit around on their phone or socialize majority of the day
    -Managers don't develop the people they oversee, everyone is just going through the motions
    -Company is very old school and conservative, no flexibility or comfortability
    -Rumors, gossip, and bashing is rampant like wildfire
    -Management and leadership plan your whole career out for you without your input, so expect to be career blocked when applying for other positions within the company

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to stop trying to control every person's career movement or shift. You need to value your employees and recognize hard workers, and just say thank you. A lot of the managers I encountered were more focused on progressing their own career that they didn't even vouch or talk about the accomplishments their subordinates were doing to leadership.
    Of course they will probably read this and deny everything that is said on here, but what you really need to do is reflect on these issues because these are the reasons why so many people are leaving your company. No reason I should be able to count over 25 people that have left one department within the last year and half when it is only made up of 60 people.

  3. "Good stable company with growth opportunities - Don't be Scared by Negative Reviews!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good compensation & benefits (including pension and 401K), work-life balance. Historically family owned company that is focused on providing steady, solid financial performance. Don't let historical bad reviews scare you away. I've been at Paccar for about a year, and have been pleasantly surprised. The people (at all levels) are focused on improving processes and the company overall. Opportunity to grow/move if you want to, and are willing to work hard. Much has been said about the downside of the culture, and the fact that employees are expected to dress professionally. I take that as pro - PACCAR sells a premium product, and wants employees to display a professional, premium look as well. That's not a bad thing. The expectations aren't that different than if you worked for a bank, consulting firm, professional accounting firm, etc. Employees are empowered to make process improvements, and are rewarded for doing so. On-site (free) workout resources, including indoor basketball/volleyball/tennis court and walking track.

    Cons

    Cafeteria could be vastly improved, but with downtown Bellevue location, there are lots of other options. As a fiscally conservative company, upgrades to non-product technology sometimes seem to lag behind the times (lots of paper processes). Leadership is aware of this, and is taking steps to address these issues.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Easy to shine here"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Mount Vernon, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mount Vernon, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good, 5% match on 401K, immediately vested, plus a pension. Medical and dental are ok cost wise. It is nice that PACCAR offers so many (5) medical plans.

    It's easy to standout here, there are some groups that are lacking in motivation/skills so if you are a hard worker and care about improving things you will be standout

    Cons

    Some groups are dragging by day to day working with these groups is like pulling teeth. You will end up spending the majority of your time working through road blocks with these groups and often doing their job for them. If their work is upstream of yours you can expect your schedule to compress to allow them to complete their work, while your own work gets tighter and tighter

    Advice to Management

    360 reviews, we've asked for these for at least 5 years. It will really benefit the organization and eliminate the fat. Lets recognize our hard workers and help those that are below average.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    5 year pension if you are willing to stick around

    Cons

    Salary is low compared to other companies . Some employees get up to 10k less than others for doing the same job ! Cafeteria is in the basement while top management get to eat on their private restaurant on the top of the building. Everything is old school, men wear suits, business casual Friday's like 5 times per year and you can’t even wear jeans . Raises are about 3 percent every year unless you can switch positions you will get a higher percentage . If you are Accountant here expect to work lots of overtime and you won’t get pay for it . It should takes 2 months for them to fill an open position, and usually there are a lot of open positions since Accountants here won’t stick around for very long.

    Advice to Management

    look at the turnover , there is a reason why everyone is so unhappy here


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Design Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time

    Pros

    Pension, employee development, opportunity for growth, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Dress code, employee culture, lower salaries than regional average.

    Advice to Management

    Relax dress code and employee culture, have more company sponsored events, and increase salaries to reflect regional averages.


  7. "Solid"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity was limited, good program as a whole good pay

    Cons

    slow moving, not a ton of opportunity

  8. "Field Sales Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, growth opportunities, people, pension. Etc

    Cons

    Flex time working from home


  9. "Data analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time

    Pros

    Good coworkers and managers
    Decent environment

    Cons

    bad management
    long distance from Seattle area


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Solid place to work"

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    Current Employee - Running Business Engineer in Mount Vernon, WA
    Current Employee - Running Business Engineer in Mount Vernon, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of benefits, opportunity, a good place to start your career. A constant growing and expanding company with many opportunities.

    Cons

    Parking sucks in Mt. Vernon location. 1970's style dress and work culture. Conservative.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and your team. Get with the times as well. No need to be so conservative.


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