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PACCAR Reviews

Updated February 14, 2018
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PACCAR CEO Ronald E. Armstrong
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Pros
  • Work life balance is good and management is hands off most of time (in 37 reviews)

  • Stable company, job security is a plus (in 36 reviews)

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

  • Strict dress code, outdated technology (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Profitable company with long record of achievement and conservative values.

    Cons

    Speed of change and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Trust employees to champion change and take intelligent risks


  2. "District Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PACCAR full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stock matching up to 6%. Great stock performance. Strong company and Great products. Best in class.

    Cons

    Management very demanding. Expect to work well beyond 5pm. Extensive travel. No company car.

  3. "engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time

    Pros

    friendly atmosphere with helping employers

    Cons

    less practical, more average work


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    PACCAR provides great benefits for their employees. The vacation rate has recently been updated in order to compete with other companies. PACCAR is one of few companies to still offer a pension as well as match 401K contributions.

    Cons

    When senior management stop in at a division, the divisional leadership scramble to make sure coffee pots are put away, desks are clean, and everything looks crisp.


  5. "Time for new blood on the managment team."

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

    I worked at PACCAR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not everyone is a back-stabber, some peers are really nice.
    You get a pension if you stick around long enough.
    You MIGHT get a 2% raise every 18 months.

    Cons

    Pay is LOW
    All computer equipment is sub-standard.
    Must be a brown-noser to succeed
    Health insurance is worse every year

    Advice to Management

    Fire your old time good old boys and hire people who care about those who are making your company money. Drop incentive plans for management. LISTEN to people who talk to you about problems in the organization.


  6. "Senior Financial Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Like my coworkers in my department or company

    Cons

    the preference of company management seems more important than the abilities


  7. "Mismanagement"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay for what I do for a living

    Cons

    Severely underpaid for the amount of work I do

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on employee morale

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Drink the koolaide"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time

    Pros

    401(k) 5% match with no vetting period
    Fully paid pension
    Competitive pay
    If you just show up and drink the PACCAR koolaide (follow policies, make your PAR look really good, etc) you'll succeed without issues.

    Cons

    It's a job at a large company. There's always going to be some people you don't get along with or policies that you don't like.


  9. "HR Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time

    Pros

    Great work style and great pay

    Cons

    Gets repetitive, it'll get boring eventually


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Like High School with Money"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Defined Pension Plan

    Cons

    Working at Paccar Parts is like reliving high school except it's a job. You are either part of the "cool kids club" and with membership receive lavish public attention in all employee meetings, raises, bonuses, perks etc..., or you are literally cast out into the street. Managers will make statements to you in front of others like "You are part of the family" but act in a more hostile and childish manner towards you in private. The hard truth is that members of the management team at Paccar Parts really don't like one another or work well together. It's a safe assumption based on observation that managers including members of the SLT do not want to work for Paccar Parts but they are too vested in service time or too scared to jump ship and work somewhere else. Instead, they look for someone (preferably a new hire) to pass on blame as to why their division/work group is not performing. Management rolls out the red carpet for interns by giving them unlimited access to company parties, Mariner games and access to site leadership such as one on one meetings with the division president and directors. Regular Full Time Employees who are actually hired to do a specific job and hit payroll, not so much.
    Employees with seniority are basically allowed to do whatever they want (poor attendance, poor attitude, poor work performance, etc..) but new hires are told without provocation that they are lucky to be here and to sit down and shut up.
    There is no room for new ideas, different concepts or incorporating best practices from other companies or industries. You do as you are told, or else.. because as my former manager told me "I could have hired someone else for your role here."

    Advice to Management

    Stop the favoritism and curb the childish and narcissistic behavior and start acting like an employer of choice for talent.


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