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PACCAR Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Getting to work on state of the art trucks is great and there is a great work life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • Good work life balance and very strong stable company (in 34 reviews)

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

  • Old fashioned, male dominant, strict dress code (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "If you are not willing to work hard, this is Company is not a good fit for you."

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

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time

    Pros

    You will definitely learn and get involved in projects that will open new opportunities.

    Cons

    Culture is very conservative and their salaries are low.

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible and fair with salaries, PACCAR is losing talent due this issue.


  2. "Benefits to working at PACCAR"

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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

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement, pension, travel, job security

    Cons

    Difficult on job training, communication with senior management

  3. "Learn as you go."

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    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/Life schedule, flexibilty/mobility , gym on 2nd floor, Pension (only w/5 yrs. of service)

    Cons

    No training, learn on your own, management doesn't know much, doesn't follow up and leave task unaccountable.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the job, follow up and be a manager!


  4. "Human Resource Development Manager"

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    Former Employee - Human Resource Development Manager in Columbus, MS
    Former Employee - Human Resource Development Manager in Columbus, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong company fiscally. Managing headcount closely monitored. Strong name brand recognition of their products.

    Cons

    Not a lot of upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Develop career paths


  5. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time

    Pros

    Benefit program, work&life balance, Lots of nice people to work with

    Cons

    Management, management, management, management, micromanagement

    Advice to Management

    A Big Ego and One-Way Communication are signs of poor management. Managers who have fallen into the trap of favoritism will demoralize employees .


  6. "Nice Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA

    I worked at PACCAR (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, feel empowered in your role.

    Cons

    Without lots of PACCAR experience, you will not advance


  7. "A below average company with an outdated mentality"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pension and 401k, very stable company. It's a good place to gain experience, then move on.

    Cons

    PACCAR is an extremely conservative company with very outdated company values and culture. At corporate, the old school mentality is VERY prominent. Executives have their own dining on the top floor while all other employees must eat at the cafeteria in the windowless basement. Professional attire 5 days a week, business casual days are a joke- They happen a few days out of the year, they are not announced, and it basically only means you do not need to wear a blazer/tie. Vacation policy, especially for new hires, is not competitive. Medical plan benefits are on the pricier side in comparison to other companies. Basic perks like coffee and ORCA Card are not provided. Getting new equipment is extremely tough, you basically have to wait until your computer/screens die. Salaries are very low and below average.

    Advice to Management

    Start investing in your employees, start getting competitive with your salaries and benefits besides health/retirement or else you will not be able to hire and retain talent. It's time to take a step back and realize that your practices are outdated and if you want to compete for talented employees in the Seattle area that will keep your business thriving, you will need to make some real changes. You're competing with Top Fortune 500 employers in the area that are offering a lot more for their employees.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "The Grind"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Paycheck arrives on time. Learn a lot about how to do more with less. Exposure working globally. Generally nice people in the trenches.

    Cons

    Fear of senior management. Incompetent leadership in IT that plays favorites/politics to the detriment of employees. Lack of investment in people and technology. Many employees "retired in place" getting their 3% every 18 months.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management at PACCAR should value their employees and treat them with respect. But after being in business for a 100 years this old dog can't learn new tricks.


  9. "Paccar IT - overall good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA

    I worked at PACCAR (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people, for the most part. Security. Decent pay and benefits including a pension. Great work life balance. Management track (for IT) includes rotation to different cities including Europe and Asia. Definite room to grow and move-up.

    Cons

    Traditional corporate culture, business attire every day. Low performers are not weeded out or held accountable. Management can vary a lot in experience and style.


  10. "No in"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice colleagues. Stable company with a global presence. You won't get fired. Employees only work 8-5. You get to park for free at Bellevue Square.

    Cons

    What has been written critically before on Glassdoor is right on! White man's world. Old technology. Organizational culture is stuck in 1970's. The corporate building on the outside reflects the inside. There are many layers of hierarchy that create barriers to communication. Paccar has a very ingrained culture of fear and submission. Change is a four letter word. I wish I could have continued my career here, but life is too short.

    Advice to Management

    Be bold. Embrace change. Invest in your employees.


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