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PACCAR Reviews

Updated November 12, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good compensation & benefits (including pension and 401K), work-life balance" (in 44 reviews)

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

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

  • "Difficult on job training, communication with senior management" (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time

    Pros

    People are amazing and awesome to work with.

    Cons

    Salary could be better than others and management decisions.


  2. "Great place to start your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are very kind and flexible, provide many opportunities to meet managers/supervisors from various departments

    Cons

    culture is quite conservative, must dress business casual

  3. "The position is easy once you get your hands dirty."

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    Current Employee - Distribution Associate in Columbia, PA
    Current Employee - Distribution Associate in Columbia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pension, work life balance, mid pressure (depending on age- your not moving as fast as when you were younger) Pay, with biannual increase up to $25.40 /hr

    Cons

    At the moment only 4 employees are allowed off during any given day. Some employees that have been around longer can plan in advance making it harder for new hires to get popular dates off.


  4. "High school drama and nasty cliques"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Getting hands-on experience with product.

    Cons

    There is a huge divide among plant floor employees and office employees. More so because office positions typically all need a college degree, causing opportunities for advancement to be minimum. Negative attitudes and resentment are plentiful. What’s more is that upper management actually takes stabs at employees behind clothes doors.

    The worst experience had to be when my counter part and new boss that had been in a previous position with the company sucked onto one another and became best friends that would talk trash behind people’s backs, throw people under the bus, and pat themselves on the back for accolades they did not achieve or were not worthy of. They continued building one another up while pushing others down. They created a sour work environment that was felt among the entire team and ended up driving employees away from the company.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to internal friendships and how they impact others. Don’t be apart of, or allow this behavior to flourish. If somebody is appearing to be a bully, listen to the employees and reach out.


  5. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time

    Pros

    Some of the projects are really cool. Get to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Slow moving. Rarely get promoted. Promotions based on who you know.


  6. "Good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Pay is fine for the area.

    Cons

    Pay should be better to compete with Seattle
    Work is not challenging
    Unorganized project management


  7. Helpful (4)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Change is good"

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    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!


  9. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  10. 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.


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