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PACCAR Reviews

Updated June 21, 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 36 reviews)

  • Good work life balance and very strong stable company (in 32 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. Helpful (3)

    "Best of both worlds, location and fulfilling work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Vernon, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Vernon, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Technical Center is filled with capable people who are happy to share their knowledge with you. If you enjoy engineering, testing, and product development this is the place for you. There are not many jobs in this area that offer this type of employment which is why some employees drive over 100 miles daily. We are constantly expanding and have a great culture. There are many team building opportunities in and out of work.

    Cons

    The company is "old school" in many ways. Employees at corporate are required to wear suits etc. It seems everyone is petrified of senior management, ridiculous measures are taken when they visit which and everyone is expected to pretty much hide. At previous companies, you were encouraged to engage senior management and there was always a Q and A. Some of the software and processes are very antiquated. A look at the internal websites etc will remind you how old school the company is.

    Advice to Management

    Change the perspective of employees toward you. Senior management is feared where in my experienced it's better to be respected and have an inclusive feel than the isolation and fear that seems to be imposed.


  2. Helpful (19)

    "North Korea of corporations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inventory Analyst in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Inventory Analyst in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I can't think of any....trying to think of something to fill this section with 20 word minimum requirement. Oh yeah they renovated bathrooms at parts division but failed to add more fans, causing the entire place to smell like turd.

    Cons

    1. Dress code: suit and tie required but they don't pay decent salary to cover your dry cleaning cost.

    2. Recent shareholder meeting: they did it again! Men with facial hair were forced to shave because hairless faces will boost investor's confidence??!? WTF?

    3. Incompetent management: most managers spend their time day dreaming in meetings or preparing blue color/themed power point presentations. Their inability to MANAGE work/employees creates HIGH turnover. And of course these people hold on to their jobs or even promoted because accountability is non-existent. 20+ people have left the company in the last year...believe that.

    4. Lousy 2% chairmans gift (they don't call it an annual bonus): HR and your manager mandate you sign a thank you card to the chairman for his gracious "gift". If this sounds normal to you, I urge you to move to North Korea.

    5. Paccar is so distant from their competitors (3rd in market share, dominated by Daimler Trucks) driving Mercedes automobile will limit your career here. Very comical logic here. Think about other auto manufactures that also makes trucks i.e. Toyota, Volvo, Ford, Mitsubishi. Does this mean you need to skateboard to work?

    Advice to Management

    Do you really care?

  3. Helpful (4)

    "An Up and Down Career..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Analyst in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Production Analyst in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PACCAR full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    PACCAR is a stable company...decent benefits and retirement plans. Lots of opportunities to move into several divisions and develop a pretty decent work history that can be as diverse or specialized as you want it to be.

    Cons

    Salaries are below average for industry if you aren't a manager. But to earn the big bucks, you will have to jump through a lot of hoops and follow some Draconian rules. Big idea thinking or outside the box thinking is not really encouraged or if an idea is voiced, you need to be wary of opportunistic co-workers who will try and take credit for it. And once you reach a certain age, you will be stuck with no way out other than being down-sized or if you get lucky, can retire. It's not experience they want, it's getting people at half the age and half the salary. They make no effort to allow these people to be trained and mistakes that could have been avoided occur.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your more experienced folks the treasure they are...allow for more forward thinking within PACCAR instead of just on products for customers. Spend the money for the infrastructure on outdated manufacturing systems and technology within the company. Ease up on the strict dress code and facial hair...we are living in the 21st century and PACCAR is way behind the times in the way the treat their employees.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Old School - HR is administrative at best"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Hour lunch breaks the norm

    Cons

    Pay
    Dress code
    Leadership is primarily all white males
    HR is administrative - not a strategic partner
    Executive lunch room


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging future"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Vernon, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Vernon, WA

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Full of great people who create and develop great products

    Cons

    Management has room to grow

    Advice to Management

    Planning does help....


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Parts"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance. More con's than pro's. Not sure if I see anything positive to write.

    Cons

    Low pay
    90% employees are white
    No room for growth
    Management play favorites
    Too much politics
    White people favored over colored people
    Mentally abusive employees that have been at the company for too long
    Always dress up, have to be shaved

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone equally, don't just take sides. Respect all your employees don't isolate them. Stop putting fear in employees, let them grow.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Horrible and Depressing Company To Work For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Coworkers were great to work with.

    Cons

    -Salary is below average.
    -No advancement opportunities.
    -Work environment feels like being in a cult and disagreeing gets you branded as a disbeliever/outcast.
    -Job was monotonous and was not challenging.

    I could go on but other reviews of Paccar can paint a better picture. The best day that I had at Paccar happened to be the last day that I worked there. There are better places to work for than Paccar and this place needs to avoided like the plague.

    Advice to Management

    Doesn't matter since they do not listen to begin with.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Are you a white male? No? RUN."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PACCAR full-time

    Pros

    I work at the Corporate HQ in downtown Bellevue. I'd say the biggest pro is the free parking. If you stay long enough, the pension plan is top-notch and they offer decent other long-term benefits. They also encourage movement within the divisions, so if you like the company as a whole, you can continue to reinvent yourself within the same organization. The CON of this is that they continue to hire employees in director roles that are unqualified for their position. It is perfectly normal to see a directors move from engineering, to marketing, to operations...they see nothing wrong with that.

    Cons

    The biggest con at PACCAR is the blatant sexism. Recently, the company started diversity councils within each separate division. My council leader is -- you guessed it -- a white man. If you are a white man with at least a basic level of competency, this is the company for you! You will thrive here. If you're not, don't even bother. You'll work three times as hard and be better at your job for less money, fewer opportunities, and little respect. This is top-down problem with the senior management at PACCAR, so it's unlikely to change anytime soon. The culture is the most backward I've ever seen. Senior management is known for throwing coats on women and firing people on the spot. Each floor is dead silent with zero chatter. All employees must wear suits (prefer navy or black), have modest haircuts, shoes that don't click too loud, and no facial hair.

    Advice to Management

    Take a serious approach to improving the culture. Stop pretending that nothing is wrong.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible managers. They put people in positions by who they want, not what they know."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - General in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hours and flexibility. They work with your schedule when you need it. However they look down on you when you are sick.

    Cons

    Managers are very stupid with little to no experience. A lot of favoritism and your ideas and opinions don't matter.

    Advice to Management

    Allow people with experience to become successful


  10. "Awesome Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Denton, TX
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Denton, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PACCAR (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay. Great People. High Morale!

    Cons

    Not huge on training - they hire other peoples well trained HR Assets lol


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