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PACCAR Reviews

Updated May 17, 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 32 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)

  • The dress code had no leniency for pregnancy, either (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great and job security is also fantastic! There is lots of room for movement within PACCAR as long as you have an undergraduate and/or graduate degree. The culture is also an 8am to 5pm culture which allows for a clear delineation between work and home life. Attention to detail is a major part of the culture which enables managers to be very knowledgeable of the business or team they may manage.

    Cons

    The culture is very business formal in dress so if a tie or business suit is not your thing then the PACCAR culture may not be right for you. If you are a male, you are expected to shave. Also, the company policy does not look favorably on working from home. Much of a manager's time is spent creating PowerPoint decks as opposed to managing their department.


  2. "Repair Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Repair Technician in West Point, MS
    Former Employee - Repair Technician in West Point, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Pay Rate, Benefits, Vacation, Safety Quality, Clean, Great Team Work, Reasonable Management, Training Opportunity, Promotions, Reasonable Hours, Friendly People

    Cons

    Uniforms, Overtime Options, Unconsistent Punishment, Maintenance Support, Unorganized, The Need For Property Equipment to work with, Machine Downtime, Management Response

    Advice to Management

    Respond to the team personnel with an appropriate time frame. Listen and adjust to the feedback of the shop floor workers. Don't have such a young representative with a closed mind and no experience handling situations. Provide proper training for HR personnel.


  3. "Good career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chillicothe, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chillicothe, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pay. Great hours. Enjoyed my job and most people there. Benefits are some of the best around as well.

    Cons

    During my time there, there weren't a lot of cons. There were some layoffs etc but that happened a lot of places besides there too.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the employees and their input. When I first started there, the employees came first. When I quit, the company was put first. When you treat the employees right, they will perform better than if they are treated poorly.


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  5. "Dynacraft Co-op"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Laid back and very easy

    Cons

    Lots of gossip, no real drive to succeed, poor professionalism. Lead engineers are unqualified and unintelligent

    Advice to Management

    Promote more qualified individuals and actually talk to the people you "manage"


  6. "Senior Design Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    work is fun, but depends on what you are doing

    Cons

    very conservative company, so that means pretty old school


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment with great leaders.

    Cons

    During close end year there's long working hours


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Behind the times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Procurement in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Procurement in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will learn a lot if you want to work hard. Nothing really positive other than meeting some really good people.

    Cons

    Corporate offices are a step out of the 1960's from the general treatment of employees to the good ol boy culture. Pay is unequal to work or position in the market and you will feel like you are back in high with strict dress code to attendance policies. Do yourself a favor, find another company!

    Advice to Management

    Get in touch with what the current market landscapes are for culture and company policies. Value employees that aren't just your over 6' white male management (with their annual 40-100% payout, while non management is lucky for 2% every 18 months). HR actually be a department that stands up for the employees not covers up or excuses horrible policies and behavior!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "No Work Life Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - awesome co-workers
    - work day goes by fast with hectic schedule

    Cons

    - old schedule management
    - no work life balance due to long working hours
    - monotony

    Advice to Management

    invest in people. do not treat them like a number on spreadsheet. promote work life balance to reduce stress for those who work long hours (accounting department).


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Succesful company, depressing place to work at"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great stability, if you like working here or need steady income, you can likely stay here forever without getting fired or laid off. And they have cool pension.

    - Working constantly with outdated system can actually make you look really fast and proficient when you move to other companies to use up to date systems.

    - Having to work in business attire everyday can make you look like a pro in front of friends when dressing up for weddings or mafia themed parties.

    Cons

    - Managers are like gods in this company, don't disagree with them, pretend to really like everything they are into.

    - Your out of work personality and lifestyle is judged here and will affect your career development within the company. Since employee personalities are so suppressed at work, there are a lot of unhealthy gossiping floating around.

    Very old school and boring work environment, strict work hours without project based flexibility or much option to work from home.

    Advice to Management

    Doesn't matter, don't think they check Glassdoor. If they do, doubt they care, company is still making profit despite high employee turnovers.


  11. "Stable and some interesting projects"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Kirkland, WA

    Pros

    PACCAR is a stable company and if you position yourself well you can work on some pretty interesting projects. The EPA continues to tighten emissions regulations and so the trucking industry is always re-designing engines systems to meet new regulations. Although it can be tedious this work is super stable, e.g. they can't sell trucks after certain dates unless they re-design for the regulations.

    Cons

    The culture is a bit dated. When I worked there telecommuting was not a realistic option as management seems more concerned with seat time than results. Also, engineering work can be largely dependent on a CAD system that is (or at least was) slow and subject to frequent crashes. This wasn't a huge deal but could be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Evolve a bit with the times since other companies in the Seattle area offer greater flexibility. Retain talent with better compensation and get rid of dead weight.


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