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PACCAR CEO Preston Feight
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Pros
  • "Good work life balance for employees(in 54 reviews)

  • "Stable company, well managed , good work environment(in 40 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Dress code requires blue suits and no facial hair(in 34 reviews)

  • "A slightly old school company culture which may not suit everyone(in 31 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Company stability

      Feb 9, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Stable company, well managed , good work environment

      Cons

      Growth, diversity, review process guidelines

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Old school culture

      Sep 2, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Stable company and pay check

      Cons

      Very old school. High pressure

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      BELIEVE THE REVIEWS. THEY ARE TRUE

      Jul 28, 2014 - Materials Management in Renton, WA
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      Pros

      Paccar is and will continue to be a stable company. If you are young in your career, it wouldn't be a bad place to get some good work experience. Work life balance for NON-managers is relatively good. The benefits are good. The senior management is good. My department manager was excellent. He was a good strategic thinker with vision for the department. He was a good person to be around.

      Cons

      The pay is far below what you could get for the same job somewhere else. The volume of work they expected was completely unreasonable. I typically worked at least 50 hours a week, and usually more. The amount of vacation is not negotiable, and really stunk when compared with the amount of work I had to get done. Delegating to my exempt employees was hampered by immense turn-over and an extended period of time where I wasn't allowed to fill open positions. The dress code is ridiculous. Your desk is not your own. It needs to be kept in a certain way the company defines as acceptable. It needs to look like nobody is working there and forget bringing in personal items. If you do have them, they need to be put away when the "Chairman" is going to be in the building. I could go on, but you get the general idea. The 'culture' is crazy and definitely not for everyone.

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      11 people found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      An Up and Down Career...

      Apr 13, 2017 - Production Analyst in Renton, WA
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      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.

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      11 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Pros

      PACCAR is a stable company, although the truck market is often cyclical. We are proud of the product that we produce. We also donate a fair amount to charityâ??s and educational institutions as a company. Tenure is long (although this can be good and bad).

      Cons

      Management is out of touch with the employee population and often hostile toward it. They rule by fear and often make decisions in a vacuum. The approval process is so convoluted and far reaching that by the time a decision is made the reason for it is lost in translation. â??Some things should be delegated to people how understand the decision their making. There is about zero employee communication and if you want/need to feel appreciated and part of a whole picture youâ??re not going to get it here. The company culture (especially at corporate) is stuffy and old (there is actually a restaurant on the top floor that only â??managementâ?? can go too...embarrassing. There is no such thing as flextime, compressed workweeks or telecommuting. The technology is horrible. You are not given the tools to produce the kind of work you would like too, or that management expects. Pay is not good even when the company was doing well. Benefits are mediocre at best.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Solution to problems: Throw more managers at the issue or hope that something else important comes up

      Jun 16, 2015 - Demand Planning Analyst in Renton, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Stable company, that rewards shareholders very well- dividends, return. If your willing to stay on for a long time you usually can wait around until they have to promote you. Pension, which isnt for much money but its better than a poke in the eye. Hr reviews this site regularly, so i will let them talk up the company.

      Cons

      Pay, though they beat the drum of how competitive the pay is, i guess so when comparing it to mcdonalds or taco bell. Pension, its not bad now but they dont factor in inflation so when i get 400 bucks a month when i retire in 30+ years, what am i gonna buy? Some bubble gum? Have issues retaining young people, the bureaucracy is well established and removes responsibility from lower level employees. To further this, management has created new management positions to reduce the worker to management ratio. Meaning less gets done but more people are managers. Managers can be classified into 2 categories, bullies and push overs. As a result you will either be miserable and overworked or bored and collecting a pay check, neither promotes new ideas and new managers have a habit of fixing what isnt broken, in the name of change. Thereby reducing efficiency.

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      13 people found this review helpful
    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      A below average company with an outdated mentality

      Aug 11, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
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      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.

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      18 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Unbelievably conservative, top-down management, employees live in fear

      Feb 20, 2014 - Senior Engineer 
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      Pros

      Paccar is a very financially stable company, and has made a profit every year for decades on end.

      Cons

      Extremely top-down management, a CEO who all employees literally live in fear of (including top management under him), mediocre pay, horrendously old-school policies and culture. For example, this week at Kenworth (where I work, a division of Paccar), a no-facial-hair policy was suddenly enacted- employees with facial hair were told on Wednesday upon arrival at work that they had until 9 am to go home and shave, or not come back (take vacation or leave without pay). Despite people at every level of Kenworth management and HR stating that they knew this would cost them valuable employees and employee morale, they all felt their hands were tied since the decision had come from Mark Piggot due to his personal dislike of facial hair. Many employees were affected by this, including two who were within 2 weeks of retirement after 40+ years with the company. Paccar values money over all else, and finds myriad ways to demonstrate how completely valueless individual employees are to them. You're just a number, and you can be replaced. As long as they make a profit, that's all that matters- and that comes often at the expense of project budgets, raises, perks, training, etc.

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      12 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Former Employee

      A stable, traditional company

      Jan 28, 2013 - Project Engineer in Kirkland, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Strong middle management. Business decisions are well thought out and design studies are based on fundamental engineering principles. Managerial promotions are attainable if you put forth the effort. Great job security as company is very stable. Company encourages and supports internal transfers locally and globally.

      Cons

      The company desires to become more innovative but has difficulty changing the conservative culture. Real advancements in technology rarely make it past the prototype stage. Little standardization of processes and lack of proper training. Some policies and processes are outdated.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      A Corporate Culture based on Fear

      Dec 7, 2009 -  in Renton, WA
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      Pros

      PACCAR is a solid, stable company with many, many years of profits. Senior Management drives the need to preserve shareholder equity to all levels of the corporation. That is our primary purpose in life ... to make a profit.

      Cons

      The economic downturn and tightening of the corporate belt has caused technology to stale; it will cost a fortune to get back up-to-speed. The tightening of the corporate belt has not set well with many technology professionsals; it will result in a huge loss of resources when the markets open up again. Very conservative company - very slow to make decisions - decisions are questioned all along the path ... aging workforce (probably because they're the only ones with the fortitude to navigate the corporate culture).

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