Caterpillar Reviews

Updated November 2, 2014
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  1. Short lived. Lay offs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Welder in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Welder in Aurora, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Forty hour work week, full time, good benefits, over time pay, union, over time, chances to bid on other jobs

    Cons

    Terrible union contract, management all young guys with no experience but education, lay offs, decrease in pay, low pay job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work the floor before management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Old Boys Club

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Joliet, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They overpay, benefits not terrible.

    Cons

    You will work with a lot of idiots who think a professional certification absolves them of having to produce quality work the first time. You will be surrounded by men everywhere you go, most of them with large egos and lazy work ethics. Bright, intelligent women are looked over for those who either look nice or don't truly speak their mind. You have to play "the game" to get anywhere you can make a difference, and nobody really makes a personal difference in their employee's lives because it is all about the bottom line. Whatever it takes to churn out a quarterly profit even if we are constantly mortgaging our future. CAT comes first, your life comes second and they do not at all practice what they preach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Desperately need to promote women and not make them feel like they are lucky to have what they have or promote them just to meet a quota.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    "THE WALMART OF THE INDUSTRY"!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Contract Design Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Former Contractor - Contract Design Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    used to be a good place for a life long career !, no longer true!

    Cons

    LOW LOW LOW PAY, does not care about employees at all, layoffs layoffs layoffs,
    sending jobs to low paying states, cutting contracted pay and offering NO benefits.
    company has a love affair with foreign workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reverse the direction the company has taken the last few years immediately !!!!, I worked within caterpillar as a contracted design engineer for over 18 years, the company is taking itself down hill fast!, the engineering wages hadn't changed in over 15 years, but not cat has lowered their engineering staffing wages to the lowest of their own industry, they have become the walmart of the heavy equipment industry, meaning people don't want to work their because of the low wages, and those that do want to leave !!!......generations of families no longer consider caterpillar as a good place to work, "the best part time job you'll ever have", massive layoffs, production workers beat up so they'll take $10-12 dollars an hour, I've personally seen suppliers beat up over their part charges to where they only make nickels on their products, now cat turned towards the contracted engineering staffing slicing their pay rates in 2013 by 1/3 of their previous wage which was the same for over 15 years, and NO benefits at all !!...they should be ashamed of themselves !!!!, any engineering personal will do much better at any of their competitors for sure, the offer people right out of college the lowest they can possibly pay them......go elsewhere, go out of state, cat is the big yellow bully on the playground that will beat up their own employees and pay you less and less after each time they lay you off !!!.......they have absolutely no value on their employees from production all the way up to engineering supervisors.......

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Too big for its own good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Appropriations in Morton, IL
    Current Employee - Appropriations in Morton, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Unfortunately, there are none. They try to buy people but that really isn't a pro because they think they own you like a slave. You will have to be 24/7 caterpillar - better have that iPad on at 3 am in case some da needs something.

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance. Lots of needless management positions and people who get paid 6 figures to do nothing but have meetings. If you are actually a hard worker you will find your day prioritized for you as everything is urgent. There is no personal accountability. The facilities are generally terrible work environments with few, if any amenities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a real IT department, cut the fat in middle management positions, stop acting like the small issues are the most urgent, stop forecasting constantly and try to understand the current reality better, stop trying to do anything possible to move jobs overseas, and start recognizing the people who do thankless work. If you are a contract employee at this company they will expect the same out of you as an actual employee while paying you next to nothing and pretending to be interested in hiring you to string you along until they use you up. Do not work contract you will always have a better option and only 5-10% ever get hired on so don't let them string you along.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    bad place to work with too much overlapping responsibilities between engineers of product division & technology division

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - excellent salary and benefits
    - reasonable work load that normally does not require overtime work

    Cons

    - too much overlapping responsibilities between engineers of product division & engineers of technology division who work on same projects
    - bad politics among different engineering groups/managers fighting for budget and design controls
    - lack of independent project management organization/people results in poorly managed projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    They don't care for thee people that actual make them profitable. The men & women on the factory floor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - 4m90 in Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - 4m90 in Joliet, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    none to speak of because they don't foster a place to work together and build a good company. just how to abuse the workers.

    Cons

    Too many to list. they interrupt a binding labor contract any way they want to screw the employee the hardest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start taking care of the person on the factory floor it used to be a good place to work. when start looking at the bottom line and not who and how you got there, then all is lost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    great company bad management

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    people who talk more get appreciated

    Cons

    people who really work and fix issues are not

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve focus on employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    Insecure, and bumbling 19th century nostalgic thinking senior and middle management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Planning Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Planning Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Caterpillar has a lot of opportunity but it is stuck in its philosophy of the 19/20th century thinking in its practices "Touting" industry leading standards which looks good on the outside to those external to the company but ran like a small business. Positions of responsibility are rewarded to "Yes" people who do not have the integrity nor fortitude to do what is right claiming "Values in Action" and the only thing they have going is tenure, a "Good-ole" guy or gal looking out for them and Black belt rating which is as good as kickstand for a cycle with no wheels.

    Cons

    Leadership tout the catchphrases of "Values, Integrity, Teamwork, Honor" as these things fill the halls on posters and boards but they don't practice it. If you are a ambitious, professional mid-careerist who came to the company looking to extend your career you are absolutely wasting your time. It is either the "CAT" way or you are viewed as a non-conformist not aligning yourself to their practices. It is degrading to see those who are the supposed tenured "Experts" tout their experience while living in nostalgia. I resigned after realizing that I am wasting my talent here only to receive various offers to do the same things from more "Forward" thinking organizations with with less headaches. Promotions are not about what you have done but more aligned to who you know and as long as you "Tow" the line, create nice Excel Pivot table or an occasional Power point, stay in our cube and not a threat to your boss you will be advanced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't "Practice" what you preach and it is becoming quite obvious with talented people not wasting their time with the organization. Also, not everyone wants to relocate their families to at best a "Lack-luster" city like Peoria when afterwards they are spending 90% of the time traveling being away from their family. It is a travesty when many can remain right where they are and work from their previous residence and travel for the company since they are doing the same thing living in a dump like Peoria.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Most Anti-Immigrant company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, laziness, talk your way to get promoted.

    Cons

    Most anti-immigrant company. Old-white boys company. Boasts about diversity etc, but thats all fake. If you are an immigrant you cannot even apply for internal jobs in different business unit. There is clause even on internal job site saying that if you need sponsorship donot apply. Why to put such clause even for internal moves...Are you not Cat employee first???..One end the CEO is going to washington to talk about immigration reform and his own company is the most anti-immigration company ever. No company would put clause of no sponsorship for internal moves.
    The immigration attorney and his team is the worst every attorney.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none..keep up the good work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    It started out great then went down hill.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Joliet, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are no good reasons to work at Caterpillar anymore.

    Cons

    It was a challenge to go to work every day. Things were not good. We were watched by salaried employees constantly. We wouldn't dare to stop working for fear of being discharged. They took our future away from us. No raises for 6 years, no pension, now there is only 401K. They downgraded as many opeople as they could then laid a bunch of them off. Everyone wishes they could work some where else, but don't want to give up their tenure. They also took the Bidding for jobs away from us. Instead they just appointed people to positions.The moral of the employees in the shop is at an all time low. They want the middle class to go away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make your employees feel like they mean something to the company, other then a body.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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