Caterpillar Reviews

Updated February 12, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Ready to leave Caterpillar!

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Been here for a few years, the good times are behind it. The compensation is fair but definitely not over the top.

    Cons

    You will get stuck in a job. CAT is a "global" company but if you wind up in Peoria IL you will not be leaving. Minimal jobs with travel opportunities. Internal job board is a mess, jobs open nobody responds and you sit and wait for months.

    Too much management, too much red tape. CAT really is finding new and creative ways to screw itself over in the long haul in order to achieve quarterly results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the 21st century. You are behind other companies in your field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. CNC operator Joliet Il

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    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Joliet, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Pros great pay, coworkers are great, union shop people stand with union, training is great when its offered and room for advancement.

    Cons

    LAYOFFS &STRIKES!!!! Some of the management really don't value employees, get the sense you are easily replaceable to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better budgeting to stop over for casting , which would stop layoffs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Going Downhill

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, 6Sigma, some sability

    Cons

    Culture, Politics, No advancement, Old boys club,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not resist change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Just so so

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    The work environment is flexible.

    Cons

    A Compensation is getting worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Company culture much left to be desired

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good starting salary (aim to beat out 75% of companies), incoming class in Leadership and Technical Development Program is big and leads to good friendships

    Cons

    Many. People expect you to put job over everything, 40-hour work week is bare minimum, organization leaves much to be desired, the level of bureaucracy is astounding, orientation is way too long and boring, management puts shareholders above employees (want highest possible share price...do this by cutting increase in salary in lateral transitions and promotions)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put employees before shareholders. Company should front costs of putting employees through LTDP and then at the end, manager of the rotation that best fits new employee takes cost of training employee out of their budget. Currently, managers who have never spoken with the employees hire...this has resulted in several of my colleagues leaving the company because they are dissatisfied with their permanent position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. It was frustrating, no team atmosphere and you are constantly looking over your shoulder.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Material Specialist in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Material Specialist in Decatur, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I loved my job and making my co-workers become involved as a team

    Cons

    While I contributed to a teamwork atmosphere, it was highly frowned on by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Caterpillar needs to have a more team based atmosphere. We are all here to do a job, let's work together. Management and employees need to be on the same page.

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

    Don't expect to a promotion unless you suck at your job

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    It is not Enron

    Cons

    Only the poor performing get promotions and that is to get them out of your group; which means your team is now down a person (even the poor performing get some work done).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the people that you give high rating to during the review period and give them promotions and allow them to transfer to other jobs. You tell us constantly that you want to help build our careers, yet you block those that want to move on if they do a good job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Good pay, but probably not worth it

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Morton, IL
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Morton, IL

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

    Pros

    Very competitive compensation package. Flexible work schedule (no clock watchers either), not many micro-managers. Good opportunity to gain experience and exposure to working for a very large organization and large projects. Great place to start a career for a few years and go somewhere else.

    Cons

    Very large cumbersome processes that add no value to the business. Do not bother trying to improve processes unless you are in the right clique. Your ideas will go no where. While it may seem like everyone has a voice here and can make decisions independently, most decisions have already been made at a higher level and your effort and participation are usually wasted. Most managers and supervisors have no idea what kind of work their employees are working on. I am not even sure what managers do here. This is also not a real IT environment. If you like technical work, there is not much. It is mostly process related.

    The culture here also does not promote learning or career development. Be prepared to do the same type of work for at least 3-5 years, despite what you have heard from any college recruiters. Any training or job moves will be denied unless you know the right people.

    This has also been a very unfriendly environment from Day 1. Prepare to get the cold shoulder if you don't get into the right cliques. Some of the upper management also seems kind of elitist and typically not visible.

    The location is also dreadful. Nothing to do: nightlife, culture, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the work your employees do and provide them with the tool and training to excel at it. Provide on-boarding to new employees and promote job rotation and career development and help all employees understand the business that we operate. Also, have the foresight to take action when you are accountable for multiple projects that have the same goal and eliminate waste. Just don't create projects to give people work to do. Ensure that everyone has work that can impact the business in a quantifiable and positive manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Really depends on location

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to incorporate new technologies into design. Worldwide travel.

    Cons

    Leadership is poor and decisions are very short sighted based on manufacturing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to improve the culture in the big three. Do more to understand who is providing value.

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

    Mechanical Engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay. Hope that is enough for you.

    Cons

    Senior management are borderline criminal. Exploiting employees and favoritism for promotions is common here. They'll work you to the bone if you let them. Waaaaay to many employees near retirement that have basically given up and just show up to get a pay check. Unfortunately these are also many of the mid-level managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking about how many more millions you need to get each year. You're riding on borrowed time and the quality of your employees is trending away as a result of your treatment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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