Caterpillar Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman
Douglas R. Oberhelman
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Pros
  • Excellent focus on work life balance (in 66 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits like nowhere else if your in management or salary (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Work timings ensure poor work/life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Upper Management moves around alot (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Out of control

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, pay for management employees, culture

    Cons

    More bad leaders are being promoted than good ones. Singular vision to cut costs at employee expense while executives vote in their pay raises.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the insanity before you destroy the company.


  2. Was a great place but declining quickly

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

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ranked #54 on Fortune magazine's 500 list. The brand still has value and Cat still has a large domestic manufacturing footprint where you can gain experience that lasts a lifetime. As an engineer you'll learn technical leadership skills.

    Cons

    The leadership prizes shareholders above anything else, including benefits, safety, environment, or long term sustainability. In a word, they are "short sighted"... Well that's two words but you get the idea: only this year's revenue matters. When the market recovers, and it always does, Cat will be in disarray and their competitors will seize the opportunity to cut their market share which will drive even more fanatical, short sighted cost cutting and dig a deeper hole. Sadly, when you're at the top the only way to go is down sometimes and that is the case here. Starting a career at Cat in such a time is just asking for long hours and rewards that decrease every year.

    Advice to Management

    Revenue is sales minus costs, if you put half the effort into getting new sales as you do into cutting costs, you would already be a $100 billion company. Supplement your LEAN/6-sigma strategy with innovation and watch your business grow. Also, don't cut benefits every other year because it undermines the relationship between you and the engineers that are ultimately responsible for growing your market share.


  3. Helpful (2)

    We need to look in the mirror...hard

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Analyst in Peoria, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are much better than almost anything you can find out there. There's always more work to be done

    Cons

    Workplace competition is high to a debilitating level Management doesn't value outside knowledge Very easy to fall victim to the toxic work environment

    Advice to Management

    While it's nice to drop the dress code and become more like Google, we must remember that our products generate income for decades. Google on the other hand needs to always be looking for the next best thing. Don't forget who we are. We've lost quite a few very intelligent people in the last year alone. Retaining them by coaxing them with more money or a better position is a knee jerk reaction to a symptom of a core problem. Our leaders need to know how to relate to everyone on their staff, be able to see what they're best at, and give more opportunities for the staff to use their strengths.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Used to be a great place to work

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Able to take your vacation time pretty much anytime you want. Small facility, pretty much know everyone there and who to go to when you need to resolve any issues.

    Cons

    Management is horrible. The surveys that are required each year are used against the employees instead of trying to make things better for the company as a whole. With the downturn in the economy, people are being required to do the job that 2-3 people used to do. There is no security. You have to prepare as if they are going to close the doors to the facility the next day or if you are lucky a mass layoff that you for some grace of God survive. Benefits are getting significantly worse each year. Employees are shunned if they do not work 10-12 hours a day. It is all very sad considering this used to be a really great job.

    Advice to Management

    Management, all levels, need to go through some type of management courses. The last three bosses I have had, did not have a clue how to lead, other than intimidation. This does not make anyone want to work harder. There should also be some kind of checks and balances when it comes to reviews and workload. If this is already being done behind closed doors, then I fear for the future.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good and bad

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Mobility between divisions; opportunity to change functional areas or work in different areas.

    Cons

    Always chasing the next buzzword. Limited development of employees; increased focus on external hires. A lot of excellent talent has left in the last 18 months.


  7. Caterpillar - the good and the not so great

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Solid company, financially. Diverse array of job positions.

    Cons

    Pockets of poor leadership. Employees expendable. Old-world view of management / employment; not progressive.

    Advice to Management

    Choose better leaders; not the old world view of male-based, big-talking, top down management but those who are innovative and progressive and know how to serve, develop and bring the best out of their employees.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Information Technology

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For central Illinois the salary is good.

    Cons

    1950's culture Top Heavy Management Structure Employment instability Lack of innovation


  9. Use to be a great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Caterpillar (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with and good pay for the job.

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance - it doesn't exist. Leadership doesn't value their employees, unless your part of the boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees like you value them


  10. Helpful (3)

    Ready to leave Caterpillar!

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. CNC operator Joliet Il

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

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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