Caterpillar Reviews

Updated July 3, 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. Not bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Welder in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Welder in Peoria, IL

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

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

    Pros

    It was ok. People were nice. Lots of overtime

    Cons

    UAW members complained all the time about working.


  2. I would have to say that I gained more knowledge on how big Corporations work and handle their employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly and Test Specialist in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Assembly and Test Specialist in Aurora, IL

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

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

    Pros

    The reason caterpillar was a decent place to work is because of the pay

    Cons

    Not knowing if you will have your job the following month.... Lay off central

    Advice to Management

    Keep your employees happy as far as pay rate and the quality of your product will increase .......


  3. Decent

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Base pay and bonuses
    Co-workers
    Location in aurora, il
    Vacation and personal time
    Travel and benefits
    Good insurance
    6% company match on retirement

    Cons

    Temporary layoffs
    Cyclic industry
    Austerity measures taken
    Work environment in aurora, il
    Long time for information to come down the pipeline

    Advice to Management

    More transparency


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  5. bitter sweet

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    This was once one of the best companies on earth to work for.

    Cons

    They have changed, and now value shareholders over all others.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics, and remember what made Caterpillar what it once was


  6. Conservative, Non-adaptive culture

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    • 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 full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Generally inclusive, friendly company culture, competitive compensation, positive if you wish for a very conservative workplace

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility on hours, limited opportunity in some divisions, outdated facilities & lack of employee perks

    Advice to Management

    Adapt to a culture that values work output over hours. Invest in your employees early on- provide more opportunities and incentives for capable and motivated employees


  7. Old ways of doing things

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior IS Specialist in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior IS Specialist in Peoria, IL

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow and move to different career path if choose to do so.

    Cons

    Consultants opinions/advise considered over employee's.
    Senior management in IT is clueless. Way too many re-orgs.


  8. Commuications Specialist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Nice company culture for the most part.

    Cons

    Upper management knows only one trick. Pay a dividend to the stockholders no matter what. They do this by laying off employees.

    Advice to Management

    Retire the current president. Begin concentrating on new products, markets, and technologies. Relying on natural gas as a supplement or replacement for diesel fuel is only a short-term fix. New fuels/energy sources must be developed.


  9. Learn How To Self Promote

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

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

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

    Pros

    -Excellent benefits (401k matching, Cadillac Healthcare plan, good salary for the area)
    -Many different divisions give you exposure to different sides of the business. If you're young enough, you can invent yourself 100K times over
    -If you work hard and are a 'doer' you will get recognized, but not necessarily promoted

    Cons

    -Promotions are about who you know
    -Subjective rating system
    -Promotions are rarely meritorious and more based on how many people you can network with
    -Company is filled with self-promoters who want to stand out amongst the 100K employees. If you're not good at tooting your own horn, be prepared to be stuck at a certain salary grade for life.
    -Extremely conservative company; expectations are 9-5 at your desk, even if you're not doing much.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more remote and telecommuting opportunities to attract a more diverse population.


  10. Great Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Support Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Current Contractor - Support Engineer in Mossville, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It a nice place with a competitive work environment. People are very helpful specially the electronics (display) department which i work for is great. Learning a lot, enjoying a lot.

    Cons

    Potential for fast pace work environment.


  11. Good Opportunites - Poor focus on Quality

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are great

    Cons

    every couple of years you will fear to loose your job

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the basics, get it right before replicating



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