Caterpillar Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman
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  1. Good place for the new graduate.
    But not good for the mid-career level.
    Not good business outlook.

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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

    Good Work and Life Balance.
    Good place for the new graduate.
    Nice people and mid-size town.
    good Flexible time environment.

    Cons

    Outside job experience is not accounted as experience.
    Not good business outlook.
    Not good for the mid-career level.
    Not good business outlook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope to have long term vision and good preparation for the business outlook.
    Have a responsibility for the work done.
    Give employee more opportunity for the better job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Morton, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Morton, IL

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

    Pros

    work culture. Flexibility in terms of everything from job hours to work from home. Lots of emphasis on quality.

    Cons

    Favorism, management seems to have no clue on how to execute projects, they keep hiring architects but wouldnt hire developers due to cost :) Managers have power to keep their favorite people in there even if they dont have any work for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your performance review based on results and not based on who can do better hollow talks. I have seen people hanging in there just because they have good terms with the manager.

  3. MTC Program

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    Former Employee - MTC Representative in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - MTC Representative in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Great career opportunities. It is a great job if you like to travel. Good personality is the must.

    Cons

    Very political working environment. For this specific role, diversity isn't welcome.

    Recommends
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  5. Good pay and benefits, but no employee loyalty

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    good tasks to work on; often willing to educate people and help them succeed at their assigned jobs

    Cons

    HQ is a cut-throat work environment where hr is stereo-typical in that it only cares to serve the company, not the employee. Overly competitive and internal politics overshadow even the best of intentions. Clearly follows the dilbert comic strip.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Great place for mechanical engineers

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Small town , potential for growth

    Cons

    Old manufacturing company culture. Too much red tape

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Corporate Internship: Communications

    Current Intern - Corporate: Communications in Mossville, IL
    Current Intern - Corporate: Communications in Mossville, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar as an intern

    Pros

    I was given a surprising amount of freedom and responsibility, with essentially no micromanagement from superiors. I was trusted to do quality work, and made to feel like an equal in my team. Another bonus was that my supervisor was flexible with my schedule. Most importantly, I was given a wide array of responsibilities, which enabled me to learn and grow in various fields.

    Cons

    Due to my location (Mossville), I was separated from all other communications interns, as well as most other interns from various fields. Being so removed also seemed to impede on my opportunities, as there were opportunities for interns located in Peoria of which I could not take advantage. The corporate culture also seems relatively restrictive and divided between employment levels.

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Old school and conservative, but a well known fortune 50 company. Not the worst, but not the best either.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Management Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Project Management Analyst in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Looks great on your resume and can be great for gaining experience on your resume. Great benefits as well for full-time employees.

    Cons

    Peoria Illinois is a bit boring. Very out dated systems that were created 25 years ago and still used. Promotions are very political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek to reward hard work instead of friendships. Also try to give more training to older workers who don't understand projects and programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Average paying job at a conservative company rooted in traditional corporate culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Mossville, IL
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Mossville, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Training support is comparable to other Fortune 500 companies. I can't complain at all because they paid for approximately 90% of my MBA through their tuition reimbursement program. Internal CAT specific training is also respectable and well received by most employees.

    Cons

    - Management team is primarily a buddy-buddy based system. Good, highly qualified managers are not always selected based on their performance or competence level, but merely because they're connected personally or socially to other managers. This is unfortunate since managers should be the best and brightest employees of the company.
    - Pay and total compensation for various jobs is below average to average as compared to other Fortune 500 companies. My starting salary was lower than the starting salaries offered by other companies for a similar position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to upper management would be to continue promoting from within so you can retain your best and most talented employees. These high performing employees will be the foundation of Caterpillar for years and years to come. Always promote the best and brightest employees based on their individual performance and personal fit for the job, not merely on subjective opinions and feedback from their peers. One's actions (results) always speak louder than their words (talk).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work in different areas and acquire new skills. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Too many managers, executive management needs to be more dynamic and should be open to embrace new technology. We deal with technology that gets obsolete just after few years of deployment. Slow career progression for engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to diversify our business, need bigger presence in locomotive business. Try to retain the young talented engineers, provide them with better career opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Its tough when your facility only makes one product

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    Former Employee - Continuous Improvement Engineer in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Continuous Improvement Engineer in Decatur, IL

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed this position, plenty of room for continuous improvement. High visibility if you latch on to the right project

    Cons

    There was and I'm sure still is plenty of low hanging fruit, however selling the improvement projects often meant insinuating something was done incorrectly from the beginning and most likely that originator is still on board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When a person does something and does it well over and over, promote them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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