Caterpillar Reviews

Updated August 28, 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. Good place to work and grow with the company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work, great opportunities - even to travel, Competitive pay, excellent benefits, possibilities for educational development and incredible work life balance

    Cons

    Due to the nature of the business there are down times (sometimes more often than one would be comfortable) this may lead to time of without pays (temporary layoffs) and lower bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    the department I've worked in had an excellent management team. However I would recommend the management to include some team activities and work on improving on the culture (there is great diversity but few activities outside work)


  2. Distribution Supervisor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Distribution Supervisor in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Distribution Supervisor in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits is great

    Cons

    Cyclical business makes for rough lows


  3. great to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PROJECT: E-COMMERCE AURORA in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - PROJECT: E-COMMERCE AURORA in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Caterpillar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good for the starters and nice place to work. you will be given an oppurtunity to prove yourself and will guide you to the right path.

    Cons

    Don't have confidence about the job because, the project future depends on the companies quarter results and the budget issues .


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  5. IT Business Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - IT Business Analyst in East Peoria, IL
    Former Contractor - IT Business Analyst in East Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Management is supportive of the employees.

    Cons

    Management does not share reasons for sudden change in direction during project implementations

    Advice to Management

    Keep the employees involved, informed


  6. Potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistic Manager in East Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Logistic Manager in East Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can move up in the company.

    Cons

    When people don't do there job they get transferred or a better position.


  7. Great Cross Functional experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work with lots of talented people Ability to travel

    Cons

    Bottom 20% contribute nothing to the company and are never fired


  8. Senior Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture. High integrity and values. Great benefits.

    Cons

    All decision needs to be reviewed and approved by many people which cause inefficiency


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    Caterpillar Project Management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Controls Analyst in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Project Controls Analyst in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good company to work for overall.

    Cons

    Project management is not greatly appreciated all across the organization. More six sigma focused.


  10. IT Analyst- I

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture at Caterpillar is great, and it feels like you are part of a very large family. Co-workers are always willing to help, especially in an entry-level position such as this.

    Cons

    Job descriptions don't necessarily match the actual job functions. You will wear several "hats" as opposed to specializing in your specific skill area, but this can also be a benefit early on in your career.


  11. Design Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back, friendly atmosphere, flexible time schedule, hours usually stay to 8 hours a day. Advancement can be quick depending on department

    Cons

    Performance-based compensation seems to be more tied to what group you fall in. Caterpillar seems to lack a lot of the amenities other large companies offer (gyms, restaurant options, somewhere to exercise a bit onsite, ergonomics of cubes). Upper management seems to think that shoving a lot of people in one space and giving it a special title qualifies for progressiveness. Locations for engineers can be overcrowded.

    Advice to Management

    Recruiting is important and Caterpillar could benefit from making Caterpillar more attractive to new hires. Also, Caterpillar's opportunities for involvement have seemed to decrease as of late.



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