Caterpillar Reviews

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  1. Internship

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    Current Intern - Intern - Monthly in Champaign, IL
    Current Intern - Intern - Monthly in Champaign, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    People are very nice, they basically discusses technical problems they are facing and how you think of it.

    Cons

    They don't even know how to solve it. So... Sometimes they are not sure whether it is doable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take it easy, be prepared with some related area. Smile is always good. Wear suite. Be nice and be on time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Finance in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Finance in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    salary is competitive, encourages personal growth

    Cons

    In peoria, conservative culture is pervasive due to central Illinois location

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Caterpillar....one of a kind

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    Former Employee - Supplier Collaboration Engineer in East Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Supplier Collaboration Engineer in East Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Wonderful organization to work for and the people are as friendly as can be. With all that said, the talent pool is very intelligent yet patient, for a newer person will get a lot of attention and shadowing while they learn to build the world's best machine's.

    Cons

    Most of the facilities are in rural areas and there is a small range of housing and hotels to choose from. Also, there are times of layoffs and that can be very frustrating when working on a project and one day half the team is missing. Still, the work ethic and respect for one another regardless of your position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the the great leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Incredible opportunities for career growth

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    Former Employee - Material Specialist in Morton, IL
    Former Employee - Material Specialist in Morton, IL

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

    Pros

    became certified Six Sigma Green Belt

    Cons

    couldn't transfer when I had to move to care for sick parent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to try and lift the less productive worker to reach their full potential

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Intern for two years and I loved it.

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    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Peoria, IL
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Caterpillar has an incredibly welcoming and encouraging attitude that is great to work in. They treated me very well for two years through a well-paying internship program.

    Cons

    Central Illinois can be boring for young adults.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great internship programs!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Work in engineering department, engines. Good flexible hours, opportunities to travel abroad

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    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    good experience, interesting work.

    Cons

    difficult to get ahead, Sometimes too little time to complete the job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great People Everywhere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    Nearly everyone I've come into contact at Caterpillar treated each other with a high level of professional respect. From upper-level management to worker bees, I always felt that each employee had the best interest of the company at heart.

    Cons

    There is some sense of seniority, in that you must put in your time before getting promoted, but on the flip side, if you are good at what you do and continue to deliver, you will be given a competitive raise each year. In some cases there are empire-builders, though typically well-intentioned, it still happens.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Stable profitable company, well managed, with midwestern common sense.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Easy to move your career in a direction that interests you, if you are not happy with what you are doing (speaking from an engineer's viewpoint)

    Cons

    Caterpillar is always asking us to do increase productivity, but that is generally the same across the industry.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great company

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    Former Employee - Accounting in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Accounting in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Tons of experience gained. Many opportunities. If you shine you will go far. Pay is great. Bonuses are unbelievable. I loved working there.

    Cons

    Some policies are not consistent from group to group. Executive management needs to bring some old benefits back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing well but focus a little more on employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Best company to work for in the central IL area

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    Current Employee - Supervisor I in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Supervisor I in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Allows flexible schedules, tuition reimbursement, good overall compensation. I have worked a lot of places before coming to Caterpillar, and have not found better work or compensation anywhere in the area.

    Cons

    The biggest con I see is working with people who joined the company right out of high school. They have no concept of what pay and benefits are like in the real world. The negative attitudes can sometimes be discouraging, especially having come from jobs where I didn't even receive holiday pay - let alone paid vacation!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have had it said to me many times over, run it as though you were the one paying the bills. Please continue to manage the company in a fiscally responsible way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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