Caterpillar Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
825 Reviews

3.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a good work life balance, but you have to be your own catalyst for it (in 57 reviews)

  • Very good pay and because of the company size many job options (in 52 reviews)


Cons
  • They kept us to very unrealistic timelines and sacrificed any work life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Some of the upper management also seems kind of elitist and typically not visible (in 30 reviews)

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  1.  

    The company is not trust worthy and will turn on you on a dime.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Potential to excel and make good money. A lot of training and promotion if you have a degree.

    Cons

    Supervisors are treated poorly over worked and under paid. Labor relations will not back up the supervisors they ask them to take care of business then they head hunt them. Company pulls the wool over the customers eyes when ever they come to visit.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Production technician

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    Current Employee - Production Technician  in  Seguin, TX
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Seguin, TX

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is air conditioner, sometimes.

    Cons

    This company sucks. They don't care about the people at a all!!!!
    The pay sucks.
    Management sucks.They don't listen to the employees.
    Hours suck
    You dont get promoted unless you are friends with someone in management
    Management yells at employees.
    Management lies all the time and break their promises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees what they really deserve not what you want to pay them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Terrible place to work if you are in production management

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    Former Employee - Group Leader  in  South Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Group Leader in South Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Other than a paycheck there are no other pros.

    Cons

    No cohesive teamwork. One shift pitted against the other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to be much more supportive of the front line production supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    They don't care for thee people that actual make them profitable. The men & women on the factory floor

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    Former Employee - 4m90  in  Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - 4m90 in Joliet, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    none to speak of because they don't foster a place to work together and build a good company. just how to abuse the workers.

    Cons

    Too many to list. they interrupt a binding labor contract any way they want to screw the employee the hardest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start taking care of the person on the factory floor it used to be a good place to work. when start looking at the bottom line and not who and how you got there, then all is lost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Cat sucks

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    There is no reason to work for them, they don't care about employees

    Cons

    They mismanage, worry about shareholders, not customers, not employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new business model, lean mfg, doesn't work, dealerships are for cars, not heavy equient

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    great company bad management

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    people who talk more get appreciated

    Cons

    people who really work and fix issues are not

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve focus on employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Insecure, and bumbling 19th century nostalgic thinking senior and middle management

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Planning Engineer  in  Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Planning Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Caterpillar has a lot of opportunity but it is stuck in its philosophy of the 19/20th century thinking in its practices "Touting" industry leading standards which looks good on the outside to those external to the company but ran like a small business. Positions of responsibility are rewarded to "Yes" people who do not have the integrity nor fortitude to do what is right claiming "Values in Action" and the only thing they have going is tenure, a "Good-ole" guy or gal looking out for them and Black belt rating which is as good as kickstand for a cycle with no wheels.

    Cons

    Leadership tout the catchphrases of "Values, Integrity, Teamwork, Honor" as these things fill the halls on posters and boards but they don't practice it. If you are a ambitious, professional mid-careerist who came to the company looking to extend your career you are absolutely wasting your time. It is either the "CAT" way or you are viewed as a non-conformist not aligning yourself to their practices. It is degrading to see those who are the supposed tenured "Experts" tout their experience while living in nostalgia. I resigned after realizing that I am wasting my talent here only to receive various offers to do the same things from more "Forward" thinking organizations with with less headaches. Promotions are not about what you have done but more aligned to who you know and as long as you "Tow" the line, create nice Excel Pivot table or an occasional Power point, stay in our cube and not a threat to your boss you will be advanced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't "Practice" what you preach and it is becoming quite obvious with talented people not wasting their time with the organization. Also, not everyone wants to relocate their families to at best a "Lack-luster" city like Peoria when afterwards they are spending 90% of the time traveling being away from their family. It is a travesty when many can remain right where they are and work from their previous residence and travel for the company since they are doing the same thing living in a dump like Peoria.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Most Anti-Immigrant company

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits, laziness, talk your way to get promoted.

    Cons

    Most anti-immigrant company. Old-white boys company. Boasts about diversity etc, but thats all fake. If you are an immigrant you cannot even apply for internal jobs in different business unit. There is clause even on internal job site saying that if you need sponsorship donot apply. Why to put such clause even for internal moves...Are you not Cat employee first???..One end the CEO is going to washington to talk about immigration reform and his own company is the most anti-immigration company ever. No company would put clause of no sponsorship for internal moves.
    The immigration attorney and his team is the worst every attorney.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none..keep up the good work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    It started out great then went down hill.

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator  in  Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Joliet, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are no good reasons to work at Caterpillar anymore.

    Cons

    It was a challenge to go to work every day. Things were not good. We were watched by salaried employees constantly. We wouldn't dare to stop working for fear of being discharged. They took our future away from us. No raises for 6 years, no pension, now there is only 401K. They downgraded as many opeople as they could then laid a bunch of them off. Everyone wishes they could work some where else, but don't want to give up their tenure. They also took the Bidding for jobs away from us. Instead they just appointed people to positions.The moral of the employees in the shop is at an all time low. They want the middle class to go away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make your employees feel like they mean something to the company, other then a body.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Very bad company

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Great company with a vision to satisfy share holders.

    Cons

    Very conservative and out dated system. Very poor legal system. Doesnot support immigrant visas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take employee talent seriously and provide oppurtunities to grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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