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Caterpillar Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
898 Reviews
3.4
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Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman
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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 66 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits like nowhere else if your in management or salary (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • They kept us to very unrealistic timelines and sacrificed any work life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Some of the upper management also seems kind of elitist and typically not visible (in 31 reviews)

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  1.  

    Worst Job Ever

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    They had work when few others in area did.

    Cons

    Poor pay.
     No pension.
    No advancement opportunities.
    Two-tier pay system.
    Worked there 11 years and without overtime, was earning less than national median income!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the layers of ineffective whimps in middle management.
    Learn who your employees are. Many have significant education & life experience that could improve Cat & help employees advance themselves.

  2.  

    Short lived. Lay offs

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

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Forty hour work week, full time, good benefits, over time pay, union, over time, chances to bid on other jobs

    Cons

    Terrible union contract, management all young guys with no experience but education, lay offs, decrease in pay, low pay job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work the floor before management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Unpleasant, no people skills are needed to become a manager, just willingness to work 20 xtra hours/wk for free.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, PA

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Sorry, these are cons, just ran out of room in the "Cons" section! It provided an opportunity to see how mismanaged an industry leading large corporation can be. I doubt shareholders have a clue how poorly things are run internally and are only concerned with their returns, which is understandable, but I would suggest considering investing in a competitive company, as Caterpillar is on a downward slide.

    Cons

    Outsourcing of manufacturing to Thailand, exploiting engineering talent and then letting it be dismissed without questioning why, promoting unqualified people to management positions, claiming to care about cost and schedule but then not holding management accountable when the targets are not met, again, and again, and again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let inexperienced manager can engineering talent on product teams without questioning it deeply. Companies must rely upon innovation to survive in difficult times. -And especially don't trust the opinion of an inexperienced manager, who himself is managed by a manager who previously left Caterpillar! Ugh....give a hoot about those who develop your new products!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Worker in Oak Creek, WI
    Current Employee - IT Worker in Oak Creek, WI

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    If you work in IT, stay far away. The managers are some of the most inept and narcissistic I've ever dealt with. Also, if you want to advance your career, you have to move to IL.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old Boys Club

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

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

    Pros

    They overpay, benefits not terrible.

    Cons

    You will work with a lot of idiots who think a professional certification absolves them of having to produce quality work the first time. You will be surrounded by men everywhere you go, most of them with large egos and lazy work ethics. Bright, intelligent women are looked over for those who either look nice or don't truly speak their mind. You have to play "the game" to get anywhere you can make a difference, and nobody really makes a personal difference in their employee's lives because it is all about the bottom line. Whatever it takes to churn out a quarterly profit even if we are constantly mortgaging our future. CAT comes first, your life comes second and they do not at all practice what they preach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Desperately need to promote women and not make them feel like they are lucky to have what they have or promote them just to meet a quota.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    "THE WALMART OF THE INDUSTRY"!

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

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    used to be a good place for a life long career !, no longer true!

    Cons

    LOW LOW LOW PAY, does not care about employees at all, layoffs layoffs layoffs,
    sending jobs to low paying states, cutting contracted pay and offering NO benefits.
    company has a love affair with foreign workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reverse the direction the company has taken the last few years immediately !!!!, I worked within caterpillar as a contracted design engineer for over 18 years, the company is taking itself down hill fast!, the engineering wages hadn't changed in over 15 years, but not cat has lowered their engineering staffing wages to the lowest of their own industry, they have become the walmart of the heavy equipment industry, meaning people don't want to work their because of the low wages, and those that do want to leave !!!......generations of families no longer consider caterpillar as a good place to work, "the best part time job you'll ever have", massive layoffs, production workers beat up so they'll take $10-12 dollars an hour, I've personally seen suppliers beat up over their part charges to where they only make nickels on their products, now cat turned towards the contracted engineering staffing slicing their pay rates in 2013 by 1/3 of their previous wage which was the same for over 15 years, and NO benefits at all !!...they should be ashamed of themselves !!!!, any engineering personal will do much better at any of their competitors for sure, the offer people right out of college the lowest they can possibly pay them......go elsewhere, go out of state, cat is the big yellow bully on the playground that will beat up their own employees and pay you less and less after each time they lay you off !!!.......they have absolutely no value on their employees from production all the way up to engineering supervisors.......

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too big for its own good

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

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

    Pros

    Unfortunately, there are none. They try to buy people but that really isn't a pro because they think they own you like a slave. You will have to be 24/7 caterpillar - better have that iPad on at 3 am in case some da needs something.

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance. Lots of needless management positions and people who get paid 6 figures to do nothing but have meetings. If you are actually a hard worker you will find your day prioritized for you as everything is urgent. There is no personal accountability. The facilities are generally terrible work environments with few, if any amenities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a real IT department, cut the fat in middle management positions, stop acting like the small issues are the most urgent, stop forecasting constantly and try to understand the current reality better, stop trying to do anything possible to move jobs overseas, and start recognizing the people who do thankless work. If you are a contract employee at this company they will expect the same out of you as an actual employee while paying you next to nothing and pretending to be interested in hiring you to string you along until they use you up. Do not work contract you will always have a better option and only 5-10% ever get hired on so don't let them string you along.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Materials Specialist

    Former Employee - Material Specialist in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Material Specialist in Denver, CO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Exactly 8 hours work every day. Get to drive cool warehouse equipment. Doesn't matter what you wear.

    Cons

    Very repetitive. Extremely filthy warehouse. Strict and unfair policys. Working there for four months I saw over 10 people terminated. Being late 1 min is a full occurnce..the same punishment as not showing up for an entire day. No unpaid time off.

     When they hired me they told me i would be full time with benefits. After the 90 day review no one from my supplemental class was made full time. I quit after 130days still as a supplemental.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying. Revise your attendance and claim policy to be fair and comparable to the industry. Clean your warehouses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    bad place to work with too much overlapping responsibilities between engineers of product division & technology division

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

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - excellent salary and benefits
    - reasonable work load that normally does not require overtime work

    Cons

    - too much overlapping responsibilities between engineers of product division & engineers of technology division who work on same projects
    - bad politics among different engineering groups/managers fighting for budget and design controls
    - lack of independent project management organization/people results in poorly managed projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    You will learn there is a right way, a wrong way and the Cat way!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and bonuses (but they jack with the pay-out formula every year to make it harder to achieve)

    Cons

    Too many to list, but if I had one complaint it is that there are a lot of the good ol' boy network that still exists. A lot of managers don't deserve to be in their positions and if you question them, they get indignant and you are automatically on their list - and they will figure out a way to get rid of you. Other than that, you have a CEO who is a wannabe celebrity who likes to appear on MSNBC and CNN only when there is something good to report - when times are tough he is as quiet as a church mouse. The company is buying back stock because they have nothing better to invest in other than themselves - it helps artificially boost the stock price and of course those at the top of the company have a LOT of stock - check Yahoo finance and look at all the inside option transactions after a stock bump. If you are thinking that this is a green company, a diverse company, and inclusive company, a sustainable company then guess again - they latch on to every hot-button issue you can think of and install an office and an official with some staff so they can SAY they care about the environment, etc., but the bottom line is they know talking the talk is a way to promote themselves - they don't actually care about these programs as much as they do the benefit they get by saying they embrace them. - Just an FYI to anyone who may care to read this - CAT will be making a lot of product in Mexico in the future to avoid all the pitfalls of doing business in the USA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide Spanish and Chinese lessons to all employees interested in learning skills for the future - that is where all the big yellow iron will be coming from in the future

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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