Caterpillar Reviews

Updated June 21, 2015
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Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman
Douglas R. Oberhelman
37 Ratings

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. Hire and retain the best people?

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in DeLong, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in DeLong, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Autonomy for a follow the pack, sheep type employee. Yes men need only apply

    Cons

    Pay is actually now below industry standard. Upward mobility from the shop floor is nearly imposable unless you suck up to the bosses shamelessly. Back stabbing is the name of the game.

    Advice to Management

    I can't even begin to give advice to fix the broken culture there


  2. Would not recommend working on contract for this firm

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities if you are in the right division

    Cons

    Employee recognition, rewards and appreciation leaves a lot to be desired for.


  3. Leadership team lacks both leadership and team mentality

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athens, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athens, GA

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and company's brand name.

    Cons

    Leadership, culture, work hours, compensation, inability to execute to plan, trust, integrity, values.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on improvements that are important for the employees, plant, and company rather than protecting consistently poor performing leadership team members due to personal relationships.


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  5. Terrible

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

    I worked at Caterpillar

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

    Pros

    good pay nice location fellow employees are great

    Cons

    trainer said he did not have time to train me and he never did transfer people and then fure them, dress code no leggings allowed which is fine but not when the girls in h.r. wear them daily?

    Advice to Management

    treat people like people not trash


  6. Helpful (1)

    OTM II

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - OTM II in Griffin, GA
    Current Employee - OTM II in Griffin, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a great place to work if you just need a job to get by but promotions or progression is very limited while compensation and pay stays the same and always isn't enough to support the cost of living in the area.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance is terrible will schedule overtime without sufficient notice. Management creates their own policies and rules that only benefit the company. Pay scale has been the same for over 7 years while employees do not receive fair merit increases. Also the ethics that are displayed by management isn't fair, firm, nor consistent its a buddy system. You can only move up or progress if you know someone who has position of power or if you are involved in the unethical actions that take place at the Griffin Facility in Georgia.

    Advice to Management

    Create jobs and opportunities within the facility that benefits the once who have seniority. Promote from within and conduct business in a manner that is fair, firm, and consistent. Break up the good "ol boy" system within the facility and create a culture that promotes team work and builds trust from the lower floor level employees to upper management.


  7. Writing

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

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay. Good jobs and some nice coworkers.

    Cons

    Treat people like numbers and or criminals


  8. Cat

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

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional work environment with high standars

    Cons

    Poor job security due to market conditions

    Advice to Management

    Increase sales force.


  9. A dinosaur in the making with too many disengaged clock watchers.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Better than the second and third tier organizations in heavy equipment. Lives off of service parts which is the industries strongest.

    Cons

    CAT is a manufacturer foremost. The product value pull is in the area of the customer has to search hard for it at times. Systems people are retiring in lieu of ineffective specialists. Following in the path of automotives in certain respects. Really following others in most respects with actual practices. Unable to execute outside of a products market which will limit or stagnate growth potential. CAT will not become a top 50 place to work by merely researching and evaluating those who are.....

    Advice to Management

    You need to find a real core of leadership. Sharp Gen X and Millenials are not going to stick around for a 85 year old story with a new paint job from the marketing department with pro wrestling style slogans. Search for true leadership; reduce the yes men and yes women. Get people the tools and training to truly become more efficient. Recognize the wisdom of what Six Sigma can and cannot do well.


  10. 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 Management

    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.


  11. Short lived. Lay offs

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

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

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

    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 Management

    Work the floor before management



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