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Caterpillar Reviews

Updated December 28, 2014
Updated December 28, 2014
926 Reviews
3.5
926 Reviews
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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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106 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, global opportunities, mentor programs, continuing education, good pay

    Cons

    lack of transparency in evaluation/promotion process; some managers are not responsive to bottom up feedback; myopic focus on achieving metrics at the expense of overall situational awareness

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    CNC operator Joliet Il

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    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Joliet, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Pros great pay, coworkers are great, union shop people stand with union, training is great when its offered and room for advancement.

    Cons

    LAYOFFS &STRIKES!!!! Some of the management really don't value employees, get the sense you are easily replaceable to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better budgeting to stop over for casting , which would stop layoffs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    steady work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Clayton, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Clayton, NC

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

    Pros

    steady work its a job

    Cons

    putting up with all the young people whose "father" works there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Controls Technician in Seguin, TX
    Current Employee - Controls Technician in Seguin, TX

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

    Pros

    None. Large dying company that is fading away

    Cons

    Management is entirely too vertical, and completely disconnected from the process. Micromanagement by unqualified lateral promotions are the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting from the bottom to keep the top afloat

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Warehouse Assoc

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Safe working environments for all employees

    Cons

    mandatory overtime, clueless management causes poor life outside the factory

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Going Downhill

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, 6Sigma, some sability

    Cons

    Culture, Politics, No advancement, Old boys club,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not resist change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just so so

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    The work environment is flexible.

    Cons

    A Compensation is getting worse.

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

    They suck

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Springfield, MO

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

    Pros

    For the area, pay was good

    Cons

    No work/life balance, long hours, poor leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Company culture much left to be desired

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good starting salary (aim to beat out 75% of companies), incoming class in Leadership and Technical Development Program is big and leads to good friendships

    Cons

    Many. People expect you to put job over everything, 40-hour work week is bare minimum, organization leaves much to be desired, the level of bureaucracy is astounding, orientation is way too long and boring, management puts shareholders above employees (want highest possible share price...do this by cutting increase in salary in lateral transitions and promotions)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put employees before shareholders. Company should front costs of putting employees through LTDP and then at the end, manager of the rotation that best fits new employee takes cost of training employee out of their budget. Currently, managers who have never spoken with the employees hire...this has resulted in several of my colleagues leaving the company because they are dissatisfied with their permanent position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Enjoy the people I use to work with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - H2K/ILC Coordinator in Lagrange, GA
    Former Employee - H2K/ILC Coordinator in Lagrange, GA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and insurance for employees.

    Cons

    Management moves locations too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Long term employment with same facility

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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