Caterpillar Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. Large company that needs to update how it does buisness.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Winston-Salem, NC
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Winston-Salem, NC

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

    Pros

    Large company with many opportunities for growth. Bonus can be a good payout if the year is great.

    Cons

    Large company with to many management employees. Managers change every year and have no direction besides the same goals they have every year. Mining is a large part of this company and since mining isn't doing to we'll it is becoming a very harsh environment. Your yearly review is based on how well your manager can sell you rather than your actual accomplishments. Goals are not rolled out quick enough to actually rate your performance. Managers truly have no clue on how to run their departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get people who actually have the skills needed to run their department. A manager should know what their employees do rather than have to guess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Caterpillar is a bunch of YesMen.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Good experience, good coworkes for the most part

    Cons

    Management fabricates stories to get people fired. Too many backstabbers in management willing to step on anybodys toes to better themselves. Most just go along to get along and are afraid to stand their ground when they are right. TOO MANY YES MEN

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire supervisors who know how to lead (from experience) and not just read from a Values in Action book.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Ready to leave Caterpillar!

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

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

    Pros

    Been here for a few years, the good times are behind it. The compensation is fair but definitely not over the top.

    Cons

    You will get stuck in a job. CAT is a "global" company but if you wind up in Peoria IL you will not be leaving. Minimal jobs with travel opportunities. Internal job board is a mess, jobs open nobody responds and you sit and wait for months.

    Too much management, too much red tape. CAT really is finding new and creative ways to screw itself over in the long haul in order to achieve quarterly results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the 21st century. You are behind other companies in your field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Large Company - A lot of politics in smaller facilities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay. Opportunity for advancement if you want it and know the right people.

    Cons

    A lot of politics and manipulation in job promotions. Core values are not practiced throughout the enterprise and seem to only appear when it suits management to use them. Unequal treatment in job performance evaluations. Do not care if they terminate long term employees who have a good work ethic and always performed consistently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance needs reviewed; politics at smaller facilities need evaluated and minimized. Terminations need reviewed at a higher level than local facility management and/or divisional management ESPECIALLY if long term, success employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. Engineer

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    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
  7. 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
  8. steady work

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    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
  9. Stay away

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    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
  10. Warehouse Assoc

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    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
  11. Going Downhill

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    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

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