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Caterpillar Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
893 Reviews
3.4
893 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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  1.  

    Challenging work in a high integrity environment

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

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Loved the variety of work. Fantastic products. Great people. Truly an honest environment. Hard work is recognised and rewarded.

    Cons

    Some managers are not up to par with the top leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure middle managers are fully on board

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern for two years and I loved it.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Caterpillar has an incredibly welcoming and encouraging attitude that is great to work in. They treated me very well for two years through a well-paying internship program.

    Cons

    Central Illinois can be boring for young adults.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great internship programs!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place

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

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

    Pros

    Great benifits and company to work for

    Cons

    Upward Mobility Opportunities are limited in some locations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Work in engineering department, engines. Good flexible hours, opportunities to travel abroad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Mossville, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good experience, interesting work.

    Cons

    difficult to get ahead, Sometimes too little time to complete the job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great People Everywhere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    Nearly everyone I've come into contact at Caterpillar treated each other with a high level of professional respect. From upper-level management to worker bees, I always felt that each employee had the best interest of the company at heart.

    Cons

    There is some sense of seniority, in that you must put in your time before getting promoted, but on the flip side, if you are good at what you do and continue to deliver, you will be given a competitive raise each year. In some cases there are empire-builders, though typically well-intentioned, it still happens.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Stable profitable company, well managed, with midwestern common sense.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Easy to move your career in a direction that interests you, if you are not happy with what you are doing (speaking from an engineer's viewpoint)

    Cons

    Caterpillar is always asking us to do increase productivity, but that is generally the same across the industry.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Caterpillar Global Mining

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planning Analyst in South Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planning Analyst in South Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Very good company to work for, work hard, get the job done right and you will be successful. The company invests in its employees (training, APICS etc.) and cares about them.

    Cons

    Always consider your work-life balance. Know when to call it a day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and communicate. I have been very lucky with my management team. They do a great job at listening and are getting better at communicating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Accounting in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Tons of experience gained. Many opportunities. If you shine you will go far. Pay is great. Bonuses are unbelievable. I loved working there.

    Cons

    Some policies are not consistent from group to group. Executive management needs to bring some old benefits back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing well but focus a little more on employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Caterpillar was a great experience for me to work on what I love.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Athens, GA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Athens, GA

    I have been working at Caterpillar as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    My projects were directly related to things I was learning in school and had a meaningful impact on the company. Caterpillar is a global power in its markets and therefore a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Getting my housing situation set up for the summer was difficult. I also had too many tasks to complete and could not finish them all. There was also a lack of direction and direct supervision during my internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to provide more directly supervision of the interns throughout the process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Its a nice to company to work for. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    I do not have anything for cons.

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