CAT Financial Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
15 Reviews

3.2
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Awesome company

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    Current Employee - Title Analyst  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Title Analyst in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at CAT Financial full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits, great company culture, interest in developing employees, great community outreach program and lots of training opportunities

    Cons

    None so far. Job can be a bit unchallenging but decent pay and awesome benefits make up for that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None so far

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Cat Financial has provided an amazing experience.

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    Current Employee - Finance Professional  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Finance Professional in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at CAT Financial full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Cat has incredible people working for it. It is truly a team environment in which there is constant support and feedback. You are expected to work hard and live the company values, but I view that as a positive thing.

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to say about the company. Do know that you may be asked to move to increase your experience and knowledge of different parts of the company. It is not required, but often encouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing! The company is thriving, and your employees are clearly happy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very easy place to work

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at CAT Financial full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Blue collar attitude, hours are light, friendly environment

    Cons

    seems like a high school, hard to advance as a white guy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prevent rumors from spreading around the building

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    You should treat your employees better!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nash, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nash, TN

    I worked at CAT Financial full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nothing good to mention about Caterpillar

    Cons

    Hours and the way management treats staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good Experience

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    Current Employee - IS Analyst  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - IS Analyst in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at CAT Financial full-time

    Pros

    I work within the Information Services department at Caterpillar Financial as an IS Analyst. Overall I would say there are some great teams that work within the department and some very talented people. I think it's a great place to get experience working in IT. Plus if you would like a long-term, stable employment with possibilities of "moving up" within the company, (i.e. going in to management) the company would be a good fit.

    Cons

    There are a lack of higher-level purely technical jobs available. The emphasis for IS employees is on pursuing leadership positions (i.e. team leads, then management eventually). This is fine for a lot of employees but it drives the people most passionate about technology away from the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a path for those employees that are passionate about technology and want to make Caterpillar Financial a stronger competitor within the tech space. We have lost some of our most talented, younger technical people because there were no higher level technical positions available. Allow our talented technical people to reach their potential.

    Also I don't like the philosophy of "buy first, figure it out later" when the business needs new services from the IS department. We should consider more in-house development where possible (i.e. VMT - a great success). Otherwise we are at the mercy of more and more software vendors, where we end up having to do development work anyway to integrate them with our systems.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Rotation

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    Former Employee - Rotation  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Rotation in Nashville, TN

    I worked at CAT Financial full-time

    Pros

    Amazing facility, work life balance and slow, easy pace in the office with a lot of "lifers"

    Cons

    Intensely slow career progression. Patience will be the most valuable skill from this company in the first 7 years of your career. Great company for collecting a pay check. Terrible company to use your potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please expose the foundation employees to more of the business - one year is plenty to establish a "foundation" in the traditional roles new hires get placed in. Everyone that has left has truly left from mental stagnation, regardless of what is said at the exit interview - and please use an outside source to conduct the exit interview if truthful answers is what the company values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    An excellent place to learn and grow.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAT Financial full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Outstanding group of high energy, intelligent individuals with a passion to do the right thing. Excellent opportunity to gain international business exposure.

    Cons

    Depending on your interests, it might be difficult to advance in certain departments. If you enjoy credit analysis then no problem; however, advancing in the more specialized areas of finance requires more networking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that you develop career paths for all areas of the organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Slow and steady may not win the race

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at CAT Financial full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    pretty stable workplace, good benefits, nice coworkers, nice work environment (nice building), strong support for community groups and charities, some overseas job opportunities for a chosen few

    Cons

    very cautious, risk-averse management, glacial decision-making and some decisions get revisited, senior management all internally promoted from Caterpillar with little or no outside experiences or influence - they do not appear to listen to internal dissenters or people who question the conventional wisdom

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break out and make a decision, listen to outsiders, instead of boring, transactional leadership, develop and execute a vision that inspires employees to do their best

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good people to work with and good foundation to start a career

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Analyst in Nashville, TN

    I worked at CAT Financial full-time

    Pros

    Some of the pros are having great managers. Once you have 1 or 2 it can make the world of difference during your career. However, a bad manager can set you back 2 years if you are not the SME in the group.

    Cons

    Not having a great manager can slow down your career movement. Didn't see a lot of opportunity for movement in cross functional departments for non-management.
    While managers seem to rotate and impact various groups there was not vast amount of openings to get into management internally. Didn't see much diversity hiring/promotion in leadership roles within the Business Center even though that was the most diverse department for non management roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a way to create more team lead opportunities and management track positions. Let employees know if they are management potential. Don't give false hope as that can take the motivation out of people. Honesty will always prove to be beneficial in the long run.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people to work in general

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative II  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative II in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at CAT Financial

    Pros

    Benefits and time off very good.

    Cons

    Job expansion and contraction within the ranks flow with the manufactoring expansion or contraction.

    Recommends
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