Caterpillar Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. global Director

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    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great company to work for, lots of opportunity for growth

    Cons

    location is not so great

    Advice to Management

    the recent changes have caused a lot of confusion, need to continue the communication with employees of all level

  2. MAnager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    AWesme, great, meaning, life, and family

    Cons

    handling isues and hierarchy at times is an issie

    Advice to Management

    Go ahead

  3. Quality Engineer

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    Former Contractor - Quality Engineer in Montgomery, IL
    Former Contractor - Quality Engineer in Montgomery, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good life work balance, good pay, good training

    Cons

    Was a contract position they got a bad forcast and was let go.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with contract workers

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  5. Educational - an excellent example of the inner workings of a small city.

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    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Joliet, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They offer exceptional training opportunities to develop your skills. Additional time off during Christmas and the New Year.

    Cons

    The company no longer promotes work/life balance. Managers are pressured to be available at all hours.

    Advice to Management

    They really need to promote the work/life balance for their employees at all levels. I have seen the workload result in too many health conditions and dissolution of marriages.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Busy and One of Best Experiences

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    Former Employee - Facility Engineering - Mechanical in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Facility Engineering - Mechanical in Aurora, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good support from peers, and excellent supervisors. Though busy, the main supervisor was willing to help and guide my learning. I would work for him any day. Thorough and respectful (of each department's needs) planning meetings for new large projects. I have never seen any project management equal to it. Below average starting salary and above average benefits, bonus, and potential raises. Severance package was generous compared to industry and years worked. I would go back to CAT.

    Cons

    In learning new job,it was very busy to learn to satisfactory level in one year.
    Tools and documentation for jobs could be updated to make staff more productive. CAT is probably working on it.
    When the product orders drop, management is quick to adjust the staff, and they paint a bleak immediate future.
    Would like to see more permanent employees and less contract staff, but it is probably how CAT can succeed in today's world.

  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

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

    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 Management

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

  8. Great Global Company to Work For!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent compensation package; global experience; great global reputation; leader in driving free trade; excellent time off policy; opportunity for significant annual incentive pay based on actual company performance versus plan

    Cons

    Moving older workers (i.e. high job classification = higher pay) out the door. Affinity groups for many diverse employee groups, none for the aging workforce.

  9. Not the employer it once was

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Specialist in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Specialist in Aurora, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Strong company long history of success. The Caterpillar name carries a lot of weight on a resume

    Cons

    Benefits are ok but not as good as they once were. Leadership seems to be in a constant state or reorganization. Company focus is on maintaining stock price and dividends at all costs. Employees are no longer considered valuable assets. Just a means to an end.

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting Accountants run the show. Caterpillar is a manufacturing company and has been successful for nearly 90 years. Train your employees so they are able to leave. Treat your employees so they want to stay.

  10. Still searching

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Performance Engineer in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Performance Engineer in Aurora, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is a plus.

    Cons

    There is not diversity within management.

  11. So-So

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

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

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

    Pros

    The hours are relatively flexible

    Cons

    CEO only cares about stock prices, doesn't care very much about employee happiness or employee retention

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