Caterpillar Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Busy and One of Best Experiences

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. CNC operator Joliet Il

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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. Great Global Company to Work For!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Not the employer it once was

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Still searching

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Pros

    Work life balance is a plus.

    Cons

    There is not diversity within management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Short lived. Lay offs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Welder in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Welder in Aurora, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Forty hour work week, full time, good benefits, over time pay, union, over time, chances to bid on other jobs

    Cons

    Terrible union contract, management all young guys with no experience but education, lay offs, decrease in pay, low pay job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work the floor before management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. So-So

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Pros

    The hours are relatively flexible

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Innovative company with plethora of opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer III in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer III in Joliet, IL

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

    Pros

    1. Job related training is available to full time and contract employees
    2. Depending on your education, pay scale and benefits such as 401K, vacation package are competitive
    3. It is relatively easy to change your career path regardless of your education and experience.

    Cons

    1. In certain facilities, after you reach to certain professional level, it is difficult to further your career because of lack of opportunities
    2. Leadership training is not offered to all full time employees. You have to reach to a certain salary grade before you have a shot at it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Leadership team at Joliet, IL lacks the basic fundamentals of leadership
    2. Some of them do not understand how to criticize and not diminish the efforts that were put in by the team
    3. Some of the management team members lack the education and experience for the job they are chosen for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Old Boys Club

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Joliet, IL

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

    Pros

    They overpay, benefits not terrible.

    Cons

    You will work with a lot of idiots who think a professional certification absolves them of having to produce quality work the first time. You will be surrounded by men everywhere you go, most of them with large egos and lazy work ethics. Bright, intelligent women are looked over for those who either look nice or don't truly speak their mind. You have to play "the game" to get anywhere you can make a difference, and nobody really makes a personal difference in their employee's lives because it is all about the bottom line. Whatever it takes to churn out a quarterly profit even if we are constantly mortgaging our future. CAT comes first, your life comes second and they do not at all practice what they preach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Desperately need to promote women and not make them feel like they are lucky to have what they have or promote them just to meet a quota.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Experience at Caterpillar

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cost Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Cost Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Huge company, lot of opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Difficult to chart out future growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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