Caterpillar Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Great Cross Functional experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work with lots of talented people Ability to travel

    Cons

    Bottom 20% contribute nothing to the company and are never fired


  2. Good upper mget vision but too many layere.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Former Black Belt and Current Team Lead in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Former Black Belt and Current Team Lead in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    STIP (bonus) = golden handcuffs Brand recognition Pay is above avg once you reach pay grade 23+

    Cons

    Volatile business cycles No job security especially for immigrants Promotions are based on your manager's peers' Short term results focused at the expense of logic Not too many desirable work locations

    Advice to Management

    The company seems to value a bull headed leader and devalues the leader that leads from behind (Welch vs Mulhall style). Bozeman is a great leader but entrenched white managers aren't accepting.


  3. Administrative Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Joliet, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Many great people with real passion for their work. Flex schedules available dependent on role/ manager. Global work environment.

    Cons

    Except for a select few, lack of opportunities and career development. Upper management not transparent leading to frustration among teams.


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  5. Best Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in East Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in East Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Best for family, Nice areas to raise family

    Cons

    Low Salary, No promotional Opportunities, Too much middle management

    Advice to Management

    Remove the middle management


  6. Information Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Urbana, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good work and life balance

    Cons

    typical big firm road blocks


  7. Decent Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Joliet, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good life work balance. Compensation is good. portable pension, 401k match. Global company. Big earthmoving equipment and they let you operate it.

    Cons

    Cyclical business makes you wonder if you'll have a job in the future. ditto on the portable pension. constant re-orgs.


  8. Catch 22

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Section Manager III in Dunlap, IL
    Current Employee - Section Manager III in Dunlap, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits Majority of the people are friendly and there are enough people that if you don't have an answer once can be found fairly easily.

    Cons

    Overworked Anything less than a 4 year degree and one is not even considered for positions.

    Advice to Management

    Experience matters. A person fresh out of school with a 4 year degree is not always your best option.


  9. Senior Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture. High integrity and values. Great benefits.

    Cons

    All decision needs to be reviewed and approved by many people which cause inefficiency


  10. Cat has changed a lot in the time I worked here.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembler in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Assembler in Joliet, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady pay, decent benefits, opportunity to learn many different skills on the shop floor if you're so inclined. If you are willing work overtime you can write your own paycheck.

    Cons

    Bringing in new management straight from school who have no manufacturing experience, many times parts are late or available to acquire because of JIT (Just in Time delivery.)

    Advice to Management

    When a new section manager is hired they should send a couple weeks on the floor learning some about all the jobs that person will be in charge of. Be willing to listen to your operators.


  11. Internship and opportunities for full time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Caterpillar is a great company and offers great opportunities. I had opportunities like visiting their foundry, logistics facility to learn more about the business. Coming to my work in Digital Marketing, there are many tools that CAT uses in effectively rolling out the digital marketing strategy. If you want to learn some concepts and self driven, this is a great company. Salary is great even for a full time entry level position

    Cons

    International students have 1% chance of converting their internship into full time because if you plan to apply for jobs in other the department where you worked, they don't even consider because they have a reason to say i.e.- visa sponsorship. The location -- Peoria is a setback because it is very dull. People at CAT are very experienced because most of them must have worked for more than 15 years and are busy in their work. They are helpful but don't stick to their commitments of helping to get access to certain thing.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more international students and expand your IT work to other bigger cities



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