Caterpillar Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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  1. Internship and opportunities for full time

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    • 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


  2. Helpful (1)

    Caterpillar Project Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Controls Analyst in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Project Controls Analyst in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good company to work for overall.

    Cons

    Project management is not greatly appreciated all across the organization. More six sigma focused.


  3. No chances for advancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machinist in Creve Coeur, IL
    Current Employee - Machinist in Creve Coeur, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a job, that's all. Some good people to work with..

    Cons

    Long hours to make a descent paycheck, 2 tier wage system, can't advance unless you're related to someone in management or you are sleeping with the boss. I could go on and on

    Advice to Management

    Start advancing your more knowledgeable people instead of your relatives. Cats on the road to failure only because it relies on returning favours


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  5. Management doesn't care...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Starting pay was good. Paid for education at one time. Health insurance premiums were very low.

    Cons

    Supervisors allowed to play favorites and make up own rules.

    Advice to Management

    Don't only take input from Supervisor that is hardly ever around to see actual work getting done. Need better review process.


  6. Culture sucks, Dirty Politics, ultra conservative

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Okay benefits for a mid west company

    Cons

    White men get more opportunities and are managers where as immigrants remain as worker bees. LPSD culture and politics is really bad.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think you care


  7. IT Analyst- I

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture at Caterpillar is great, and it feels like you are part of a very large family. Co-workers are always willing to help, especially in an entry-level position such as this.

    Cons

    Job descriptions don't necessarily match the actual job functions. You will wear several "hats" as opposed to specializing in your specific skill area, but this can also be a benefit early on in your career.


  8. Design Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back, friendly atmosphere, flexible time schedule, hours usually stay to 8 hours a day. Advancement can be quick depending on department

    Cons

    Performance-based compensation seems to be more tied to what group you fall in. Caterpillar seems to lack a lot of the amenities other large companies offer (gyms, restaurant options, somewhere to exercise a bit onsite, ergonomics of cubes). Upper management seems to think that shoving a lot of people in one space and giving it a special title qualifies for progressiveness. Locations for engineers can be overcrowded.

    Advice to Management

    Recruiting is important and Caterpillar could benefit from making Caterpillar more attractive to new hires. Also, Caterpillar's opportunities for involvement have seemed to decrease as of late.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Out of control

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay for management employees, culture

    Cons

    More bad leaders are being promoted than good ones. Singular vision to cut costs at employee expense while executives vote in their pay raises.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the insanity before you destroy the company.


  10. IS Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IS Technical Specialist in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - IS Technical Specialist in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Many internal opportunities within Caterpillar

    Cons

    Cyclical Business planning restricts long term investments in IT


  11. Was a great place but declining quickly

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer - Development/Research in Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer - Development/Research in Joliet, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Ranked #54 on Fortune magazine's 500 list. The brand still has value and Cat still has a large domestic manufacturing footprint where you can gain experience that lasts a lifetime. As an engineer you'll learn technical leadership skills.

    Cons

    The leadership prizes shareholders above anything else, including benefits, safety, environment, or long term sustainability. In a word, they are "short sighted"... Well that's two words but you get the idea: only this year's revenue matters. When the market recovers, and it always does, Cat will be in disarray and their competitors will seize the opportunity to cut their market share which will drive even more fanatical, short sighted cost cutting and dig a deeper hole. Sadly, when you're at the top the only way to go is down sometimes and that is the case here. Starting a career at Cat in such a time is just asking for long hours and rewards that decrease every year.

    Advice to Management

    Revenue is sales minus costs, if you put half the effort into getting new sales as you do into cutting costs, you would already be a $100 billion company. Supplement your LEAN/6-sigma strategy with innovation and watch your business grow. Also, don't cut benefits every other year because it undermines the relationship between you and the engineers that are ultimately responsible for growing your market share.



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