Caterpillar Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. A economic bell weather company that has been a strong player in global market; Pans across continents;

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent Benefits; Opportunities are provided and discussed periodically for promotions;

    Cons

    Run by accountatnts; way too much sensitive to the oil and commodity prices

    Advice to Management

    Please keep the restructuring to a minimum


  2. Helpful (2)

    Information Technology

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

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

    Pros

    For central Illinois the salary is good.

    Cons

    1950's culture Top Heavy Management Structure Employment instability Lack of innovation


  3. Would not recommend working on contract for this firm

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities if you are in the right division

    Cons

    Employee recognition, rewards and appreciation leaves a lot to be desired for.


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  5. Use to be a great company to work for

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with and good pay for the job.

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance - it doesn't exist. Leadership doesn't value their employees, unless your part of the boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees like you value them


  6. Helpful (1)

    Busy and One of Best Experiences

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Educational - an excellent example of the inner workings of a small city.

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


  8. Solid, stable company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst III in East Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - IT Analyst III in East Peoria, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well paid for early career employees Ample time off, and free sick days Can usually count on end of year bonus, sometimes quite sizable Many different areas of business available to work in

    Cons

    Easy to be overlooked if you are a worker who doesn't make waves, no matter your potential or skill One sub-par supervisor early in your career can stifle your ability to move up quickly Re-orgs seem to happen several times a year Business has been very up and down the past several years

    Advice to Management

    Some employees need to be re-evaluated in their position. Many people in the IT org don't have the skillset to match their position. Lots of young talent are looking to move elsewhere as there has been a 'wait your turn' mentality to climb the ladder quickly. regardless of performance.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good place for the new graduate. But not good for the mid-career level. Not good business outlook.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good Work and Life Balance. Good place for the new graduate. Nice people and mid-size town. good Flexible time environment.

    Cons

    Outside job experience is not accounted as experience. Not good business outlook. Not good for the mid-career level. Not good business outlook.

    Advice to Management

    Hope to have long term vision and good preparation for the business outlook. Have a responsibility for the work done. Give employee more opportunity for the better job.


  10. Great company

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

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    work culture. Flexibility in terms of everything from job hours to work from home. Lots of emphasis on quality.

    Cons

    Favorism, management seems to have no clue on how to execute projects, they keep hiring architects but wouldnt hire developers due to cost :) Managers have power to keep their favorite people in there even if they dont have any work for them.

    Advice to Management

    Do your performance review based on results and not based on who can do better hollow talks. I have seen people hanging in there just because they have good terms with the manager.


  11. Internship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern - Monthly in Champaign, IL
    Current Intern - Intern - Monthly in Champaign, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People are very nice, they basically discusses technical problems they are facing and how you think of it.

    Cons

    They don't even know how to solve it. So... Sometimes they are not sure whether it is doable.

    Advice to Management

    Take it easy, be prepared with some related area. Smile is always good. Wear suite. Be nice and be on time.



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