Caterpillar Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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  1. bitter sweet

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

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

    Pros

    This was once one of the best companies on earth to work for.

    Cons

    They have changed, and now value shareholders over all others.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics, and remember what made Caterpillar what it once was


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    Caterpillar

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation, experience, benefits, autonomy, travel

    Cons

    Location, Weather, Lack of Diversity/Culture, Small Rural Towns


  3. Awesome Brand, culture, commercial success

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

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

    Pros

    Company reinventing itself again with massive investment in Analytics and Innovation...moving from product leadership to customer intimacy

    Cons

    Very imbalanced matrix...funding for cross Business unit, enterprise wide efforts is lacking, some functions are stuck in a time warp, 20-30 years behind. .. (IT , Marketing) Tech and Data stack is a disaster...but this is not unique....arrogance of some leaders is stunning....other, wiser minds are leading the way

    Advice to Management

    Update the title structure in org to align with industry norms....division leaders are directors/sr. Directors, dept heads are executive directors....too many layers w manager in titles causes confusion Hire a CMO....marketing needs higher level support Fix the mismatch between finance and accounting....more finance, less accounting! Retire lotus notes and get outlook - ask VPs to set the example and not have their assistants print/type their emails!


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  5. Conservative, Non-adaptive culture

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Generally inclusive, friendly company culture, competitive compensation, positive if you wish for a very conservative workplace

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility on hours, limited opportunity in some divisions, outdated facilities & lack of employee perks

    Advice to Management

    Adapt to a culture that values work output over hours. Invest in your employees early on- provide more opportunities and incentives for capable and motivated employees


  6. Good Internship

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

    Pros

    Hands on experience, diverse learning opportunities

    Cons

    Work hours can vary, sometimes beginning very early.


  7. Caterpillar Inc.

    Current Employee - Project Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Peoria, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good pay, opportunity to take on different roles, name brand recognition, good community in the Peoria area, and good work life balance.

    Cons

    To many levels makes a bureaucratic mess, Peoria would not be my first place to live or tenth, people that suck at their job are not disciplined.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that each supervisor has at least 6 employees answering to them to remove some of the layers. Don't be afraid to discipline someone for their failures. Make decisions based upon what is best for the company, not for your individual careers.


  8. good company

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

    Pros

    You can learn new knowledge from experienced coworkers. Working hours is flexible, I like it. It does not locate in a big city. so the living cost is low. 

    Cons

    boring location, bad weather in winter. The winter is too cold. I hate the heavy snow. Too many managers without a strong technical background.

    Advice to Management

    Improving the communication between different groups. A lot of time are wasted because of lacking a good communication between costumers and designers.


  9. Welder

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and Leadership, good benefits

    Cons

    no room for advancement, poor policy


  10. Service Level Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Level Manager in Edwards, IL
    Current Employee - Service Level Manager in Edwards, IL

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

    Pros

    Great company to work with. Excellent company culture. Good competitive benefits.

    Cons

    More opportunity for Engineering career, limited IT career growth after mid career


  11. Old ways of doing things

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow and move to different career path if choose to do so.

    Cons

    Consultants opinions/advise considered over employee's. Senior management in IT is clueless. Way too many re-orgs.



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