Caterpillar Reviews

Updated May 31, 2015
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Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman
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Pros
  • Excellent focus on work life balance (in 66 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits like nowhere else if your in management or salary (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Work timings ensure poor work/life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Upper Management moves around alot (in 31 reviews)

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  1. good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mossville, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  2. Great Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Support Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Current Contractor - Support Engineer in Mossville, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It a nice place with a competitive work environment. People are very helpful specially the electronics (display) department which i work for is great. Learning a lot, enjoying a lot.

    Cons

    Potential for fast pace work environment.


  3. Product Service Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Service Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Product Service Engineer in Mossville, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits for full time

    Cons

    No Career Progression, cheap contract work force

    Advice to Management

    Please implement Equal Guidelines for all promotions


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  5. Great place for mechanical engineers

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Small town , potential for growth

    Cons

    Old manufacturing company culture. Too much red tape


  6. Corporate Internship: Communications

    Current Intern - Corporate: Communications in Mossville, IL
    Current Intern - Corporate: Communications in Mossville, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar as an intern

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I was given a surprising amount of freedom and responsibility, with essentially no micromanagement from superiors. I was trusted to do quality work, and made to feel like an equal in my team. Another bonus was that my supervisor was flexible with my schedule. Most importantly, I was given a wide array of responsibilities, which enabled me to learn and grow in various fields.

    Cons

    Due to my location (Mossville), I was separated from all other communications interns, as well as most other interns from various fields. Being so removed also seemed to impede on my opportunities, as there were opportunities for interns located in Peoria of which I could not take advantage. The corporate culture also seems relatively restrictive and divided between employment levels.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Average paying job at a conservative company rooted in traditional corporate culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Mossville, IL
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Mossville, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Training support is comparable to other Fortune 500 companies. I can't complain at all because they paid for approximately 90% of my MBA through their tuition reimbursement program. Internal CAT specific training is also respectable and well received by most employees.

    Cons

    - Management team is primarily a buddy-buddy based system. Good, highly qualified managers are not always selected based on their performance or competence level, but merely because they're connected personally or socially to other managers. This is unfortunate since managers should be the best and brightest employees of the company.
    - Pay and total compensation for various jobs is below average to average as compared to other Fortune 500 companies. My starting salary was lower than the starting salaries offered by other companies for a similar position.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to upper management would be to continue promoting from within so you can retain your best and most talented employees. These high performing employees will be the foundation of Caterpillar for years and years to come. Always promote the best and brightest employees based on their individual performance and personal fit for the job, not merely on subjective opinions and feedback from their peers. One's actions (results) always speak louder than their words (talk).


  8. Work in engineering department, engines. Good flexible hours, opportunities to travel abroad

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Mossville, IL

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

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

    Pros

    good experience, interesting work.

    Cons

    difficult to get ahead, Sometimes too little time to complete the job.


  9. Caterpillar Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CorporateHardware Group in Mossville, IL
    Former Employee - CorporateHardware Group in Mossville, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Excellent company to intern for. Offered lots of relevant experience and good exposure to a global company. Engineering team that I was working with was very friendly and the atmosphere and work ethic were very nice. Company cared about you as a person and didn't see just as a number on paper.

    Cons

    Was a bit difficult to find enough work to do at the start but further into the internship I had plenty to do


  10. Great People Everywhere

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mossville, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nearly everyone I've come into contact at Caterpillar treated each other with a high level of professional respect. From upper-level management to worker bees, I always felt that each employee had the best interest of the company at heart.

    Cons

    There is some sense of seniority, in that you must put in your time before getting promoted, but on the flip side, if you are good at what you do and continue to deliver, you will be given a competitive raise each year. In some cases there are empire-builders, though typically well-intentioned, it still happens.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Just so so

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

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

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

    Pros

    The work environment is flexible.

    Cons

    A Compensation is getting worse.



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