Caterpillar Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman
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. Distribution Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Distribution Supervisor in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Distribution Supervisor in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits is great

    Cons

    Cyclical business makes for rough lows


  2. Good place to work and grow with the company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work, great opportunities - even to travel, Competitive pay, excellent benefits, possibilities for educational development and incredible work life balance

    Cons

    Due to the nature of the business there are down times (sometimes more often than one would be comfortable) this may lead to time of without pays (temporary layoffs) and lower bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    the department I've worked in had an excellent management team. However I would recommend the management to include some team activities and work on improving on the culture (there is great diversity but few activities outside work)


  3. great to work

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    Former Employee - PROJECT: E-COMMERCE AURORA in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - PROJECT: E-COMMERCE AURORA in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Caterpillar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good for the starters and nice place to work. you will be given an oppurtunity to prove yourself and will guide you to the right path.

    Cons

    Don't have confidence about the job because, the project future depends on the companies quarter results and the budget issues .


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  5. Senior Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good bonus, comparable salary, rotation to different jobs

    Cons

    small town, company start losing focus on engineering

    Advice to Management

    add technical career path


  6. IT Business Analyst

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    Former Contractor - IT Business Analyst in East Peoria, IL
    Former Contractor - IT Business Analyst in East Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Management is supportive of the employees.

    Cons

    Management does not share reasons for sudden change in direction during project implementations

    Advice to Management

    Keep the employees involved, informed


  7. Potential

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistic Manager in East Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Logistic Manager in East Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can move up in the company.

    Cons

    When people don't do there job they get transferred or a better position.


  8. Machinist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machinsit in East Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Machinsit in East Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Insurance, overtime, training, stress, no life

    Cons

    Over stressed management - people trying to make a name


  9. Incredible Pay, Work not always engaging

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Eureka, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Eureka, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Outstanding pay, when compared to cost of living in Central Illinois it is almost astronomical in proportion. Nothing seems to come close. Depending on the group, work life balance can also be great. Management is generally of high character. Upper management, i.e. VP, Presidents, CEO appear incredibly sharp and most capable to help the company weather many storms. It appears that problems in management are addressed, and poor managers are given other assignments.

    Cons

    Work can be uninteresting at times, at least for electrical engineering. Standard corporate mentality(this could be pro or con depending on your view point).

    Advice to Management

    Decide if high tech is really part of the corporate vision. If not, publicly partner with a high tech company for this product. Otherwise, start getting good technical people and complement with technically sharp management.


  10. Great Cross Functional experience

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    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


  11. Good upper mget vision but too many layere.

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    • 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.



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