Caterpillar
3.5 of 5 707 reviews
www.caterpillar.com Peoria, IL 5000+ Employees

Caterpillar Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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3.5 707 reviews

                             

78% Approve of the CEO

Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman

Douglas R. Oberhelman

(363 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "OK work life balance (depends upon the person)"
    in 50 reviews
  • "Very good pay and because of the company size many job options"
    in 37 reviews
Cons:
  • "They kept us to very unrealistic timelines and sacrificed any work life balance"
    in 17 reviews
  • "Upper management is focused on themselves and not the personal development of the people"
    in 28 reviews
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Great Company to Build a Career

Senior Associate Engineer (Current Employee)
Peoria, IL

I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat pay, talented people, great bosses (my experience), they invest in people and training. Solid company with great values that they really stand behind.

ConsConservative culture, slow moving, bureaucratic. Location is the biggest issue for me and more and more folks. Very few opportunities to move geographically (especially internationally) anymore.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe flexible, think about your people, and what's best for the enterprise

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Poor leadership

Engineering Project Team Leader (Current Employee)
Lafayette, IN

I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 8 years

ProsLarge R&D budgets to work on exciting projects.

ConsA lot of leadership that has never actually been part of bringing anything to market. The company went thru a phase where it wasn't important if you ever did anything as long as you could give a good presentation. Now that they are in charge they have no idea how anything gets done. They are wheeling out new processes that Chrysler abandoned two bankruptcies ago. We used to joke about the engineers at the big three did nothing but attend meetings all day long. Now we are the joke.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind a way to get people who have done something in positions of leadership.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Caterpillar has been quite an experience since the change of untrained management in Decatur Plant.

Assembler (Current Employee)
Decatur, IL

I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThe learning experience is good, but management needs great knowledge of product.

ConsThey need to Temp lay-offs, should never had relied on one product. They should of kept Motor Graders and Power Trains.

Advice to Senior ManagementThey need to know the product and learn people skills. They made a bad mistake getting rid of Motor Graders and Power Trains.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great team, support and overall great work environment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Caterpillar full-time

Pros- Great support from local team
- Lots of projects to assist with
- Good work-life balance

ConsVery structured organization. Everything is black and white; not very much grey area which makes hard to do job at times.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good

Logistics Planning Analyst (Current Employee)
Decatur, IL

I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 10 years

ProsBenefits -
People - friendly environment
Salary - very competitive with other companies in area

ConsGood Ole Boy Network
Lack of promotions
Favoritism

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good Company to Work For

Technical Specialist (Current Employee)
South Milwaukee, WI

I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 8 years

ProsStable and mature working environment and processes.

ConsThe process can take long time to work through.

Advice to Senior ManagementSee the long term, not just a short-term financial appearance.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Awesome Place to Work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Denison, TX

I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat benefits and pay! Wonderful co-workers.

ConsChange is slow, some of the upper management is abusive.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of some of your Bucyrus upper management.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I shouldn't complain....

Engineer (Former Employee)
Montgomery, IL

I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 5 years

ProsMy close work mates including guys on the shop floor were nice to work with

ConsMore resources dedicated to outsourcing than investing within. When large capital projects can be "sold" to management, it takes years to get done and is controlled by the accounts. WAY to many layers of useless, non value adding mid management.

Advice to Senior ManagementRemove the revolving door into and out of mid/high level management positions, develop some leadership continuity.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Miserable

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Caterpillar

ProsPays well and gain big business experience

ConsExtremely slow moving and lots of beauracracy

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Really depends on location

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Aurora, IL

I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 8 years

ProsLots of opportunity to incorporate new technologies into design. Worldwide travel.

ConsLeadership is poor and decisions are very short sighted based on manufacturing.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork to improve the culture in the big three. Do more to understand who is providing value.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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