Caterpillar Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
825 Reviews
3.5
825 Reviews
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Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a good work life balance, but you have to be your own catalyst for it (in 57 reviews)

  • Very good pay and because of the company size many job options (in 52 reviews)


Cons
  • They kept us to very unrealistic timelines and sacrificed any work life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Some of the upper management also seems kind of elitist and typically not visible (in 30 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Its a nice to company to work for. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    I do not have anything for cons.

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    Loved working at cat

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Hires a ton of interns

    Cons

    Boring and tedious at times

  3.  

    Great experience as an intern

    Current Employee - Corporate Intern  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Corporate Intern in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The work environment was extremely encouraging and diverse. As an engineer, most work is team-based. They treat interns much like new-hires. People are friendly and are quick to help the interns. Workplace is clean and spacious.

    Cons

    The location (Peoria, IL in my case) is rather boring. Office environment is quiet and bit dull. There isn't much to do outside of work, however Caterpillar will host a few social gatherings throughout the summer.

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    Company with several opportunities and limited growth

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Performance Engineer  in  Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Performance Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A good engineering company that is able to sustain because of the products that they have developed a few decades ago. The company offers good career opportunities and benefits.

    Cons

    Too many layers in the organization and its hard to move up the ladder. Work pace is slow. Business units have their own goal and objective and compete against each other without working towards the corporate goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the organization structure and reduce head count. Develop people to work as a team and willingness to come forward and accept additional/new responsibilities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good benefits, steady employment, good management team.

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    Current Employee - Assembly Technician  in  North Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Assembly Technician in North Little Rock, AR

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

    Pros

    Insurance, pay, people, shifts, daily work life, expections made clear. Company has many lines of machinery to keep the overall company working. The company goes the extra mile to ensure no lay offs during the year for the full-time, permanent employees.

    Cons

    Downturns in the economy that affect the build rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen and work with employees, suppliers, and customers to make the best machine at the lowest cost.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    My experience with Caterpillar was very rewarding, I also enjoyed working with my previous coworkers.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer/Project Manager  in  Griffith, GA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer/Project Manager in Griffith, GA

    I have been working at Caterpillar as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn a diverse range of products and company outlook.

    Cons

    Upper management seems to forget to work and inter act with mid level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk with your company employees, to see what their challenges are or what they my be facing on a daily basis.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Innovative company with plethora of opportunities

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer III  in  Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer III in Joliet, IL

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

    Pros

    1. Job related training is available to full time and contract employees
    2. Depending on your education, pay scale and benefits such as 401K, vacation package are competitive
    3. It is relatively easy to change your career path regardless of your education and experience.

    Cons

    1. In certain facilities, after you reach to certain professional level, it is difficult to further your career because of lack of opportunities
    2. Leadership training is not offered to all full time employees. You have to reach to a certain salary grade before you have a shot at it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Leadership team at Joliet, IL lacks the basic fundamentals of leadership
    2. Some of them do not understand how to criticize and not diminish the efforts that were put in by the team
    3. Some of the management team members lack the education and experience for the job they are chosen for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Giant company struggling to embrace change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Stability, family-oriented, friendly, good benefits

    Cons

    Middle management saturation, poor understanding of process, fragmentation between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incorporate solid UX methodology for technical decisions. This needs to be a top-down mandate. User experience research and documentation will make it so the end products are truly customer-focused. As it is now, senior management make technology decisions based on personal preference that may comply to a limited set of business needs rather than on overall customer experience priorities.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
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    Great manufacturing experience.

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    Former Employee - Assembly Technician  in  Fountain Inn, SC
    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in Fountain Inn, SC

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits.

    Cons

    Very difficult to move from contract worker to full time employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Rewarding experience, good management

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary
    Strong brand name
    Plenty of career opportunities if willing to relocate or network with right people
    Work life balance can be good depending on manager

    Cons

    No integrated management information system across enterprise
    Some managers or old timers lack outside world experience
    Many mid to lower-level managers/leaders have limited ability to create - many of these leaders won't survive without interns and external consultants
    Functional and business unit silos are hard to break
    Top performers are not always rewarded fairly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in IT!! Getting any type of data is a pain and it cost tremendous amount of money, down time due to lack of better, more modern systems. Save money by getting rid of the unnecessary bureaucracy and layers of managers who do nothing but put others peoples presentations together as their full time job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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