Caterpillar Reviews

Updated August 4, 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. Section Manager

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    Current Employee - Section Manager in New Braunfels, TX
    Current Employee - Section Manager in New Braunfels, TX

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

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

    Pros

    There are many benefits to working at Caterpillar, the most important is career development and compensation. The company as a whole is very good. You get what you put into it.

    Cons

    The hourly pay for the production technicians continues to be a struggle for this facility. While the contention is that the hourly rate is in alignment with the area. I feel we should be the company where everyone wants to work rather than be the place where it’s just a job like everywhere else. The caliber of people we hire is hit and miss; this creates an uneven workforce which in turn mixes high caliber people with mediocre people. I would like to see the production technician role staged into three tiers, this will systematically separate the high performers and improve the transition from production technician to team leader.

    Advice to Management

    Employees who are selected, oriented, and reinforced properly, and who are surrounded by peers of the same caliber, will thrive when given significant autonomy.


  2. caterpillar

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    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Sumter, SC
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Sumter, SC

    I worked at Caterpillar (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Co workers, great company with great benifits

    Cons

    Bad management, very short notice overtime

    Advice to Management

    Do better


  3. Best Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in East Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in East Peoria, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Best for family, Nice areas to raise family

    Cons

    Low Salary, No promotional Opportunities, Too much middle management

    Advice to Management

    Remove the middle management


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  5. Information Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Urbana, IL

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

    Pros

    good work and life balance

    Cons

    typical big firm road blocks


  6. Segment Buyer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Segment Buyer in Houston, PA
    Current Employee - Segment Buyer in Houston, PA

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

    Pros

    Global company with excellent training and growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Opportunity for promotion limited to relocation only.


  7. Great company with one bad division

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Lafayette, IN

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay; lots of opportunities; world class product development and manufacturing. Caterpillar can teach you a ton.

    Cons

    Never go to the Lafayette, IN LPSD facility. They are totally different from the rest of Caterpillar. Management is inbred there; they all know each quite well and make sure only their chosen ones advance. Worse they will actively work against allowing you to transfer to other divisions to escape the madness. Got denied two promotions and blocked from interviewing. Had to quit the company because of the crappy management there.

    Advice to Management

    dont make so many short term decisions. Make sure the next round of executives aren't all accountants


  8. Assembler

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Finishing up the tractors and getting them shipped out with no issues.

    Cons

    Whenever we didn't finish our production numbers we would stay over late to get the job done.

    Advice to Management

    I am just looking for any and every outlet that appeals to receptionist, data entry, office administration type field.


  9. machinist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caterpillar

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

    Pros

    it is a union job

    Cons

    company wants to pay 3rd world wagees


  10. Caterpillar Inc.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting and diverse work. Good salary for the Midwest. Lots of opportunity. Who doesn't love playing with big earth moving equipment?

    Cons

    Medical benefits could be better but Caterpillar has bench marked itself against companies of similar size and makeup so we are just average in the grand scheme of things.

    Advice to Management

    Rolling layoffs seems to be the new knob management loves to turn when the economy heads south. While this is great in the short term it's hurting us in the long term.


  11. Senior Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Peoria, IL

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent culture. High integrity and values. Great benefits.

    Cons

    All decision needs to be reviewed and approved by many people which cause inefficiency



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