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Caterpillar Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
879 Reviews
3.4
879 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 64 reviews)

  • Good pay and bonuses (but they jack with the pay-out formula every year to make it harder to achieve) (in 55 reviews)


Cons
  • They kept us to very unrealistic timelines and sacrificed any work life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Some of the upper management also seems kind of elitist and typically not visible (in 31 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benifits and company to work for

    Cons

    Upward Mobility Opportunities are limited in some locations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern for two years and I loved it.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Caterpillar has an incredibly welcoming and encouraging attitude that is great to work in. They treated me very well for two years through a well-paying internship program.

    Cons

    Central Illinois can be boring for young adults.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great internship programs!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Global Company to Work For!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Excellent compensation package; global experience; great global reputation; leader in driving free trade; excellent time off policy; opportunity for significant annual incentive pay based on actual company performance versus plan

    Cons

    Moving older workers (i.e. high job classification = higher pay) out the door. Affinity groups for many diverse employee groups, none for the aging workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Accountant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Great People and Great Pay

    Cons

    Must know someone to get carried through the ranks often times it is not necessarily performance based.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    good experience, interesting work.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Caterpillar Intern

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

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (less than an year)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great People Everywhere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Supervisor II in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Supervisor II in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to move jobs and gain experience from entry level engineer up to supervisor. Interesting variety of mechanical and electrical engineering jobs available with competitive salary, bonus, and benefits. Since purchasing a large mining company, CAT seems more stable even than it used to be for employment and growth.

    Cons

    Once you get to a supervisor position, the opportunities for advancement seem to narrow considerably and HR/management is not forthcoming on the process used to select managers and higher level people - it gets very political. There are vast differences in culture depending on where in the world you work for CAT and even large differences within the same city (i.e. Peoria).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Needs a boost of youthful exuberance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Supervisor in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Supervisor in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    1) Time tested engineering DNA
    2) PRIDE - when a team delivers a product, it will not be a half measure. It will be the best. Most of those will dominate the industry they compete in
    3) Generally industry leading compensation for mechanical engineering related jobs
    4) Transparent communication all around the company
    5) Midwest cultures and values….. I don’t know what this even means

    Cons

    1) CEO is too numbers oriented; need someone who can drive innovation
    2) Burgeoning aging workforce that is occupying middle management, stifles innovation and risk averse and drives a lot of red tape; it is not easy to just go and do something
    3) Electronics and IT are not core competencies; lacks vision at the highest level that shows in laggard technology projects with aggressive implementation and on the IT side questionable people moves and EXPENSIVE external consultants that live a lavish lifestyle with no noteworthy achievement over the last 5 years
    4) Although a global company opportunities are minimal outside of where you work; hiring managers for internal postings always have a pre-determined candidate in mind

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Eliminate bureaucracy
    2) Look at employee benefits offered on the East and West coasts and match it! Titles are free! Use towards employee engagement and retention
    3) Think beyond the traditional markets; develop CAT brand into new markets / products
    4) Go develop something cool and new - it doesn't need a "business case".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to start and advance your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technologist in Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Technologist in Lafayette, IN

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with plenty of oppertunities for an Engineer to shine. Unlike previous companies I have worked for upper managment seems to truly care about the employees. One of the best things about working here is the ability to either become an expert in one area or a chance to test the different sides of the business. From engineering in machines, engines or components to manufacturing and purchasing, there are plenty of oppertunites for career growth. The benefits exceeded my expactions are pretty fair compared to other companies in the same industry.

    Cons

    While there are multiple career oppertunities, it is mostly the employees position to find them. Some mid level managers are more focused on timelines than people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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