Caterpillar Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman
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Pros
  • There is a good work life balance, but you have to be your own catalyst for it (in 66 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits like nowhere else if your in management or salary (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • They kept us to very unrealistic timelines and sacrificed any work life balance (in 25 reviews)

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

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  1. MAnager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

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

    Pros

    AWesme, great, meaning, life, and family

    Cons

    handling isues and hierarchy at times is an issie

    Advice to Management

    Go ahead

  2. Rental operations territory manager

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    Current Employee - Rental Operations Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Rental Operations Territory Manager

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Caterpillars products and service is by far the best in the industry

    Cons

    work life balance can be challenging

  3. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

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

    Pros

    good pay, good team, healthy work hours

    Cons

    Very traditional work environment

    Advice to Management

    promote people who deserve it and don't hold them back.

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  5. Cat is in it for the long haul.

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    Current Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Cat offers loyalty to employees like I have never seen before. Benefits are good, too.

    Cons

    There is a bit of overhead, like most large organizations.

  6. Inventory Control

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MRP Reconciler in Fountain Inn, SC
    Current Employee - MRP Reconciler in Fountain Inn, SC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Good benefits and good culture. It was a good company to work for and a fairly positive work environment.

    Cons

    Pay was not as good as other companies in the industry. There was not room for advancement within the company. The corporate red tape could make it difficult to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Cutback on the corporate bureaucracy for smaller facilities such as the one I worked for. Some of the corporate policies did not make sense for our facility. Pay their employees a wage that is more competitive with other companies in the industry.

  7. Marine Service Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    travel, per diem, good hourly rate

    Cons

    too many hours per week. Shouldnt be the first option for somebody with a famiy

  8. Sales Rep

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company, great team, good benefits, excellent school, self development culture. strategy school. salary in the average

    Cons

    Move slow, too much process oriented, no space for creativity, some dealers are too big and have their own agenda.

    Advice to Management

    HR should be more proactive and use talents and skilled pro where they fit better. Move faster and no many good people can wait for 4 years for changing jobs.

  9. Quality Engineer

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    Former Contractor - Quality Engineer in Montgomery, IL
    Former Contractor - Quality Engineer in Montgomery, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good life work balance, good pay, good training

    Cons

    Was a contract position they got a bad forcast and was let go.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with contract workers

  10. A economic bell weather company that has been a strong player in global market; Pans across continents;

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    Current Employee - IL - Illinois in Dunlap, IL
    Current Employee - IL - Illinois in Dunlap, IL

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent Benefits; Opportunities are provided and discussed periodically for promotions;

    Cons

    Run by accountatnts; way too much sensitive to the oil and commodity prices

    Advice to Management

    Please keep the restructuring to a minimum

  11. A nice company to grow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good structure for work and professional growth. There are wide range of opportunities from R&D to machine development, Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, Product support, etc.

    Cons

    Slow promotions was seen. Need to align yourself with the management to reach higher level

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities to grow people who have several years with the company.

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