Caterpillar Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Caterpillar Chairman & CEO 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. Design Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer ­ Team Lead in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer ­ Team Lead in Joliet, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Work / Life Balance. Most people are out of the office by 5pm. Benefits package and pay is great.

    Cons

    Must be willing to move to different locations to advance. Lots of bureaucracy and paperwork.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of your cost is going into pencil-whipping and paper work. I think some of these things can be leaned out to make for a more agile workforce.


  2. Good Place to Work

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    Current Employee - 6 Sigma Black Belt
    Current Employee - 6 Sigma Black Belt
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Strong company with a good brand. A lot of opportunities within the company to move up and across different business units. If you want to try out marketing, or sales, or IT, you generally can move if you really are set on trying that new thing.

    Cons

    Very cyclical work environment. In 2008, 2012, and 2015 there were mass layoffs to management employees. When mining is down, the company is down.

    Advice to Management

    Expand the portfolio. We have money invested in marine, construction, rail, transportation, mining, etc. But mining is king - so when mining is down, everyone suffers.


  3. Caterpillar Logistics Services

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company looks after their employees, promote from with and encourage rotational learning and cross training very loyal long serving staff base

    Cons

    Decision making is often slow and made by management that is ill informed or not interested in change. can be frustrating


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  5. 6 Sigma Black Belt

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    Current Employee - Illinois
    Current Employee - Illinois
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Well managed, good benefits, good career opportunities

    Cons

    Still wreaks of the old boy network type place but much more diminished. Sometimes as with any big company (over 70K employees), red tape gets in the way of making things happen quickly

    Advice to Management

    generally pleased


  6. great to work

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    Former Employee - PROJECT: E-COMMERCE AURORA in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - PROJECT: E-COMMERCE AURORA in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Caterpillar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good for the starters and nice place to work. you will be given an oppurtunity to prove yourself and will guide you to the right path.

    Cons

    Don't have confidence about the job because, the project future depends on the companies quarter results and the budget issues .


  7. Caterpillar

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good hiring process and other

    Cons

    leadership is way too content


  8. Cool place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people. Opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    You can only grow in bigger facilities and branches.


  9. Recruiter

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Awesome company culture. Cares about employees work/life balance as well as personal and professional growth. A lot of opportunity for advancement. Consistent acknowledgement for a job well done.

    Cons

    Very conservative in spending and sometimes lags behind in keeping with technology platforms and current trends

    Advice to Management

    Great leadership!


  10. Great if you are not contract.

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    Current Employee - CPI Engineer in West Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - CPI Engineer in West Lafayette, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work is fun and engaging. People are great, management is fair and very logical in making decisions.

    Cons

    Contract engineers make much less, in some cases half of what full time engineers make. Getting a full time job should be your only goal.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great company to build a career!

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    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to build a professional career, Lot of opportunities and management is very supportive towards developing new technologies, innovation and optimization. Great mentoring opportunities and solid processes. Diverse work culture.Caterpillar is positioned to retain the #1 positon in the next decade .

    Cons

    Cannot think of cons. I have all positive experiences in my career.

    Advice to Management

    Great work with strategic planning for future. Disruptive innovation is the only way to maintain leadership.



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