Caterpillar Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
817 Reviews
3.5
817 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  3.  

    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
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    General

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

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

    Pros

    The group are willing to hire entry level people, and people in the group will not hide their knowledge, they will teach you everything you want if you show the attitude. There will be a lot of activities after work because Peoria is a small city and there is nothing else to do.

    Cons

    Too many meetings and conference to attend. The working stress is high, leave work late is often. Peoria is a boring city, employees are all old age, fewer young people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    excellent company

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst  in  Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    freedom to work on your own learning pace, established guidelines, training

    Cons

    Need some new talent to stir up things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work, a lot of great people.

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

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    This company was a pretty good place to work. The benefits were satisfactory, very comparable to nearby companies. The training was good. Growth within the company was good.

    Cons

    The business was doing great before the economy went down hill. Then it never really recovered from that. It unfortunately closed the facility.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Caterpillar Opinion

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Benefits, corporate values, training availability, career advancement.

    Cons

    Company no longer is a stable place to work. Long-term employment is not reliable. Many contract workers and politics plays a large part in how promotions and lay offs are determined.

  11.  

    Pay was great, best in the area.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Coach  in  Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coach in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits like nowhere else if your in management or salary.

    Cons

    There is a definite 'network' to get hired. Too many people who can use that network, but not really do a job well, will be your boss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should work on hiring process and red tape, but that's any large company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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