Caterpillar Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
852 Reviews
3.4
852 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 62 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 23 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.  

    Caterpillar Global Mining

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planning Analyst in South Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planning Analyst in South Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Very good company to work for, work hard, get the job done right and you will be successful. The company invests in its employees (training, APICS etc.) and cares about them.

    Cons

    Always consider your work-life balance. Know when to call it a day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and communicate. I have been very lucky with my management team. They do a great job at listening and are getting better at communicating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Accounting in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Tons of experience gained. Many opportunities. If you shine you will go far. Pay is great. Bonuses are unbelievable. I loved working there.

    Cons

    Some policies are not consistent from group to group. Executive management needs to bring some old benefits back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing well but focus a little more on employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company in the middle of nowhere

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Everyone was super helpful and easily approachable. They were very understanding of helping me, as an intern, take in as much as possible. I found every easy to work with.

    Cons

    The work environment was a bit dull. Peoria wasn't the type of city I was looking for.

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  5.  

    Good compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Communication Representative in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Communication Representative in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Some reasons to work here....
    Good compensation
    Lots of different job roles...as long as you don't get too specialized you can move around quite a bit
    Good work life balance....in the right job, with the right boss
    Chance for moving internationally
    Job security
    Vacation/personal time

    Cons

    Corporate environment, lots of red tape
    Cat as a corporation doesn't really care about work life balance, and depending on your project, your mgmt might not either

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Caterpillar was a great experience for me to work on what I love.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Athens, GA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Athens, GA

    I have been working at Caterpillar as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    My projects were directly related to things I was learning in school and had a meaningful impact on the company. Caterpillar is a global power in its markets and therefore a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Getting my housing situation set up for the summer was difficult. I also had too many tasks to complete and could not finish them all. There was also a lack of direction and direct supervision during my internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to provide more directly supervision of the interns throughout the process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Typical cube farm, great people

    • 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

    Pros

    Hard working people that have a strong passion for the industry and customers they serve
    Leader in the industry
    Exceptional opportunities for growth and development

    In general it's a great place to work. The employees at CAT are here to work and truly care about helping their customers and improving the world we live in.

    Cons

    Cube farm to the extreme...if cubicle life does not suit you this is not the place for you
    Located in Peoria--not the most exciting city to imagine relocating to

    Office environment isn't exactly glamorous (although not many companies' office life is). In addition, Peoria is most certainly not an attractive place to live.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Great people to work with. Good work-life balance. They really seem to care about their employees. So many different career paths to choose from.

    Cons

    I have nothing to really complain about. I think they are a great company and I am proud to be employed by Caterpillar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the company going in a good direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best company to work for in the central IL area

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

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

    Pros

    Allows flexible schedules, tuition reimbursement, good overall compensation. I have worked a lot of places before coming to Caterpillar, and have not found better work or compensation anywhere in the area.

    Cons

    The biggest con I see is working with people who joined the company right out of high school. They have no concept of what pay and benefits are like in the real world. The negative attitudes can sometimes be discouraging, especially having come from jobs where I didn't even receive holiday pay - let alone paid vacation!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have had it said to me many times over, run it as though you were the one paying the bills. Please continue to manage the company in a fiscally responsible way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience for an intern!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Intern in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Corporate Intern in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, great corporate intern program

    Cons

    easy to get lost in a company of that size

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A variety of careers under one company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    - great benefits - both healthcare and other benefits
    - great people - people are usually really willing to listen and help
    - great opportunities - lots of opportunity for lateral moves and new assignments for development
    - progressive - the company knows they're doing well, but that there is always room for improvement

    Cons

    There isn't much to say as far as cons go. Some of the facilities are located in very small towns that you may not have heard of, but there's plenty of opportunities if you're willing to be mobile and like living in small towns.

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