Caterpillar Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
826 Reviews

3.5
826 Reviews
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Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman
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426 Ratings

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.  

    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
  2.  

    My experience at Caterpillar was very rewarding and uplifting.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager/Mechanical Engineer  in  Griffith, GA
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Mechanical Engineer in Griffith, GA

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

    Pros

    Working with some my colleagues there made the work and the day just that much more of a joy coming to work.

    Cons

    I wish at the time I was there that the support team was a little more assessable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would enjoy returning back to work there. I learned a lot while I was a employee with Caterpillar.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Sanford, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sanford, NC

    I have been working at Caterpillar for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great policies and good people the leaders are really good role model and motivate the team members for their sucesses

    Cons

    Repeated work
    Carrier growth will be limited for Technical people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Application Developer

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Good place, lot to learn, colleagues are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Nothing much that I have noticed

  6.  

    Great Company!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    World class company. Great environment, management team is great.

    Cons

    Pay needs to be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise pay for Production Support Specialists

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    The best place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - LPA  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - LPA in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Education and create structure provide a well being to purpose of job role

    Cons

    We love to suck up to what ever the government tells us to do, which the intent is good, but it is not good for business,.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go Giver

  8.  

    Best products in the Industry, Great people to work with, stodgy old-fashioned practices

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Leader  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Leader in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Caterpillar is the leader in the industry with a great, sustainable business model

    Cons

    Short term financial focus
    Matrix organization, very difficult to get things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure a long term focus on Research and Development, do not shrink yourselves to greatness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I love working there

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    Current Employee - Tam Leader
    Current Employee - Tam Leader

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for growth and development, pay scale that is above industry average, great people to work with at my location.

    Cons

    Its like any corporation, you will have good managers, and you will have bad ones. To work here you better be skilled with excel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It was great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Great people, good money, great environment

    Cons

    Tons of time away from family

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great, as long as you are a non-union employee

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    Current Employee - Material Specialist II  in  Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Material Specialist II in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    You can work your way up the corporate ladder fairly easy.

    Cons

    in an entry-level union setting.... you have to watch your P's and Q's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give union employees more money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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