Caterpillar Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman
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. NPI Program Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NPI Program Manager in Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - NPI Program Manager in Lafayette, IN

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very good pay and benefits. People are great to work with. Work and family balance is absolutely fantastic.

    Cons

    Not very easy to get promotions unless you have someone to back you up and push you. Absolutely need a mentor


  2. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fabricator Welder in Athens, GA
    Current Employee - Fabricator Welder in Athens, GA

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits good work environment team values

    Cons

    Short breaks really can't say anything bad about caterpillar

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to employees behavior


  3. Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Industry Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Industry Representative in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Culture is a good culture, honest work, people work with you conservative company. Good customer support. Tries to plan your career with you

    Cons

    Time to get to jobs especially through rotational programs takes forever. Big company so it's slow moving. Most offices are not in very good cities

    Advice to Management

    Change headquarter locations to somewhere people actually want to live


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  5. I would have to say that I gained more knowledge on how big Corporations work and handle their employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly and Test Specialist in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Assembly and Test Specialist in Aurora, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The reason caterpillar was a decent place to work is because of the pay

    Cons

    Not knowing if you will have your job the following month.... Lay off central

    Advice to Management

    Keep your employees happy as far as pay rate and the quality of your product will increase .......


  6. There's Good, Bad & Worse at Caterpillar

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Global organization with diverse professional development opportunities. Good compensation and benefits plans.

    Cons

    Challenging for mid career hires - many feel the culture is not inclusive and politics and legacy thinking dictate direction. Risk takers and innovative thinkers easily upset the applecart. Average performers who stay below the radar will always have a place with Caterpillar.


  7. Good and bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Mobility between divisions; opportunity to change functional areas or work in different areas.

    Cons

    Always chasing the next buzzword. Limited development of employees; increased focus on external hires. A lot of excellent talent has left in the last 18 months.


  8. Decent

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Base pay and bonuses
    Co-workers
    Location in aurora, il
    Vacation and personal time
    Travel and benefits
    Good insurance
    6% company match on retirement

    Cons

    Temporary layoffs
    Cyclic industry
    Austerity measures taken
    Work environment in aurora, il
    Long time for information to come down the pipeline

    Advice to Management

    More transparency


  9. Caterpillar

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, IN

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Very laid back for factory work. They don't ask too much of their workers.

    Cons

    It's very loud and little variety of work.

    Advice to Management

    Please give your workers more flexibility to choose when we come in. I'm having health problems from getting up so early.


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    Caterpillar

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

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly, great brand, cool products, global

    Cons

    focuses lately appears to be only profit, dont seem to talk a lot about Cat's greater purpose

    Advice to Management

    inspire your employees. new millenial generation (and probably all) arent inspired by Wall Street speak.


  11. Good Midwestern Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work / Life Balance is good.

    Cons

    Location is not the best.

    Advice to Management

    More team building activities.



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