Caterpillar Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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Pros
  • There is a good work life balance, but you have to be your own catalyst for it (in 66 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits like nowhere else if your in management or salary (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • They kept us to very unrealistic timelines and sacrificed any work life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Some of the upper management also seems kind of elitist and typically not visible (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Busy and One of Best Experiences

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    Former Employee - Facility Engineering - Mechanical in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Facility Engineering - Mechanical in Aurora, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good support from peers, and excellent supervisors. Though busy, the main supervisor was willing to help and guide my learning. I would work for him any day. Thorough and respectful (of each department's needs) planning meetings for new large projects. I have never seen any project management equal to it. Below average starting salary and above average benefits, bonus, and potential raises. Severance package was generous compared to industry and years worked. I would go back to CAT.

    Cons

    In learning new job,it was very busy to learn to satisfactory level in one year.
    Tools and documentation for jobs could be updated to make staff more productive. CAT is probably working on it.
    When the product orders drop, management is quick to adjust the staff, and they paint a bleak immediate future.
    Would like to see more permanent employees and less contract staff, but it is probably how CAT can succeed in today's world.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Great company if this is your passion

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    Current Employee - Buyer
    Current Employee - Buyer

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

    Pros

    Excellent salary and benefits
    Freedom to make tough decisions
    Young management, room to move up

    Cons

    Cyclical business
    Frequent fear of layoffs
    Management is secretive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open with your employees. Threat of layoff is stressful enough. Management protecting secrets like we work at Fort Knox doesn't help.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Solid, stable company

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst III in East Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - IT Analyst III in East Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Well paid for early career employees
    Ample time off, and free sick days
    Can usually count on end of year bonus, sometimes quite sizable
    Many different areas of business available to work in

    Cons

    Easy to be overlooked if you are a worker who doesn't make waves, no matter your potential or skill
    One sub-par supervisor early in your career can stifle your ability to move up quickly
    Re-orgs seem to happen several times a year
    Business has been very up and down the past several years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some employees need to be re-evaluated in their position. Many people in the IT org don't have the skillset to match their position. Lots of young talent are looking to move elsewhere as there has been a 'wait your turn' mentality to climb the ladder quickly. regardless of performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Good culture with low risk employement.

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    Current Employee - Industry Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Industry Representative in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Secure company with great training and benefits. Company seems to really care about the employees.

    Cons

    Plant closures seem long for an industry that doesn't rest. As with almost every large company things change can seem slow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Cost Decision Support Accountant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and competitive compensation

    Cons

    poor leadership and development, good performance management metrics are needed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Large company that has great benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great culture and work/life balance.

    Cons

    The work locations aren't very glamorous. All upward career paths typically lead to Peoria.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. Great company

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Morton, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Morton, IL

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

    Pros

    work culture. Flexibility in terms of everything from job hours to work from home. Lots of emphasis on quality.

    Cons

    Favorism, management seems to have no clue on how to execute projects, they keep hiring architects but wouldnt hire developers due to cost :) Managers have power to keep their favorite people in there even if they dont have any work for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your performance review based on results and not based on who can do better hollow talks. I have seen people hanging in there just because they have good terms with the manager.

  9. boring!

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Pros

    Short driving distance from home

    Cons

    I can get the entire day's work done in about three hours, they've over hired for most office jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quality is more important than quantity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great Company. Good benefits!!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Good Salary in Central IL

    Cons

    Inefficient Supervisors/managers, cannot differentiate between good performers and average performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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  11. Wonderful place to work with a great management and benefits.Wonderful place to work with a great management and benefit

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Cat's goal is number one quality.Wonderful place to work with a great management and benefits.Cat's goal is number one quality

    Cons

    Closing down plants too soon , just for the bottom line.Closing down plants too soon , just for the bottom line.Closing down plants too soon , just for the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't close down so soon and be fair and square to all.Don't close down so soon and be fair and square to all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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