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Caterpillar Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
924 Reviews
3.5
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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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Worked here for seven years great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newberry, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newberry, SC

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Great benefits,good pay,great place to work!

    Cons

    You have to love overtime!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Pretty good

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst III in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - IT Analyst III in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Okay pay, okay benefits, everything was just average.

    Cons

    No overtime pay or anyway to make extra money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard to advance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Work Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Not so aggressive in the IT areas. Laid back yet great opportunities to climb the corp ladder.

    Cons

    Too slow to make decisions. Lots of Red Tape.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of career development opportunities, but with many of the headaches of a large corporation.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Career Development - There are a lot of opportunities for career development.
    Skill Development - As an engineer, you'll use and develop technical skills.
    Compensations - The pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Career Development - While there are a lot of opportunities, it can often take a while to move up in your position.
    Management - There are too many layers of management. Higher level management is very disconnected from what's happening at the lower levels.
    Financial Concerns - Management is very focused on improving quarterly returns, and is often short-sighted in their decisions. This company hasn't been around for a long time by thinking quarter to quarter.
    Location - Many of the jobs are based in Peoria, which is not a terrible city to live in. However, Caterpillar is by far the largest employer here. It makes things difficult when the largest employer is town is not doing well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Caterpillar is a cyclical company. Management needs to recognize that the time to develop new machines often exceeds to rise in an economic cycle. Often new development programs will be funded during an economic boom, and then cut during an economic downturn. Management seems to focus only on the R&D impact to quarterly returns, rather than the emotional cost to the employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Great company to work with

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    a lot of opportunities in a global platform

    Cons

    not many opportunities in east coast

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Financial

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Good for entry level people

    Cons

    Process need be improve some

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Easy communicate and provide suggestion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Plenty of opportunities, but difficult to get in front of the right person at the right time.

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    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of Accounting job opportunities in a variety of locations.

    Cons

    Difficult to see the "chess board" of positions currently filled and when positions are projected to be available.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Worthwhile career experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caterpillar (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to find a work-life balance. Teaming with individuals with varied background and expertise can be both exciting and challenging. Some of the best training programs in the industry are provided. If your into manufacturing products and providing service to customers around the world, there's much opportunity. Good compensation package.

    Cons

    Functional expertise may not be rewarded through promotion and/or salary increases as much as intended for whatever reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always remember the dealer clamor/complaints about movement/instability with people they rely on for information, parts, or whatever else is needed to serve a customer.

  10.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Performance Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Performance Engineer in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, people and flexibility

    Cons

    Location, not much vacation, taxes are high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office Culture needs to be more in tune with workforce

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Solid job

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

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Good benefits, good insurance, medical, 401k

    Cons

    Pay was average, pay could be better

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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