Caterpillar Reviews

Updated August 30, 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. Good place to work and grow with the company

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work, great opportunities - even to travel, Competitive pay, excellent benefits, possibilities for educational development and incredible work life balance

    Cons

    Due to the nature of the business there are down times (sometimes more often than one would be comfortable) this may lead to time of without pays (temporary layoffs) and lower bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    the department I've worked in had an excellent management team. However I would recommend the management to include some team activities and work on improving on the culture (there is great diversity but few activities outside work)


  2. Distribution Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Distribution Supervisor in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Distribution Supervisor in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits is great

    Cons

    Cyclical business makes for rough lows


  3. Design Engineer

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer ­ Team Lead in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer ­ Team Lead in Joliet, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Work / Life Balance. Most people are out of the office by 5pm. Benefits package and pay is great.

    Cons

    Must be willing to move to different locations to advance. Lots of bureaucracy and paperwork.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of your cost is going into pencil-whipping and paper work. I think some of these things can be leaned out to make for a more agile workforce.


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  5. Good Place to Work

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    Current Employee - 6 Sigma Black Belt
    Current Employee - 6 Sigma Black Belt
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Strong company with a good brand. A lot of opportunities within the company to move up and across different business units. If you want to try out marketing, or sales, or IT, you generally can move if you really are set on trying that new thing.

    Cons

    Very cyclical work environment. In 2008, 2012, and 2015 there were mass layoffs to management employees. When mining is down, the company is down.

    Advice to Management

    Expand the portfolio. We have money invested in marine, construction, rail, transportation, mining, etc. But mining is king - so when mining is down, everyone suffers.


  6. Caterpillar Logistics Services

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company looks after their employees, promote from with and encourage rotational learning and cross training very loyal long serving staff base

    Cons

    Decision making is often slow and made by management that is ill informed or not interested in change. can be frustrating


  7. 6 Sigma Black Belt

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    Current Employee - Illinois
    Current Employee - Illinois
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Well managed, good benefits, good career opportunities

    Cons

    Still wreaks of the old boy network type place but much more diminished. Sometimes as with any big company (over 70K employees), red tape gets in the way of making things happen quickly

    Advice to Management

    generally pleased


  8. great to work

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    Former Employee - PROJECT: E-COMMERCE AURORA in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - PROJECT: E-COMMERCE AURORA in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Caterpillar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good for the starters and nice place to work. you will be given an oppurtunity to prove yourself and will guide you to the right path.

    Cons

    Don't have confidence about the job because, the project future depends on the companies quarter results and the budget issues .


  9. Recruiter

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Awesome company culture. Cares about employees work/life balance as well as personal and professional growth. A lot of opportunity for advancement. Consistent acknowledgement for a job well done.

    Cons

    Very conservative in spending and sometimes lags behind in keeping with technology platforms and current trends

    Advice to Management

    Great leadership!


  10. Caterpillar

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good hiring process and other

    Cons

    leadership is way too content


  11. Great if you are not contract.

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    Current Employee - CPI Engineer in West Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - CPI Engineer in West Lafayette, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work is fun and engaging. People are great, management is fair and very logical in making decisions.

    Cons

    Contract engineers make much less, in some cases half of what full time engineers make. Getting a full time job should be your only goal.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.



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