Caterpillar Reviews

Updated July 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. Assembly

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in Decatur, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar

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

    Pros

    There are no pros working at cat anymore

    Cons

    Many layoffs and they take your pay away whenever they want


  2. Management doesn't care...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Starting pay was good. Paid for education at one time. Health insurance premiums were very low.

    Cons

    Supervisors allowed to play favorites and make up own rules.

    Advice to Management

    Don't only take input from Supervisor that is hardly ever around to see actual work getting done. Need better review process.


  3. caterpillar

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Sumter, SC
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Sumter, SC

    I worked at Caterpillar (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Co workers, great company with great benifits

    Cons

    Bad management, very short notice overtime

    Advice to Management

    Do better


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  5. Best Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in East Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in East Peoria, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Best for family, Nice areas to raise family

    Cons

    Low Salary, No promotional Opportunities, Too much middle management

    Advice to Management

    Remove the middle management


  6. Information Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Urbana, IL

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

    Pros

    good work and life balance

    Cons

    typical big firm road blocks


  7. Not a place to stay your whole career

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

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work. Wide range of products to work on.

    Cons

    Executive office is too focused on quarter to quarter performance at the expense of long term viability. Need to play the political game to advance.


  8. Company is good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chennai (India)

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Good Salary Good work culture

    Cons

    no cons Everythng is good

    Advice to Management

    No advice


  9. Segment Buyer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Segment Buyer in Houston, PA
    Current Employee - Segment Buyer in Houston, PA

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

    Pros

    Global company with excellent training and growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Opportunity for promotion limited to relocation only.


  10. Good with Challenges

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company that looks after its employees really well. Values success and acknowledges effort. Very good publicly stated views and ensures that work at all levels adhere to their views.

    Cons

    Its size can make change very slow in coming. Hard to quickly adapt or introduce new ideas. Matrix organization can cross purposes many times.


  11. Great company with one bad division

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Lafayette, IN

    I worked at Caterpillar

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

    Pros

    Good pay; lots of opportunities; world class product development and manufacturing. Caterpillar can teach you a ton.

    Cons

    Never go to the Lafayette, IN LPSD facility. They are totally different from the rest of Caterpillar. Management is inbred there; they all know each quite well and make sure only their chosen ones advance. Worse they will actively work against allowing you to transfer to other divisions to escape the madness. Got denied two promotions and blocked from interviewing. Had to quit the company because of the crappy management there.

    Advice to Management

    dont make so many short term decisions. Make sure the next round of executives aren't all accountants



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