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Caterpillar Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
898 Reviews
3.4
898 Reviews
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Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman
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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.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work in different areas and acquire new skills. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Too many managers, executive management needs to be more dynamic and should be open to embrace new technology. We deal with technology that gets obsolete just after few years of deployment. Slow career progression for engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to diversify our business, need bigger presence in locomotive business. Try to retain the young talented engineers, provide them with better career opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Quality Company, Quality People

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I cannot speak highly enough about my time at Caterpillar.The people there were the epitome of professionalism and I was completely humbled to call myself lucky enough to be apart of the Caterpillar family.

    Cons

    At times the work life balance could be a bit tenuous only because I found myself constantly wanting to be in the office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    CNC operator Joliet Il

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Joliet, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Pros great pay, coworkers are great, union shop people stand with union, training is great when its offered and room for advancement.

    Cons

    LAYOFFS &STRIKES!!!! Some of the management really don't value employees, get the sense you are easily replaceable to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better budgeting to stop over for casting , which would stop layoffs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Cat experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and place to work

    Cons

    N/A not applicable, didnt find one

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Pretty bad or no work ethics seen in Senior technical staff /leads

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electronics Engineer in Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Electronics Engineer in Chennai (India)

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    somewhat better pay ..(certainly not the best in electronics industry)

    Cons

    - Too much of communal biasing seen at all levels
    - Senior technical community(not talking about the management here) need to be more respectful about the other younger professionals.From what I have seen, most of the technical people with experience of about 8- 10 years, they are literally interfering in other's(younger ppl) jobs (even if it is not part of their job role) and they vent out their frustration about not making it to the management levels on the younger professionals. They are ruining the inclusion factor and also the team climate and then they try to put the blame on management
    - Senior technical staff (around 8- 10 years of experience) have very sub-standard motivating skills and lack mentoring skills completely.They also don't like young guys whose communication skills are better than them as most of them were earlier working in small companies ..totally incompetitive mind set among the senior technical leads..some of them even try to de-motivate the agency employees while posing a very good image of themselves to the management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep the interference of senior technical staff in other people's jobs to the minimum.They are literally de-motivating the youngsters behind the management's back. so that they could paint a rosy picture of themselves to the management !! there is a strong need to address this , else company is going to keep losing young talent ....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere. American culture. People do not stay in the same job for more than 3 years.People is relaxed and they do train you. Career planning is well executed, HR policies are better than elsewhere (even if HR itself does not count much, as everywhere). I have seen respect for some older managers who could have been fired but was pushed in other positions (it does not happen in every company...).

    Cons

    Career can go slow, not too much responsibility, it can take years to be taken seriously. They say it's a flat company but it's a joke... very hierarchical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing, overall it is a great place to work for.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good work life and benefits, needs to work on communication

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good benefits
    Top notch training
    Really care about safety of employees

    Cons

    You will need to consider relocation for promotins

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Challenging work in a high integrity environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Loved the variety of work. Fantastic products. Great people. Truly an honest environment. Hard work is recognised and rewarded.

    Cons

    Some managers are not up to par with the top leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure middle managers are fully on board

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    steady work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Clayton, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Clayton, NC

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

    Pros

    steady work its a job

    Cons

    putting up with all the young people whose "father" works there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Nice management. God colleagues. Great atmosphere

    Cons

    HR is not that good.

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