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Caterpillar Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
923 Reviews
3.5
923 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.  

    Technical Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Provides good product. Invests in R&D for NPI and CPI. Nice people to work with. Nice bonus when the business was good.

    Cons

    Takes time to get promoted. Cat never laid off engineers before 2008, but no longer offering the comfort security any more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cat now only hires contractors. Qualified candidates don't take contractor positions. You get what you pay for.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Old school and conservative, but a well known fortune 50 company. Not the worst, but not the best either.

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    Current Employee - Project Management Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Project Management Analyst in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Looks great on your resume and can be great for gaining experience on your resume. Great benefits as well for full-time employees.

    Cons

    Peoria Illinois is a bit boring. Very out dated systems that were created 25 years ago and still used. Promotions are very political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek to reward hard work instead of friendships. Also try to give more training to older workers who don't understand projects and programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Junior engg

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    Current Employee - Junior Engineer in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Junior Engineer in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Safe environment to work and good culture

    Cons

    not idea to say ereree

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training is good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Pretty good

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    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
  6.  

    Worked here for seven years great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Worked as Parts information Analyst for NPI Parts manuals.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Parts Information Analyst in Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Parts Information Analyst in Chennai (India)

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working culture & benefits, ethics at workplace as well environment.

    Cons

    conversion of Agency Employee to FT Employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please Consider Employee Skills better than Years of Exp.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Work Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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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
  9.  

    Cat

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Professional work environment with high standars

    Cons

    Poor job security due to market conditions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase sales force.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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.

  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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

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