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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.  

    steady work

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    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
  2.  

    Its tough when your facility only makes one product

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    Former Employee - Continuous Improvement Engineer in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Continuous Improvement Engineer in Decatur, IL

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed this position, plenty of room for continuous improvement. High visibility if you latch on to the right project

    Cons

    There was and I'm sure still is plenty of low hanging fruit, however selling the improvement projects often meant insinuating something was done incorrectly from the beginning and most likely that originator is still on board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When a person does something and does it well over and over, promote them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Stay away

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Controls Technician in Seguin, TX
    Current Employee - Controls Technician in Seguin, TX

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    None. Large dying company that is fading away

    Cons

    Management is entirely too vertical, and completely disconnected from the process. Micromanagement by unqualified lateral promotions are the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting from the bottom to keep the top afloat

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Intern for two years and I loved it.

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Caterpillar has an incredibly welcoming and encouraging attitude that is great to work in. They treated me very well for two years through a well-paying internship program.

    Cons

    Central Illinois can be boring for young adults.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great internship programs!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benifits and company to work for

    Cons

    Upward Mobility Opportunities are limited in some locations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Global Company to Work For!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Excellent compensation package; global experience; great global reputation; leader in driving free trade; excellent time off policy; opportunity for significant annual incentive pay based on actual company performance versus plan

    Cons

    Moving older workers (i.e. high job classification = higher pay) out the door. Affinity groups for many diverse employee groups, none for the aging workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Accountant

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Great People and Great Pay

    Cons

    Must know someone to get carried through the ranks often times it is not necessarily performance based.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Work in engineering department, engines. Good flexible hours, opportunities to travel abroad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    good experience, interesting work.

    Cons

    difficult to get ahead, Sometimes too little time to complete the job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Caterpillar Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CorporateHardware Group in Mossville, IL
    Former Employee - CorporateHardware Group in Mossville, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent company to intern for. Offered lots of relevant experience and good exposure to a global company. Engineering team that I was working with was very friendly and the atmosphere and work ethic were very nice. Company cared about you as a person and didn't see just as a number on paper.

    Cons

    Was a bit difficult to find enough work to do at the start but further into the internship I had plenty to do

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great People Everywhere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    Nearly everyone I've come into contact at Caterpillar treated each other with a high level of professional respect. From upper-level management to worker bees, I always felt that each employee had the best interest of the company at heart.

    Cons

    There is some sense of seniority, in that you must put in your time before getting promoted, but on the flip side, if you are good at what you do and continue to deliver, you will be given a competitive raise each year. In some cases there are empire-builders, though typically well-intentioned, it still happens.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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