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Caterpillar Reviews

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

    Incredible opportunities for career growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Material Specialist in Morton, IL
    Former Employee - Material Specialist in Morton, IL

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

    Pros

    became certified Six Sigma Green Belt

    Cons

    couldn't transfer when I had to move to care for sick parent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to try and lift the less productive worker to reach their full potential

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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.  

    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
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  5.  

    Average paying job at a conservative company rooted in traditional corporate culture

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Mossville, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    - Training support is comparable to other Fortune 500 companies. I can't complain at all because they paid for approximately 90% of my MBA through their tuition reimbursement program. Internal CAT specific training is also respectable and well received by most employees.

    Cons

    - Management team is primarily a buddy-buddy based system. Good, highly qualified managers are not always selected based on their performance or competence level, but merely because they're connected personally or socially to other managers. This is unfortunate since managers should be the best and brightest employees of the company.
    - Pay and total compensation for various jobs is below average to average as compared to other Fortune 500 companies. My starting salary was lower than the starting salaries offered by other companies for a similar position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to upper management would be to continue promoting from within so you can retain your best and most talented employees. These high performing employees will be the foundation of Caterpillar for years and years to come. Always promote the best and brightest employees based on their individual performance and personal fit for the job, not merely on subjective opinions and feedback from their peers. One's actions (results) always speak louder than their words (talk).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Secure work status. Pay OK.

    Cons

    Company in flux. Promotions extremely limited. Upper mgmt not in touch with lower level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, global opportunities, mentor programs, continuing education, good pay

    Cons

    lack of transparency in evaluation/promotion process; some managers are not responsive to bottom up feedback; myopic focus on achieving metrics at the expense of overall situational awareness

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    CAT

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    Former Employee - Finance Representative in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Representative in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Excellent Management and Opps for Advancement

    Cons

    No cons to report for CAT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Quality Company, Quality People

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    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
  10.  

    Challenging work in a high integrity environment

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    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
  11.  

    Validation Analyst Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, IN

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    I really liked the management style, the managers were very hands off, and let us do what we needed to.

    Cons

    I felt like there were more meetings than there needed to be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try hiring and advancing from within as opposed to bringing in people new to Cat

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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