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33 Reviews
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Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Caterpillar - Exporting Producs, Importing Revenue, a good place to call Home

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Good technical career path in most engineering areas. The sub-units (engineering sections) are run by engineering supervisors who have engineering degrees, so they typically understand the work they are dishing out..

    Cons

    Way to focused on processes, it's like we believe Utopia can really work, and very little slack is given for non-conformance. Some managers are obsessed with "just follow the proces and nothing can go wrong. Everything will go wrong if we don't follow the process"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the product...implement the processes in a more sensible manner since there's good value in most of the processes we learn.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Caterpillar - world leader that is highly ethical and values people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Caterpillar is a global leader in its industry, and invests accordingly in people. People generally have opportunity to grow their careers in direction of their choice, have global mobility options, and I feel have genuine respect from top management. In addition, Caterpillar is extremely ethical, with management required to annually disclose any actions or situations they are aware of that are possibly in violation of their code of conduct. Every year, employees complete employee surveys that provide opportunity for anonymous feedback. Managers are evaluated on these results, and so are 'held to the fire' to be responsive to employees concerns,

    Cons

    The majority of locations are not in high profile urban areas, and so it is not convenient to include some of those advantages in personal life. For instance, Cat's global headquarters are in Peoria, Il. Peoria has 300k people and 1M in 60 mile radius, So, they only have minor league hockey and baseball, and arena football, and a university (Bradley) that doesn't have a football team. It is 3 hour drive to Chicago, St. Louis, or Indy. Other major locations are Decatur, Il, Lafayette, In, Raleigh, NC, and Aurora, Il. Intl locations are Grenoble, France, Geneva, Gossellies, Peterborough, UK., Sagami, Japan, and Piricicabo, Brazil - nice places, but again for the most part, are not the major metropolitan centers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance is they key. CAT management seems to trend toward the long term view in regards to strategic goals. However, it seems like short-term issues drive tactical decisions. 4th quarter restraints on hiring, travel, and capital investment are really counterproductive when it only serves as a bottleneck that forces people to compromise their progress for the sake of a couple months hold-back in progress.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large company with many opportunities if you have the persistence and desire to pursue them.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Large company with stable employment. Layoffs are rare. Opportunity to work in a variety of locations around the world in many different types of jobs. Engineers in product development can be involved in all phases of the development process from design, to testing and production. It is very rewarding to participate in the design life cycle of Cat products.

    Cons

    Large company with resulting political issues. It can take a long time and a lot of people to get something done. Office environment is very bad. Large open office spaces with small cubicles and no windows. The company has become very process oriented, so much so that many times the implementation of the process seems to be more important than the results. 6 Sigma is still the mantra. Promotions can be difficult if a person wants to stay on a technical track and not move around to different jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate less on process requirements and more on developing people. Management should encourage development of technical roles with authority and responsibility.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Great company with good values, good pay, and lots of opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Black Belt in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Black Belt in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to work in various work groups. Overseas opportunities and several work locations throughout the US as well. The pay is great, 95th percentile for most jobs.

    Cons

    Diversity quotas sometimes hurt internal applicants who don't meet those criteria. Diversity is a great thing, but a lot of companies, including Cat, have swung the pendulum far left. It's a difficult balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Right people for the right job, based on skill sets.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Join Team CAT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Trainee in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Trainee in Decatur, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Lot's of opportunity for career progression within the company. Even with the poor economy CAT is still having record quarters. You can go all over the world with CAT. If you want to try diffent jobs there is always opportunity to change your career path if you want to.

    Cons

    Some of the locations aren't the most glamorous. Most of the facilities are in Illinois.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They do a good job with supporting thier employees decisions. The only thing I would say is that upper management needs better communication between groups so capital projects can complement or improve other business areas.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Absolutely do not ever take an entry level position within this company unless you are closely related to management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst II in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - IT Analyst II in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    The only reason Caterpillar would be a good place to work is if you have a relative there who handed you a career you didn't have to earn.

    Cons

    Caterpillar blatantly lies about opportunites for advancement.
    Caterpillar has total disregard for state labor laws. Will blackmail employees whenever possible.
    Caterpillar has no concern for employee satisfaction. If your unhappiness saves Caterpillar a penny, you won't be happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying attention to employee satisfaction levels. Employees who start in entry level jobs are told that the position is a gateway to better jobs. This is untrue, as entry level employees are simply taken advantage of until they quit. Better opportunities are strictly given only to those applicants who are related to someone in a position of power. It is not possible to earn advancement by hard work and good attitude within this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Getting back to our roots

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Lafayette, IN

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Job Security. Caterpillar is not going away and will be around for my kids.

    Cons

    The travel schedule is sometimes challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your a theory Y manager and don't micro manage. Caterpillar does a good job at hiring good people who know how to get the job done.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Caterpillar is the best company to work for!!! A+++++

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Amazing pay. Great location. Stable job. Great opportunities to advance. Everything good in general!!

    Cons

    No downside. Highly recommend. Come join us and see!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The senior management staff is great. They listen to your concerns and will do everything they can to help you.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    A solid company but employees keep to themselves

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Competitive salary, nice work environment, cutting edge technology is always a plus, you feel you are doing valuable work, you will become very competent at using the newest editions of related technology, very flexible work hours, many employees come and go as they please

    Cons

    Not much time off, hard to get to know your co-workers (most are quiet, reserved and do not socialize outside of the office), unequal numbers of men and women but that is to be expected from an engineering company, problems obtaining software licenses for the amount of people using each particular program, some people commute from very far locations every day, not much opportunity for travel, you will be sitting in front of a computer for most of your day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand the office space! Employees feel cramped and that there is always someone sitting right next to you. Encourage more social activities and opportunities to get to know your coworkers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work, if you don't mind living in a small town

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Trainee in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Trainee in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Good opportunities, great training programs for college graduates

    Cons

    Most of the locations are in small towns. Little responsibility is given to younger hires. Too much movement throughout the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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