Caterpillar Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Sales Rep

    • 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 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company, great team, good benefits, excellent school, self development culture. strategy school. salary in the average

    Cons

    Move slow, too much process oriented, no space for creativity, some dealers are too big and have their own agenda.

    Advice to Management

    HR should be more proactive and use talents and skilled pro where they fit better. Move faster and no many good people can wait for 4 years for changing jobs.

  2. Quality Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Quality Engineer in Montgomery, IL
    Former Contractor - Quality Engineer in Montgomery, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good life work balance, good pay, good training

    Cons

    Was a contract position they got a bad forcast and was let go.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with contract workers

  3. Dinosaur company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Multiple locations - opportunity to cross-learn

    Cons

    Pretty hard to get fired

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  5. A economic bell weather company that has been a strong player in global market; Pans across continents;

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IL - Illinois in Dunlap, IL
    Current Employee - IL - Illinois in Dunlap, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent Benefits; Opportunities are provided and discussed periodically for promotions;

    Cons

    Run by accountatnts; way too much sensitive to the oil and commodity prices

    Advice to Management

    Please keep the restructuring to a minimum

  6. A nice company to grow

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

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good structure for work and professional growth. There are wide range of opportunities from R&D to machine development, Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, Product support, etc.

    Cons

    Slow promotions was seen. Need to align yourself with the management to reach higher level

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities to grow people who have several years with the company.

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    Information Technology

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For central Illinois the salary is good.

    Cons

    1950's culture
    Top Heavy Management Structure
    Employment instability
    Lack of innovation

  8. Use to be a great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with and good pay for the job.

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance - it doesn't exist. Leadership doesn't value their employees, unless your part of the boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees like you value them

  9. Cat

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, access to all the state of the art tools, projects can be challenging and have a large footprint

    Cons

    Big company can be slow to react, people switch rolls way to often leaving a deficit of deep knowledge in positions. Long term and product planning is poor. Shareholders are put ahead of customers and employees.

    Advice to Management

    Try to smooth out the boom and bust cycles and their impact on work and employees. Customers and Employees should come before shareholders.

  10. Nice company

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

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good perks and other things

    Cons

    Long hours for the regular work day

    Advice to Management

    Na

  11. Helpful (1)

    Busy and One of Best Experiences

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Facility Engineering - Mechanical in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Facility Engineering - Mechanical in Aurora, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good support from peers, and excellent supervisors. Though busy, the main supervisor was willing to help and guide my learning. I would work for him any day. Thorough and respectful (of each department's needs) planning meetings for new large projects. I have never seen any project management equal to it. Below average starting salary and above average benefits, bonus, and potential raises. Severance package was generous compared to industry and years worked. I would go back to CAT.

    Cons

    In learning new job,it was very busy to learn to satisfactory level in one year.
    Tools and documentation for jobs could be updated to make staff more productive. CAT is probably working on it.
    When the product orders drop, management is quick to adjust the staff, and they paint a bleak immediate future.
    Would like to see more permanent employees and less contract staff, but it is probably how CAT can succeed in today's world.

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