Caterpillar Reviews

Updated August 4, 2015
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  1. Design Engineer

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

    I have been working at Caterpillar (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Laid back, friendly atmosphere, flexible time schedule, hours usually stay to 8 hours a day. Advancement can be quick depending on department

    Cons

    Performance-based compensation seems to be more tied to what group you fall in. Caterpillar seems to lack a lot of the amenities other large companies offer (gyms, restaurant options, somewhere to exercise a bit onsite, ergonomics of cubes). Upper management seems to think that shoving a lot of people in one space and giving it a special title qualifies for progressiveness. Locations for engineers can be overcrowded.

    Advice to Management

    Recruiting is important and Caterpillar could benefit from making Caterpillar more attractive to new hires. Also, Caterpillar's opportunities for involvement have seemed to decrease as of late.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Out of control

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

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay for management employees, culture

    Cons

    More bad leaders are being promoted than good ones. Singular vision to cut costs at employee expense while executives vote in their pay raises.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the insanity before you destroy the company.


  3. Pretty Good

    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Sread a little thin sometimes.


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  5. IS Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IS Technical Specialist in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - IS Technical Specialist in Peoria, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Many internal opportunities within Caterpillar

    Cons

    Cyclical Business planning restricts long term investments in IT


  6. Operations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Tech II in Tupelo, MS
    Former Employee - Operations Tech II in Tupelo, MS

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A really great environment that is focused on safety and it is not just something that is said in a safety meeting then forgotten about . At Caterpillar "SAFETY" is a way of life.

    Cons

    Really the only negative thing about Caterpillar is that they do not have a cost of living pay increase. Many employees strive above and beyond but never get pay increases. Really it makes those people feel real bad not to feel some appreciation.

    Advice to Management

    Management should maybe do a little more to keep their skilled employees around. More often than not skilled employees feel unrecognized and underappreciated and move on to other companies when they had rather stay around if management would show a little effort at all that they care.


  7. Team Lead

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Team Lead in Seguin, TX
    Current Employee - Production Team Lead in Seguin, TX

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

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

    Pros

    There is AC in the shop floor

    Cons

    Low pay, favoritism, backstabbing, incompetent workers, low work ethic, incompetent supervisors, small bonuses, no leadership,

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for.


  8. Great place to learn

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

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn. Some people are truly brilliant. Decent compensation for the area. Auxiliary benefits are among the top in the region

    Cons

    If you excel you still may not promote quickly. Mandatory time in job requirements. Year over year raises are small. Job scopes are narrow. Don't expect to contribute outside your job description.

    Advice to Management

    Lift movement restrictions to grow a more diversified and passionate workforce. Increase formal training opportunities to deepen expertise.


  9. Was a great place but declining quickly

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer - Development/Research in Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer - Development/Research in Joliet, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Ranked #54 on Fortune magazine's 500 list. The brand still has value and Cat still has a large domestic manufacturing footprint where you can gain experience that lasts a lifetime. As an engineer you'll learn technical leadership skills.

    Cons

    The leadership prizes shareholders above anything else, including benefits, safety, environment, or long term sustainability. In a word, they are "short sighted"... Well that's two words but you get the idea: only this year's revenue matters. When the market recovers, and it always does, Cat will be in disarray and their competitors will seize the opportunity to cut their market share which will drive even more fanatical, short sighted cost cutting and dig a deeper hole. Sadly, when you're at the top the only way to go is down sometimes and that is the case here. Starting a career at Cat in such a time is just asking for long hours and rewards that decrease every year.

    Advice to Management

    Revenue is sales minus costs, if you put half the effort into getting new sales as you do into cutting costs, you would already be a $100 billion company. Supplement your LEAN/6-sigma strategy with innovation and watch your business grow. Also, don't cut benefits every other year because it undermines the relationship between you and the engineers that are ultimately responsible for growing your market share.


  10. Helpful (3)

    We need to look in the mirror...hard

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Analyst in Peoria, IL

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

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are much better than almost anything you can find out there. There's always more work to be done

    Cons

    Workplace competition is high to a debilitating level Management doesn't value outside knowledge Very easy to fall victim to the toxic work environment

    Advice to Management

    While it's nice to drop the dress code and become more like Google, we must remember that our products generate income for decades. Google on the other hand needs to always be looking for the next best thing. Don't forget who we are. We've lost quite a few very intelligent people in the last year alone. Retaining them by coaxing them with more money or a better position is a knee jerk reaction to a symptom of a core problem. Our leaders need to know how to relate to everyone on their staff, be able to see what they're best at, and give more opportunities for the staff to use their strengths.


  11. NPI Program Manager

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very good pay and benefits. People are great to work with. Work and family balance is absolutely fantastic.

    Cons

    Not very easy to get promotions unless you have someone to back you up and push you. Absolutely need a mentor



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