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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of career development opportunities, but with many of the headaches of a large corporation.

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

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

    Pros

    Career Development - There are a lot of opportunities for career development.
    Skill Development - As an engineer, you'll use and develop technical skills.
    Compensations - The pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Career Development - While there are a lot of opportunities, it can often take a while to move up in your position.
    Management - There are too many layers of management. Higher level management is very disconnected from what's happening at the lower levels.
    Financial Concerns - Management is very focused on improving quarterly returns, and is often short-sighted in their decisions. This company hasn't been around for a long time by thinking quarter to quarter.
    Location - Many of the jobs are based in Peoria, which is not a terrible city to live in. However, Caterpillar is by far the largest employer here. It makes things difficult when the largest employer is town is not doing well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Caterpillar is a cyclical company. Management needs to recognize that the time to develop new machines often exceeds to rise in an economic cycle. Often new development programs will be funded during an economic boom, and then cut during an economic downturn. Management seems to focus only on the R&D impact to quarterly returns, rather than the emotional cost to the employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Great company to work with

    • 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

    Pros

    a lot of opportunities in a global platform

    Cons

    not many opportunities in east coast

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Financial

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

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Good for entry level people

    Cons

    Process need be improve some

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Easy communicate and provide suggestion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Plenty of opportunities, but difficult to get in front of the right person at the right time.

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of Accounting job opportunities in a variety of locations.

    Cons

    Difficult to see the "chess board" of positions currently filled and when positions are projected to be available.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Worthwhile career experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good place to find a work-life balance. Teaming with individuals with varied background and expertise can be both exciting and challenging. Some of the best training programs in the industry are provided. If your into manufacturing products and providing service to customers around the world, there's much opportunity. Good compensation package.

    Cons

    Functional expertise may not be rewarded through promotion and/or salary increases as much as intended for whatever reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always remember the dealer clamor/complaints about movement/instability with people they rely on for information, parts, or whatever else is needed to serve a customer.

  7.  

    Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, people and flexibility

    Cons

    Location, not much vacation, taxes are high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office Culture needs to be more in tune with workforce

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Solid job

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

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Good benefits, good insurance, medical, 401k

    Cons

    Pay was average, pay could be better

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    OTM II

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OTM II in Griffin, GA
    Current Employee - OTM II in Griffin, GA

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

    Pros

    It is a great place to work if you just need a job to get by but promotions or progression is very limited while compensation and pay stays the same and always isn't enough to support the cost of living in the area.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance is terrible will schedule overtime without sufficient notice. Management creates their own policies and rules that only benefit the company. Pay scale has been the same for over 7 years while employees do not receive fair merit increases. Also the ethics that are displayed by management isn't fair, firm, nor consistent its a buddy system. You can only move up or progress if you know someone who has position of power or if you are involved in the unethical actions that take place at the Griffin Facility in Georgia.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create jobs and opportunities within the facility that benefits the once who have seniority. Promote from within and conduct business in a manner that is fair, firm, and consistent. Break up the good "ol boy" system within the facility and create a culture that promotes team work and builds trust from the lower floor level employees to upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Writing

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

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Good pay. Good jobs and some nice coworkers.

    Cons

    Treat people like numbers and or criminals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    A great career path for the right person

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

    I worked at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Pay is fair and gets really good as you reach higher levels. Vacation is pretty good for the industry. You can learn a lot here if you put some effort into it. The company does embrace a continuos improvement methodology.

    Cons

    Culture varies greatly from one location to another, but it's generally that slow "old school" manufacturing mentality with lots of bureaucracy. Lots of reporting just for reporting sake. I think the culture is great on the marketing side, but not as good if you are looking at engineering, procurement or manufacturing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that the leadership is too centered on Peoria. Caterpillar needs to recognize that a lot of talent does not want to live in the typical remote town. CAT should put some effort into building a presence in a major city somewhere in the US.

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