Caterpillar Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
851 Reviews
3.4
851 Reviews
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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 62 reviews)

  • Good pay and bonuses (but they jack with the pay-out formula every year to make it harder to achieve) (in 55 reviews)


Cons
  • They kept us to very unrealistic timelines and sacrificed any work life balance (in 23 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work, a lot of great people.

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    Former Employee - Quality Technician in Fountain Inn, SC
    Former Employee - Quality Technician in Fountain Inn, SC

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This company was a pretty good place to work. The benefits were satisfactory, very comparable to nearby companies. The training was good. Growth within the company was good.

    Cons

    The business was doing great before the economy went down hill. Then it never really recovered from that. It unfortunately closed the facility.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Pay was great, best in the area.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Coach in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coach in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits like nowhere else if your in management or salary.

    Cons

    There is a definite 'network' to get hired. Too many people who can use that network, but not really do a job well, will be your boss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should work on hiring process and red tape, but that's any large company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Solid workforce

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Profits,great benefits,mid west values,expanding,big potential

    Cons

    Foreign travel, small offices, loud machines, slow promotion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    My experience at Caterpillar was very rewarding and uplifting.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager/Mechanical Engineer in Griffith, GA
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Mechanical Engineer in Griffith, GA

    I have been working at Caterpillar as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with some my colleagues there made the work and the day just that much more of a joy coming to work.

    Cons

    I wish at the time I was there that the support team was a little more assessable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would enjoy returning back to work there. I learned a lot while I was a employee with Caterpillar.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Sanford, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sanford, NC

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

    Pros

    Great policies and good people the leaders are really good role model and motivate the team members for their sucesses

    Cons

    Repeated work
    Carrier growth will be limited for Technical people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Stay away

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    Current Employee - IT Worker in Oak Creek, WI
    Current Employee - IT Worker in Oak Creek, WI

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    If you work in IT, stay far away. The managers are some of the most inept and narcissistic I've ever dealt with. Also, if you want to advance your career, you have to move to IL.

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

    Old Boys Club

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Joliet, IL

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

    Pros

    They overpay, benefits not terrible.

    Cons

    You will work with a lot of idiots who think a professional certification absolves them of having to produce quality work the first time. You will be surrounded by men everywhere you go, most of them with large egos and lazy work ethics. Bright, intelligent women are looked over for those who either look nice or don't truly speak their mind. You have to play "the game" to get anywhere you can make a difference, and nobody really makes a personal difference in their employee's lives because it is all about the bottom line. Whatever it takes to churn out a quarterly profit even if we are constantly mortgaging our future. CAT comes first, your life comes second and they do not at all practice what they preach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Desperately need to promote women and not make them feel like they are lucky to have what they have or promote them just to meet a quota.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many, many years with Cat

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to move within the company. Formerly great salary and benefits. Good people working very hard. Used to be something you could count on. Financially well-managed and conservative approach.

    Cons

    Work/life balance was a myth. Management-level employees were compensated well but expected to live for the company. Culture is stodgy, resistant to change and slow to adopt new ways of thinking, collaborating, and communicating. Post 2008 crash, experience was costly and cut from the company, resulting in great disservice to its future. Benefits not what they used to be, but that's typical of corporations everywhere. A bit Big-Brotherish.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    "THE WALMART OF THE INDUSTRY"!

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    Former Employee - Contract Design Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Contract Design Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    used to be a good place for a life long career !, no longer true!

    Cons

    LOW LOW LOW PAY, does not care about employees at all, layoffs layoffs layoffs,
    sending jobs to low paying states, cutting contracted pay and offering NO benefits.
    company has a love affair with foreign workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reverse the direction the company has taken the last few years immediately !!!!, I worked within caterpillar as a contracted design engineer for over 18 years, the company is taking itself down hill fast!, the engineering wages hadn't changed in over 15 years, but not cat has lowered their engineering staffing wages to the lowest of their own industry, they have become the walmart of the heavy equipment industry, meaning people don't want to work their because of the low wages, and those that do want to leave !!!......generations of families no longer consider caterpillar as a good place to work, "the best part time job you'll ever have", massive layoffs, production workers beat up so they'll take $10-12 dollars an hour, I've personally seen suppliers beat up over their part charges to where they only make nickels on their products, now cat turned towards the contracted engineering staffing slicing their pay rates in 2013 by 1/3 of their previous wage which was the same for over 15 years, and NO benefits at all !!...they should be ashamed of themselves !!!!, any engineering personal will do much better at any of their competitors for sure, the offer people right out of college the lowest they can possibly pay them......go elsewhere, go out of state, cat is the big yellow bully on the playground that will beat up their own employees and pay you less and less after each time they lay you off !!!.......they have absolutely no value on their employees from production all the way up to engineering supervisors.......

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    They suck

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    Current Employee - Production Associate in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Springfield, MO

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

    Pros

    For the area, pay was good

    Cons

    No work/life balance, long hours, poor leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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