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Good people. Hard work.

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Current Employee - Grinding Specialist  in  East Peoria, IL
Current Employee - Grinding Specialist in East Peoria, IL

I have been working at Caterpillar part-time for more than a year

Pros

Everyone I have met through my work experience at Caterpillar has been very gracious, understanding, and hard working. From the shop floor to the CEO's office, you will find very friendly people who are there to do business, and do it well.

Right now the business is booming, and is only in the first stages of a sharp growth period. The work is there, so for industrious men and women, a future can be made that will make the past two years of economic sluggishness recede as any bad memory should.

Cons

The heavy equipment industry is hard work. Hot, dangerous work.

Unfortunately, sometimes money supersedes values.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

To be the best leader, you have to be the best follower.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to be, if you're an accountant or minority

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    Former Employee - 6 Sigma Black Belt  in  Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - 6 Sigma Black Belt in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Extremely strong brand in a rising market sector. Most employees really care about doing their job to the best of their ability.

    Cons

    Caterpillar is bypassing qualified internal candidates for positions in the name of increasing diversity in favor of individuals with lesser qualifications.

    IT/IS management has good work/life balance, their subordinates don't.

    Management overpromises and then holds employees responsible for bad goals that they did not help set.

    Senior management is perceived as having had their "time in the trenches" predominantly in the accounting or finance arena, and have publicly boasted in the business press as having frozen the IT budget at 1999 levels, mostly by reducing IT headcount with "off-shored assets". Unfortunately, (having been there,done that) many of these assets are lowest-bidders with attendant abilities, that the others have to carry the weight of too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live the values that you preach, if Caterpillar really does hire only the top performers why do you promote from outside?
    Other people besides mid/upper management would like to have home lives too. Hire more help or get more realistic expectations.
    6 Sigma was supposed to be adopted to solve problems by using facts; stop letting the emotions (of Division Managers and up) continue to scuttle the correct course of action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best job I ever had

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

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    generous salaries and benefits................for now.

    Cons

    Politics. Women move up the ladder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fairer!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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