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Very informative and fun internship

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Former Employee - Accounting Intern in Peoria, IL
Former Employee - Accounting Intern in Peoria, IL

I worked at Caterpillar as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

Good pay, daytime hours, many networking opportunities, large variety of training opportunities, fun internship, tours of various facilities, good work environment

Cons

It is a very large corporation and at times it may feel like you are just a number; many interns complained of being bored and having a lot of down-time, but that was not the case with me.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Quarterly profits and stock dividends at any cost.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist

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

    Pros

    - High bonus payout
    - with the right manager, potential for opportunity
    - usual benefits of a big company (access to world class capital, equipment and tools)
    - in general, the average engineer is competent and a team player

    Cons

    - job instability (you are just an easily replaceable number). Large numbers of people get walked out with little notice and rolling layoffs are common all the while the company makes incredible profits and the CEO gets millions more in bonuses.
    - if you are an immigrant, don't expect a fair/timely GC sponsorship
    - HR is not trustworthy, helpful or capable of looking beyond a generic job description
    - usual large company drawbacks (politics, lethargy, bureaucracy and never ending self defeating processes and procedures)
    - too many managers, not enough engineers
    - no simple / basic perks (have to pay for your own coffee), no family events, Christmas parties etc.
    - Peoria is a less than ideal location (sad that there are "no-go" areas in such a small town)
    - limited (at least very slow) technical career path. Many more management opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Think beyond the next quarter.
    - If layoffs are required, then you should not be entitled to bonuses (no idea how Doug sleeps at night).
    - Lay off yourselves in proportion to the engineers bringing a competitive advantage and are actually doing work (instead of playing politics and chasing each others yellow dollars)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    "Dialing for Dollard for Doug and Diane" (read Doug's Business Week article)

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    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Not the company it once was

    Cons

    Employees come behind shareholders at all costs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are now looked at as liabilities. Layoffs of office people occur at random to make the profit sharing higher for executives, which violates HR's pay strategy (base pay is fixed, and profit sharing flexes). All employees should read Doug's ramblings and flawed business philosophy in Business Week. He says, "we can never make enough money". Now those are values in action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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