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  • Some managers have no idea of the definition of work life balance (in 60 reviews)

  • Lack of communication from upper management (in 83 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome place to work at!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Practicum Student in Champaign, IL
    Current Intern - Practicum Student in Champaign, IL
    Recommends

    I have been working at Caterpillar as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Everyone is super nice and caring.
    - You get to choose the project.

    Cons

    - Sometimes, open-ended so there can be little guidance.


  2. "Software engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues are very friendly, they patiently guide and explain, let me quickly into the role. HR is very kind and easy to communicate. After all, is a large enterprise.

    Cons

    It seems that international students are very few. Internship salary is not high, not enough emphasis on software engineers than those of technology companies.


  3. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Student Practicum in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Student Practicum in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, cool and interesting equipment, very broad scope with tons of different job opportunities across the globe

    Cons

    Big company, not a lot of freedom and a lot of bureaucracy. Also cyclical business is scary sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to be connected with the interns and try to talk and interact with them as much as possible


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  5. "Good company, flexible working hours"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - College Practicum in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - College Practicum in Champaign, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, flexible working hours for intern, opportunities in real project

    Cons

    Not very efficient in work distribution, sometimes a lot of redundant work


  6. "Great experience. Extremely progressive environment."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Consultant in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Student Consultant in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and co-workers
    Very flexible for scheduling
    Pay is very good due to the unions, everyone gets paid similarly which really helps morale

    Cons

    Lots of reorganization going on
    Try to make sure you are ahead of the game and adding value to the company because it is a progressive big company

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing and working with the students as much as you can.


  7. "Information Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Urbana, IL

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

    Pros

    good work and life balance

    Cons

    typical big firm road blocks


  8. "Internship"

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    Current Intern - Intern - Monthly in Champaign, IL
    Current Intern - Intern - Monthly in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Caterpillar as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are very nice, they basically discusses technical problems they are facing and how you think of it.

    Cons

    They don't even know how to solve it. So... Sometimes they are not sure whether it is doable.

    Advice to Management

    Take it easy, be prepared with some related area. Smile is always good. Wear suite. Be nice and be on time.


  9. "Great first internship, not where I want to be long term."

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    Current Employee - Intern in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome resume builder and nice people. The schedule was extremely flexible and the work given to interns gives real experience that will make you a better engineer.

    Cons

    Location wasn't where I wanted to be and just wasn't the right feel. I also didn't like that I worked in a different location than my team, making communication fairly difficult.

    Advice to Management

    For some reason the feel of the company was just behind the times. Could have just been my location though.


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    "CSC"

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    Former Employee - College Student Practicum in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - College Student Practicum in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good engineering experience for a student

    Cons

    Work is too easy and laid back. Very bureaucratic.

    Advice to Management

    Be more understanding when students want to leave the company


  11. "Mechanical Engineer Design Team Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Design Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Current Intern - Design Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. Everyone is really friendly and the full time employees/mentors are very helpful. Caterpillar has great training software too. It's as if you get paid to take free classes in Pro Engineer (CAD), Pro Mechanica (FEA), or whatever you may be working with. The majority of projects are fun, challenging, and overall great experience.

    Cons

    Depending on whether there are projects available or at some points in between projects you may have to do some maintenance work.


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