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Updated August 17, 2017
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  1. "Summer 2017 Accounting Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Corporate Accounting Intern in Mossville, IL
    Former Intern - Corporate Accounting Intern in Mossville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Great people to work with
    -Good amount of responsibilities and work
    -Honest and helpful supervisors and managers
    -Leadership is very transparent and direct
    -Many opportunities to network with other interns, co-workers and leadership.

    Cons

    -Pay is bad compared to other accounting internships.
    -A lot of change is going around and it makes it hard for interns to follow all of these changes

    Advice to Management

    -Increase the pay for interns if you want top talent


  2. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good work environment. Good career progression based on your results you achieved.

    Cons

    None that I have experienced.

  3. "Marketing Mgr"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Diversity now plays big within the company.

    Cons

    Not sure where the company is going!!!

    Advice to Management

    Need a long term strategy.


  4. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Product Support Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Product Support Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyed my time at CAT. Great benefits, salary, bonus

    Cons

    In some departments, you have to move in order to advance your career.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - fun coworkers
    - cool projects
    - good compensation

    Cons

    - some old school bosses. More behavior than results oriented
    - sometimes workloads are low.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make engaging projects for engineers


  6. "Good company to work in diverse fields, but run by old school executives with risk aversion to new technology"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Project Team Leader in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Project Team Leader in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse and unique skills more tuned towards big machines. Decent pay and bonus that keeps changing with business conditions. Opportunity to work on diverse technologies. Hands on experience on engines and transmissions if you like to play with big fun toys. Gain valuable experience working in proving grounds.

    Cons

    Very few career growth opportunities. Climbing up the career ladder is more to do with rubbing shoulders with top management and less to do with talent. Executive management has no clue on market trends and lacks vision, makes impulsive decisions with on boarding and off-boarding programs every month wasting research dollars. To many managers and top level management compared to companies with similar revenues

    Advice to Management

    Bring in the talent from west and east coast to fill the exe position. We are always late to the market when it comes to technology, engineers feel left out and start to look for challenging opportunities in other companies to be on par with skills and technology. Wake up before our technology becomes obsolete. Stop making bad acquisitions and need accountability at the top management for making poor business decisions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Current Contractor - Mechanical Engineer in Aurora, IL
    Current Contractor - Mechanical Engineer in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, AC office area, people are friendly.

    Cons

    CAT do not hire contracts, I have been working for 2 years and still contact. No paid vacation, No personal days, No paid holidays. In announcements they call CAT employees first and then contracts that makes you feel the disrespect. When they take team pictures, contracts do not get invitation to participate and be with the team.

    Advice to Management

    Think more about the contracts and their motivation, not doing that will decrease the courage to do better when there is no opportunity to get hired. I started with high momentum to do better day after day, but when I realized that there is chance to get hired, this pushed me way back and demotivated me. I have a friend in design team spent 6 years contract.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Culture is a problem - it's not the Cat I used to know."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a great learning experience ; opportunities to grow and decent wages. I will not stop my kids from taking jobs there...as long as they plan to leave after 3 years.

    Cons

    Poor management at most levels. Many leaders were promoted by stealing credit, overworking staff and embellishing success stories. Due to a culture of moving people in/out of jobs quickly, you can average a new manager every year. I had 20+ managers and most were below average.

    Advice to Management

    Someone I mentor just gave notice at Cat and her VP, HR rep and manager relied on half-truths, unsubstantiated promises and veiled threats to get her to stay. They were aware that her manager is a problem but did nothing.


  9. "Overall, good company"

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    Current Employee - Communications in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Communications in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Frequent opportunties to work with global teams
    Lots of career opportunities within one company
    Interesting and challenging projects
    Current position is very flexible -- can set own schedule
    Great benefits and great coworkers

    Cons

    Decision making is slowed by running things up through the chain -- lots of red tape
    Leadership not in tune with functioning business needs -- hard to get leadership buy in on projects and technology improvements
    Leadership out of touch with employees -- not much of an employee focus the past 5 years

    Advice to Management

    Be visible -- connect with employees
    Be transparent -- cut the red tape, take more risks
    Be flexible -- the world is moving faster, that means decision making has to be faster.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Large Company Small People"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in North Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in North Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The co-workers are very efficient and friendly

    Cons

    CAT says their care about their people but when management screws up those valued employees get the door.

    Advice to Management

    If you value your employees act like it. They are not cannon fodder when the CEO is a idiot


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