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Caterpillar Reviews

Updated June 22, 2018
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  • "Not much work life balance as there are often meetings anytime from 7 am to 9 pm on any given day" (in 80 reviews)

  • "Hard to move into upper management" (in 90 reviews)

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  1. "Market Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere, strong leadership team

    Cons

    I enjoy all aspects of my job.


  2. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    God pay and benefits. Employees are taken care of

    Cons

    Struggling to hold market share

  3. "Solid Strategy. Good Leadership. Overly Complicated Organization."

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    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Great benefits. Schedule flexibility for management in most areas. Best job opportunities in central Illinois.

    Cons

    Global company, so you need to be somewhat available round the clock. Weak culture at the mid to low levels.

    Advice to Management

    Need leadership to advocate for transparency. Employees are often left in the dark on strategic planning. Far too often leaders are empire building instead of being focused on the customer.


  4. "Seen the world, got paid to do it."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible range of opportunities to do a variety of different roles over the course of a career. Because of this, you can have a life-long career at a place like this. They'll identify you as a high-perfomer, if indeed you are, and give you a path to a dynamic and successful career.

    Cons

    All career paths lead back to Peoria, IL.


  5. "Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good money, but sometimes may have to put up with terrible supervisors

    Cons

    Some supervisors are terrible people

    Advice to Management

    Try to implement a process to keep from hiring terrible supervisors


  6. "Painter"

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    Current Employee - Painter Second Shift BP MN in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Current Employee - Painter Second Shift BP MN in Brooklyn Park, MN

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

    Pros

    Great benefits.. Company 100% match..

    Cons

    They don't terminate employees that break safety standards unless it happens frequently..

    Advice to Management

    I have a very down to earth supervisor that has worked in my position in his past and knows different options for solving problems that arise from time to time.


  7. "Experienced Cat Professional's Opinion"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting
    Current Employee - Accounting
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global
    Diverse
    Competitive Pay and Benefits
    Large Finance Team
    Strong Results / Good Business Model
    Opportunities for young professionals

    Cons

    Large, easy to get lost, stale
    Clicks (networks are key)
    Focused on profit / cost reduction (layoffs)
    No loyalty / appreciation of experienced professionals

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus more on continuing to utilize and develop internal, experienced professionals versus trying to bring in young or outside hires.

  8. "Engineering Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great teamwork, great products, many opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Has become like others in their industry in terms of benefits & salaries

    Advice to Management

    Be unique.....provide more in-house training instead of mid-career hires from the outside


  9. "Catering coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Catering Coordinator in Itasca, IL
    Current Employee - Catering Coordinator in Itasca, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    catering crews as they plan, prepare and serve food at wedding receptions, charity events, holiday brunches and office functions. They may assign tasks to a team of cooks and servers and make sure those tasks are completed according to client specifications. On-the-job training is common in this field, and prior food service experience is a plus.

    Cons

    Company didn’t know how to handle the abundance of orders

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  10. "Good Place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Master Disassembler in Corinth, MS
    Former Employee - Master Disassembler in Corinth, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of hours to work overtine

    Cons

    Weekends end up being mandatory half the time

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what the team leads are communicating to the floor.


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