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Caterpillar Reviews

Updated June 13, 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. "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


  2. "Review"

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    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

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "Catering coordinator"

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    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


  6. "Good Place to work"

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    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.


  7. "Test engineer"

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A good place to learn, good pay and top notch 401k

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic. The administrative burden makes it hard to meet schedules

    Advice to Management

    Make sure processes provide benefit to the final customer

  8. "Is a good company to work with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Caterpillar got good system in place.

    Cons

    Limited learning. No growth for the people who joins Caterpillar after 35 years of age.

    Advice to Management

    Management should be more logical while taking decision. They take more emotional decision.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    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 culture and they understand the importance of work-life balance

    Cons

    Like anywhere, if you have a manager that doesn't have your career in mind, you can get stuck


  10. "So far so good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere for welders air hoods and cool air supply

    Cons

    Dont know yet we will see


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