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Caterpillar Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

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    "By far the best company I have worked for."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Each experience will be different, but this is the best place I have worked for. My boss encourages a work life balance and is more than happy to remain flexible for when the kids get sick or something else comes up. Even working remotely is an option.

    Cons

    The market is cyclical and as a result there can be and sometimes will be layoffs. This of course isn't desirable, but it isn't personal.


  2. "Best Employer"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in Schertz, TX
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in Schertz, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are numerous opportunities for employees who care about doing a good job. We have 3 facilities in the area and there are close to 3,000 people between them. This means new positions are becoming available almost daily.

    Corporate policy is to treat the workers with respect and listen to their issues and do what can be done in a realistic manner to fix problems brought to the attention of management. For the most part, this is the case.

    I have great benefits, good pay, available OT, a caring and engaged supervisor and great job satisfaction. This is the best company I've ever worked for and my current job is the best job I've ever held. VERY SATISFIED.

    Cons

    Like anywhere, there are slackers and idiots, including in the higher up positions. This generally doesn't last very long. Most worthless employees are weeded out.

    Our facilities use a placement agency to bring in the entry level workers as contract employees (this is how I got started). There is a significant turnover rate so if you work directly within one of the value streams, that can be frustrating at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. The process works, trust it.

  3. "Senior Business Process Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company with great benefits. Worked for 20 years. Great co workers

    Cons

    Nothing much. Otherwise would not have worked for 20 years

    Advice to Management

    Worked with nice bosses.


  4. "Title could be used for various positions throughout enterprise - not very descriptive but enjoy the position"

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    Current Employee - Digital Technical Specialist in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Digital Technical Specialist in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Enjoy the people I work with and the work. Like seeing the volunteer opportunities and encouragement to give to charity

    Cons

    Unsure yet, as I have not been here long, however cyclical business may represent concern when a downturn occurs.


  5. "Engineering Student Practicum Review"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Student Practicum in Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Engineering Student Practicum in Lafayette, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Looks great on resume
    -Flexible hours
    -Competitive Pay
    -Interesting environment

    Cons

    -Work is sometimes menial

    Advice to Management

    Give interns meaningful work


  6. "Best Employer"

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    Former Employee - Cylinder Head Detail in Corinth, MS
    Former Employee - Cylinder Head Detail in Corinth, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, good hours, great advancement oppertunities.

    Cons

    The suit in the detail booth takes forever to put on and is hard to get use to.

    Advice to Management

    Keep caring for employees.


  7. "Typical large corporation - Dilbert in real life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Excellent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Employment stability is often in question. Outsourcing core jobs. Limited advancement outside of Peoria IL. Management focus is shareholders first, employees second.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the advice and concerns of the employees.

  8. "Awesome company with great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Inventory Analyst in Victoria, TX
    Current Employee - Inventory Analyst in Victoria, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture where we operate as one team to get the job done, no matter what department you work for. Also the benefits are pretty great too.

    Cons

    The process we have for reporting issues is often ignored, until upper management pushes us to follow the process. This happens once or twice a year.


  9. "Caterpillar Research Park Intern, Urbana-Champaign, IL"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst Intern in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Data Analyst Intern in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great career development programs
    Great benifits

    Cons

    Hard to push new projects and ideas to production through corporate pipeline


  10. "Melissa woods"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Oxford, MS
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Oxford, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was on the temporary agency service but loved caterpillar in Oxford ms I learn how to do everything there

    Cons

    I know how to run everything in the factory


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