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Caterpillar Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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  • Work / Life balance at times a concern (in 56 reviews)

  • Upper management heavy - a lot of micro management (in 76 reviews)

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  1. "Caterpillar Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer - Test/Validation in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer - Test/Validation in Mossville, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High Wages, Flexibility, Opportunities for Growth

    Cons

    Hostile Environment, Poor Management, Lack of a Logical Vision, Limited Opportunities for Innovative Ideas


  2. "Manufacturing engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to build career

    Cons

    Business functions could be integrated

    Advice to Management

    Build more inclusive work culture


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Former Sr. Design Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Design Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Design Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment overall, worked less than a year.
    Hired after 5 face to face interview though all the interviews were on same day.
    All five interviews were 1 on 1, and 1 hr each.

    Cons

    Layoff within a year of employment does not make any sense, but it turned out good for me both in terms for experience and severance payment.

    Advice to Management

    No advice because they won't listen at ALL.


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    "Engineering manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Supervisor in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Supervisor in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Not that I can tell

    Advice to Management

    Industry leader


  6. "loved this job"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Frame Shop Manager in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Frame Shop Manager in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    challenging environment, love the crew,

    Cons

    management is lazy a times


  7. "A good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Robot Programmer/Welding Instructor
    Former Employee - Robot Programmer/Welding Instructor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits package, extremely knowledgeable and professional people to work with

    Cons

    Restructuring/ downsizing has impacted thousands

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. "Caterpillar Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Competitive pay, Challenging projects

    Cons

    Work hours
    Locations
    Flexibility in work schedule

    Advice to Management

    Work on succession planning
    Locations for young talent


  9. "Life at Caterpillar (management employee"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Accountant in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging, interesting work Good pay and benefits for management employees. Good place to be "from" when changing jobs as Cat is generally looked upon as hiring great employees.

    Cons

    Long term cyclical business means that every 5-7 years employees are hoping they are not impacted by the next downturn or "restructuring". Some managers have no idea of the definition of work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Develop consistent policies around quality of work life. Some managers have no problem with people working remotely, establishing their own hours, etc. Other managers managing comparable functions want to the see the person's butt in a chair 8:00-4:30 every day.


  10. "Technical Internship went decently okay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very easy, okay pay, good network

    Cons

    People seemed very uninterested in their work

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology


  11. "former employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefit, flexible schedule, knowledgeable people

    Cons

    lots of stress, difficult to promote



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