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3.6
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63%
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76%
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Jim Umpleby
406 Ratings
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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 81 reviews)

  • "Upper management is distant giving an appearance of being disconnected(in 96 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Amazing company to work in. Great atmosphere."

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      Current Employee - Senior Associate Engineer in

      I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Relaxed work culture. Good pay. No internal politics and push-pull.

      Cons

      Not that I could find in 5 years

      Caterpillar Response

      January 7, 2019Communications Intern

      Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback. At Caterpillar, employees like you play a critical role in developing the solutions that allow our customers to build a better world.

    • "Great place to work"

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      Current Employee - Project Manager 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      Good work life balance, excellent benefits

      Cons

      You need to keep taking new challenges and be mobile

    • Helpful (1)

      "Excellent company to work for."

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      Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Pay is good. Relaxed dress code. Flexible work schedule.

      Cons

      Highly cyclical. Pretty unstable in downturns.

    • "Great Job So Far"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Caterpillar part-time

      Pros

      Great hours Get to work with some really smart people Management is very laid back - if you get your work done on time you're free to do what you want

      Cons

      Cubicles suck, office environment is pretty bland

    • "Job"

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      Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Pontiac, IL
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

      Pros

      Great place and great benefits

      Cons

      Poor managing could do better at times

      Advice to Management

      Manage better

    • Helpful (1)

      "Good place to work/upward mobility if willing to relocate"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Caterpillar full-time

        Pros

        Hardworking, collaborative team players and driven leaders who deliver business results

        Cons

        Cyclical nature of business can create great upheaval, change

        Caterpillar Response

        March 12, 2019Communications Intern

        Our work is powered by our people. Thank you for sharing your experiences while working at Caterpillar.

      • Helpful (1)

        "Restructuring Journey"

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        Current Employee - Manufacturing Project Engineer in Peoria, IL
        Recommends
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 9 years

        Pros

        Good compensation and good benefits.

        Cons

        Leadership don't have a good planning for team members who participated, contributed in company restructuring projects. Team members were working hard to execute projects, and now they are working hard to search for an internal job by themselves and some were already let go...

        Advice to Management

        Team members were gathered by leadership to execute structuring projects to make a positive impact to OPACC. After end of restructuring, what is the plan for these groups of people? How much effort did leadership and HR to relocate these employees? Same thing happened in China. Now same thing happened in US.

      • "Grinding Specialist"

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          Former Employee - Machine Operator 

          I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 2 years

          Pros

          Overtime was offered all the time and pay.

          Cons

          Ups and downs of business that causes lay offs.

        • "Good place to work. Wouldn't leave if my plant wasn't closing."

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          Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Aurora, IL
          Recommends
          Negative Outlook
          No opinion of CEO

          I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 20 years

          Pros

          Compensation is great with Base pay and bonus structure. Paid overtime for management employees up to a certain salary grade. Room to move up if you work hard.

          Cons

          Unstable employment. Several plant closures and the ones staying open are over ran with work and may be next on the chopping block.

        • "Major Pluses and Major Minuses"

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          Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in Peoria, IL
          Doesn't Recommend
          Neutral Outlook
          No opinion of CEO

          I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 20 years

          Pros

          The company enjoys 90+ years of experience, and hence lots of best practices and grey beards who know how products are supposed to be developed. It is indeed core engineering and if you enjoy core engineering - this is the place! It is an international company and does most of it's functions in-house, which means that you have many diverse career options to choose from. They pay relatively on the high side too.

          Cons

          Corporate hubris is rampant. Ability to pivot into digital space has been messy. Very hierarchical and less transparency in upper management levels. Careers in Machine learning, Big data and AI are mostly based on nepotism not meritocracy. It helps enormously if you're part of the 'Good Old Boys Club' to move up in your career. Most frontline engineering managers are in their 50s - and they've been managers for the last...

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          Advice to Management

          Be humble, be willing to learn from other companies like the ones in Silicon Valley. Products are not being developed the way they were being developed in the last 70-80 years. Everything is being transformed very rapidly. Recognize that talent is a prime mover for company profits, and not just share-holder profits. OPACC (operating profits after capital charge) is not THE only key metric, many other things matter such...

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