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Caterpillar Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Run far far away"

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer
    Former Employee - Research Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It beats prison ... barely

    Cons

    CAT has so many flaws, from a lack of reward for good employees, to moving into markets at the wrong time, it's a textbook recipe on what a fortune 500 company shouldn't do.


  2. "Cat doesn't value their employees."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    In good years we sometimes get good incentive pay, but it's pay at risk, meaning we get lower salaries.

    Cons

    They laid off older workers, and kept newer ones who made less, while denying they would do so. The laid-off employees wouldn't fight it, because that would risk their severence pay. Also, there is no work life balance. You should always be available.

    Advice to Management

    Put into practice what you claim to be doing already - valuing your employees.

  3. "IT Analyst"

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some very good people to work with who will help lift you to a higher standard.

    Cons

    There are too many remnants of the old school methodology of managing employees. Caterpillar is slow to recognize it's management issues and resolve them. They would rather lay off or release employees than come to grips with the real nagging issues of lackluster performance. They send great employees out the door so that they can hire in cheap employees fresh from the universities. By doing so, they are sending a large amount of brain trust out the door and costing themselves performance as it typically takes about 2 years for 80% of the new employees to come up to speed on the "Caterpillar way" of doing things.

    Advice to Management

    Solve your real management issues. Get in the "trenches" every day with your employees and find out what it's really like. Have you HR department actually help the employees instead of protecting Caterpillar's PR image. There are many employees who are being mishandled by management badly. Management has lied about employees to cover their own mistakes, to the point of getting an employee released over the lie. Supervisors have not defended employees who were not allowed to speak up in a meeting that the supervisor was in attendance. Supervisors have been so talkative in one-on-one meetings that the employee had no time to say anything. Supervisors unfairly rate their favorite pet employee high and grant them promotions while never favoring other employees who are just as good, if not better than their "pet" employee. It is an environment based on favoritism, politics, verbal bullying, and a stubborn unwillingness to recognize the rights of others. This is a management style that should have died long ago.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Manufacturing Engineering Superintendent"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Superintendent in Morganton, NC
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Superintendent in Morganton, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Few pros since 2008. Salary above average. Short term incentive pay out good about every third year. Healthcare insurance premiums continue to rise and introduction of consumer driven health care plan not much better than PPO plan. New hires have no pension or early retirement healthcare coverage.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Company tries to improve culture but unwilling to address root cause of cultural problems which stem from subpar leadership. Company is no longer interested in manufacturing components but instead want to be an assembly and technology company. Company has no allegiance to long term employees. Company laid off hundreds of twenty plus year employees in December of 2016 only to hire some of them back in early 2017, albeit without the same retirement benefits. Once your position is targeted for elimination, management does very little to help you retain your career by assisting you with employment in other departments throughout the Caterpillar organization. Caterpillar leaders continue to ignore the lack of engagement throughout the company but tries to appease the Millennials by offering more vacation earlier in their career. Nothing is done to appease veteran employees.

    Advice to Management

    Value the employees that you have invested years in developing. Allowing fully-skilled, knowledgeable leaders and engineers to leave the company could hurt the overall success of Caterpillar if mining ever returns to pre 2008 volumes.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Ok pay but not really

    Cons

    Too hot
    Management doesn't care about you

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your people again


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Remaining workforce"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The cost of living is cheap and they are currently hiring.

    Cons

    Overworked and understaffed. Shotgun approach to "reinventing" the company. Lack of direction and executive decision making. The organization cut its long time employees in order to meet quarterly goals.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like you treat your shareholders and your company would be in a much better positon.


  7. "Data Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Most employees have earnest interest in doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Opaque communication through enterprise regarding strategy and implementation. Pockets of unegalitarian gender management. Very poor support and communication for a workforce increasingly converted to contracted labor. Innovation vacuum.

  8. "Lead Parts Product Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Job security in non-existent. Women don't have the same opportunities as men. The "old school" mentality is still very much alive in the leadership team of the company. Very adverse to change.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. We aren't just a number. If you want to transition job functions to other countries and have current employees train their replacements then make sure those training their replacements are taken care of in the end.


  9. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are very few anymore to list, but vacation time seems to be decent if you are with company for long time.

    Cons

    Everything is terrible at CAT anymore. You can't even get a good severance to leave. I would not recommend this as a place to work.

    Advice to Management

    If you like the following CAT is a wonderful place to work.

    - politics in all that you do to accomplish nothing
    - constant uncertainty, layoffs, and unemployment
    - low and unacceptable severance amounts
    - no work life balance
    - double talk out of both sides of their mouth
    - no growth and development
    - lack of promotions and opportunities
    - executive staff sucking the place dry while you go without
    - year over year reduction in benefits
    - lack of bonuses
    - wage inequality


  10. "Manufacturing Project Engineer 3"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Global Opportunities Available in Many Organizations

    Cons

    Management no longer cares about the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to value team members again


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