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Caterpillar Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  • Work / Life balance at times a concern (in 57 reviews)

  • Lots of upper management can make things frustrating (in 79 reviews)

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  1. "Not the best place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Pay
    Fringe Benefits
    Facility
    Human Resource Department
    Training Program

    Cons

    Politics
    Too many changing rules
    Mgmt not very motivational
    No flexibility

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the people, not the work.


  2. "Double edged sword."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best in industry. (For Now).
    6% 401k matching.

    Cons

    Lack of a vision for the company.
    Clings to outdated policies and paradigms.
    Panders decisions to the stock price and not long term viability.
    Expect layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Throwing a lot of cheap engineers at a problem will lead to more problems than fewer well paid engineers that know what they're doing.

    Don't pat yourself on the back for 6 weeks maternity/2 weeks paternity leave when tech companies are doing 3 times that minimum. You're not going to attract top talent or keep women in the workforce.


  3. "Engineering Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in East Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in East Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The overall business is impressive with similarly impressive

    Cons

    The short-term outlook for US employment is not the greatest. They have just become ambitious in terms of outsourcing to China/Mexico.


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    "Strategy Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategy Manager
    Former Employee - Strategy Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Global Company with lots of opportunity
    Very good compensation package
    Poor work/life balance

    Cons

    Slow moving environment
    Politics plays key role in success
    Continual downsizing
    Lack of a vision for the company


  6. "Would not recommend"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, gain share, coworkers

    Cons

    Was great place to work until Progress Rail took over

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with employees


  7. "Manufacturing Project Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. No pressure.

    Cons

    The business is not good anymore

    Advice to Management

    Accept real changes


  8. "Always be prepared for layoffs"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Matching 6% 401k. Bonuses.

    Cons

    Just another number and will cut anyone when sales are down.

    Advice to Management

    Don't over hire and treat your employees better.


  9. "Engineering at Caterpillar"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Historically, Caterpillar has been a very good company to work for.

    Cons

    Recent restructuring has and will continue to change the work environment significantly. The full implications of this are not yet known.


  10. "Use to work for Caterpillar"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Decent benefits
    - Interesting Work

    Cons

    - Policies are not interpreted the same by all managers.

    Advice to Management

    Values in Action are important. If you want employees to live by them, then you should too.


  11. "Stagnation is rife"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Good benfits package
    Good work life balance (Flexible working etc...)

    Cons

    workforce allowed to stagnate and not upskill



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