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Caterpillar Reviews

Updated December 14, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

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

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    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. "oracle DBA"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Caterpillar as a contractor

    Pros

    it's a great shop to work at everyone was great

    Cons

    just keep up the good work guys and thanks to management

    Advice to Management

    management is on point keep up the good work.

  3. "Overall, great company to work for, with great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits including health insurance, vision insurance, and dental insurance. Highly competitive pay with 401k. Potential for company performance bonus. Potential for individual performance salary increase. There is lots of internal movement from one position to another allowing employees to experience different areas in their field. For the most part, employees are pleasant to work with. Can be flexible with hours (for salaried employees) in certain circumstances (i.e. parenting responsibilities, doctors appointments, etc.) Depending on your location/division you get Christmas through New Years off without having to use your personal vacation!

    Cons

    Only 2 weeks vacation to start, and that only increases after 5 years of working. The usual corporate bureaucracy that results in unnecessary red tape in some areas, like not being allowed to bring in your own office chair without a doctor’s note as to why you need that specific chair. Supervisors could do a better job of demonstrating good work-life balance.


  4. "Manufacturing Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Lack of communication causing a lot of delays


  5. "Great place when times are good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, bonus, company is held in high regard

    Cons

    Hectic pace and lots of pressure put on section managers

    Advice to Management

    Keep Cat going in the right direction


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Manager II"

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    Current Employee - Manager II in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Manager II in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many fair mid level managers

    Cons

    Many general managers and above are cutthroat and inexperienced in the businesses they manage.


  7. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Segmented. Little interaction with other departments.

  8. "Many Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, multiple career opportunities, global company, good work life balance

    Cons

    Politics as with any large company

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to scrap an idea if you see that's it's not working.


  9. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor

    Pros

    Good Place to start career
    Good teams and guidance
    A perfect place to learn and grow

    Cons

    Unpredictable Job Security and guarantee.
    Very Strict and Stringent HR policies for contractors


  10. "Lots of turnover in management, opportunities to move up, and poor relationships between line employees and management."

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    Former Intern - Environmental Health and Safety in Peoria, IL
    Former Intern - Environmental Health and Safety in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Definitely a lot of opportunity to move up the ladder if that's what you are into. Fairly stable company although it's pretty dependent on oil and gas.

    Cons

    Strenuous relationships between union and non union employees which can make it difficult to complete projects and gain buy in from longer term employees.


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