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Caterpillar Reviews

Updated February 17, 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. "Manufacturing Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Seguin, TX
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Seguin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the good place to work in texas

    Cons

    Slow in lot of areas promotion, increment.


  2. "Pretty good place to work....unstable job security though."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Work hours were good, benefits were great, good balance of job duties.

    Cons

    Too many layoffs and plant closings.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "A Wonderful Company, turned dark soul since 2010"

    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
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Huge diversity of businesses, roles, and jobs. Global company. Opportunity to build a breadth of experience building your career.

    Cons

    For last 5 - 8 years, corporation has been run by an accountant. The paternalistic company that employees supported because Cat / Cat leadership supported them is gone. Run by numbers. Employees are fearful.

    Advice to Management

    You have poisoned the well of of employee good will. Employees are not another expendable asset akin machinery. Work on the near impossible goal of giving leaders, particular at mid and low-level, the confidence, support and tools they need to champion their workers.


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  5. "from good to great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goss, Calcasieu, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goss, Calcasieu, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Possibility of international career and Varity of jobs

    Cons

    Major restructuration and down sizing of the WW team

    Advice to Management

    ...


  6. Helpful (1)

    "16Jan2017 Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in South Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in South Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay higher than average and bonus in good years is very good. They finally have an HSA healthcare option in 2017.

    Cons

    Stockholder dividend payment and stock price drives company strategy much more than customer benefits or employee retention. Constantly changing budgets make management of projects tremendously difficult and drives inefficiencies that don't seem to be recognized by upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to listen to employees. Rethink strategies to be long term instead of short term. Empowered employees create value for customers which result in higher sales and satisfaction, therefore impacting sales and company profit.


  7. "Solid Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong values, diverse, committed to performance, many opportunities, most middle to senior managers "get it." Tough decisions made in a tough market.

    Cons

    Sometimes 99 to 1 ends up as a tie, hard to work around those that "don't get it," Veto power is too prevalent. Difficult on boarding process for mid-career hires.


  8. "Operations manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Great people
    Growth opportunities
    Diversity valued
    Challenging

    Cons

    Constant change of direction/objectives
    Focus exclusively on shareholders

    Advice to Management

    Don't buy your way into markets(Bucyrus) when you have the resources and capacity to keep in house. Also, find a way to bring back Cat pride. Employees don't bleed yellow like they once did.


  9. "Marketing Development Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    The people - salary - benefits

    Cons

    management needs to be involved more with being a leader for their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be a leader


  10. "An Assembler's View of the Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Aurora, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overtime was in abundant.
    Worked for some great Managers.
    Learned a lot about the Manufacturing Process.

    Cons

    Work life was poor. Even Management was excepted to work 50+ hours a week. A lot of poor Managers that made life necessarily difficult. Very low glass ceiling for the Union Personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your work force.


  11. "Good company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Advancement opportunities, good benefits, long term job opportunities

    Cons

    Recent market conditions have caused downsizing



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