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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Caterpillar - world leader that is highly ethical and values people."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Caterpillar is a global leader in its industry, and invests accordingly in people. People generally have opportunity to grow their careers in direction of their choice, have global mobility options, and I feel have genuine respect from top management. In addition, Caterpillar is extremely ethical, with management required to annually disclose any actions or situations they are aware of that are possibly in violation of their code of conduct. Every year, employees complete employee surveys that provide opportunity for anonymous feedback. Managers are evaluated on these results, and so are 'held to the fire' to be responsive to employees concerns,

    Cons

    The majority of locations are not in high profile urban areas, and so it is not convenient to include some of those advantages in personal life. For instance, Cat's global headquarters are in Peoria, Il. Peoria has 300k people and 1M in 60 mile radius, So, they only have minor league hockey and baseball, and arena football, and a university (Bradley) that doesn't have a football team. It is 3 hour drive to Chicago, St. Louis, or Indy. Other major locations are Decatur, Il, Lafayette, In, Raleigh, NC, and Aurora, Il. Intl locations are Grenoble, France, Geneva, Gossellies, Peterborough, UK., Sagami, Japan, and Piricicabo, Brazil - nice places, but again for the most part, are not the major metropolitan centers.

    Advice to Management

    Balance is they key. CAT management seems to trend toward the long term view in regards to strategic goals. However, it seems like short-term issues drive tactical decisions. 4th quarter restraints on hiring, travel, and capital investment are really counterproductive when it only serves as a bottleneck that forces people to compromise their progress for the sake of a couple months hold-back in progress.


  2. "Great company with good values, good pay, and lots of opportunities"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Black Belt in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Black Belt in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to work in various work groups. Overseas opportunities and several work locations throughout the US as well. The pay is great, 95th percentile for most jobs.

    Cons

    Diversity quotas sometimes hurt internal applicants who don't meet those criteria. Diversity is a great thing, but a lot of companies, including Cat, have swung the pendulum far left. It's a difficult balance.

    Advice to Management

    Right people for the right job, based on skill sets.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Join Team CAT"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Trainee in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Trainee in Decatur, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lot's of opportunity for career progression within the company. Even with the poor economy CAT is still having record quarters. You can go all over the world with CAT. If you want to try diffent jobs there is always opportunity to change your career path if you want to.

    Cons

    Some of the locations aren't the most glamorous. Most of the facilities are in Illinois.

    Advice to Management

    They do a good job with supporting thier employees decisions. The only thing I would say is that upper management needs better communication between groups so capital projects can complement or improve other business areas.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "A solid company but employees keep to themselves"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary, nice work environment, cutting edge technology is always a plus, you feel you are doing valuable work, you will become very competent at using the newest editions of related technology, very flexible work hours, many employees come and go as they please

    Cons

    Not much time off, hard to get to know your co-workers (most are quiet, reserved and do not socialize outside of the office), unequal numbers of men and women but that is to be expected from an engineering company, problems obtaining software licenses for the amount of people using each particular program, some people commute from very far locations every day, not much opportunity for travel, you will be sitting in front of a computer for most of your day

    Advice to Management

    Expand the office space! Employees feel cramped and that there is always someone sitting right next to you. Encourage more social activities and opportunities to get to know your coworkers


  5. "Caterpillar is the best company to work for!!! A+++++"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing pay. Great location. Stable job. Great opportunities to advance. Everything good in general!!

    Cons

    No downside. Highly recommend. Come join us and see!

    Advice to Management

    The senior management staff is great. They listen to your concerns and will do everything they can to help you.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Absolutely do not ever take an entry level position within this company unless you are closely related to management."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Analyst II in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - IT Analyst II in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only reason Caterpillar would be a good place to work is if you have a relative there who handed you a career you didn't have to earn.

    Cons

    Caterpillar blatantly lies about opportunites for advancement.
    Caterpillar has total disregard for state labor laws. Will blackmail employees whenever possible.
    Caterpillar has no concern for employee satisfaction. If your unhappiness saves Caterpillar a penny, you won't be happy.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying attention to employee satisfaction levels. Employees who start in entry level jobs are told that the position is a gateway to better jobs. This is untrue, as entry level employees are simply taken advantage of until they quit. Better opportunities are strictly given only to those applicants who are related to someone in a position of power. It is not possible to earn advancement by hard work and good attitude within this company.


  7. "Getting back to our roots"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Lafayette, IN
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job Security. Caterpillar is not going away and will be around for my kids.

    Cons

    The travel schedule is sometimes challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your a theory Y manager and don't micro manage. Caterpillar does a good job at hiring good people who know how to get the job done.

  8. "Great place to work, if you don't mind living in a small town"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Trainee in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Trainee in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunities, great training programs for college graduates

    Cons

    Most of the locations are in small towns. Little responsibility is given to younger hires. Too much movement throughout the company.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company trying to be great"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, everyone wants to do the right thing and are willing to help. Management teams preach alot about getting people engaged and "walk the talk". Vast majority of the people at Caterpillar are hard working and there is a team mentality at getting things done. Very conscious about sustanability and moving the Company from Good to Great.

    Cons

    Frustratingly slow to change and accomplish tasks due to it matrix organization style. They need to take performance management more seriously as there are people here that have failed in their jobs, but are still around collecting big salaries. Actuely aware of their lack of diversity, but don't appear really sure how to change it. Caterpillar culture is admirable, but many lack a "common-sense" approach to dealing with, and tackling, problems.

    Advice to Management

    Fit the matrix.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Caterpillar understands it needs good people to be successful and people are proud of their work at the end of the day."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities to work in various fields, engineering, marketing, sales, product support etc. in addition to typical support roles such as IT, HR, medical etc. Good pay, great company history of creating products the world absolutely needs, stable management, promotions from within the company. I would want my children to work at Catepillar.

    Cons

    Career development for the majority of people is left entirely up to the individual employee. I wish the company took a bigger role in using and developing my strengths.

    Advice to Management

    Be mindful of those people ready to take on more responsibility and let them have it.


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