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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. Helpful (4)

    "Don't work here unless you want to be miserable in the middle of nowhere."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is fine. The benefits are fine. I did like some of the people that I worked it seeing as we were all in similar positions. There is not much else I can see as being a positive. I feel like I had a very standard experience as a recent college graduate working for Cat. Cat is only good for a certain kind of person, which was not me.

    Cons

    Read how I rated things. You are working for a company dealing with downsizing, fear of bankruptcy, and many other issues. I felt like a pawn. It was awful. I didn't have the opportunities offered to me that I was promised.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie to college kids about what they are getting into. I went to a well accredited engineering school in the midwest and had many job opportunities.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Large company with many opportunities if you have the persistence and desire to pursue them."

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

    Pros

    Large company with stable employment. Layoffs are rare. Opportunity to work in a variety of locations around the world in many different types of jobs. Engineers in product development can be involved in all phases of the development process from design, to testing and production. It is very rewarding to participate in the design life cycle of Cat products.

    Cons

    Large company with resulting political issues. It can take a long time and a lot of people to get something done. Office environment is very bad. Large open office spaces with small cubicles and no windows. The company has become very process oriented, so much so that many times the implementation of the process seems to be more important than the results. 6 Sigma is still the mantra. Promotions can be difficult if a person wants to stay on a technical track and not move around to different jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate less on process requirements and more on developing people. Management should encourage development of technical roles with authority and responsibility.


  3. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Join Team CAT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "A solid company but employees keep to themselves"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  9. "Getting back to our roots"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  10. Helpful (6)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Caterpillar is improving - slowly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analysis II
    Current Employee - IT Analysis II
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job opportunities have improved with slightly improved options of moving around in department. Good technical environment with opportunity to be involved in projects. Slowly moving in the right direction of providing support and growth opportunities. Training plan with a minimum of 5 days external training in a year plus other internal training courses. Good access to WBT library

    Cons

    Still need to improve on coaching people when they take on new roles. Management need to be seen to be actively managing and coaching and not sticking their heads in the sand when problems arise. Need to understand that a good technical person does not make a good team leader or manager.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on improving people from the bottom up and it will build a better and more cohesive work force. This will then drive the right attitudes up through the management structure.