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Caterpillar Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  • Some managers have no idea of the definition of work life balance (in 59 reviews)

  • Lack of communication from upper management (in 80 reviews)

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  1. "Stagger to Be Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Category Manager in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Category Manager in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company, nice leaders, less stressful job

    Cons

    Industry recession causes layoff and few opportunity of promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Change organization for higher efficiency.


  2. "Aurora Facility"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Planning Analyst in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Material Planning Analyst in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is close to Chicago

    Cons

    It is closing down and it's really not that surprising.

    Advice to Management

    Well most of the management is leaving now since the place they ran into the ground is shutting down. They are getting jobs at Amazon. Good luck Amazon!


  3. "Project/Program Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Project/Program Manager in Mossville, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Project/Program Manager in Mossville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with Caterpillar folks. Very professional, highly skilled and passionate about their work, employees are also helpful and personable. I absolutely enjoyed working as a team to deliver value-added solutions.

    Cons

    Upper management took great risk to invest in mining industry, but over-exposed the entire business by not diversifying as the key to manage the heavy equipment manufacturer through market cycles, as previous management strongly encouraged. Four to five years of successive declining sales and revenue has taken it's toll with forced reductions of employees across all businesses. CEO and management changes show promise for future. I am confident that Caterpillar will make it through this.

    Advice to Management

    Praying for wisdom, discernment and courage of leadership at Caterpillar to make challenging but impactful decisions and to manage risk effectively through the cycles.


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  5. "Great experience, good team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Joliet, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Engaged team, focused efforts to supply parts to other caterpillar facilities. Hours were in line with other companies. Enjoyed most days.

    Cons

    Location and opportunities. Business remained flat and did it offer to many opportunities to advance with the company. Some days were long


  6. "Good company to work with. Great people."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Long time in business as an industry standard. Great product line that touches the the whole industry as a model for other products and companies to compare.

    Cons

    The uncertainty of job security on a week by week basis experienced by all employees during the last several years because of down turn of mining industry.

    Advice to Management

    Start to believe that products are only as good as the company that stands behind them. And believe people are more than a number on a spreadsheet.


  7. "Engineering Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  8. "Always be prepared for layoffs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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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. Helpful (2)

    "Don't Bother, Not a Good Company anymore"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Clayton, NC
    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Clayton, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good and time off

    Cons

    Mainly management, overworked and underpaid, bad morale, not very good work/life balance, it's all about saving a dollar instead of taking care of employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Committed Employees"

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

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

    Pros

    The employees who work at Caterpillar are committed to delivering the best most innovative competitive product in each industry they serve. Employees work together to help each other. Integrity is a key value that is honored among the people who work there.
    Salaries are good and benefit package is comparable

    Cons

    Promotions and advancements are difficult. The rating system is outdated and driven by a suggested quota.
    Recent layoffs were not handled with intelligence, but were randomly selected. This caused a lot of deep technical skills to be lost.

    Advice to Management

    Revise the performance systems. Add more salary grades to promotions can be recognized more frequently.


  11. "Company is at risk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay compared to other jobs in the Peoria area

    Cons

    Not loyal to employees and has not rewarded employees over the past 3 years. Top performers are treated the same as employees that meet expectations.


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