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Caterpillar Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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  1. "Product Assembler"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Assembler in Sanford, NC
    Current Employee - Product Assembler in Sanford, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and vaction time

    Cons

    Sometimes work is slow so u have to take extra days off with no pay or use pto


  2. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are very few anymore to list, but vacation time seems to be decent if you are with company for long time.

    Cons

    Everything is terrible at CAT anymore. You can't even get a good severance to leave. I would not recommend this as a place to work.

    Advice to Management

    If you like the following CAT is a wonderful place to work.

    - politics in all that you do to accomplish nothing
    - constant uncertainty, layoffs, and unemployment
    - low and unacceptable severance amounts
    - no work life balance
    - double talk out of both sides of their mouth
    - no growth and development
    - lack of promotions and opportunities
    - executive staff sucking the place dry while you go without
    - year over year reduction in benefits
    - lack of bonuses
    - wage inequality

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Values In Action?"

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    Current Employee - Black Belt in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Black Belt in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay. "Respectable" company. Good experience.

    Cons

    Management talks about innovation but if you don't fit the mold forget about it. Conform, love your job.... or else. Values In Action? Nope. Intelligent? Hard working? Don't plan on moving up the ladder. Sit in your cube, conform, wait for the next round of cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Value and treat employees with respect. THEY are what made the company great. Very few employees have any loyalty to the company due to their treatment. It will take YEARS to change that.


  4. "Product focused, global brand and technology leader with strong values."

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    Current Employee - Strategic Planning Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Strategic Planning Manager in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global reach, competitive salary and benefits, career planning advocate, market dominant position, cash stable, broad product portfolio, builds inspiring products that make progress possible from mining to infrastructure to construction to power generation

    Cons

    Cyclic business, has become a reluctant manufacturer confused about value vs cost, low respect for manufacturing over product engineering disciplines, hierarchical, slow and complex matrix organization,

    Advice to Management

    Hold senior executives to account , resume stock options to middle managers, understand the difference between information - knowledge and expertise next time you go through a downsizing


  5. "Great place to develop your skills"

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    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly competitive environment, deep knowledge in engineering, best products in their market, flex work policy and opportunities to move around

    Cons

    Management extremely focused on OPACC and shareholders rather than customers and employees. Company is too susceptible to market commodities cycle

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, after all employees are the biggest single group of shareholders!


  6. "Decent company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and a very understanding managers.

    Cons

    Not much diversity in the middle management.
    Probably not a place for ambitious people.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Too much talk and no action"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athens, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athens, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great learning experience that you can take anywhere.

    Cons

    Good employees are worked to death in logistics. Management not willing to make the appropriate changes to make things work. If you are good at what you do, it is very hard to transfer to a new position.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you say you are going to do. Listen to your employees as they actually know what is going on and how to make things better.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Too much Roller Coaster"

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, culture and compensation structure. When business booms, incentive bonuses tend to follow.

    Cons

    Very little executive/mid-level management concern for the impact of restructuring on the people affected. Significant shifting/cutting of the workforce as manufacturing footprints are consolidated. Shareholder reward takes precedence over talent retention and employee quality of life.

    Advice to Management

    Look further down the road than next years bottom line. Pay closer attention to the value of that lost talent that's being picked up by the competition. Career opportunities were amazing, and the company could be trusted to reward loyalty in return. Today, the climate is riddled with uncertainty.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Okay if you are part of the Old Boys network"

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

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

    Pros

    It's one of the few big employers in this area.

    Cons

    If you don't fit in to the box, you don't move up.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Cat"

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    Pay is pretty ok. Some offices are semi-up to date.

    Cons

    Process is over rated regardless of how good it is. Promotions and salary increases are a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Raise merit increases to match improvement not barely keep employees who can't leave Peoria.


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