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"Material handler, I loved it there!"

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Former Employee - Material Handler in Maple Grove, MN
Former Employee - Material Handler in Maple Grove, MN
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Learn the job, get good, work under little supervision driving forklifts, placing material in the racks.

Cons

pretty solid company but up and down in sales do mostly to current construction slowdowns from poor economy , causing layoffs at times and then lots of overtime with temps coming in and out and then more lay offs. No other complaint really. Hope economy gets better so Cat. is more stable. When I started, I had lots of OT worked 50 hours a week, then 7 months later, I was laid off due to lack of work.

Advice to Management

Watch the second shift more closely, I highly believe that there were lots of covered up fork lifting incidents. Just a suggestion.

Other Employee Reviews for Caterpillar

  1. "My experience in CAT as an international intern in marketing operations"

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    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Peoria, IL
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A great company, with a great reputation and strong financial structure. Values its employees and their development as professionals. Chance of cross-departmental and regional transfer is high and this gives an unique opportunity to the employees to develop themselves. Also, a very global identity.

    Cons

    The locations (especially in the US) might not be the first choice for many as they are not in the major cities. Also from marketing/sales point; as the only direct customers for CAT is the dealers; the chance of actual marketing/sales operations are little limited.

    Advice to Management

    I am aware it is a huge company but especially higher level executives can spend more time on letting the employees know better. Also, CAT had issues with unions earlier so they might need to take re-active precautions just in case


  2. "IT at Caterpillar is improving, very slowly"

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and job stability seems good. Most of the people here are very good to work with and most of us treat each other with maturity and respect. Endless opportunities in several areas of the company are available for those seeking them.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape, IT struggles to get outs of its own way. Often Cat is penny wise and dollar foolish. Difficult to find and keep good help (IT expertise from agencies). We often hear mixed, confused or impossible messages from middle management. Growth path for technically minded IT people seems limited. Claims of 'work life balance' are defined in wildly different ways depending on what area you work in.

    Advice to Management

    I wish we could eliminate some overhead by flattening the organization more and trusting our people enough to show genuine support for more grassroots efforts.

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