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Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company Reviews

Updated February 24, 2019
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Pros
  • "Good Benefits, I got a good bonus when I was there" (in 14 reviews)

  • "great benefits with intelligent co-workers" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "EVERYTHING goes through upper management" (in 9 reviews)

  • "No Work/Life balance, unrealistic expectations, lack of fundamental understanding by upper management how to follow processes" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great benefits with intelligent co-workers

    Cons

    I have no Cons to report at this time


  2. "I hate the doors were closed to Progress Rail"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small plant but mighty we have great benefit
    And great leader. I miss my 10 hour sit down.

    Cons

    I little heavy lifting.

    Advice to Management

    No advice, just thanks for the opportunity

  3. "Good 1st Job, Good People, Great Benefits"

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    Current Employee - EHS Representative
    Current Employee - EHS Representative

    I have been working at Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and enjoy the people that I work with.

    Cons

    Low Pay, the potential to get more money and advance is difficult.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Nice job Horrible HR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company full-time

    Pros

    Good company, great benefits and scheduling.

    Cons

    HR is about the only thing wrong with this place, she is absolutely 0 help and has a constant attitude and superiority complex.


  5. "Shipping Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albertville, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albertville, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Hours, very fun place to work and learn all around.

    Cons

    No one on one time when it comes to learning

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. Helpful (3)

    "More like Regress Rail"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grange, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grange, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great group of people in HQ
    Great insurance

    Cons

    Where to begin... old school management with no outlook for the future. Constantly behind the ball. Terrible salaries compared to market value. No new hires (glad you guys are looking at these reviews) CEO is only concerned about production plant, and blames engineering. Sales team is completely incompetent . No room for growth, unless the person above you leaves!

    Advice to Management

    LOL... good luck


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Do not work here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Health insurance is good, however premiums have increased drastically over the last 3 years.

    Cons

    Pay is below industry standards.
    High upper management turnover.
    High turnover labor force

    Leadership is focused on quantity over quality.
    Understaffed with employees without industry knowledge or experience

    Advice to Management

    Retire

  8. Helpful (2)

    "When you're riding on coal's coattails..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company full-time

    Pros

    Management finally seems to be on track (no pun intended...)

    Cons

    Work is too inconsistent (largely due to the whims of the industry). It's feast or famine- you either have nothing to do or its "I need it right now!" No opportunities for advancement, uneven work, raises do not even cover cost of living inflation, bonuses are pretty much non-existent.


  9. "Satisfying hard work that pays off"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Jack, MS
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Jack, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, Great pay, Daily challenges

    Cons

    Loud, dusty, hot, and fast pace

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees on floor they know the day to day problems


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Disaster waiting..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McCook, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McCook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great health benefits; talented colleagues; decent bonuses when available.

    Cons

    There was too much change in leadership, which led to conflicting vision/direction to their respective teams; department leadership was consistently stuck in their ‘silos’, which prevented inter-department collaboration, new ideas and progress. I was there for over 10 years and “CYA” and scapegoating was commonplace. VPs and Directors were unwilling to give bad news on negative information to the CEO, which caused unreasonable goals for the teams. There is a significant lack of diversity within all leadership positions. Compensation is lower than market..once I left EMD/Progress Rail, I immediately earned $20K more at my new company doing the same job. Very little work/life balance if you’re a supervisor or higher.

    Advice to Management

    Trying to close the Engine Plant; trying to get rid of the union and burning out talented, experienced employees who try to move the company forward has been detrimental to the company. Pay attention to the employees and their ideas. VP and Directors should not be afraid to tell the truth to C level executives (stop sugar-coating information). It’ll be better for the company in the long run.