Saw Operator/Weld Prep (Former Employee), Houston, PA – September 24, 2013
Pros: paid lunch
Cons: no job security
I started with the company when it was Bucyrus. Great place to work. Knowledgeable supervisors who could instruct you on just about any tasks. There was always work to do. All the overtime you wanted. Not the best benefits but a very low stress place to work. Then Caterpillar took over. We all had high hopes. Benefits got better. Then they slowly replaced – more... all the supervisors with their own people. They had no idea about the equipment we were working with. the company has gone downhill since. first came going from 3 shifts 5 days a week to 2 shifts working 4 days a week. Then 20 plus employees were permanently laid off. That was followed rotating layoffs for the remaining employees. They have too many temps working their now and is not a safe place to work. – less
Project coordinator (Former Employee), Peterborough, ENG – September 23, 2013
Pros: great job as far as translating was concerned
Cons: office politics
I learned an awful lot about the Taleo system and was involved in: Building customer relationships and had a good relationship with my Dutch customers Translation completion which was demanding but I managed to reach the criteria within the parameters set. Workshop and training attendance such as regional workshops to gain knowledge and understanding – more... of the Taleo system All work activities had to be carried out in a secure manner. Laptops and computers had to be locked as soon as one left the work station and all drawers needed to be locked. Strict dress codes. The atmosphere in the office was not always that good due to a few personality clashes where everyone was dragged into. My manager was a lovely woman but it would have been preferable if she had been able to spend some more time with us. The hardest part of the job was the deadlines which were very close together. Since it was a short term contract, advancement was not really an issue. – less
Welder (Former Employee), Aurora, IL – September 21, 2013
Pros: offering heath benifits and 401k programs
Cons: 20 minutelunch breaks.
On a typical worked day I attended toolbox talk with supervisor and fellow employees prior to the start of the work day. Work included but was not limited to tacking welds prior to part going to the robot welder. During my time at Caterpillar I leaned to read blue prints to company specification. My most recent supervisor knew how to work and guide – more... his employees to do a better job. Most employees got along and work well together with other employees.
The hardest part of the job was reworking unacceptable parts and the challenge to know that I could do it without any supervision as I am self motivated.
The enjoyable part of the job was the end of the day and accomplishment that I achieved. – less
Field Service Technician (Current Employee), LA – September 7, 2013
Pros: world travel. heavy compensation.
Cons: very long hours. very little down time.
Its a decent place to work. I receive work assignments around nine AM and order parts. Its a two hour drive to the sea port where I find the boat I'm working on that day.. A normal day is 12 to 18 hours, sometime longer. Management and coworkers are mostly good people. Hardest part of the job are the hours involved. Sometimes simple repairs can take – more... a very long time due to the placement of the engine. Dealing with the heat in the engine room can be pretty bad too. The most enjoyable part of the job would be the travel opportunities. I have traveled extensively with this company. – less
Material Handler (Former Employee), Morton, IL – September 7, 2013
Going in at 3:00p.m and having a start up meeting for 15 minutes discussing any and everything that happened during other shifts before starting your shift. I've learned a lot working at Caterpillar you have to be very energetic while working there because you do a lot of standing, counting, and handling materials. My co-workers were fun to be around. – more... The hardest part about the job was getting claims and the summary run counting a lot of little parts. I enjoyed going to work every day working with my friends. – less
Great coworkers, supervisor made work uncomfortable
Assembler/Tester (Former Employee), Decatur, IL – September 6, 2013
Pros: pay, and coworkers
Cons: risk of being fired
job experience was moderate at best the work environment was uncomfortable that if other supervisor did like you as a person you be fired or fired you for no reason that was not even work-related. pay was excellent and production was great. the best time was working with my coworker they made the job easy
A fabulous company to work for with great benefits!
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Mossville, IL – September 6, 2013
Pros: getting to learn new skills, being able to advance in your career
Cons: i really did not see anything bad about working for caterpillar! i absolutely loved it
I learned Administrative Assistant skills that I had never learned before such as working in a database and being able to organize it and make changes to it. I learned how to activate cell phones which I had never done before. I also got to set up meetings for the managers which I had never done before. I felt the position was easy, but I liked it because – more... I always kept busy and there was always things that I could do if I had my other work done. The most enjoyable part of the job was the people I worked with because everyone was nice and always willing to help! – less
Very challenging job as the equipment was very old and extremely dirty and existed in a foundry.
Maintenance Electrician (Former Employee), Mapleton, IL – September 5, 2013
A typical day at work was doing preventive maintenance checks on equipment and repairing as needed. It was a very interesting environment and somewhat challenging as most equipment does not have a down time.
Senior Associate Engineer (Current Employee), Peoria, IL – September 4, 2013
Pros: great pay and benefits, job security
Cons: menial tasks, emphasis on specialization instead of broad understanding
I am a very hands on and very mechanically minded engineer. That being said, when I hired in I had very little information pertaining to what I would actually be doing once I took the job other than telling me that I was going to be in the Leadership and Technical Development Program (which was a great program btw). That being said, I have worked for – more... two and a half years in a field that is outside of my area of expertise. Though I have grown and developed myself in ways that I would not have imagined, I have never been pleased with the work that I do here and advancement into a field that I would enjoy working in has proven very difficult. Also, though they tout being a very forward thinking company, I have seen much that says otherwise. All in all, it is a great company with great pay if you are content on doing just what is told of you and don't try to push the envelope – less