Manufacturing Engineer/Lead Section Manager (Current Employee), Decatur, IL – January 5, 2014
Working at Cat allows employees to continue to grow through work and life. There is not one day that goes by where any one employee does not have to overcome a new challenge or opportunity. A daily grind.
Great work environment, helpful co-workers and supervisors.
Loader/Assembler (Former Employee), Sumter, SC – January 3, 2014
Pros: refreshments on breaks
Cons: when someone does a no call no show.
The typical day would be assembling hydraulic cylinders, mark all screws and plugs and then putting it on the rack after it's finished testing. Then double checking the cylinders before forklifts takes them to the docks. I've learned various tasks as in loading, assembling, forklift driving, group building and Testing. The management were excellent – more... with communication and helping with difficult tasks. The hardest part of it all is catching up after getting backed up from a broken machine but we'll get help and get out of that hole. The most enjoyable part of that job is that everyone worked as a team. – less
Assembler (Former Employee), Decatur, IL – January 1, 2014
Pros: breaks every 2 hours, water and ice dispensers on shop floor, great cafeteria
Cons: you had to work 2 years before qualifying for health benefits, unrealistic quotas
A typical day at Caterpillar consisted of me clocking in everyday including weekends and setting up my area for the day. Sometimes i would hop on a forklift and gather parts needed for the day's jobs or restock our hardware racks. I would reach the days work quota and start cleaning my area of garbage as well as put everything back in place like loose – more... hardware or tools. The days at CAT varied form a high stress load to non at all, depending on the work needed to be done for the day and the race against time to receive parts from other distributors. Communication by radio with my line's fork lift driver as well as my supervisor was always helpful when keeping track of my material and knowing how long before it would arrive to my area. The biggest priorities were to always work safe and to do your best. Time management was also very important to, so that the product was always sent out on time. Quality played a very important role at CAT as well. Once done with the product we would summons an auditor over to inspect any imperfections. I can definitely see why Caterpillar is very popular and well known for its high grade products.
I Learned that you can never be to careful when it comes to heavy machinery and two ton parts. I also learned how to drive a fork lift and how to operate a crane/hoist. Caterpillar taught me a lot of discipline like punctuality, time management, and how to properly handle high stress level situations.
I always tried to have the best relationships possible with my management. Its a great feeling coming to work everyday and hearing "good morning" or "great work today" form your boss. It gives you confidence in knowing that you are a respected worker and acknowledged for the hard work you've done. That is the type of management attention that i received at CAT.
Co-workers at CAT were mainly your typical everyday people. Of course there will always be the over achievers and your bare minimum types, but mostly there were people like me, just trying to make a living by doing our best, while also trying to respect all the different walks of life we met no matter what they were trying to prove. I'm the type who can be on anybody's side and i can get along with just about everyone. I rarely had a problem with co-workers at CAT.
The hardest part of my job at CAT would have had to be working in a hot factory during hot summers. As we all do I enjoy being spoiled by air conditioning in the summer time, but I tried not to let that keep me from getting my job done as much as possible. Something else I found difficult was unrealistic quota expectations. Every once in a while I wold be expected to go above and beyond even if it was impossible. weather the quota was to high or miss understanding about how much can be done with the number of parts and hardware I had available. That would then put me in a position where i would look incompetent. One thing that I do disagree with is big company pushing so hard to benefit themselves that down the line someone, typically at the bottom of the totem pole, will suffer in some type of way or another.
The most enjoyable part of my job was probably be the feeling of great success at the end of the day. Its not every day you hear someone say "I assisted in building a 240 ton truck today". At CAT no matter what your job maybe be it was always something huge and heavy. It's stressful, time consuming, consisted of hundreds of different materials and tools needed for the job and you were expected to push out at least 3 or 4 of what ever you were building in an 8 hr day. To me that type of work ethic and determination is always something to be proud of. – less
Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee), North Little Rock, AR – December 27, 2013
A typical day at CAT depends entirely on the management of one's department and/or team. My department mandated 10 hr days and preferred half-hour lunches, but others would work less with longer lunches. Team members are quite knowledgeable and friendly.
CNC Set Up / Operator (Current Employee), Menominee, MI – December 26, 2013
Pros: good place to learn, good job security, ok insurance benefits
Cons: limited potential for advancement
Generally we are assigned to certain machines, but once and a while due to staffing and work load requirements we may be required to bounce around to several different machines, which depends on machine knowledge. I am able to set up and run all 11 CNC machines at my current employer, which makes me more versatile there. I have learned a lot at my current – more... employer about world class safety, quality, production, and teamwork and would like the chance to bring my knowledge and work ethic to another company. – less
Warehouse Operative (Former Employee), Leicester, ENG – December 20, 2013
i enjoyed working here and always tried hard to meet my targets, the hours where long with early starts but this meant i had time to spend time with friends outside of work. it was a good temporary role for money but preferred my other jobs i have done.
Significant Contributions as rental sales engineer (Former Employee), Doha, DAW – December 15, 2013
- My typical day at work starts the previous day with planning for the next day. - I stick to my plan and anything that urges me to venture into, i attend to it. - I maintain a diary and pen down all the significant meetings with customers i've had. - I forecast the requirements for Diesel Generators and accordingly meet the plant department for reserving – more... units . - If a get an enquiry, i am totally focussed into it. I collect all relevant technical details and make sure that the customer gets best-in-time service. - I keep a tab on all the payments received / yet to be received and i intensely follow-up in this regard. - I make entries into the software like the Sales Logics Software we had and make sure that the details of my meetings are reflected in it. - I am a keen learner and each day ends by me referring to technical journals and books . - The day ends by planning for the next day. - I always feel the importance of interpersonal skills and working as a cohesive unit as i give more importance to human relationship than anything else. - The hardest part of the job is of-course managing to satisfy the customer needs and at times better Logistics facilities may have an edge. - The most enjoyable part is of-course meeting customers and at the end of the day bringing smiles makes me the most satisfied person. – less
Staying busy and being productive throughout the day
Assembly and Test Specialist (Current Employee), Joliet, IL – December 14, 2013
A typical day would be to get your job assignments done in a timely manner. I learned a great deal mechanically in which i can apply to for a lifetime. I enjoyed my supervisors and co workers very much. The hardest part of my job was the lack of work to do at caterpillar. I enjoyed the challenges and thinking that sometimes would accompany the job.