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Review averages

  • 271 employees say

    Excellent (65)
    23.985239852399%
    Good (53)
    19.557195571956%
    Satisfactory (74)
    27.306273062731%
    Subpar (79)
    29.151291512915%
    2.87
  • 1 applicant says

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (1)
    100%
    1.00

Company summary

For more than 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2016 sales and revenues of $38.537 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

Company info

Who we are

Products, services

The company principally operates through its three product segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.

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Company outlook

THE STRATEGY INCLUDES A VISION OF THE FUTURE WHERE:
  • We are recognized as the leader everywhere we do business.
  • Our products, services and solutions help our customers succeed.
  • Our distribution system is a competitive advantage.
  • Our supply chain is world class.
  • Our business model drives superior results.
  • Our people are talented and live Our Values in Action.
  • Our work today helps our customers create a more sustainable world.
  • Our financial performance consistently rewards our stockholders.
STRATEGIC GOALS ARE FOCUSED IN THREE AREAS:
  • Superior Results: We are a solid long-term investment with total shareholder return in the top 25% of the S&P 500.
  • Best Team: Our people enjoy a safe and inclusive place to work.
  • Global Leader: Our customers are more successful with us than with our competitors. 

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For applicants

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What we offer

What is special about working for us?

Find your success with a global leader 

We know that a decision to work for Caterpillar is a commitment of time and talent. In return, we work to provide a rewarding environment and experience for our teammates. 

WORK GLOBALLY

With offices and facilities in more than 180 countries, what you create at Caterpillar travels and helps people around the world. We are accountable to the communities where we live and work, and we, along with our partners and the Caterpillar Foundation, work to make real change possible in economic, environmental and social issues worldwide. 

COLLABORATE WITH THE BEST

Tackle projects with smart, engaged team members who will help you reach the next level in your career. Our teams treat each other—as well as customers—with integrity, accountability and courtesy. Our employees have built Caterpillar’s reputation as one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” (Fortune Magazine), “40 Best Companies for Leaders” (Chief Executive Magazine) and a “Top 50 Employer” (Woman Engineer Magazine).

DO MEANINGFUL WORK

What matters most to you? Is it being a part of a strong team? Supporting your family? Solving global problems? You can do these and more at Caterpillar. The time you give to your job is important for your life and career. We can help you make it what you want it to be. After all, your work enables our progress.

BE EMPOWERED & INSPIRED

We create an inclusive and diverse work environment because different perspectives result in the best ideas. See how we celebrate and encourage diversity through our Employee Resource Groups. To help our team thrive, we provide a competitive benefits package, useful tools, knowledge-sharing, leadership and career development and a positive culture.

GROW WITH CATERPILLAR

Whether it is providing career guidance or an opportunity to learn new skills, your development matters. You can even experience different career opportunities within Caterpillar by moving between our many business units, locations and job functions without ever having to start over at a new company. 

How would we describe the company culture?

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We build what matters

There’s more to work at Caterpillar than just the work itself. We hire smart, friendly people and it shows in our culture. We hold ourselves to high standards and make sure our values of integrity, excellence, teamwork, commitment and sustainability come to life in the way we work. We make sure our employees feel continuously challenged while also supported. We provide professional growth opportunities, including leadership programs. We celebrate the diversity of our team, while also working together as one Caterpillar.

Our culture, like everything at our company, is made possible by each employee’s contribution. Person by person, we create the environment we work in, and we are proud of the Caterpillar we’ve built.  

What else should applicants know about us?

We are committed to ensuring that our workplace is diverse and representative of the many customers we serve around the globe. At Caterpillar, we respect the unique talents, experiences and viewpoints of all of our employees. Different perspectives help us achieve our best work and enable our company to make positive changes in the communities where we live and work. And that matters to us.

To ensure that our commitment to diversity and inclusion spreads throughout our company, Caterpillar established Employee Resource Groups. Employee Resource Groups connect dedicated employees who share similar life experiences or interests. These groups provide opportunities for personal and professional development, and they help drive innovation, too. Resource Group membership is voluntary and open to all active Caterpillar employees.

Reviews for Caterpillar Inc.

Reviews - What employees say

2.87 Employees say
1.00 Applicants say
  • 26.Jun 2017
  • Employee

What I like about the company

Fantastic people to work with, travel if you want.

  • 26.Jun 2017
  • Employee

Company culture

They put on a cloak that they have a good atmosphere.

Support from Management

They say they have a Open Door Policy, but you can not go above your immediate supervisor.

Teamwork

They back stab each other to gain a "Look At Me".

Level of Autonomy

I built a trust to go from on site to remote.

Communication

They would change their minds often. They would say they want something, then in mid stream or after production would want everything changed.

  • 23.May 2017
  • Employee

Company culture

Big change for the worse since 2011. New CEO in 2017 may change it.

Job security

Lots of job cuts in 2015-16. Employee surveys indicate many feel insecure

Inclusive/Diverse

Senior management does not always value diverse ideas.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Need to complete a Making Great Leaders assessment of all senior leaders and make needed changes.

What I like about the company

Strong brand identity.

What I dislike about the company

Culture has changed significantly for the worse since 2011.


Review averages

  • 271 employees say

    Excellent (65)
    23.985239852399%
    Good (53)
    19.557195571956%
    Satisfactory (74)
    27.306273062731%
    Subpar (79)
    29.151291512915%
    2.87
  • 1 applicant says

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (1)
    100%
    1.00

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