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Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar, United States on Jul 30th, 2020
"Caterpillar is a great place to work, with good pay and decent benefits. There are still some pockets of sexism or overall “old fashioned” or rigid views toward workplace flexibility, but it has never held me back from growing or progressing. And with Caterpillar’s response to the pandemic, where so many of us are working remotely, it should prove to the rigid ones that flexibility can not only work, but enhance productivity. "
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar, United States on Jul 28th, 2020
"Hours are not bad, time off is respected. Very old-school, good old boy culture. Not a lot of flexibility, and what there is is left to the individual managers. "
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar, United States on Jun 16th, 2020
"The corporate culture is toxic. I met some wonderful people at Cat, but it is the most white male dominated culture and is not welcoming of innovation. The compensation is great, but you pay for it with your mental and emotional well-being. While there I had high scoring performance reviews which included feedback like, "just be quiet in meetings, you need to know your place," and "you should smile less, you look incompetent when you smile"."
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar, United States on Feb 21st, 2020
"Think long and hard about what you want to sacrifice to go to Caterpillar. Once upon a time rewarding careers were offered. Now, not so much. The workforce is dwindling and the people with 7 years or less experience outnumber those with more"
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar, United States on Oct 7th, 2019
"There are initiatives to encourage women but the cultural change isn't happening. It's do as we say not as we do. "
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar, United States on Jul 23rd, 2019
"This is a company that is changing, please stay stronger and be the change you wish to see."
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar, United States on Jun 19th, 2019
"While a lot of men exist at the company (due to a high number of skilled labor that industry wise are male dominated), I have found the corporate culture to be very woman focused and supportive. I have never once felt inferior within my time here, and I'm encouraged to succeed as much, if not more, as my male counter parts. My favorite part of Caterpillar is the flexibility of hours, and diversity of thought that exists in teams. I'm able to work in a way that best suites ME! I was very intimated/uninterested in the industry when i started - I actually never thought I'd like working for Caterpillar. However, now I'm loving every day and plan on sticking around!"
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar, United States on Jun 18th, 2019
"There are good groups to work in and consider yourself lucky if you find that! Experiences vary wildly...even within departments."
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar, United States on Jun 7th, 2019
"The pay and benefits are fantastic, but the company culture has a long way to go to be more flexible and family friendly."
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar, United States on May 3rd, 2019
"The women's leadership program is outstanding but it is a bright spot in a very dark place. The culture is toxic and leadership is a good old boy's club that is concerned with protecting their turf at all costs. Men are promoted based on relationships and potential; women are paid less for doing the same role and have to prove it again and again. "
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar, United States on Apr 18th, 2019
"There are lots of strong, admirable women here. Find a mentor and you will be successful."
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Apr 2nd, 2019
"Male Dominated environment, not female friendly at all. Board and VP's are mostly men"
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Feb 25th, 2019
"Opportunities to grow and flexible work, if you are able to find the right line of leadership to work under "
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Jan 31st, 2019
"Caterpillar is pushing to create a more diverse and inclusive environment. They have a long way to go and have fallen behind. Each business unit has a unique culture and can feel like a different company. "
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Jan 16th, 2019
"The work is interesting, the people interaction is rewarding & diverse, the work-life balance is positive & improving, but when at work you are expected to work hard and put in extra efforts when required (give & take)."
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Dec 7th, 2018
"Caterpillar has great employee resource groups and women in leadership initiatives. As well as, mentoring programs."
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Nov 14th, 2018
"Your success is what you make it. There's no doubt that leadership will encourage you to make moves but it's your decision and depends on your drive. "
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Aug 9th, 2018
"Stay positive, initiatives in place to promote women in leadership"
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Jun 11th, 2018
"It really is a great place to work. There is a Women in Leadership initiative that has great momentum and has been paving the way to make improvements in a variety of areas for not just women, but all demographics at Caterpillar."
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on May 31st, 2018
"Women are starting to become advocates for one another more than ever before. There is still a lot of room for improvement but I'm seeing more effort put into recruiting strong women into leadership positions who HAVEN'T spent their entire career at Caterpillar. We are recruiting leaders from companies like LinkedIn, where the culture is the opposite of Caterpillar. This is starting to make waves (for the better!)."
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on May 28th, 2018
"Be a strong advocate for yourself. Great company with lots of opportunity. "
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Apr 12th, 2018
"Work life balance is promoted in certain divisions more than others but it is improving over time."
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Mar 26th, 2018
"You need to get a good feel of the family friendly nature of the manager you are going to work for. It isn't a corporate wide culture, it is manager dependent."
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Mar 21st, 2018
"Gender bias is overt. Your opinion does not count as a woman. Men are too busy to do work "housework" so you get to plan events etc."
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Feb 28th, 2018
"If you get a female manager, you will do fine."
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Jul 22nd, 2017
"Politics are brutal, and relationships and network are key to survival. It's a great company, but know what you are getting yourself into."
"There is so much focus on Flexibility / work-life integration and Women in Leadership right now. Below the executive levels, there is lots of opportunity for women. Unfortunately, there is very little focus on women in executive positions. "
"It's a boys club that's for sure. And if you don't look like those in power you might have a really hard time. "
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on May 11th, 2017
"The policies at Caterpillar are changing to become more family friendly and adjustable work schedules. The real problem is unconscious bias that permeates the culture, particularly in the division I work in. It is very male dominated, aggressive, "I" focused and truly a "good 'ole boys" network. Assignments are given based on who you know and whomever followed a very traditional/prescribed recipe of previous assignments to get to a leadership position. There is not much diversity of thought or valued experience. "
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Mar 27th, 2017
"Very low percentage of women, majority of men that are leaders do not have working spouses, and do not understand demands of dual career families."
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Mar 10th, 2017
"There are great people and great possibilities, but you will spend energy fighting to be equal that maybe you wouldn't need to expend at other companies."
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Feb 10th, 2017
"Great place to build a career, there is a focus on improving diversity and opportunties for women in leadership"
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Oct 4th, 2016
"Great company, but they need to work on a healthier work/life balance if they want to keep talented employees. "
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Oct 2nd, 2016
"white male dominated culture, hard to succeed as a woman "
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Aug 22nd, 2016
"The benefits are great, but men are often promoted more quickly because it is a boys club. It is about who you know and many of the men do not take the time to get to know the women. "
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Jul 27th, 2016
"Old boys club reigns especially in marketing and accounting. Many other departments have more fairness"
Anonymous shared this review of Caterpillar on Apr 3rd, 2016
"Family-friendly policies and practices vary across the company. Some business units are very flexible, while others almost expect 24/7 availability to the company. Regarding benefits, family/medical leave, etc., it is average. Sad because it used to be ranked very highly as a great place to work."
"Caterpillar is still a good old boys company. It is making progress but it's slow."
"They are good at putting women at the top and hiring them at the bottom. But in the middle that is where they really suffer. Despite many presentations saying that they are changing it and things will be looked at, there still continue to be teams of middle and upper management that are men only."
"I know that I was called a team lead without team lead pay - and I was the only female team lead. just one of the reasons i left."
"Strong employee resource group for women."
"Caterpillar really wants to improve in this area but is currently constrained by some cultural barriers. The executive office has made a significant commitment to improvement in this area. Five of the top technical leaders at Caterpillar are women, one group President and 4 VP's"
"Good intentions. Struggle in mid-management implementation."
"It is a conservative company. Most functions are male-centric. Flexibility is very dependent on your department and, in many cases, your direct leader."
"It is a male dominated company that is working (slowly) to remedy the disproportion of males in leadership. The very top does well and the bottom to entry management, it's the mid to executive management roles that are hard to navigate without real help and where it starts to get more out of balance."
"There seems to be some secret code that must be broken in order to move up beyond Director level. I truly believe the company wants to improve in the gender equality space but just doesn't quite know how to get started in a way that won't feel like an effort to fill a quota. This might be one time that being so metrics driven is a bad thing. My fear is the tendency would be to "check the box" and move on. While the maternity policy is better than where I came from, it and other policies should be reviewed to better align with today's workforce. The company tends to value working insanely long hours more than it does efficiency and productivity. To be attractive to a younger and changing workforce Caterpillar's culture will have to change."
"The gender divide is HUGE. It's nowhere near industry norms. My division is only 14% female and that's including hourly workers. They don't typically hire external, which keeps the divide large. Great women's employee resource groups. They seem to want to do better in this space, but never really do anything about it. Very common to hear female leaders described as too aggressive or lacking of confidence, when they are solid performers."
"Women in leadership is something you don't see very often. In lower management roles, they are more prominent, as you go up the ladder, it is the proverbial good ol' boys club"
"Benefits are pretty good, but I think it is very male dominated and can be hard to get ahead. We value diversity, but I struggle with not offering a better maternity leave policy to combat the number of technical women who leave with the birth of a child."
"I have worked here for over thirty years. In that time I've heard a lot of talk about women's progress and the importance of diversity but not seen that show up in the reality of our workforce other than a few higher level appointments that felt forced. It feels like a very macho company where visible heroics for mid level managers - spending hours at work and travelling and are expected and valued over calmly doing a good job and achieving great results during normal working hours. They also feel resistant to leading change e,g, in policies, flexibility, typically want to follow others very very slowly and perceived stigma definitely exists if you appear to use the flexible policies that are available,"