Cat was a 5 minute commute from home and I had a great 10 years there.
Pros: short commute, lots of responsibility, the ability to self motivate and use my education and judgement to get the job done
Cons: high pressure environment, watching good men lose it all due to this recession.
Milton Cat was a great place for me to work as I raised my kids.
My 1st boss was a family orientated man who would bend over backwards for his workers,my kids would come into my office and my boss would take them into his office where there were all kinds of toys they could play with or he would take them into the Cafeteria and buy them snacks or drinks.
The man made me, my wife and my kids feel like family and honestly it was a very special place to work for as a father of young kids.
I started there during the height of the BIG DIG so I was constantly busy on the phone or having face to face meetings with customers and my 1st 7 years my average raise was 10% or better.
We had frequent weekend adventures with our families and often ate 3 meals a day together.
The boss also gave me oppurtunity to step out of the office to prosecute our small claims cases rather than assign them to an attorney to go to a job sight to oversee what was going on with some of our high profile customers. He would also delegate all collection and credit decisions to our Credit team without micro managing..
Therefore he did expect results from us because he gave us the tools and the responsibility to get the job done without having to babysit, if you failed at your assignments he wasnt adverse to telling you how it was and how it should be.
The end was swift and severe.
In 2006 Caterpillar couldnt find enough steel to build enough machines to satisfy our customer base nationally. By the end of 2007 the sales staff was facing 30% salary cuts and the layoffs began. For 3 years I watched co worker after co worker get cut and when the 2010 year ended the writing was pretty much on the wall for me and many others.