Founded in 1910 as Holt Caterpillar Company, Caterpillar machinery is known for its "caterpillar yellow" color. One of the founding fathers of the company, Benjamin Holt, came up with the idea to cover tractor wheels with tracks or planks to prevent the heavy machinery from sinking into the dirt. The machines gained popularity during World War I, where they served as major artillery vehicles in Europe.
Caterpillar provides up to a six percent match on 401k plans for its employees, as well as a bonus, which the company began offering with it ended its pension program. Employees start at Caterpillar with two weeks paid vacation. That increases to three weeks at five years, and four weeks at 15 years. Women get six weeks of maternity leave, and the company recently began offering two weeks paid leave for fathers or spouses.
Employees think caterpillar is a "great company that allows room for growth if you apply yourself," though individuals have to "take initiative in their career planning." People who work at Caterpillar also like that they get to "work on initiatives that are changing how the company does business," but some think the "company struggles to find balance between market downturns and upturns," which leads to a feeling of instability.more »
Headquartered in 8000 S. Federal Way
Boise ID, United States 83716
Computers and Electronics
It’s About Memory http://www.micron.com/jobs
Today’s demanding applications require not just more memory, but new memory innovations and architectures. Memory and storage solutions are becoming strategic differentiators for our customers and partners. These solutions enable breakthrough capabilities such as autonomous driving and virtual reality. At the same time, the value of data is undergoing explosive growth, driving new economic advantages and breakthroughs for humanity. Scalability, power efficiency, and very fast data access are critical to take advantage of this trend – factors that memory and storage are best positioned to address.
And Micron Knows Memory
And as the leader in innovative memory solutions, Micron is helping the world make sense of data by delivering the technology needed to unlock its vast potential. Through our global brands–Micron, Crucial, Lexar, and Ballistix–we offer the industry’s broadest portfolio and are the only company manufacturing today’s major memory and storage technologies: DRAM, NAND, NOR, and 3D XPoint™ memory. Our memory and storage is used to leverage the value of data: unlocking financial insights; accelerating scientific breakthroughs, and enhancing communication around the world.
It’s How We Do Business
From our roots in Boise Idaho, Micron has grown into an influential global presence and is committed to being the best memory company in the world. That means conducting business with uncompromising integrity, professionalism, and upholding a worldwide commitment to environmental quality, employee health and safety, and community support.
Dedicated to Sustainability and Support for our Global Community
We build and maintain sustainable operations, products and communities by focusing on the risks and opportunities most important to our stakeholders and business success, detailed in our 2017 Sustainability Report.
Our history of giving back started in 1999 when we established the Micron Foundation and identified science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education as a priority for Idaho students. Today, the Micron Foundation’s initiatives have grown into leading resources for educators and students in Idaho communities and beyond. We donate millions of dollars to organizations and events identified by our local teams around the world.
Micron in the Community
Endowed with gifts from Micron Technology, Inc., the Micron Technology Foundation’s mission is to develop effective programs that promote math, science, and engineering education and to participate in activities that address the priorities and concerns of the communities where Micron employees live and work. Visit micron.com/foundation for more information.more »
KLA-Tencor Corporation, a leading provider of process control and yield management solutions, partners with customers around the world to develop state-of-the-art inspection and metrology technologies. These technologies serve the semiconductor, LED, and other related nanoelectronics industries. With a portfolio of industry-standard products and a team of world-class engineers and scientists, the company has created superior solutions for its customers for 40 years.more »
Herman Miller is a globally recognized provider of furnishings and related technologies and services. Since its inception in 1905, the company has relied on innovative design to help people do great things. The global design leader has evolved into Herman Miller Group, a family of brands that collectively offers a variety of products for environments where people live, learn, work, and heal. The family of brands includes Colebrook Bosson Saunders, Design Within Reach, Geiger, HAY, Maars Living Walls, Maharam, naughtone, Nemschoff, and Herman Miller.
You can make a salary making furniture. Or you can make a difference. Or you can work at Herman Miller and make both. Visit hermanmiller.com/careers for more information and a list of our current opportunities.more »
Headquartered in 1201 S. Second Street
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Rockwell Automation, the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Throughout the world, our flagship Allen-Bradley® and Rockwell Software® product brands are recognized for innovation and excellence.
Headquartered in 100 Bayer Blvd
Whippany, NJ 07981
Bayer is an innovation company with a more than 150-year history and core competencies in the fields of health care and agriculture. We develop new molecules for use in innovative products and solutions to improve the health of humans, animals and plants. Our research and development activities are based on a profound understanding of the biochemical processes in living organisms.
Our goal is to achieve and sustain leadership positions in our markets, thus creating value for our customers, stockholders and employees. To this end, our strategy is designed to help solve some of the most pressing challenges facing mankind, and by doing this exceptionally well we aim to strengthen the company’s earning power.
We are committed to operating sustainably and to addressing our social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen, while at the same time respecting the interests of all our stakeholders. Employees with a passion for innovation will enjoy excellent development opportunities at Bayer.more »
Takeda is a patient-focused, innovation-driven global pharmaceutical company that builds on a distinguished more than 230-year history, aspiring to bring better health and a brighter future for people worldwide.
Our Mission is to strive towards Better Health and a Brighter Future for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. Established by our founding spirit and integral to every part of our business, Takeda-ism will guide every one of us to achieve our goals.
Takeda-ism is our commitment to act with integrity at all times, work to the highest ethical standards, operate with fairness and honesty, and persevere to achieve out goals.more »
Armstrong is a leader in the design and manufacture of floors and ceilings. Our innovative residential and commercial product designs, solutions and services enable our customers to deliver the exceptional interior spaces they envision for themselves and their clients. At home, at work, in hospitals, classrooms, stores and restaurants, Armstrong offers innovative interior solutions that help to enhance comfort, save time, improve building efficiency and overall performance, and create beautiful spaces, from Dubai to Shanghai, New York to Sao Paolo.
What began more than 150 years ago, as a tiny two-man cork-cutting shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has grown to become Armstrong World Industries, Inc., a global, multi-billion dollar corporation with thousands of employees around the world. We owe our success to our strong foundation built on trust, innovation and partnership.
Headquartered in Deka Road
Lyon Station PA, United States 19536
5,001 to 10,000 employees
East Penn Manufacturing has charged forward to become one of the US's leading makers of lead-acid batteries for the stationary, industrial, automotive, commercial, marine, and specialty markets. Under the Deka brand, the company manufactures batteries that provide juice to everything from farm equipment and road signs to vans and snowmobiles. East Penn also makes battery cables, starter cable, terminals, and other accessories. OEM customers have included such noteworthy names as Daimler Trucks North America, Deere & Company, and Harley-Davidson. The company exports its products worldwide and was founded in 1946 under the Deka name by DeLight Breidegam Jr. and his father DeLight Sr.
East Penn's growth strategy involves expanding its line of batteries and adding space in order to enhance its manufacturing and warehousing capacities to meet the rising demand for its battery products.
The expansion of wireless telecommunications and data storage companies and their need for battery backup systems has been a boon for the battery industry, and batteries for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems are expected to be a growth area. The company's wide range of customers has helped during the sluggish demand within the automotive industry; as a result, the loss of business for East Penn was minimal compared with companies that were heavily dependent on US automotive manufacturers.
Headquartered in 8023 Vantage Dr.
San Antonio TX, United States 78230
5,001 to 10,000 employees
Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI) exudes positive energy for wound-healing purposes. The company's active healing solutions (AHS) business makes vacuum-assisted wound care systems (including the V.A.C. Via system), which use KCI's negative pressure technology to speed patient recovery from complex wounds. The unit also makes negative pressure systems to aid in the healing of surgical incisions. Its LifeCell business develops tissue regeneration products used in reconstructive surgical procedures. The firm is selling its therapeutic support systems (TSS) business, which makes hospital beds, specialized mattresses, and patient mobility assistance devices. KCI is owned by a consortium of private-investors.
Change in Company Type
KCI was acquired for nearly $5 billion by a group of private-equity firms in 2011. The group included Apax Partners and two Canadian pension firms. The deal, which also included another $1.3 billion in assumed debt, made KCI a private entity and allowed KCI and its owners to take advantage of new opportunities and make further investments in the medical products industry.
KCI makes most of its sales in the US, where it markets and distributes its products through its own sales force. Internationally, KCI distributes its products directly and through local distributors in some 20 countries.
The company's 2011 going-private transaction followed several years of revenue growth for KCI, though sales and net income growth slowed a bit in 2010 (revenues increased 1% to $2 billion and net income grew 12% to $256 million, compared to 6% and 32% growth rates in 2009). Most of the company's revenue growth was attributed to the rapidly growing LifeCell tissue matrix business, as well as to strong sales within its larger AHS segment. Sales from the TSS division, however, were lagging due to economy-related capital spending constraints in the hospital industry.
KCI is focused on growing its AHS product line (its biggest revenue earner). Through the division, KCI has worked to develop and commercialize new products and therapies based on its negative pressure technology platform (NPTP), including the 2010 and 2011 introductions of the V.A.C. Via Therapy System in the US and Europe and the Prevena Incision Management System globally.
Along with internal efforts, KCI enters into sales and marketing agreements with other medical equipment makers to gain access to new products and a broader customer base. It has one such agreement with Novadaq Technologies for the North American distribution of Novadaq's SPY Elite System, which helps with surgical visualization in tissue procedures. KCI also has a licensing agreement (entered into in 2011) with Wright Medical Technologies for Wright's Graftjacket product line for ulcer repair procedures.
The company is working to expand its presence outside of North America. To that end it is building up its distribution networks and launching products in new markets. For instance, in 2012 KCI opened a new V.A.C. training center for doctors in Brazil to help expand its presence in South America, where it primarily sells its products through third-party distributors.
To increase its focus on the AHS and LifeCell divisions, in 2012 KCI agreed to sell the TSS operations to Swedish wound management firm Getinge for some $275 million, marking KCI's exit from the hospital bed manufacturing business upon which it was founded. TSS also makes mobility devices and other equipment for patients who are immobilized and have pulmonary, bariatric, or chronic wound conditions.
KCI's customers include acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, and wound care clinics in the US and abroad. Some of its largest customers include hospital group purchasing organizations (GPOs) such as Novation. The company maintains an in-house team of specialists who help individual and home health customers negotiate paperwork related to Medicare and private insurance.
KCI was founded by chairman emeritus James Leininger in 1976 in San Antonio. Leininger owned some 11% of the company's stock prior to its acquisition by the Apax Partners-led private equity consortium in 2011.more »
Headquartered in Corporate Headquarters
220 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA, United States 98104
Agriculture and Extraction
5,001 to 10,000 employees
We sustainably manage forests and manufacture products that make the world a better place. We’re serious about safety, driven to achieve excellence, and proud of what we do. With multiple business lines in locations across North America, we offer a range of exciting career opportunities for smart, talented people who are passionate about making a difference.
We know you have a choice in your career. We want you to choose us.more »
Headquartered in 2000 N. M-63
Benton Harbor, MI United States 49022
Consumer Goods and Services
Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the world’s leading major home appliance company, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 92,000 employees and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2018. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world.
Vision: Be the best kitchen & laundry company, in constant pursuit of improving life at home Mission: Earn trust and create demand for our brands in a digital world
Looking to build a career that matters? You’ve come to the right place.
For generations, our company has been helping people make the most of time so they can focus on what matters – their families and their lives.
Our company is looking for candidates who are not just interested in a job, but are committed to a higher purpose. We want to engage employees with meaningful work within their individual positions but also provide them with opportunities to make a difference in the lives of consumers all over the world by making the most of moments that matter in their roles every day.more »
Headquartered in 100 Grainger Pkwy.
Lake Forest IL, United States 60045
Grainger is no stranger to those in need of a wide variety of industrial products. W.W. Grainger distributes more than one million industrial products, from supplies to equipment and tools. The short list has electrical devices, fasteners, fleet maintenance equipment, hand tools, hardware, janitorial, lighting, office supplies, power and plumbing tools, and safety, security, and test instruments. Its some two million customers are contractors, maintenance and repair shops, manufacturers, and commercial, government, and educational facilities. Grainger sells through a network of branches, distribution centers, catalogs, and websites.
About 80% of Grainger's sales are made in the US, with the rest in Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. With locations in all 50 states, the US business has about 370 branches and some 15 distribution centers.
Grainger's US business is its largest operating segment. The segment's product lines include lighting and electrical equipment, power and hand tools, pumps and plumbing, and cleaning and maintenance supplies. Acklands-Grainger, the company's core Canadian business, focuses on distributing industrial and safety products via about 180 domestic branches and distribution centers.
Besides a wide range of products Grainger also provides services that include inventory management and energy efficiency assistance for lower maintenance costs. The company's KeepStock program offers on-site services and vendor-managed inventory. Since the program's launch in 2006, KeepStock has grown to serve more than 14,000 customers at 30,000 installations.
Despite the breadth of its portfolio and increasing presence in developing regions, Grainger's sales rise and fall with the health of North American industrial production. As the economy picks up currently, businesses have been expanding the kind of inventory Grainger supplies. Accordingly, Grainger's year-over-year sales increased 12% in 2011 from 2010 while gross profit rose by more than 16%. Sales to heavy manufacturing customers led the growth, followed by light manufacturers. Such customers account for some 27% of Grainger's sales.
Grainger occasionally pursues business acquisitions and joint ventures that promise sustainable opportunities and broaden its offerings. In 2012 Grainger expanded into the Brazilian market with the acquisition of maintenance, repair, and operating supplies provider AnFreixo from Votorantim.
In 2011 it bought Fabory Group, a European distributor of fasteners and other maintenance and repair supplies. The $344 million acquisition bolstered Grainger's presence across Europe and in China, where Fabory served a growing network of customers.
In 2011 the company closed about 35 branches, reflecting more shipments from distribution centers and fewer counter and will-call purchases. Also that year Grainger opened a distribution center in northern California. Most sales consist of private label items under Grainger's trademark: Dayton (motors), Speedaire (air compressors), Westward (tools), and Condor (safety products), to name a few.more »
Looking back on nearly 140 years of success, Henkel’s vision is to become a global leader in brands and technologies. Henkel holds globally leading market positions both in the consumer and industrial sector today and is well known for brands such as Persil, Schwarzkopf and Loctite. The company is organized into three globally operating business units: Laundry & Home Care, Beauty Care and Adhesive Technologies. The Dax-30 company is headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany, and proud of its about 50,000 employees from more than 120 nations worldwide. Henkel is globally active and has as strong presence in emerging markets.more »
Headquartered in No. 1 Leggett Rd.
Carthage MO, United States 64836
That spring in your step after a good night's sleep may be there courtesy of Leggett & Platt (L&P) -- the pioneer of steel coil bedsprings. Using primarily aluminum and steel, the company makes residential furnishings (such as innersprings and bed frames) and commercial fixtures (store displays, shelves, furniture components). It also produces industrial materials (wire, steel tubing) and specialized items (quilting machines, automotive seating, docking stations for electronic devices). Customers include furniture retailers, telecommunications firms, and makers of automobiles, construction products, bedding, and lawn gear. L&P operates about 130 manufacturing facilities in nearly 20 countries.
Of L&P's 132 manufacturing sites worldwide, 89 are located in the US. The diversified company's international operations are principally located in Europe, China, Canada, and Mexico. In 2011 international sales accounted for 29% of L&P's total sales, with 9% attributed to China. The company also makes residential furnishings in Africa.
L&P is an international diversified manufacturer that designs and makes a wide variety of engineered components and products found in many homes (bedding, furniture, carpet underlay), offices (furniture), and retail stores (displays, garment racks, shelving), and automobiles (control cables, seating components). Residential furnishing account for about 50% of sales, while industrial materials accounts for about 25% of sales, and specialized materials, about a fifth.
L&P's 2011 sales increased by about 8% vs. 2010, while net income fell by 13% over the same period. Increased demand in some of the company's markets, notably automotive and office furniture, drove sales in 2011. In contrast, the residential segment continued to lag amid continued weakness in the economy and housing market. Despite increased sales in 2011 and 2010, the $3.6 billion rung up by L&P in 2011 was well below pre-recession levels.
In an effort to boost shareholder returns, L&P has narrowed its focus to sectors where it can be a market leader and achieve cost savings. The profit-centered strategy, launched in 2007, departed from L&P's growth through acquisition model, which resulted in the purchase of more than 100 companies since 1996. From 2007 onward, L&P has reduced combined annual spending for acquisitions and capital expenditures by more than 70%. Indeed, up until early 2012, the company had not made a significant acquisition. In January, it bought out Western Pneumatic Tube (Western), a provider of aircraft parts, from private equity firm Tinicum Capital Partners for $188 million. Unlike many previous acquisitions, L&P will operate Western within the tubing group as an independent company and continue to develop Western's customer base of aerospace suppliers and OEMs. (In 2011 Western generated $57 million in sales.)
The deal for Western followed a stream of disposals. Between 2007 and 2010, L&P shed more than half a dozen businesses, the largest of which was its $485-million-in-sales Aluminum Products segment (2008). L&P unloaded its declining Storage Products business unit in 2010. The company has used the approximately $1.8 billion in proceeds from the divestitures and cash flow generated since 2007 to increase its quarterly dividends by 50% and to repurchase stock.
L&P's restructuring is continuing. In late 2011 it approved a plan to reduce overhead costs and boost ongoing profitability. The plan involved the closure of four underperforming facilities by mid-2012.
State Street Corp. owns nearly 13% of L&P's shares.more »
The Bridgestone Americas family of enterprises includes more than 50 production facilities and 55,000 employees throughout the Americas. The Bridgestone Americas international footprint includes manufacturing and sales subsidiaries located in Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Venezuela, with additional offices throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.more »
Mondelez International manufactures and markets food and beverage products in around 165 countries across the globe. The company holds the number one biscuits, chocolate and candy market share globally and the number two global position in gum. The company's portfolio features seven billion-dollar brands, including Cadbury, Nabisco, Oreo, and Trident, and another 44 brands that each generate revenues of over $100 million. Mondelez focuses on maintaining the speed, creativity, and agility of a small company while capitalizing on the scale and resources of a global powerhouse.
The health insurance is a highlight for employees at Mondelez, as is the paid vacation -- three weeks to start. The company also offers matching on 401(k) plans, and there is reportedly a gas reimbursement and a company vehicle for certain positions.
Employee experiences vary widely across positions, but many like the "attractive training system, challenging environment," and "ambitious projects." Others highlight that Mondelez "invests in creative ideas and supports talented employees." However, there is some uncertainty around the "constant company restructuring," and others find that "management isn't always on the same page."more »
Headquartered in 29500 Solon Road
Solon, Ohio 44139
5,001 to 10,000 employees
Headquartered in Solon, Ohio, U.S.A., Swagelok Company is a major developer and provider of fluid system solutions, including products, assemblies, and services for the research, instrumentation, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, power, petrochemical, alternative fuels, and semiconductor industries. Our manufacturing, research, technical support, and distribution facilities support a global network of 225 sales and service centers in 70 countries.more »
Headquartered in 3355 Michelson Dr.
Irvine CA, United States 92612
Computers and Electronics
When it comes to data storage, Western Digital has drive. The company is one of the largest independent makers of hard-disk drives, which record, store, and recall volumes of data. Drives for PCs account for most of Western Digital's sales, although the company also makes devices used in servers, cloud computing data centers, and home entertainment products such as set-top boxes and video game consoles. The company sells to manufacturers and through retailers and distributors. More than 60% of its sales are to OEMs such as Hewlett-Packard, which is Western Digital's largest customer. The company gets more than half of its sales from the Asia/Pacific region.
Western Digital is structured around two subsidiaries: WD Technologies and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST). Each subsidiary maintains its own brand and product lines, with separate sales, marketing, operations, and product development teams. The company is looking to offer improved customer experiences for competing and complementary brands, while finding efficiencies in shared services.
The company is seeing strong growth in Asia (which represents more than 55% of sales) and the US (nearly 20%), with slower growth in the EMEA region (another nearly 20%). Western Digital has manufacturing facilities in the US and across Asia and sales offices worldwide.
Western Digital is one of a handful of manufacturers that dominate the hard-disk drive market -- a sector characterized by harsh competition, short product life cycles, and aggressive price cuts. In order to reduce its dependence on drives for PCs, the company has branched into branded consumer media devices, including DVR expanders, portable media drives, and media players that let users play data from external drives on TV. Its WD TV Live Plus media player streams movies (including those offered by Netflix) and Internet video to a digital TV. It is also investing in products for the mobile computing and cloud computing markets.
Another promising market for Western Digital is nearline hard drives, which are more cost effective than traditional hard drives by providing more capacity while requiring lower power. Nearline hard drives are used for stimulated applications, such as video surveillance and medical imaging, and IT infrastructure applications, including scientific computing and Web search engines.
Mergers & Acquisitions
In 2012 Western Digital bought Hitachi's disk drive business, HGST, for around $4.3 billion in cash and stock. The deal boosts Western Digital's share of the global market to nearly 50%, ahead of rival Seagate Technology which accounts for around 30% of global shipments. Strategically, the deal adds disk drives used with servers -- a large part of both Hitachi and Seagate's businesses -- and gives Western Digital a better foothold in solid-state drives used in tablets and other portable devices. The acquisition also provides Western Digital its first manufacturing foothold in China and the Philippines. With the stock portion of the sale, Hitachi gains a 10% stake in Western Digital and two spots on the board of directors.
Western Digital has long used acquisitions to add new product lines and extend its geographic reach. Over the past several years it bought the magnetic media sputtering operations of Hoya for about $233 million and entered the market for solid-state drives with the $65 million purchase of SiliconSystems. In a large 2007 acquisition, Western Digital bought disk component maker Komag for $1 billion, which gave it the ability to manufacture the media and substrates used in its drives.
Western Digital's sales have fluctuated in recent years as it has dealt with the worldwide economic downturn. However, its acquisition of HGST helped produce strong results for fiscal 2012 (ended June 30). The company's revenues grew 31% that year to $12.5 billion, with HGST contributing more than $3 billion of that. It also saw an improvement in hard drive average selling price from $45 in fiscal 2011 to $62 in fiscal 2012.
Although Western Digital saw increased R&D and SG&A expenses in 2012, the overall strength of revenues led to a 122% jump in net income (to $1.6 billion).more »