Cat is a very top-heavy co-> The sr leadership has more in common with GM than Deere it seems. Through 2009 the sr mgmt (SG 26 and above, those who get options) have been largely untouched. There are some units in Cat that look like Gov't jobs programs they have so much mgmt. All Ownes has done is squeeze the hrly, salaried, and staff. Still, no units or divs have been combined or eliminated.
It's too bad you can't see the dif, between Cat and GM, no it's sad. I do agree that the wealth could be better disbuted thru the ranks, but don't compare Cat, not being able to compete in the market place like GM. Cats put GM out of half the businesses they have been in.