Caterpillar Reviews in Illinois

Updated July 7, 2014
Updated July 7, 2014
826 Reviews

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Pros
  • There is a good work life balance, but you have to be your own catalyst for it (in 57 reviews)

  • Very good pay and because of the company size many job options (in 52 reviews)


Cons
  • They kept us to very unrealistic timelines and sacrificed any work life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Some of the upper management also seems kind of elitist and typically not visible (in 30 reviews)

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  1.  

    It was frustrating, no team atmosphere and you are constantly looking over your shoulder.

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    Former Employee - Material Specialist  in  Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Material Specialist in Decatur, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I loved my job and making my co-workers become involved as a team

    Cons

    While I contributed to a teamwork atmosphere, it was highly frowned on by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Caterpillar needs to have a more team based atmosphere. We are all here to do a job, let's work together. Management and employees need to be on the same page.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Don't expect to a promotion unless you suck at your job

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It is not Enron

    Cons

    Only the poor performing get promotions and that is to get them out of your group; which means your team is now down a person (even the poor performing get some work done).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the people that you give high rating to during the review period and give them promotions and allow them to transfer to other jobs. You tell us constantly that you want to help build our careers, yet you block those that want to move on if they do a good job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good pay, but probably not worth it

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Morton, IL
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Morton, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very competitive compensation package. Flexible work schedule (no clock watchers either), not many micro-managers. Good opportunity to gain experience and exposure to working for a very large organization and large projects. Great place to start a career for a few years and go somewhere else.

    Cons

    Very large cumbersome processes that add no value to the business. Do not bother trying to improve processes unless you are in the right clique. Your ideas will go no where. While it may seem like everyone has a voice here and can make decisions independently, most decisions have already been made at a higher level and your effort and participation are usually wasted. Most managers and supervisors have no idea what kind of work their employees are working on. I am not even sure what managers do here. This is also not a real IT environment. If you like technical work, there is not much. It is mostly process related.

    The culture here also does not promote learning or career development. Be prepared to do the same type of work for at least 3-5 years, despite what you have heard from any college recruiters. Any training or job moves will be denied unless you know the right people.

    This has also been a very unfriendly environment from Day 1. Prepare to get the cold shoulder if you don't get into the right cliques. Some of the upper management also seems kind of elitist and typically not visible.

    The location is also dreadful. Nothing to do: nightlife, culture, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the work your employees do and provide them with the tool and training to excel at it. Provide on-boarding to new employees and promote job rotation and career development and help all employees understand the business that we operate. Also, have the foresight to take action when you are accountable for multiple projects that have the same goal and eliminate waste. Just don't create projects to give people work to do. Ensure that everyone has work that can impact the business in a quantifiable and positive manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Really depends on location

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to incorporate new technologies into design. Worldwide travel.

    Cons

    Leadership is poor and decisions are very short sighted based on manufacturing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to improve the culture in the big three. Do more to understand who is providing value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Mechanical Engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay. Hope that is enough for you.

    Cons

    Senior management are borderline criminal. Exploiting employees and favoritism for promotions is common here. They'll work you to the bone if you let them. Waaaaay to many employees near retirement that have basically given up and just show up to get a pay check. Unfortunately these are also many of the mid-level managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking about how many more millions you need to get each year. You're riding on borrowed time and the quality of your employees is trending away as a result of your treatment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Once you get in, you need to get out!!

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    Current Employee - Packaging Engineer  in  Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Packaging Engineer in Joliet, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Can make your own schedule, and as long as you do your job and show up, you will be employed. Some benefits are ok, but nothing stellar.

    Cons

    No training or career growth potential. You pretty much have to sell your soul to the devil if you want any kind of career advancement training. They also make slogans, but nothing ever changes. There is no culture change, and yet they have change management teams. It is a bunch of smoke and mirrors. There is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You wonder why employee satisfaction/engagement numbers are low, and you have rolling layoffs...umm...ok really? People are looking for stabilitiy, and you guys will never provide it. ROlling layoffs have become the norm and an acceptable business practice, yet we have bogus positions like change management specialists and all these BIQ people?? They are overhead and do not produce a result.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company but headed the wrong direction

    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Competitive benefits package - better than much of industry

    Good work environment - people are generally amiable and friendly, with a relaxed work environment, though this varies by group

    Cons

    Decreasing interest in employee welfare - between temporary layoffs, new merit based rating systems that are rigidly designed to pay employees less, declining promotion rates, and penny pinching cuts by upper management on small but vital things while exorbitant waste occurs on large things, the company is headed in the wrong direction fast

    Time with company, rather than merit based promotion structure, makes it challenging for an ambitious young person to move up relative to his peers no matter how talented

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start showing better appreciation for employees. CAT spending $2 billion on stock buybacks in the same year that they are laying off people left and right and making pay cuts is a slap in the face

  9.  

    Not a good experience. Only concern is making more profit.

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    Current Employee - Worker  in  Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Worker in Decatur, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits are average. Not "world class" that the company claims.

    Cons

    Demoralized workers due to layoffs, no wage increase for several years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your workers and they will take care of you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hostile

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Caterpillar is an honest company; it does keep its books straight. It has plenty of resources, too, with state of the art manufacturing equipment and design software. For a large company with a worldwide base, it is fairly well organized. It does value quality, which it gets.

    Cons

    No matter what you do, somebody is in your face about it. Back stabbing is rampant. Every department looks out for itself, and usually has little concern for Caterpillar as a whole. People development is minimal; educational encouragement does not exist and reimbursement is hard to get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to know the people in your department. Stop being so arrogant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    like anywhere else

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator  in  East Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in East Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    good about trying to reward you and help you move up the latter.

    Cons

    no pay raises since 2008. New equipment means less job skill which means they can get a fast food reject to do the work-or so they think.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay people what they are worth or lose them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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