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Caterpillar Reviews in Illinois

Updated Jul 7, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.4 375 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman

Douglas R. Oberhelman

(199 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

    Material Specialist (Former Employee) Decatur, IL

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementCaterpillar 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Engineer (Current Employee) Peoria, IL

    ProsIt is not Enron

    ConsOnly 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 Senior ManagementLook 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good pay, but probably not worth it

    IT Analyst (Current Employee) Morton, IL

    ProsVery 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.

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementUnderstand 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Really depends on location

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Aurora, IL

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork to improve the culture in the big three. Do more to understand who is providing value.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Engineer (Current Employee) Peoria, IL

    ProsPay. Hope that is enough for you.

    ConsSenior 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Packaging Engineer (Current Employee) Joliet, IL

    ProsCan 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.

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company but headed the wrong direction

    Engineer (Current Employee) Peoria, IL

    ProsCompetitive 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

    ConsDecreasing 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 Senior ManagementStart 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

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

    Worker (Current Employee) Decatur, IL

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your workers and they will take care of you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    like anywhere else

    Machine Operator (Former Employee) East Peoria, IL

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

    Consno 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 Senior Managementpay people what they are worth or lose them

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hostile

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Peoria, IL

    ProsCaterpillar 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.

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementLearn to know the people in your department. Stop being so arrogant.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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