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Caterpillar Reviews in Illinois

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
819 Reviews

3.5
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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 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 is a good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL

    Pros

    Great place to start career and learn new thing. Once out of CAT, you will see the difference between it and other places

    Cons

    Peoria is a small town and the hence not a whole lot to do after work. Too much politics in the place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Design engineer for CAT electronics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer Specialist  in  Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer Specialist in Mossville, IL

    Pros

    CAT offers slightly above average pay/benefits.
    Flexible schedule is nice.
    Work with some really great people.
    Looks fantastic on a resume.
    Good at luring young people in but...

    Cons

    ...bad at retaining young talent. In a group of 15 the average age is 10 years older than me.

    Peoria is a terrible place to be young but perfect to raise a family. Perhaps that contributes to the retention rate.

    Slow as a corporation to respond and take action.

    Overreacts as a corporation.

    "All roads lead to Peoria" I have been told. Even if you get to leave Peoria you are eventually coming back.

    Rotational program is a joke. Dont take the job due to it. Nobody wants to invest any time in a three month temp employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with young people. In that group of young people you have hired probably sits a CEO and a few officers. I was told young people are mobile and leave, and that was the excuse to not pursue following up on retention. Pursue those people.

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

    Starting to slip...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL

    Pros

    Your manufacturing knowledge will grow. You can be your best motivator and if you have a smart boss, he'll let you find your high water mark no problem. The culture is there if your a self starter. I've been successful in this environment.

    Cons

    The good ole boy network is alive and well. If you don't go along, you don't move along. My facility has drastically down sized. Nervous employees everywhere and many younger people have left for bigger and better opportunity. Aurora doesn't represent the corp as a whole but this facility is I bad shop both managerially and with asset reduction due to over spending. Closure???

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If this plant is to survive. Get ALL people on board by embracing the lesser crowd. Even you could learn and grow when we all work together. Or, just shut it down so we can move on!

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

    Good company but some bad managers destroying company's image

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant I  in  Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant I in Joliet, IL

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, ability to be promoted

    Cons

    Few bad managers, work atmosphere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deal with unfavorable issues when they arise as they will only get worst

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A Good Company Ruined by Automotive a Industry Management Rejects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Peoria, IL

    Pros

    Interesting projects and good people. As one veteran told me when I first started, "If you have a good boss you will have a good career; you have a bad boss you will have a bad career."

    Cons

    There has been an influx of automotive managers and junior executives. They brought discipline which is good and a negative culture that does not align with professed values

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop talking about the Employee Opinion Survey; that serves to aggravate employees. They know if they choose negative responses, they will suffer all year long...I choose positive responses in the hope that I will not have to hear entire staff meeting devoted to the subject.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Interesting work, Outdated processes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL

    Pros

    Good money when everything is factored in.
    Locations all over the world.
    Enough opportunities in a few different sectors doing very different things.
    Strong image and great resume builder.

    Cons

    Company puts a lot of value in the stock. I understand that all companies have to watch their stock prices, but I can assure you that even though CAT stock has risen close to 20% in the first 2 quarters of 2014 and posted record profits in 2013, by all the layoffs and cost cutting measures that we were taking in 2013, one would think the company was going underwater.
    Caterpillar has several processes which seem to make everything quite a bit harder to achieve even the simplest of tasks. From my experience and what I have seen, in the end, when the deadlines start getting close enough, management pretty much abandons these processes (which are supposed to make everything organized) and go to the more straightforward methods.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stick to the processes. If you put out all these processes, go through the training and when push comes to shove, throw all of them out the door, it really makes these processes a waste.
    There are smaller projects out there that get impacted negatively by how much we outsource hardware, software etc. Caterpillar needs to take on the responsibility to move more things in-house and develop its engineers. Slowly and slowly, caterpillar is creating more integration engineers, who will have a broad overview of everything, but would truly not understand how anything works.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work boring atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Revenue Analyst  in  Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Revenue Analyst in Peoria, IL

    Pros

    Gained amazing experience working with an international company. Looked great on my resume working for a fortune 50 company! My time there was well spent and i am very confident in my new position because of the skill i acquired in Peoria.

    Cons

    The pay was mediocre and the location was terrible. Peoria is very little fun. The headquarters had no character very old building.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nothing to envy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Parts Records Clerk  in  Morton, IL
    Former Employee - Parts Records Clerk in Morton, IL

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, company name recognition on a resume, you can gain vast amounts of knowledge from multiple departments.

    Cons

    Atmosphere, culture, leadership, low job security (many lay offs), many employees are overworked due to the uneven distribution of work load.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Turbulent Job Security, Excellent Advancement Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer  in  East Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in East Peoria, IL

    Pros

    The opportunity to advance as well as the guidance is great. The pay seems good relative to the location.

    Cons

    Market forecasters cant seem to get things correct. Makes for an unstable work environment. The downside of the great wealth of opportunities is the ultra competitive atmosphere that develops as a result. Much advancement is due to who is the most charming and not as a result of talent or ability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the talent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow career progression

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader  in  Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Mossville, IL

    Pros

    Its ok company with lot of laid back mentality among senior employers. Good for someone who doesn't like change and being challenged.

    Cons

    Conservative company and does not challenge the employees enough to excel. Not a risk taker when it comes to leading new technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more rewarding career for young driven engineers. "To many managers" with very less technical expertise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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