Caterpillar Reviews in Illinois

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
852 Reviews
3.4
852 Reviews
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Pros
  • There is a good work life balance, but you have to be your own catalyst for it (in 62 reviews)

  • Good pay and bonuses (but they jack with the pay-out formula every year to make it harder to achieve) (in 55 reviews)


Cons
  • They kept us to very unrealistic timelines and sacrificed any work life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Some of the upper management also seems kind of elitist and typically not visible (in 31 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Company in the middle of nowhere

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone was super helpful and easily approachable. They were very understanding of helping me, as an intern, take in as much as possible. I found every easy to work with.

    Cons

    The work environment was a bit dull. Peoria wasn't the type of city I was looking for.

  2.  

    Good compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Communication Representative in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Communication Representative in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Some reasons to work here....
    Good compensation
    Lots of different job roles...as long as you don't get too specialized you can move around quite a bit
    Good work life balance....in the right job, with the right boss
    Chance for moving internationally
    Job security
    Vacation/personal time

    Cons

    Corporate environment, lots of red tape
    Cat as a corporation doesn't really care about work life balance, and depending on your project, your mgmt might not either

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Great people to work with. Good work-life balance. They really seem to care about their employees. So many different career paths to choose from.

    Cons

    I have nothing to really complain about. I think they are a great company and I am proud to be employed by Caterpillar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the company going in a good direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Company with several opportunities and limited growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Performance Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Performance Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A good engineering company that is able to sustain because of the products that they have developed a few decades ago. The company offers good career opportunities and benefits.

    Cons

    Too many layers in the organization and its hard to move up the ladder. Work pace is slow. Business units have their own goal and objective and compete against each other without working towards the corporate goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the organization structure and reduce head count. Develop people to work as a team and willingness to come forward and accept additional/new responsibilities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience as an intern

    Current Employee - Corporate Intern in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Corporate Intern in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The work environment was extremely encouraging and diverse. As an engineer, most work is team-based. They treat interns much like new-hires. People are friendly and are quick to help the interns. Workplace is clean and spacious.

    Cons

    The location (Peoria, IL in my case) is rather boring. Office environment is quiet and bit dull. There isn't much to do outside of work, however Caterpillar will host a few social gatherings throughout the summer.

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    Innovative company with plethora of opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer III in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer III in Joliet, IL

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

    Pros

    1. Job related training is available to full time and contract employees
    2. Depending on your education, pay scale and benefits such as 401K, vacation package are competitive
    3. It is relatively easy to change your career path regardless of your education and experience.

    Cons

    1. In certain facilities, after you reach to certain professional level, it is difficult to further your career because of lack of opportunities
    2. Leadership training is not offered to all full time employees. You have to reach to a certain salary grade before you have a shot at it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Leadership team at Joliet, IL lacks the basic fundamentals of leadership
    2. Some of them do not understand how to criticize and not diminish the efforts that were put in by the team
    3. Some of the management team members lack the education and experience for the job they are chosen for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    General

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CAE Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - CAE Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The group are willing to hire entry level people, and people in the group will not hide their knowledge, they will teach you everything you want if you show the attitude. There will be a lot of activities after work because Peoria is a small city and there is nothing else to do.

    Cons

    Too many meetings and conference to attend. The working stress is high, leave work late is often. Peoria is a boring city, employees are all old age, fewer young people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Giant company struggling to embrace change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Stability, family-oriented, friendly, good benefits

    Cons

    Middle management saturation, poor understanding of process, fragmentation between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incorporate solid UX methodology for technical decisions. This needs to be a top-down mandate. User experience research and documentation will make it so the end products are truly customer-focused. As it is now, senior management make technology decisions based on personal preference that may comply to a limited set of business needs rather than on overall customer experience priorities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Application Developer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good place, lot to learn, colleagues are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Nothing much that I have noticed

  11.  

    Best products in the Industry, Great people to work with, stodgy old-fashioned practices

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Leader in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Leader in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Caterpillar is the leader in the industry with a great, sustainable business model

    Cons

    Short term financial focus
    Matrix organization, very difficult to get things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure a long term focus on Research and Development, do not shrink yourselves to greatness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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