Caterpillar Reviews in Illinois

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
825 Reviews
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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.  

    Company with several opportunities and limited growth

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Performance Engineer  in  Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Performance Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for 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
  2.  

    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 for less than a 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.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovative company with plethora of opportunities

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer III  in  Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer III in Joliet, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for 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
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  5.  

    Giant company struggling to embrace change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for less than a 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
  6.  

    General

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

    I have been working at Caterpillar as a contractor for less than a 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
  7.  

    Application Developer

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Nothing much that I have noticed

  8.  

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

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Leader  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Leader in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, many opportunities, good pay, but culture changing

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    I love working with the people. Very focused on doing what is right for the customer and helping each other . People are paid well. Lots of opportunity to move around company. Excellent mentors around the company if you look for them. People genuinely like to help each other.

    Cons

    Seeing lots of turnover, especially in young, high potential people. Not enough emphasis on prioritization. This leads to too much workload for capacity and can lead to work life imbalance and high stress. Independent business units are driving a not invented here mentality that makes collaboration challenging at times (especially in higher level positions). At higher leadership levels, fear of consequences for decisions is driving a leadership that has a hard time making decisions. Large company leads to struggles with bureaucracy.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large corporate culture

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer  in  Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    Pay, good people, some interesting people

    Cons

    Culture, lack of vision, poor leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some vision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    boring repetitive work

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    Former Employee - Assembler  in  Mossville, IL
    Former Employee - Assembler in Mossville, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    pay is average, benefits average

    Cons

    too many chiefs, you can't make them all happy , layoffs are often, forced overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay top wages for top work, need bonus incentive for quality and production, keep rules consistent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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