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Caterpillar Reviews in Illinois

Updated February 17, 2015
Updated February 17, 2015
158 Reviews
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158 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 66 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits like nowhere else if your in management or salary (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • They kept us to very unrealistic timelines and sacrificed any work life balance (in 25 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Black Belt

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

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

    Pros

    Great People, Great company, market pride. Bonuses are great. Fortune 50 company

    Cons

    Lack of solid product diversity outside of construction and mining equipment, therefore if mining demand is low, people are released. If based in Peoria, IL it is difficult to transfer at the same salary grade.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue being transparent with direct reports

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Loved working there

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

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, flexible time schedule

    Cons

    With great people and great pay I can't complain about much

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company - Management does not embrace IT

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in East Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in East Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent, time off is good, bonus is usually decent... Flexible hours

    Cons

    Large company, you have to know the right people to move up... otherwise you get stuck

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your IT professionals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Instrumentation engineer positions

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

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits. Great people

    Cons

    To much management. Not enough workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not applicable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Pretty good

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

    I have been working at Caterpillar

    Pros

    Okay pay, okay benefits, everything was just average.

    Cons

    No overtime pay or anyway to make extra money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard to advance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, people and flexibility

    Cons

    Location, not much vacation, taxes are high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office Culture needs to be more in tune with workforce

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of career development opportunities, but with many of the headaches of a large corporation.

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

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

    Pros

    Career Development - There are a lot of opportunities for career development.
    Skill Development - As an engineer, you'll use and develop technical skills.
    Compensations - The pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Career Development - While there are a lot of opportunities, it can often take a while to move up in your position.
    Management - There are too many layers of management. Higher level management is very disconnected from what's happening at the lower levels.
    Financial Concerns - Management is very focused on improving quarterly returns, and is often short-sighted in their decisions. This company hasn't been around for a long time by thinking quarter to quarter.
    Location - Many of the jobs are based in Peoria, which is not a terrible city to live in. However, Caterpillar is by far the largest employer here. It makes things difficult when the largest employer is town is not doing well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Caterpillar is a cyclical company. Management needs to recognize that the time to develop new machines often exceeds to rise in an economic cycle. Often new development programs will be funded during an economic boom, and then cut during an economic downturn. Management seems to focus only on the R&D impact to quarterly returns, rather than the emotional cost to the employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    A great experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Bulldozer Driver in Peoria, IL
    Former Contractor - Bulldozer Driver in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Senior management cares about the employees and looks for opportunities for career advancement through training and involvement in professional development.

    Cons

    There are some people within management who have been around for a long time that could move along to open doors for others with more progressive views.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think everyone should be given an opportunity to drive a D10.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Global Company to Work For!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Excellent compensation package; global experience; great global reputation; leader in driving free trade; excellent time off policy; opportunity for significant annual incentive pay based on actual company performance versus plan

    Cons

    Moving older workers (i.e. high job classification = higher pay) out the door. Affinity groups for many diverse employee groups, none for the aging workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Caterpillar Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CorporateHardware Group in Mossville, IL
    Former Employee - CorporateHardware Group in Mossville, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent company to intern for. Offered lots of relevant experience and good exposure to a global company. Engineering team that I was working with was very friendly and the atmosphere and work ethic were very nice. Company cared about you as a person and didn't see just as a number on paper.

    Cons

    Was a bit difficult to find enough work to do at the start but further into the internship I had plenty to do

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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