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Caterpillar Reviews in Aurora, IL

Updated November 15, 2014
Updated November 15, 2014
926 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 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.  

    Great fortune 100 company with many opportunities for growth and career experience.

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

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

    Pros

    Training and personal development is a high priority. If you work hard, you will be rewarded for it. There is a good work life balance, but you have to be your own catalyst for it.

    Cons

    Your specific manager has a lot to do with job satisfaction. If you get stuck with a bad manager, it could make life miserable because they set level of expectation and can either help you grow, or might feel like a roadblock. I was lucky to only have one bad manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a partner with your employees, and not elicit fear. Happy employees get more done and stick around!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not the employer it once was

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

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

    Pros

    Strong company long history of success. The Caterpillar name carries a lot of weight on a resume

    Cons

    Benefits are ok but not as good as they once were. Leadership seems to be in a constant state or reorganization. Company focus is on maintaining stock price and dividends at all costs. Employees are no longer considered valuable assets. Just a means to an end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting Accountants run the show. Caterpillar is a manufacturing company and has been successful for nearly 90 years. Train your employees so they are able to leave. Treat your employees so they want to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Still searching

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is a plus.

    Cons

    There is not diversity within management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Short lived. Lay offs

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

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Forty hour work week, full time, good benefits, over time pay, union, over time, chances to bid on other jobs

    Cons

    Terrible union contract, management all young guys with no experience but education, lay offs, decrease in pay, low pay job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work the floor before management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    So-So

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

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

    Pros

    The hours are relatively flexible

    Cons

    CEO only cares about stock prices, doesn't care very much about employee happiness or employee retention

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Really depends on location

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to improve the culture in the big three. Do more to understand who is providing value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Design engineering for a world class construction equipment manufacturer with facilities around the world.

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to see the work being done on the shop floor. Working with several other disciplines.
    Interface with shop personnel.

    Cons

    I would need to have a cell phone in some cases, when present on the shop floor, to assist in a speedy response,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pursuing the business as planned while keeping alert to new opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Lot's of opportunity internally, good variety of work, all the goods and bads of a big multi-national.

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to move internally every 3-5 years. International positions available although getting harder to land. Interesting product that has a global impact on humanity. Generally high standards for safety and ethics. Competitive compensation, stable company although there have been some layoffs in the past 5 years. A true multi-national corporation with many interesting challenges and opportunities.

    Cons

    With size comes some inefficiencies due to competing internal priorities, difficulty of communication, globally spread groups, etc. Majority of locations are not very 'sexy', tending to be in smaller cities or rural communities (may be a plus, depending on your preference). Culture and mindset tend to reflect the locations. Size, competition, and internal turnover make it difficult to foster a 'family' atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay competitive, treat your employees with respect, and give them something nice once in awhile when they don't expect it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good times and bad times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Aurora, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some Superintendents were very enjoyable to work for. They truly cared about the long term success of Caterpillar
    Good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Not all Superintendents show the same ability to lead in an engaging manner. With leadership styles of intimidation, belittling and not showing GENUINE appreciation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent, and transparent across the board.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Manufacturing Engineer

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

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Large organization, plenty of experience to gain

    Cons

    Large organization slow to changes, not very flexible, poorly managed at root level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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