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Caterpillar Reviews in Decatur, IL

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
893 Reviews
3.4
893 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.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Decatur, IL

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

    Pros

    Leadership and long range planning is very good. You can get reimbursed for pre-qualified education while you work. The culture for time off is very good within salaried and management pay ranges.

    Cons

    More work than can be completed each day but time goes quickly.. Only a short amount of on the job training when new or changing departments. No reference training manuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to continue working on agreeing to good SMART goals for each employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Its tough when your facility only makes one product

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Continuous Improvement Engineer in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Continuous Improvement Engineer in Decatur, IL

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed this position, plenty of room for continuous improvement. High visibility if you latch on to the right project

    Cons

    There was and I'm sure still is plenty of low hanging fruit, however selling the improvement projects often meant insinuating something was done incorrectly from the beginning and most likely that originator is still on board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When a person does something and does it well over and over, promote them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was frustrating, no team atmosphere and you are constantly looking over your shoulder.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Material Specialist in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Material Specialist in Decatur, IL

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

    Pros

    I loved my job and making my co-workers become involved as a team

    Cons

    While I contributed to a teamwork atmosphere, it was highly frowned on by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Caterpillar needs to have a more team based atmosphere. We are all here to do a job, let's work together. Management and employees need to be on the same page.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good pay, good chance for overtime, overall a decent experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembler in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Assembler in Decatur, IL

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

    Pros

    -Once you get to be a full time employee: nice benefits, paid holidays, nice pay.
    -Good people to work with
    -Good safety environment
    -Low stress
    -Can go to different areas and become experienced in different areas and skills.

    Cons

    -They can keep you a supplemental employee for up to 2 years (this means no benefits)
    -Some disconnect between the floor and the office

    Also there have been many layoffs lately (I was laid off in 2013). Currently there is a lot of uncertainty

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Caterpillar has been quite an experience since the change of untrained management in Decatur Plant.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Assembler in Decatur, IL

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

    Pros

    The learning experience is good, but management needs great knowledge of product.

    Cons

    They need to Temp lay-offs, should never had relied on one product. They should of kept Motor Graders and Power Trains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to know the product and learn people skills. They made a bad mistake getting rid of Motor Graders and Power Trains.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Planning Analyst in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Logistics Planning Analyst in Decatur, IL

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

    Pros

    Benefits -
    People - friendly environment
    Salary - very competitive with other companies in area

    Cons

    Good Ole Boy Network
    Lack of promotions
    Favoritism

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not a good experience. Only concern is making more profit.

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are average. Not "world class" that the company claims.

    Cons

    Demoralized workers due to layoffs, no wage increase for several years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your workers and they will take care of you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Was a good place to work back in the day.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Decatur, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, working conditions and pay.

    Cons

    Too many making decisions without knowing all the facts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I enjoyed working at Caterpillar great experience i learned alot of work related trades

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finished Welder in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Finished Welder in Decatur, IL

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

    Pros

    The benefits at Caterpillar were great i enjoyed the benefits,and the professional atmosphere

    Cons

    The only downside that i have is that im not currently not working for the company any more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was welder in Fabrication i think that some rules are not under supervisor descrection i believe there should manual that should implement rules and the plant should follow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A company that provides employees meaningful work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IL

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

    Pros

    Customer driven US based global company
    Provides employees a diverse work climate
    Strives for sustainability in goods and services
    Progressive in a century framework

    Cons

    Downturns projecting economic cycles hold manufacturing base culture
    Can be at times "militant" in local organizational culture/climate
    There is wisdom in asking the "old man"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be cognizant of change in what you ask employees to do. I would be glad to consult with you further.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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