Caterpillar Reviews in Illinois

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
816 Reviews
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816 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovative company with plethora of opportunities

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    • 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 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
  2.  

    Giant company struggling to embrace change

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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 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
  3.  

    General

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    • 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 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    excellent company

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

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    freedom to work on your own learning pace, established guidelines, training

    Cons

    Need some new talent to stir up things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Pay was great, best in the area.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coach  in  Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coach in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits like nowhere else if your in management or salary.

    Cons

    There is a definite 'network' to get hired. Too many people who can use that network, but not really do a job well, will be your boss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should work on hiring process and red tape, but that's any large company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Application Developer

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    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Nothing much that I have noticed

  8.  

    Great people, boring job.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing  in  Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Company Culture is awesome!
    Personal Development Opportunities.
    Globally recognized.

    Cons

    Slow-paced work environment.
    Stagnant, low-risk opportunities.
    Company prides itself in reliability, which often correlates to extensive testing and little change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the fresh talent opportunities to make changes.
    Encourage employees to innovate and automate.

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

    Company culture much left to be desired

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, good starting salary (aim to beat out 75% of companies), incoming class in Leadership and Technical Development Program is big and leads to good friendships

    Cons

    Many. People expect you to put job over everything, 40-hour work week is bare minimum, organization leaves much to be desired, the level of bureaucracy is astounding, orientation is way too long and boring, management puts shareholders above employees (want highest possible share price...do this by cutting increase in salary in lateral transitions and promotions)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put employees before shareholders. Company should front costs of putting employees through LTDP and then at the end, manager of the rotation that best fits new employee takes cost of training employee out of their budget. Currently, managers who have never spoken with the employees hire...this has resulted in several of my colleagues leaving the company because they are dissatisfied with their permanent position.

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

    Great, as long as you are a non-union employee

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Material Specialist II  in  Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Material Specialist II in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    You can work your way up the corporate ladder fairly easy.

    Cons

    in an entry-level union setting.... you have to watch your P's and Q's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give union employees more money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It is a good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to start career and learn new thing. Once out of CAT, you will see the difference between it and other places

    Cons

    Peoria is a small town and the hence not a whole lot to do after work. Too much politics in the place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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