Caterpillar Reviews in Illinois

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
819 Reviews
3.5
819 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman
Douglas R. Oberhelman
425 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

388 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Good company to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 3 years

    Pros

    Grace place to work for, can learn new technologies, exposure to big industry and leaders, can work with multi-cultural people.

    Cons

    Too Many layers in management, your words may not be heard all the time, may feel like dust in the air... hard work does not guarantee promotion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best company I have worked for during my 19-year career.

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

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The culture is world-class. There are people from all over the world working together as a team. Everyone is kind and respectful of each other.

    Cons

    The only con is the cyclical nature of the industry. Layoffs are something that you either deal with or move to another employer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to start your career

    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    International Exposure
    Career Management Instruction
    Training Resources

    Cons

    Mobility can be a problem

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to Build a Career

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay, talented people, great bosses (my experience), they invest in people and training. Solid company with great values that they really stand behind.

    Cons

    Conservative culture, slow moving, bureaucratic. Location is the biggest issue for me and more and more folks. Very few opportunities to move geographically (especially internationally) anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be flexible, think about your people, and what's best for the enterprise

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great career opportunities, leader in the industry, high focus on people development

    Cons

    It is a global company and has similar challenges of working in a big multinational

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    They don't care for thee people that actual make them profitable. The men & women on the factory floor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - 4m90  in  Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - 4m90 in Joliet, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    none to speak of because they don't foster a place to work together and build a good company. just how to abuse the workers.

    Cons

    Too many to list. they interrupt a binding labor contract any way they want to screw the employee the hardest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start taking care of the person on the factory floor it used to be a good place to work. when start looking at the bottom line and not who and how you got there, then all is lost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow career progression

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader  in  Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    Its ok company with lot of laid back mentality among senior employers. Good for someone who doesn't like change and being challenged.

    Cons

    Conservative company and does not challenge the employees enough to excel. Not a risk taker when it comes to leading new technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more rewarding career for young driven engineers. "To many managers" with very less technical expertise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good pay, but probably not worth it

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

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

    Pros

    Very competitive compensation package. Flexible work schedule (no clock watchers either), not many micro-managers. Good opportunity to gain experience and exposure to working for a very large organization and large projects. Great place to start a career for a few years and go somewhere else.

    Cons

    Very large cumbersome processes that add no value to the business. Do not bother trying to improve processes unless you are in the right clique. Your ideas will go no where. While it may seem like everyone has a voice here and can make decisions independently, most decisions have already been made at a higher level and your effort and participation are usually wasted. Most managers and supervisors have no idea what kind of work their employees are working on. I am not even sure what managers do here. This is also not a real IT environment. If you like technical work, there is not much. It is mostly process related.

    The culture here also does not promote learning or career development. Be prepared to do the same type of work for at least 3-5 years, despite what you have heard from any college recruiters. Any training or job moves will be denied unless you know the right people.

    This has also been a very unfriendly environment from Day 1. Prepare to get the cold shoulder if you don't get into the right cliques. Some of the upper management also seems kind of elitist and typically not visible.

    The location is also dreadful. Nothing to do: nightlife, culture, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the work your employees do and provide them with the tool and training to excel at it. Provide on-boarding to new employees and promote job rotation and career development and help all employees understand the business that we operate. Also, have the foresight to take action when you are accountable for multiple projects that have the same goal and eliminate waste. Just don't create projects to give people work to do. Ensure that everyone has work that can impact the business in a quantifiable and positive manner.

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

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

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

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for 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
  11.  

    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 for 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

Worked for Caterpillar? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.