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  1.  

    Great experience for an intern!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Corporate Intern in Peoria, IL
    Former Intern - Corporate Intern in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, great corporate intern program

    Cons

    easy to get lost in a company of that size

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience as an intern

    Current Intern - Corporate Intern in Peoria, IL
    Current Intern - Corporate Intern in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment was extremely encouraging and diverse. As an engineer, most work is team-based. They treat interns much like new-hires. People are friendly and are quick to help the interns. Workplace is clean and spacious.

    Cons

    The location (Peoria, IL in my case) is rather boring. Office environment is quiet and bit dull. There isn't much to do outside of work, however Caterpillar will host a few social gatherings throughout the summer.

  3.  

    Great Place to Start

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

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

    Pros

    Started on an exciting SAP implementation project but then settled into a more basic accounting role.

    Cons

    Managers do not want to move people around. I felt very stuck at an early time in my career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move new hires around more!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Company with several opportunities and limited growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Performance Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Performance Engineer in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    A good engineering company that is able to sustain because of the products that they have developed a few decades ago. The company offers good career opportunities and benefits.

    Cons

    Too many layers in the organization and its hard to move up the ladder. Work pace is slow. Business units have their own goal and objective and compete against each other without working towards the corporate goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the organization structure and reduce head count. Develop people to work as a team and willingness to come forward and accept additional/new responsibilities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    So-So

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    • 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.  

    Giant company struggling to embrace change

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    • 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 (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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Innovative company with plethora of opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  9.  

    General

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - CAE Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Contractor - CAE Engineer in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar as a contractor (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
  10.  

    Great Company; slow progress

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, extremely nice people, laid back culture, and great pay

    Cons

    Boring work, lots of red tape, reorgs twice a year, and new bosses every 3 months

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just so so

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    The work environment is flexible.

    Cons

    A Compensation is getting worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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