Caterpillar Reviews in Illinois

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
852 Reviews
3.4
852 Reviews
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Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman
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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 63 reviews)

  • Good pay and bonuses (but they jack with the pay-out formula every year to make it harder to achieve) (in 55 reviews)


Cons
  • They kept us to very unrealistic timelines and sacrificed any work life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Some of the upper management also seems kind of elitist and typically not visible (in 31 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    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
  2.  

    Don't expect to a promotion unless you suck at your job

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    It is not Enron

    Cons

    Only the poor performing get promotions and that is to get them out of your group; which means your team is now down a person (even the poor performing get some work done).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the people that you give high rating to during the review period and give them promotions and allow them to transfer to other jobs. You tell us constantly that you want to help build our careers, yet you block those that want to move on if they do a good job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for.

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    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
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  5.  

    Very good company, very good culture, great people, fantastic management (really!), very conservate; IT is not valued...

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    The corporate values are well communicated and they adhere to them. The professionalism means the people you interact with day-to-day may have different priorities but are easy to get along with over the long haul.

    Cons

    Business unit structure leads to internal conflicts and administrative overhead. It's an engineering/marketing/heavy equipment company and values those disciplines.

    IT is viewed as a cost and projects seed technical debt from the get-go because they fail to account for lifecycle cost optimization. Cat's compensation of skills are 180 degrees out of phase of the market. Project manager and business analysts are better compensated then technical resources.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Information Analytics Group

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Great leadership. Highly collegial and flexible work atmosphere. Wonderful colleagues to work with. Among the best learning opportunities, with consistent cross-functional problem solving experience. Growing team, with excellent reputation across the enterprise.

    Cons

    Location in a relatively small metro area. Distance from large airport hubs (Chicago and STL). Lack of career opportunities for spouses, esp in high-end professions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Engineering Team Lead in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Team Lead in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Good place to work...have made great friendships. They employ some of the best and most talented.

    Cons

    It is a fairly 'flat' organization. While there is opportunity for promotion, getting to a supervisory or management position can take several years, even for experienced professionals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a good place to be from

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    Good pay, Good work life ballance, 401K

    Cons

    No chance at advancement, Healthcare and Retirment packages in decline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cat has been good to me but once they have you they will not spend any more on you. It does not matter how much you contribute to the bottom line. If you want to advance be careful. Cat will string you along for years making ambiguous promises that they have no intention of ever keeping. Management is only concerned about protecting their own positions and managing risk. The rating system is there to give you an impression that it is fair. In fact 85% of employees are rated as average and only given a cost of living pay raise. You will rise quickly the first 2 1/2 years then opportunities will dry up. It is designed this way to lure you in.

  9.  

    CMM Quality /Line inspector

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    Former Employee - CMM Operator in Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - CMM Operator in Joliet, IL

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

    Pros

    Growth, meet people from allover the world , to prove valve components good quality...

    Cons

    Things that went on in the 70s have changed today you get into deep trouble quick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people that know blueprint Specs. , some leaders are young

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing time of learning and doing.

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    Great educational opportunities, opportunities to speak with and shadow pretty much anyone that you wish, and great hourly pay are all a part of the Caterpillar internship experience. You will get meaningful work, get to interact with other interns, and network with large varieties of people across the company.

    Cons

    Caterpillar does not offer any type of housing stipend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it a priority to meet the interns and interact with them personallly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company! Great Learning Opportunities for those that keep their eyes open!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is a fabulous opportunity being able to work for the world's largest construction/mining equipment company. Being a large multinational, the possibilities are endless in terms of the direction of one's career. The company culture is very conducive to a productive work environment. Also, if you get the opportunity to get hired into a rotational program, go for it! This program is very good for working your way up the corporate ladder.

    Cons

    As a contract worker, it may not be as secure as one would like. But the flip side is that you get to work for a well-known company which is a good resume-builder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, I think that management is doing a good job at managing risk in the business environment. Part of risk mitigation is having a flexible work staff. In some areas, this has been thought of as a negative (by line workers in particular) but I believe if you educate employees at all levels about the TCO , overhead, etc. when changes and re-org happens, it might be a bit better received. Cross-training could also help with reployment as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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