Caterpillar Reviews in Mossville, IL

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
838 Reviews
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Pros
  • There is a good work life balance, but you have to be your own catalyst for it (in 60 reviews)

  • Good pay and bonuses (but they jack with the pay-out formula every year to make it harder to achieve) (in 54 reviews)


Cons
  • They kept us to very unrealistic timelines and sacrificed any work life balance (in 22 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large corporate culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer  in  Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    Pay, good people, some interesting people

    Cons

    Culture, lack of vision, poor leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some vision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just so so

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    The work environment is flexible.

    Cons

    A Compensation is getting worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Design engineer for CAT electronics

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

    I have been working at Caterpillar for more than 3 years

    Pros

    CAT offers slightly above average pay/benefits.
    Flexible schedule is nice.
    Work with some really great people.
    Looks fantastic on a resume.
    Good at luring young people in but...

    Cons

    ...bad at retaining young talent. In a group of 15 the average age is 10 years older than me.

    Peoria is a terrible place to be young but perfect to raise a family. Perhaps that contributes to the retention rate.

    Slow as a corporation to respond and take action.

    Overreacts as a corporation.

    "All roads lead to Peoria" I have been told. Even if you get to leave Peoria you are eventually coming back.

    Rotational program is a joke. Dont take the job due to it. Nobody wants to invest any time in a three month temp employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with young people. In that group of young people you have hired probably sits a CEO and a few officers. I was told young people are mobile and leave, and that was the excuse to not pursue following up on retention. Pursue those people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    • 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
  6.  

    boring repetitive work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembler  in  Mossville, IL
    Former Employee - Assembler in Mossville, IL

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    pay is average, benefits average

    Cons

    too many chiefs, you can't make them all happy , layoffs are often, forced overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay top wages for top work, need bonus incentive for quality and production, keep rules consistent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a good place to be from

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Mossville, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time for 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.

  8.  

    Amazing time of learning and doing.

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

    I have been working at Caterpillar as an intern for less than a 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
  9.  

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

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    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow career progression

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    • 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
  11.  

    Good company where job security is there.

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

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

    Pros

    Job Security, Market Presence, Brand

    Cons

    Slow technologically to fast paced electronics technology market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees as equal to shareholders and customers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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