Caterpillar Reviews in Peoria, IL

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
851 Reviews
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Pros
  • There is a good work life balance, but you have to be your own catalyst for it (in 62 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 23 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Accounting in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Tons of experience gained. Many opportunities. If you shine you will go far. Pay is great. Bonuses are unbelievable. I loved working there.

    Cons

    Some policies are not consistent from group to group. Executive management needs to bring some old benefits back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing well but focus a little more on employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company in the middle of nowhere

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone was super helpful and easily approachable. They were very understanding of helping me, as an intern, take in as much as possible. I found every easy to work with.

    Cons

    The work environment was a bit dull. Peoria wasn't the type of city I was looking for.

  3.  

    Good compensation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Communication Representative in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Communication Representative in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Some reasons to work here....
    Good compensation
    Lots of different job roles...as long as you don't get too specialized you can move around quite a bit
    Good work life balance....in the right job, with the right boss
    Chance for moving internationally
    Job security
    Vacation/personal time

    Cons

    Corporate environment, lots of red tape
    Cat as a corporation doesn't really care about work life balance, and depending on your project, your mgmt might not either

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best company to work for in the central IL area

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor I in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Supervisor I in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Allows flexible schedules, tuition reimbursement, good overall compensation. I have worked a lot of places before coming to Caterpillar, and have not found better work or compensation anywhere in the area.

    Cons

    The biggest con I see is working with people who joined the company right out of high school. They have no concept of what pay and benefits are like in the real world. The negative attitudes can sometimes be discouraging, especially having come from jobs where I didn't even receive holiday pay - let alone paid vacation!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have had it said to me many times over, run it as though you were the one paying the bills. Please continue to manage the company in a fiscally responsible way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Great people to work with. Good work-life balance. They really seem to care about their employees. So many different career paths to choose from.

    Cons

    I have nothing to really complain about. I think they are a great company and I am proud to be employed by Caterpillar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the company going in a good direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience for an intern!

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

    I worked at Caterpillar as an intern (less than an 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
  8.  

    Great experience as an intern

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

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

  9.  

    Company with several opportunities and limited growth

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    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
  10.  

    Great Place to Start

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    • 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 an 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just so so

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (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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