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Caterpillar Chicago Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
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  1. "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Joliet, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very good company to work for. Lots of learning experiences available

    Cons

    Cyclical business can change from very busy to extremely slow

    Advice to Management

    Keep manufacturing in USA


  2. "Aurora Facility It's ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    -Pay is pretty good
    -If you show up to work and work hard you usually get a chance to try new things

    Cons

    -Many many many cons
    -Top down culture says "do what I say and don't ask questions", even though they like to say it is different
    -Facility is closing, and it really isn't surprising.
    -Very unprofessional work place.

    Advice to Management

    -Listen to your people.
    -Understand what your people do.
    -Seek to remove barriers instead of creating barriets

  3. "Caterpillar"

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    Former Freelancer - Machinist in Joliet, IL
    Former Freelancer - Machinist in Joliet, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, and treated us well.

    Cons

    Working 12 hr. Shifts 7 days was a bit tiring.


  4. "Internal Product Quality Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Internal Product Quality Engineer in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Internal Product Quality Engineer in Joliet, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with a diverse group of people across all levels to ensure a quality product and a quality process

    Cons

    Little room for advancement and developement

    Advice to Management

    Tapping into the experiences workforce to gain practical knowledge about the product and state of current affairs in your process is a tool that should be utilized


  5. "Marketing Mgr"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Diversity now plays big within the company.

    Cons

    Not sure where the company is going!!!

    Advice to Management

    Need a long term strategy.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Current Contractor - Mechanical Engineer in Aurora, IL
    Current Contractor - Mechanical Engineer in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, AC office area, people are friendly.

    Cons

    CAT do not hire contracts, I have been working for 2 years and still contact. No paid vacation, No personal days, No paid holidays. In announcements they call CAT employees first and then contracts that makes you feel the disrespect. When they take team pictures, contracts do not get invitation to participate and be with the team.

    Advice to Management

    Think more about the contracts and their motivation, not doing that will decrease the courage to do better when there is no opportunity to get hired. I started with high momentum to do better day after day, but when I realized that there is chance to get hired, this pushed me way back and demotivated me. I have a friend in design team spent 6 years contract.


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    "great evs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar (More than a year)

    Pros

    vast area to learn new technology and very eco friendly environment to work and team was very good and great experience

    Cons

    manangement should be more flexible

    Advice to Management

    na

  8. "Quality Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Quality Supervisor in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Supervisor in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Manage weld, assembly, machining, and metrology inspection. A multifaceted group allows for a broader knowledge base. This role will help in a role as a Quality Manager because it will give you a good understanding of the entire inspection and quality process.

    Cons

    Coverage area is very large so a lot of time is spent getting from one place to another. More then 30 direct reports. This does not allow for enough one on one interactions.


  9. "production assembler"

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    Current Employee - Production Assembler in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Production Assembler in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot of air hand tools ,and computer materiel for work related issues. Licensed fork truck operator.

    Cons

    sorry that the plant is closing

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for opportunity for employment


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    "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are very few anymore to list, but vacation time seems to be decent if you are with company for long time.

    Cons

    Everything is terrible at CAT anymore. You can't even get a good severance to leave. I would not recommend this as a place to work.

    Advice to Management

    If you like the following CAT is a wonderful place to work.

    - politics in all that you do to accomplish nothing
    - constant uncertainty, layoffs, and unemployment
    - low and unacceptable severance amounts
    - no work life balance
    - double talk out of both sides of their mouth
    - no growth and development
    - lack of promotions and opportunities
    - executive staff sucking the place dry while you go without
    - year over year reduction in benefits
    - lack of bonuses
    - wage inequality


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