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Caterpillar Chicago Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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  • Work / Life balance at times a concern (in 57 reviews)

  • Upper management heavy - a lot of micro management (in 76 reviews)

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  1. "Materials Planning Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Material Planner in Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - Material Planner in Joliet, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Team atmosphere. Everbody works together to resolve issues and problems. Great pay.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is politics involved and favoritism for promotions

    Advice to Management

    Disallow the family favoritism


  2. "An Assembler's View of the Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Aurora, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Overtime was in abundant.
    Worked for some great Managers.
    Learned a lot about the Manufacturing Process.

    Cons

    Work life was poor. Even Management was excepted to work 50+ hours a week. A lot of poor Managers that made life necessarily difficult. Very low glass ceiling for the Union Personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your work force.


  3. "its ok to work here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yorkville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yorkville, IL

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

    Pros

    good work environment, and insurance

    Cons

    zero grown environment, no training, in-skill managers


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  5. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Section Manager in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Section Manager in Aurora, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked here for eleven years

    Cons

    Plant considering closing in two years


  6. "Assembler from Aurora Campus"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - 3Q61 Test Specialist in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - 3Q61 Test Specialist in Aurora, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Handful of good section managers.

    Cons

    Some Managers are only concerned with their own agendas, because of that how much enjoyment/career opportunities you will have access to can greatly vary.


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    "Uncertain times right now"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team to work with, it is a great place to work in a diverse environment and to learn a great deal about teamwork. There are a lot of opportunities if you are willing to work hard and make some sacrifices

    Cons

    Currently not too stable, it is hard to say what is going to happen next week. For the past few years the Company has been focused in taking care of the shareholders which is fine any company that is out there to make money does that, but I have seen where people are looked at more than just numbers and expenses


  8. "Caterpillar"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits compared to similar companies in the manufacturing industry. It is a successful and big company. Once your foot is in the door there are many opportunities for growth and advancement.

    Cons

    Manufacturing is down, so is work culture. Lots of layoffs and transitions currently occurring. Not much anybody can do about it.

    Advice to Management

    More communication top down. Lots of people don't know the message that is coming down from the executive office.


  9. "Corprate Cash Managment Intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Cash Management Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Corporate Cash Management Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar (More than a year)

    Pros

    Caterpillar is a great company and a great place to get experience when it comes to teamwork and help from your teammate or anybody everyone is willing to help and give hands on training, which all interns need most mostly when you are getting started in the real world.

    Cons

    Their interview process is little tricky because they use structured interview process and ask for more than 15 example of behavioral questions, which if you are not prepared well will not be an easy process.


  10. "Quality Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Montgomery, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Montgomery, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Close to where I live

    Cons

    Plant might be closing in 2018


  11. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, OK benefits, competitive pay.

    Cons

    Poor Leadership, no strategy - only plan is to wait for economy to improve. . No investment in technology, still doing it the same way they did 20 years ago, Will continue to lose business to more efficient competitors until processes are modernized.

    Advice to Management

    Too many antiquated and conflicting systems. Modernize technology, specifically software, to increase efficiency and reduce costs.



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