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Caterpillar Decatur Reviews

Updated January 24, 2017
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  • Some managers have no idea of the definition of work life balance (in 59 reviews)

  • Lack of communication from upper management (in 80 reviews)

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  1. "Six Sigma Black Belt"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Decatur, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay & benefits
    Global opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Several layoffs in the recent years due to economy decline


  2. "Manufacturing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembler in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Assembler in Decatur, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Full benefits and good pay

    Cons

    Poor management and poor communication

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and communicate


  3. "2016 Caterpillar Engineering Department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    International company with a great product and good engineering career options. Large company but small feel within individual product groups.

    Cons

    Job stability has been poor with several rounds of layoffs since 2009 coinciding with a very cyclical industry. The company is focused on making a profit every quarter in all business conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Employees feel like they are expendable based on several rounds of layoffs while maintaining stockholder dividends and buying back stock.


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  5. "A good place to work; Cyclical business"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Decatur, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, opportunity to grow if you are willing to relocate.

    Cons

    Cyclical business. Must keep a healthy emergency fund for inevitable layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Get better at forecasting.


  6. "Great place to work. Constant layoffs though"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Decatur, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Respectful, kind, down to earth people, for the most part. Advancement opportunities, great career options either in place or other departments, if you're willing to work hard.

    Cons

    Business is just so cyclical. They lay people off all the time. It's hard to form some long term relationships because you don't know when the person next to you will be gone, and not by choice. If it's not your location, you're hearing of layoffs elsewhere and the stress can definitely affect employee morale and confidence.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to limit the effect of business down turns


  7. "Union Worker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work the shift I want

    Cons

    Management doesn't treat the employees very well.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees the way you want to be treated!


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    "CNC machinist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Decatur, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The Pay is decent and the hours aren't really to bad. But that's about where the pros list ends for this company

    Cons

    They treat you like scum, the training is low class, most of management feels you owe them for some reason and the union is a joke


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Design Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in Decatur, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging projects
    Competitive Salary and Benefits
    Flexibility in Work Hours
    Opportunity to Move

    Cons

    Cyclical business resulting in large hiring and layoff swings
    Most offices have no fitness facilities
    Because of the size, a person can be looked at as just a number

    Advice to Management

    Begin to focus more on the individual by providing more opportunities that make the 'work' part of the work/life balance enjoyable, like nicer food, fitness, and 'hang-out' areas. Don't make such large swings in hiring when times are good because when times are bad, too many people get let go too fast and the ones that are left get little to no compensation even with their larger workload.


  10. "Assembly and Test Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Decatur, IL

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, decent environment and so so pay

    Cons

    Lack of communication, different pay scale for hourly people.


  11. "Good place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Section Manager in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Section Manager in Decatur, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Global employer with many advancement opportunities. Great place for skill building. Best college job available. A variety of people from all cultures.

    Cons

    It's a cyclical business with many troughs and peaks. When the peaks are high it's good when the troughs come it can be devastating.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency


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