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Caterpillar Decatur Reviews

Updated September 5, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "By far the best company I have worked for."

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

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

    Pros

    Each experience will be different, but this is the best place I have worked for. My boss encourages a work life balance and is more than happy to remain flexible for when the kids get sick or something else comes up. Even working remotely is an option.

    Cons

    The market is cyclical and as a result there can be and sometimes will be layoffs. This of course isn't desirable, but it isn't personal.


  2. "title review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    you have a job and earn paychecks

    Cons

    layoffs, 2 year SE program

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Supply Chain"

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Decatur, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great experience, especially with in-source work coming in
    -Very supportive environment with your peers
    -Shop Floor folks are easy to work with as long as you treat them with respect
    -Good compensation for the work that I do
    -Good at working on recognizing employees who make improvements, especially shop floor employees
    -Cool product to work with, a lot of opportunity to start your own projects and get involved if you have initiative (just don't try to spend too much money on them)
    -Great 401(k)
    -Bonus is great (if you get it that year)

    Cons

    -Engineering seems separated with manufacturing and there always seems to be confusion between the two
    -Cyclic Business
    -Wants to be a "technology" company, yet has a hard time getting there, outsourcing IT operations
    -Lack of on site IT Support
    -Too caught up in "corporate culture" to retain talent when you have the chance, especially in more "remote" manufacturing locations
    -Lack of communication between different manufacturing operations

    Advice to Management

    -Keep everyone updated of the corporate and company goals, provide how their work directly links up to those goals and STIP factors.
    -Go out on a limb for your employees in order to retain and grow them.


  4. "Six Sigma Black Belt"

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    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


  5. "Manufacturing"

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    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


  6. "2016 Caterpillar Engineering Department"

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    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.


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

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    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.

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

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    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


  9. "Union Worker"

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    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!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "CNC machinist"

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    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


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