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Caterpillar Illinois Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Paralegal"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay, annual bonus, and benefits for the area. Opportunities to work on projects that affect the entire enterprise. Never have to work over 40 hours a week unless approved and then will receive overtime pay. No billing hours.

    Cons

    Promotions are more based on years of service than work product. Numerous reorganizations in a short time. I've had 4 supervisors in a year. Not many opportunities for moving into a different area of law. Must have a bachelor's degree and a paralegal certificate with numerous years of experience to even be considered.

    Advice to Management

    Consider having paralegals input when making decisions about the division. Communication and transparency are very important to employee satisfaction. Both of these need massive improvement. Need an honest focus on diversity.

  3. "Review for Data Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Fantastic team, room to grow and learn, great leadership

    Cons

    Takes longer to implement processes


  4. "Portfolio Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good access to diverse opportunities

    Cons

    Very little focus on IT spend from Corporate leadership


  5. "Caterpillar - Parts Record Clerk"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Parts Record Clerk in Morton, IL
    Current Employee - Parts Record Clerk in Morton, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Feel as though work makes a meaningful impact

    Cons

    Little room for advancement, pay could be better


  6. "Team Lead"

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

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

    Pros

    Good Place to work, technical proness.

    Cons

    Usually Caterpillar office located in rural areas so there are no career oppurtunities in that area.


  7. "Caterpillar Overview"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are fantastic, lots of opportunity,

    Cons

    Not much work life balance. Mid-tier management and directors struggle to fulfill corporate strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Go out and walk among your workforce, understand the challenges they are facing, what motivates and demotivates your employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Supply Chain"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Support Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar (More than a year)

    Pros

    Brand Reputation; Competitive Salary; Great Benefits

    Cons

    Employees are not the prime focus; Stockholders and prices are most important


  10. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Applications Developer in Peoria, IL
    Current Contractor - Applications Developer in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have heard salaries are good for full time mechanical engineers. I do not have that yet

    Cons

    crappy management and no job security


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