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Caterpillar Illinois Reviews

Updated April 13, 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 82 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Don't work for Liars"

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

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

    Pros

    Cat has a good global brand and is broadly recognizable. There are many good, honest people here trying to do their best, and sadly for many people working here this is the best they can do in their area.

    Cons

    The day after I joined my compensation was reduced by 25%. Total bait and switch. I won't be here very long, and my advice to anyone thinking of working here is seek another employer asap. You should be able to trust the people you work for, and Caterpillar as an organization is not trustworthy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your word and actually do what you say in your values. Your values should be more than words on a wall, and when you list Integrity as your first value, your word should be your bond.


  2. "Aurora Facility"

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

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

    Pros

    It is close to Chicago

    Cons

    It is closing down and it's really not that surprising.

    Advice to Management

    Well most of the management is leaving now since the place they ran into the ground is shutting down. They are getting jobs at Amazon. Good luck Amazon!


  3. "Caterpillar is not the same company that I hired into 21 years ago"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Project Team Leader in East Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Project Team Leader in East Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company so there are many different job opportunities in theory. Flexibility has entered the culture some with more opportunities for flex hours or working location.

    Cons

    Mobility is not as good in practice - competant people can get stuck in a job or organization brcause they are too valuable to replace but not valuable enough to promote.

    Advice to Management

    Do not forget that no matter how large this company gets we are still midwest iron cutters.


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  5. "Can't wait for my internship to end!"

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

    I have been working at Caterpillar as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of outstanding folks working at Caterpillar, great start of a career for me

    Cons

    Lots of outstanding folks working at Caterpillar, being abused by it.

    Everyone is so worried about layoffs they turn on each other with no civility. Company has undergone massive layoffs before I started and while I was here. I went to grab lunch with a teammate and found them no longer with the company. They also recently were raided by the FED, which is terrifying for any young person starting their career.


  6. "Ongoing Restructuring is a challenge"

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

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

    Pros

    Good base salary. Don't expect any raises or bonuses with the current environment.
    Fellow employees.

    Cons

    Current restructuring results in complete lack of job security. People are being let go within the first year of being hired. Some contract workers have lost jobs within months of employment. Most people I know are actively searching elsewhere or are at least developing a viable plan B.

    Advice to Management

    Value the workers and work environment.


  7. "Great place to work 50+ years ago!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Morton, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Morton, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No expectations to do anything but look busy, which is perfect for lazy people who want a decent paycheck until they are fired usually between Thanksgiving and Christmas!

    Cons

    Tirelessly trying to persuade management to innovate, only to be told, "That's a great idea, but we don't want to change anything."

    Advice to Management

    Stop using the most outdated and inefficient email system! Lotus Notes is an awful program.


  8. "Executives not to be trusted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inventory Records Coordinator in Morton, IL
    Current Employee - Inventory Records Coordinator in Morton, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Caterpillar team is committed to achieving goals. Cross functional cooperation is wonderful. Benefits are average to better than average.

    Cons

    Executives lack any true direction or vision. Most now are inexperienced and dreamers. Dangerous and uncertain times lie ahead for the company. Low end tech used to run the day to day business

    Advice to Management

    Stop saying that the company is committed to anything. Every time it's said the commitment is broken. The Cat brand internally is worthless. Actions speak louder than words.


  9. "Not trust worthy"

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay, able to meet numerous people.

    Cons

    Too top heavy. Too many managers not enough worker bees. Not a lot of room for improvement on the career front when you are not favored.


  10. "Review of Caterpillar"

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

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

    Pros

    Typical clean environment in the office. Each role narrowly defined and focused, could be something good for some individual if suited.

    Cons

    Revenue has been on the slide for 4 years now, and with the main customer industries in the downturn, Cat may not be the best company to the in right now.

    Advice to Management

    Vision of Cat always sounds logiical and make sense and correct.. it is the interpretation by the management and the willingness to see through the execution that could be the challenge.


  11. "This Company will be bankrupt in 10 years......"

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

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

    Pros

    If you have only a high school education and nothing else you will be kept because they are cutting experience and higher paid employees.

    Cons

    College education means nothing to them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop advancing people that have no business managing people.


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