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Updated December 10, 2017
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  1. "In it for Profit"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are like family. Best of all I LOVE being Paid $75k for the simplest jobs. If you can work excel, you can do anything here at Caterpillar. College Engineer Graduates from Bradley in Peoria make $75k out the gate, foreigners whose wives are unable to work make $120k.

    Cons

    Pay higher taxes. Seeing what Cat corporate gouges the Dealers and ultimately the Customers for parts. Having to choose the lowest cost parts regardless if they are reliable or not in order to satisfy the Profit Margin.

    Advice to Management

    Take the stick out and put salary on a scale of what people do, not what degree they have. 21 yr old kids should not be making $75k on their first gig. Stop gouging the dealers/customers with parts and equipment marked up 10-50 times what it cost to buy it. Stop using foreign tax entities from paying taxes and stop shipping our jobs overseas all while bringing overseas people here to live and work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not the place it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand name carries a lot of weight pride

    Cons

    Current management is in chaos. R&D spending is a roller-coaster. Talk a lot about values but they are randomly applied. Been lied to many times. Talk a lot about the value of people, then practice slash and cut experts.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the Talk. Hold R&D steady. Stop cutting down your Oak trees.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Section Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in East Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in East Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is decent and I thought the health care was decent.

    Cons

    Good old boy network. Backstabbing, petty people. Management will isolate you and wait for you to fail if you are not part of the good old boy network. Terrible 10 years of my life. i am so much happier having left the company. Its sad because I enjoyed my work and the management soured me on the company.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house! Review some of the complaints to HR and see why people leave and why people that are value added employees are pushed out the door.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "CAT has gone down the tubes"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Joliet, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, but eroding health care benefits and increased cost for insurance

    Cons

    Pockets of managers and their hand picked staff lack integrity and make bad decisions causing lack of engagement. In the last few years, I have seen too many people in management, not qualified to be there, start rumors, bad talk each other and other employees, and disclose confidential information about employees performance to other employees. The environment has become toxic and comparable to high school maturity levels, and that has destroyed teams of people and caused a large exodus of engineers and support staff. The executive staff is closing facilities, stranding good employees with no opportunities and significantly impacting communities in which they've been a part of for 50+ years.

    Advice to Management

    So much damage has been done to the entry level to mid level engineering and support staff that I'm not sure there is much hope of recovery. People are just holding out until they find other jobs. Mid level managers have become horrific examples of leaders and created a toxic environment. I don't think that management really cares as long as they pull through this unprecedented down turn and make money.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Company is going to become obsolete very quickly"

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    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Caterpillar was a respected company, if you find somebody who is unaware of how inept the corporation has become in the last decade they may still see that as a plus.

    The pay wasn't horrible, below what you could make doing other things.

    The cost of living in the areas CAT operates in are pretty good.

    Cons

    The areas that CAT operates in are horrible, Peoria Illinois is a dumpster fire, Griffin Georgia is another. List goes on and on. They are all one horse towns that do not have competitors so Caterpillar can lock you down without fear of losing you.

    It's a cyclic business, you will either be forced out of a job you like towards a job you don't when it comes time to shuffle people around.

    They don't see the big picture, shutting down research was an incredibly bone headed move that is going to back sting them in years to come. Also downsizing and trying to attract new talent is a problem, people talk and it's hard to convince new college grads to give them a try when the only things people hear about them are bad.

    Caterpillar will not offer you chances to improve yourself, what you hire in for is what they expect out of you, no career growth. Don't worry about going back for a part time degree, you won't need it at CAT. I watched many people leave to pursue academic pursuits because their boss didn't have their back.

    In times of crisis (Union strike), engineers, accountants etc (desk jobs) get pulled into the factory so Caterpillar continues to meet quota while they bully the unions. If you had hope of being a software developer, don't be surprised to find out you get to learn how to weld as well!

    Advice to Management

    Not sure what to do, you've let the company image become tarnished and have lost your competitive edge. Try to get bought out? The ball is in your court, I was not a manager but I was intelligent enough to know you were bad managers.


  6. "IT Analyst"

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some very good people to work with who will help lift you to a higher standard.

    Cons

    There are too many remnants of the old school methodology of managing employees. Caterpillar is slow to recognize it's management issues and resolve them. They would rather lay off or release employees than come to grips with the real nagging issues of lackluster performance. They send great employees out the door so that they can hire in cheap employees fresh from the universities. By doing so, they are sending a large amount of brain trust out the door and costing themselves performance as it typically takes about 2 years for 80% of the new employees to come up to speed on the "Caterpillar way" of doing things.

    Advice to Management

    Solve your real management issues. Get in the "trenches" every day with your employees and find out what it's really like. Have you HR department actually help the employees instead of protecting Caterpillar's PR image. There are many employees who are being mishandled by management badly. Management has lied about employees to cover their own mistakes, to the point of getting an employee released over the lie. Supervisors have not defended employees who were not allowed to speak up in a meeting that the supervisor was in attendance. Supervisors have been so talkative in one-on-one meetings that the employee had no time to say anything. Supervisors unfairly rate their favorite pet employee high and grant them promotions while never favoring other employees who are just as good, if not better than their "pet" employee. It is an environment based on favoritism, politics, verbal bullying, and a stubborn unwillingness to recognize the rights of others. This is a management style that should have died long ago.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Remaining workforce"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The cost of living is cheap and they are currently hiring.

    Cons

    Overworked and understaffed. Shotgun approach to "reinventing" the company. Lack of direction and executive decision making. The organization cut its long time employees in order to meet quarterly goals.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like you treat your shareholders and your company would be in a much better positon.

  8. "Data Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Most employees have earnest interest in doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Opaque communication through enterprise regarding strategy and implementation. Pockets of unegalitarian gender management. Very poor support and communication for a workforce increasingly converted to contracted labor. Innovation vacuum.


  9. "Lead Parts Product Analyst"

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Job security in non-existent. Women don't have the same opportunities as men. The "old school" mentality is still very much alive in the leadership team of the company. Very adverse to change.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. We aren't just a number. If you want to transition job functions to other countries and have current employees train their replacements then make sure those training their replacements are taken care of in the end.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are very few anymore to list, but vacation time seems to be decent if you are with company for long time.

    Cons

    Everything is terrible at CAT anymore. You can't even get a good severance to leave. I would not recommend this as a place to work.

    Advice to Management

    If you like the following CAT is a wonderful place to work.

    - politics in all that you do to accomplish nothing
    - constant uncertainty, layoffs, and unemployment
    - low and unacceptable severance amounts
    - no work life balance
    - double talk out of both sides of their mouth
    - no growth and development
    - lack of promotions and opportunities
    - executive staff sucking the place dry while you go without
    - year over year reduction in benefits
    - lack of bonuses
    - wage inequality


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