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Caterpillar Illinois Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
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  1. "Mediocre company"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Mossville, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in Mossville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with some wonderful individuals and had the opportunity to learn a lot of new tools and technologies.

    Cons

    Corporate culture and moral in the company is low. Look elsewhere for stability.


  2. "Aurora Facility It's ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    -Pay is pretty good
    -If you show up to work and work hard you usually get a chance to try new things

    Cons

    -Many many many cons
    -Top down culture says "do what I say and don't ask questions", even though they like to say it is different
    -Facility is closing, and it really isn't surprising.
    -Very unprofessional work place.

    Advice to Management

    -Listen to your people.
    -Understand what your people do.
    -Seek to remove barriers instead of creating barriets

  3. "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


  4. "Engineer"

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    Former Contractor - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Former Contractor - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have nothing good to say about this company. Definitely not what it was 4 decades ago.

    Cons

    Treats contractors like 2nd class citizens, stuffy, negative atmosphere. Trying to improve profit per share by reducing contractor compensation, contractors get laird off some time in 4th qtr every year.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Large Company Small People"

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

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The co-workers are very efficient and friendly

    Cons

    CAT says their care about their people but when management screws up those valued employees get the door.

    Advice to Management

    If you value your employees act like it. They are not cannon fodder when the CEO is a idiot


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Stuck Doing the Old Ways, Yet Advertize They are Innovating and Digital"

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    Current Employee - Product Development in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Product Development in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay for the area.

    Cons

    Career Planning? Why bother! Give, push, and fight for the customer or to do things right - nope? High performers were let go fall 2016 with only explanation of "Sorry, we have no place for you in the company" during a hostile takeover of the product development division. 8 months later they disband the new merged division. Now voluntary attrition of those left seeing what happened around them has been increasing.

    Advice to Management

    You are only managers pushing papers and meeting spreadsheet budget numbers to say "Yes" to the boss above you. NOT leaders, not visionary, not a coach, not a mentor, not innovative, not inspiring.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Section Manager in East Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Section Manager in East Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, decent benefits that's all.

    Cons

    Employees are used- no advancement if you are not in the click- no loyalty to the loyal

    Advice to Management

    Stop the nepotism and favoritism.

  8. "Review"

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    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Management"

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

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

    Pros

    Has great benefits multiple locations

    Cons

    poor management - forgot my 10 yr anniversary
    stress

    Advice to Management

    treat your people like people, not numbers
    stop moving jobs overseas
    hire mgmt based on skills not the good ol' boy system


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No clue"

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    Current Employee - Research and Development Technician in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Research and Development Technician in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work schedule is very flexible.

    Cons

    It seems the more incompetent you are the farther you will go. If your Agency, do not plan on becoming a CAT employee.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your employees to advance and better themselves, do not hold them back.


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