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Caterpillar Illinois Reviews

Updated March 10, 2017
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  • Work / Life balance at times a concern (in 57 reviews)

  • Lots of upper management can make things frustrating (in 79 reviews)

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  1. "Company is at risk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay compared to other jobs in the Peoria area

    Cons

    Not loyal to employees and has not rewarded employees over the past 3 years. Top performers are treated the same as employees that meet expectations.


  2. "Awful company"

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    Current Contractor - Information Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Current Contractor - Information Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is Ok, some managers are well at their job

    Cons

    politics of company, always throwing people under the bus


  3. "Not a stable environment."

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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

    Good benefits with some flexible work/life balance schedules.

    Cons

    Constantly worried about being laid off either temporary or permanent. Massive layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people and they will take care of you.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "A good company gone bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay for the central IL area. Good benefits, education assistance after first year, matching 401k.

    Cons

    Many managers, few leaders. Lack of care from higher level management. Promotions based more on "who you know" not merit or consistently exceptional performance.

    Advice to Management

    Remember where you came from -- managers have not always been managers, but seem to forget that when they start making so much money. Caterpillar has few managers that are true leaders. Too many layers to get movement on action items, ideas and improvements. Management seems apprehensive to make decisions because if they don't they can't be blamed for a possible bad decision. Work climate is dreadful on a daily basis. Top management seemingly disregards the larger workforce, the ones actually doing the work, when making decisions.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good Salary and Benefits, Awful Senior Management"

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    • 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

    Pay and benefits are good, but benefits aren't what they once were, as they try to curb healthcare costs. Good work-life balance for most roles.

    Cons

    Layoffs layoffs layoffs, then more layoffs. They are never ending, and while everyone left takes on more work to cover for those laid off, revenue continues to decline (down >40% over the past 4+ years), the executive office continues to reward themselves with raises. It's disgusting and demoralizing, and has many of those still left looking elsewhere for work.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out your strategy, communicate it to employees, and stick with it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Pro & Cons to Caterpillar, Inc."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technologist in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Technologist in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Working from home (telecommute) and flexibility in your schedule with working hours

    Cons

    Your a number, and company will not care during a down turn in the economy on letting you go. If and when you leave, you are not able to work for a supplier, agency for up to 6 months due to legal reasons which makes finding a job that much harder.


  8. "Technical Program Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Used to be OK place to work

    Cons

    Situation is getting worse every day

    Advice to Management

    Top managers may not know corruption and abuse of power of the middle and lower managements across the company.


  9. "sr it analyst"

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

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    collaborative work atmosphere and bonus package

    Cons

    Lay offs and stress related to future career prospects


  10. "High pressure"

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    Former Employee - Communication/Marketing Consultant in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Communication/Marketing Consultant in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good base salary, decent community, strong brand, some people have flexible hours but not all

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations, do more with less to the extreme, no recognition for performance, constant layoffs, work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating people like they're just numbers. Think long term instead of managing to your next quarter results.


  11. "Things sure have changed"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with great people to get quality product out the door.

    Cons

    It is very $$ driving, upper management does not care about their employee's only stock holders. Benefits keep getting cut.



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