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Caterpillar Illinois Reviews

Updated July 23, 2017
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  1. "Good company to work in diverse fields, but run by old school executives with risk aversion to new technology"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Project Team Leader in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Project Team Leader in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse and unique skills more tuned towards big machines. Decent pay and bonus that keeps changing with business conditions. Opportunity to work on diverse technologies. Hands on experience on engines and transmissions if you like to play with big fun toys. Gain valuable experience working in proving grounds.

    Cons

    Very few career growth opportunities. Climbing up the career ladder is more to do with rubbing shoulders with top management and less to do with talent. Executive management has no clue on market trends and lacks vision, makes impulsive decisions with on boarding and off-boarding programs every month wasting research dollars. To many managers and top level management compared to companies with similar revenues

    Advice to Management

    Bring in the talent from west and east coast to fill the exe position. We are always late to the market when it comes to technology, engineers feel left out and start to look for challenging opportunities in other companies to be on par with skills and technology. Wake up before our technology becomes obsolete. Stop making bad acquisitions and need accountability at the top management for making poor business decisions.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Culture is a problem - it's not the Cat I used to know."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a great learning experience ; opportunities to grow and decent wages. I will not stop my kids from taking jobs there...as long as they plan to leave after 3 years.

    Cons

    Poor management at most levels. Many leaders were promoted by stealing credit, overworking staff and embellishing success stories. Due to a culture of moving people in/out of jobs quickly, you can average a new manager every year. I had 20+ managers and most were below average.

    Advice to Management

    Someone I mentor just gave notice at Cat and her VP, HR rep and manager relied on half-truths, unsubstantiated promises and veiled threats to get her to stay. They were aware that her manager is a problem but did nothing.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Current Contractor - Mechanical Engineer in Aurora, IL
    Current Contractor - Mechanical Engineer in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, AC office area, people are friendly.

    Cons

    CAT do not hire contracts, I have been working for 2 years and still contact. No paid vacation, No personal days, No paid holidays. In announcements they call CAT employees first and then contracts that makes you feel the disrespect. When they take team pictures, contracts do not get invitation to participate and be with the team.

    Advice to Management

    Think more about the contracts and their motivation, not doing that will decrease the courage to do better when there is no opportunity to get hired. I started with high momentum to do better day after day, but when I realized that there is chance to get hired, this pushed me way back and demotivated me. I have a friend in design team spent 6 years contract.


  4. "Generally Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Treasury Center Supervisor in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Treasury Center Supervisor in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a great team atmosphere and the environment can be very collaborative. Benefits other than medical are good.

    Cons

    Executive leadership is now disconnected from the employees and the business. The firm's cultural identity is in flux. The company is in the process of changing its employment model from long term employment to short term employment.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to determine what they really want. Stop complaining about the market and get out there and make a market. Additionally, be open to other profitable opportunities. Watch your investments struggling business now can be successful later provided you don't starve them to death today.


  5. "Team Lead"

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    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.


  6. "Caterpillar Overview"

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    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.


  7. "Disappointed"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Peoria, IL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    They are a large company with many opportunities to change your career path and provide many mentors if you choose to seek them out.

    Cons

    Many of the workers there were complacent and were just going through the motions...pretty demoralizing to see.

    Advice to Management

    Work on finding ways to keep your team members actively engaged so the younger members of the staff will not be afraid that they will end up like that.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a great company now just So So"

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Mossville, IL
    Former Employee - Buyer in Mossville, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits and office conditions

    Cons

    HUGE layers of management,

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the way and let the people that know what to do, do their jobs


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Cat"

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Mossville, IL

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

    Pros

    Pay is pretty ok. Some offices are semi-up to date.

    Cons

    Process is over rated regardless of how good it is. Promotions and salary increases are a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Raise merit increases to match improvement not barely keep employees who can't leave Peoria.


  10. "Black Belt"

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, pretty low stress, interesting projects, good leaders at the facility level

    Cons

    Long hours, antiquated data systems, no upper mobility

    Advice to Management

    Put your people before the shareholders


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