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Updated March 27, 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. "loved this job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Frame Shop Manager in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Frame Shop Manager in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    challenging environment, love the crew,

    Cons

    management is lazy a times


  2. "Hard to see the future"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people that make up Caterpillar are solid down to earth folks that make working at Caterpillar a family environment

    Cons

    Family feeling quickly going away. Lack of vision 5 - 10 years out

    Advice to Management

    Invest in Peoria facilities or move HQ.


  3. "Not a stable environment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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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 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. "Weird place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay. Good benefits - but that is changing. Good product.

    Cons

    ENDLESS meetings. Poorly run meetings. Very Balkanized - not a lot of cooperation among groups. Absolutely no loyalty to employees. It's not your father's Caterpillar any more. Initiative is cut off at the knees at every turn.

    Advice to Management

    They wouldn't listen anyway!


  6. "Life at Caterpillar (management employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Accountant in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging, interesting work Good pay and benefits for management employees. Good place to be "from" when changing jobs as Cat is generally looked upon as hiring great employees.

    Cons

    Long term cyclical business means that every 5-7 years employees are hoping they are not impacted by the next downturn or "restructuring". Some managers have no idea of the definition of work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Develop consistent policies around quality of work life. Some managers have no problem with people working remotely, establishing their own hours, etc. Other managers managing comparable functions want to the see the person's butt in a chair 8:00-4:30 every day.


  7. "Caterpillar Large Power Systems Division"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Foreman in Mossville, IL
    Former Employee - General Foreman in Mossville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay was excellent, workforce environment was excellent

    Cons

    Unionized, and unions seem to want to hurt the man under them when contracts come for renewal. Company does not allow union to run the show.

    Advice to Management

    Come with power to change, company enjoys change management to better processes


  8. "Solid Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong values, diverse, committed to performance, many opportunities, most middle to senior managers "get it." Tough decisions made in a tough market.

    Cons

    Sometimes 99 to 1 ends up as a tie, hard to work around those that "don't get it," Veto power is too prevalent. Difficult on boarding process for mid-career hires.


  9. "An Assembler's View of the Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Aurora, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overtime was in abundant.
    Worked for some great Managers.
    Learned a lot about the Manufacturing Process.

    Cons

    Work life was poor. Even Management was excepted to work 50+ hours a week. A lot of poor Managers that made life necessarily difficult. Very low glass ceiling for the Union Personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your work force.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "A good company gone bad"

    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
    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.



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