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Caterpillar Illinois Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  1. "Product focused, global brand and technology leader with strong values."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Planning Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Strategic Planning Manager 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

    Global reach, competitive salary and benefits, career planning advocate, market dominant position, cash stable, broad product portfolio, builds inspiring products that make progress possible from mining to infrastructure to construction to power generation

    Cons

    Cyclic business, has become a reluctant manufacturer confused about value vs cost, low respect for manufacturing over product engineering disciplines, hierarchical, slow and complex matrix organization,

    Advice to Management

    Hold senior executives to account , resume stock options to middle managers, understand the difference between information - knowledge and expertise next time you go through a downsizing


  2. "Great place to develop your skills"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly competitive environment, deep knowledge in engineering, best products in their market, flex work policy and opportunities to move around

    Cons

    Management extremely focused on OPACC and shareholders rather than customers and employees. Company is too susceptible to market commodities cycle

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, after all employees are the biggest single group of shareholders!

  3. "Decent company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and a very understanding managers.

    Cons

    Not much diversity in the middle management.
    Probably not a place for ambitious people.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Too much Roller Coaster"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, culture and compensation structure. When business booms, incentive bonuses tend to follow.

    Cons

    Very little executive/mid-level management concern for the impact of restructuring on the people affected. Significant shifting/cutting of the workforce as manufacturing footprints are consolidated. Shareholder reward takes precedence over talent retention and employee quality of life.

    Advice to Management

    Look further down the road than next years bottom line. Pay closer attention to the value of that lost talent that's being picked up by the competition. Career opportunities were amazing, and the company could be trusted to reward loyalty in return. Today, the climate is riddled with uncertainty.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Okay if you are part of the Old Boys network"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's one of the few big employers in this area.

    Cons

    If you don't fit in to the box, you don't move up.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Cat"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Six Sigma Black Belt"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Caterpillar offers a decent salary

    Cons

    Lack of trust and leadership. Poor decisions made by upper management in the recent years.

    Advice to Management

    Practice the values in action that you preach.

  8. "Project Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Caterpillar as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility to try new things.

    Cons

    None as of now in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    So far so good!


  9. "Black Belt"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  10. "Manufacturing Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Aurora, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was able to travel and expand my knowledge.

    Cons

    Long days and away from home for long periods.


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