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Updated August 22, 2017
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  1. "Good Company...used to be great"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Team Leader in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really solid technical people still work here, however, they are quickly being lost

    Cons

    Change or things will only get worse...more people will leave

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people to manager positions who have no people skills


  2. "Quality Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Quality Supervisor in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Supervisor in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Manage weld, assembly, machining, and metrology inspection. A multifaceted group allows for a broader knowledge base. This role will help in a role as a Quality Manager because it will give you a good understanding of the entire inspection and quality process.

    Cons

    Coverage area is very large so a lot of time is spent getting from one place to another. More then 30 direct reports. This does not allow for enough one on one interactions.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Data scientist"

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

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

    Pros

    It's a well known company
    The pay is fair given the locations Caterpillar employs people

    Cons

    It's a well known company...For many terrible reasons

    The locations Caterpillar operates in are horrendous. Griffin Georgia? Peoria Illinois? Seriously who wants to live there.

    Caterpillar won't invest in their employees, training and development wise. Tech conferences are a thing in the past, management thinks we are going to be poached by better paying companies if we attend them.

    Merit increase is frequently zero, people are promoted based on years experience not by achievements.

    I learned a lot by working at Caterpillar, mostly that I value myself more than they do and that I wanted to grow my career and they wanted me to do the same thing over and over with no processing improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Resign. You have led this company to the edge. Years of brinkmanship have doomed this company.


  4. "General Manager"

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

    I worked at Caterpillar (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Average to good benefits and compensation structure.

    Cons

    Adverse to change and business cycles are very extreme and unstable.

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize processes across all business units and improve metrics integrity.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Remaining workforce"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mossville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The cost of living is cheap and they are currently hiring.

    Cons

    Overworked and understaffed. Shotgun approach to "reinventing" the company. Lack of direction and executive decision making. The organization cut its long time employees in order to meet quarterly goals.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like you treat your shareholders and your company would be in a much better positon.


  6. "Controls Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with smart people that you can learn from

    Cons

    The politics sometimes are ridiculous

    Advice to Management

    none at the moment


  7. "Data Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Most employees have earnest interest in doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Opaque communication through enterprise regarding strategy and implementation. Pockets of unegalitarian gender management. Very poor support and communication for a workforce increasingly converted to contracted labor. Innovation vacuum.

  8. "production assembler"

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    Current Employee - Production Assembler in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Production Assembler in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot of air hand tools ,and computer materiel for work related issues. Licensed fork truck operator.

    Cons

    sorry that the plant is closing

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for opportunity for employment


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Caterpillar reveiwed by long-term but exemployee."

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

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

    Pros

    Brand recognition and dealer network strength. A long history of providing quality construction equipment and engines offers workers a pride factor. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Management is amateurish and tends to follow the last best internet idea instead of looking for long-term growth and evolution of the company, very near term focused which does not provide a high level of confidence in the long-term viability of the company with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Go on holiday and leave the company alone. Management fiddling is destroying what was once a great company. Competitors are eating your lunch, get out of the way.


  10. 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


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