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Caterpillar Peoria Reviews

Updated December 10, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Manager II"

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    Current Employee - Manager II in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Manager II in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many fair mid level managers

    Cons

    Many general managers and above are cutthroat and inexperienced in the businesses they manage.


  2. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time

    Pros

    Very positive environment, opportunities to grow are high

    Cons

    There are no visible cons so far

  3. "Lots of turnover in management, opportunities to move up, and poor relationships between line employees and management."

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    Former Intern - Environmental Health and Safety in Peoria, IL
    Former Intern - Environmental Health and Safety in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Definitely a lot of opportunity to move up the ladder if that's what you are into. Fairly stable company although it's pretty dependent on oil and gas.

    Cons

    Strenuous relationships between union and non union employees which can make it difficult to complete projects and gain buy in from longer term employees.


  4. "Old school company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist in Mossville, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist in Mossville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays well, good mobility for aggressive people, management is looking to improve morale after last year's bloodbath.

    Cons

    Still a staff and slash company, following the market closely.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what our employees and their talent is worth. We have a lot of product knowledge tied up in them. On every downturn a lot of them are being let go, and many of them of are now working for our competitors.


  5. "Decent place to intern"

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    Former Intern - Digital Media in Peoria, IL
    Former Intern - Digital Media in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. The staff were open to new ideas from the interns. Everyone was very polite, professional and friendly.

    Cons

    Pretty dull gig. Most of the time the tasks were repetitive busy work. Didn't offer much in the way of challenge. Seemed to only care about people who would be lifers.

    Advice to Management

    Nurture all relationships with employees, not just the people who dream to stay at your company until they die.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "The IT organization is a mess - stear clear"

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

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

    Pros

    If you're an IT professional, the only pro to working at Caterpillar is it's the highest paying company in the Peoria area. And just remember, if you get laid off, you're going to have to move to a different city to find a job that is comparable in compensation.

    Cons

    If you're an IT professional, good luck when the company's business cycle hits a downturn. The company ALWAYS over-reacts to this, and still has no idea how to weather the storm, laying off thousands of good people, and since IT is not valued by the company, it gets hit hard. Did I say IT is not valued by the company? Want proof? How much IT background does their current "CIO" have? NONE. And she then filled "Group CIO" positions with non-IT people, even though there were some great IT leaders that could have filled those positions (and deserved those positions). So what do you think that did to the IT organization's morale?

    Advice to Management

    Here's hoping the new CEO figures out the mess he has in the IT organization.


  7. "Stable and secure"

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    Current Employee - Financial Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Manager in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Conservative management. Predictable career progression. Opportunities for internal movement. Friendly Midwest culture. Pays well vs the local market. Non-competitive culture.

    Cons

    Relationship based management culture. Often economic based decision making is lacking as internal organizations seek to build their status and importance.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Global Leader"

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    Current Employee - Senior Supply Chain Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Supply Chain Manager in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, mission, salary, benefits, product

    Cons

    executive leadership is not trusted by employees


  9. "In it for Profit"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are like family. Best of all I LOVE being Paid $75k for the simplest jobs. If you can work excel, you can do anything here at Caterpillar. College Engineer Graduates from Bradley in Peoria make $75k out the gate, foreigners whose wives are unable to work make $120k.

    Cons

    Pay higher taxes. Seeing what Cat corporate gouges the Dealers and ultimately the Customers for parts. Having to choose the lowest cost parts regardless if they are reliable or not in order to satisfy the Profit Margin.

    Advice to Management

    Take the stick out and put salary on a scale of what people do, not what degree they have. 21 yr old kids should not be making $75k on their first gig. Stop gouging the dealers/customers with parts and equipment marked up 10-50 times what it cost to buy it. Stop using foreign tax entities from paying taxes and stop shipping our jobs overseas all while bringing overseas people here to live and work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not the place it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand name carries a lot of weight pride

    Cons

    Current management is in chaos. R&D spending is a roller-coaster. Talk a lot about values but they are randomly applied. Been lied to many times. Talk a lot about the value of people, then practice slash and cut experts.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the Talk. Hold R&D steady. Stop cutting down your Oak trees.


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