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Caterpillar Peoria Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
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  • Some managers have no idea of the definition of work life balance (in 59 reviews)

  • Lack of communication from upper management (in 80 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Solid Company"

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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.


  2. "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.


  3. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great internship program with opportunities to job shadow, tour company facilities and meet executive officers

    Cons

    16-week Spring/Fall internship is a long time working in the same department, but still learned a lot about my career path


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  5. "Great place to develop your skills"

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    • 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!


  6. "Decent company"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Too much Roller Coaster"

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    • 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.


  8. "Six Sigma Black Belt"

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    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.


  9. "No Longer What It Used to Be"

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    Former Employee - Senior IS Specialist (Learning Technology) in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Senior IS Specialist (Learning Technology) in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global Company with tremendous opportunities

    Cons

    Has become very toxic as result of recent financial challenges and no longer values people to the same level as in the past.


  10. "Good internship experience, but don't expect to get hired on full-time"

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to different areas in Caterpillar, many training opportunities, networking, informational sessions with full-time employees, mentorship during internship, and meaningful projects to work on as an intern

    Cons

    Caterpillar was laying off many full-time employees in 2016--including my supervisor at the time. Low morale due to uncertainty of job security for many full-time employees.

    I interviewed for a full-time position, but they had no jobs to offer me due to their poor performance in 2016.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great pay and benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst II in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - IT Analyst II in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caterpillar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Great benefits
    Global company
    Plenty of room to move around

    Cons

    Lots of red tape
    Slow to keep up with latest technology

    Advice to Management

    Invest in internal IT rather than external



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