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"It is a good job to start your career, but you will most likely be contracted in another company such as CAT"

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Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer At Caterpillar (Mossville IL) in Peoria, IL
Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer At Caterpillar (Mossville IL) in Peoria, IL
No opinion of CEO

Pros

- Life balance (7:30-4pm job)
- Flexible work week (you could work 4 10hr. shifts if approved by CAT/Belcan manager)
- OT available if approved
- Good opportunity to learn CAT systems and products
- Great place to start your engineering career
- Good benefits package
- 2 weeks of vacation from the first year
- Moving bonus

Cons

- Poor management/worker communication (Belcan management has no idea what you do)
- Performance reviews are done by Belcan management that once again does not know what you do on daily basis (kind of insulting)
- Underpaid when compared to other CAT engineers
- No bonuses or rewards for hard work
- Poor company culture (no dedication to workers)
- Common security clearance issues with CAT systems
- Only 3 sick days per year (better stay healthy)

Advice to Management

Communicate to your engineers more frequently and oversee their projects instead of just counting heads and collecting money from CAT

Other Employee Reviews for Belcan

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Great for the short term...as for the long haul...meh"

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    Current Employee - Engineer II (FEA Group) in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer II (FEA Group) in Cincinnati, OH
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great health benefits (medical+dental...no vision) and decent premiums. Low deductibles.
    -Flex time. Meaning if you are there 10-2 you are good. Can work four 10s and gone on friday if you want.
    -Most managers are ok with leaving work for family needs.
    -No requirement for OT. Paid OT is allowed but recently taken away. Nice paycheck padder.
    -Great people to work with. Really.
    -Can pretty much get away with anything. Management is not very observant.
    -Work can be interesting and then it sometimes can be mind numbing.
    -If you are there for a while, job security is great.

    Cons

    -Pay is only good if you work a lot of OT. Other than that, its pretty dismal. Raises are on an exponential curve. They have a target for you and raises are big when you start and reduce to virtually nothing. Went 2.5 years without a raise. This is at the same time of major capital investments on the facilities.
    -Work load comes and goes. Place is all about how billable you are. If work slows then OT goes and then people start disappearing. This is just due to the fact that work is dependent upon government contracts and work coming in from other companies.
    -Management is not very observant.
    -No bonuses and performance awards (while they exist) are few and far between.
    -Facilities are cruddy. They are renovating now though...
    -Employee turnover is pretty high. Your friends dont say at "the can" for very long.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. You need to pay your employees more consistent with competitors otherwise (as you see) you are losing employees left and right. Pay attention to the bright employees and reward them. You can give the cruddy raises to the ones who don't pull their weight. New employees shouldn't be hired in at higher rates than your more experienced employees are already making. Diversify your work load so its not so up and down. I guess its not a matter of if I approve of the way (the late) Ralph Anderson is running the company but how Ralph feels about his kids running his company. All that being said, its a decent place to work. Work there for a few years and then go to GE.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "used it to start my professional career"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They pay an average salary but they are located in a very cheap area. They work as consultants so the employee will interact with big companies like CAT

    Cons

    They ask employees to show loyalty but they do not share the same value. The job description that they provide is not accurate. It is highly inflated.

    Advice to Management

    leadership skills are missing. The employer-employee relation is missing. Employees will jump the ship at first chance so they have to work to stop this

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