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I have worked at Caterpillar in Decatur, IL for 18 years. I have achieved growth in my career exceeding my expectations. I have had many great mentors over the years encouraging me along the way. I have found if you are determined, hard working, patient, committed, and willing to challenge yourself, the sky is the limit on your career at Caterpillar. This company definitely promotes within and enables professional development.
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April 17, 2023
Thank you for doing the work that matters with Team Caterpillar for over 18 years. We are thrilled to hear you have experienced a great culture with plenty of growth and development opportunities. We are lucky to have you on the team, and your feedback is valued.

Recommended for high school with no kids

If your are not in a circle with some of the people there they treat you horrible cuss you out and if you report it to the manger they will talk to them but will be laughing and cutting up with the person you reported about especially if they are buddy’s they also say it is Monday thro Thursday occasion fridays that is backwards it is Monday thro Friday occasionally off Friday and it mandatory if u call out on that Friday you get pointed for it unless you put in pto like two weeks in advance they say they big in family time but they want you to work every Friday and want you to volunteer on Saturday


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  • Ability to learn new things
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Good pay for Decatur Illinois

Good pay for where you live but management is terrible the way they do things are odd I just hired in and I am already maxed out my pay for the next six years
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Avoid unless you like being a number

Good pay, horrible environment. Union employees get away with murder while the salaried managers are constantly blamed for issues out of their control. Company will over hire managers and then eliminate them without warning.




Toxic management, work life balance is non-existent.
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Productive and fun workplace.

Our job is to make sure that we ship out the right part, the right time and to the right place. Learning to verify the correct product through Blue Yonder system. Workplace culture is great. People get along very well. The hardest part of the job is being on your feet all day long. Most enjoyable part of the day is when the shift ended.
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Good company, good compensation, bad training for advancements

Been with CAT for 20 years. Stayed this long due to good compensation but work looking to leave mainly due to poor training through when promotions in position. This causes much stress and work life imbalance. Also, after 3 years of remote work they have decided to end it. I understand for some positions in a supply chain role no one notices when I’m in the office. It may be time to find something new.




No more remote options
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Productive place and good place to work

Benefits are not up to par..under paying with barely a 1.50 raise within 5 yrs..biggest company in the world and could be a a good retiring job..but not willing to make sure their employees is taken care of or paid correctly …it’s all buisness nothing personal with is more important than employees..sorry but truth..


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Haven't started yet

Have interview Friday very excited I currently work at amazon so fingers crossed that I het this job I think the hours are definitely more.ideal
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Fun and challenging

Great team work and daily challenges. Alot of hours, but it pays off in the end. Plenty of opportunities to move with the company if desired. Goals are established and easy to define your success.
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Nice and a very good career

What is the best part of working at the company?I am seeking a position at Decatur Illinois caterpillar painter forklift operator and or welder training.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Don't really know , but I probably will say welder training.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Mixed and some what exceptable What is a typical day like for you at the company?Head work and safety , you have to pay attention at caterpillar and everyone watches everyone
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Good place to work

Good place to work for couple of years. Is close to impossible to be promoted on the position. If you want to promote faster you have to jump on a different position.
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Learn alot, you can advance

This job I loved . Ita one of my favorites only thing I didn't like is some management would be scared to correct an bad employee. The work is rewarding the ppl is who you have to watch. Dnt become friends, do your work learn as much as you can and go home. My 1st n 2nd manager I had was sooo cool and allowed me to grow and learn new things. I was able to move up.


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Company changes drastically over the last 5 years from a culture perspective

The culture of the company was fantastic for 15 years I worked there and then turned a bit more political the last 5 years. Many challenging projects and a company that prides itself as beinn number one in the industry
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Great Place to Work

Retired from there a while back. Hired in as a machine operator and retired in management. Great training opportunities as well as good benefits. Safe working
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Was a good company until bought out.

I worked for the company for almost 5 years. We was bought out by Caterpillar and within a year our office was closed and moved 150 miles one way from my home. I was permitted to work from home and occasionally travel to the new location for work. Once that year was up I was told I would have to relocate or look for different work so I left as I couldn’t afford to move. Management with the new company was horrible and made you feel like you’d never belong. I was told many times that certain roles wasn’t their jobs or not their problem.
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Good intro to factory work...not a place to build a career

Coworkers make the job, benefits are decent. It's high stress for little reward, management pushes more and more from the good ones and rewards the bad workers.
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Low paying workplace with good benefits

What is the best part of working at the company?The hours are not bad and sometimes your voice can be heardWhat is the most stressful part about working at the company?The decisions made by management. The non-consideration of the employees schedules on their family time and the absentee policies.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?A lot of drama that the managers don't like to handle because they don't like confrontationWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?Try to have steady work with parts shortage
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A wonderful place to work it and I have asked everyone to come work with them. They treat you like you part of a team and make you see everything i great job
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Overall I would summarize them as a very production oriented company but worked with the people who took a little longer to catch on.

What is the best part of working at the company?The management is very friendly and the extras that they do for employees is exceptional. 5 men serving employees Christmas dinner was memorable.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Trying to meet production numbersWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?High IntenseVery Production oriented.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Tiring. A day at Caterpillar wore me out.
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Strong name but run by weak personnel!

I was not there long due to management, because he was weak willed when it came to getting rid of immature, uneducated and unmotivated employees that got hired somehow. The young people here (19-28) have no concept of work values. That cell phone is all they operate, it seems, when no one is watching. Yet They are the ones getting promoted. How this company stays afloat is beyond me. They were supposed to make 100 units per year, yet they are struggling to see if they can make 70. Go figure! They do not have the right people or enough good ones. They prefer the people with half a brain. So watch out! You have been warned.


They have a black cat as their mascot on the premises.


You are nobody unless they offer you a job there.
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Work you up to let you down

What is the best part of working at the company?Easy work, if you can drive get trained on fork lifts and it’s cake What is the most stressful part about working at the company?In 8 months I was trained on every piece of equipment, they didn’t care. More worried about filling out useless papers on stop to fix our product out of locationWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?In inbound it’s competitive in a good way. Everyone gets along. Except TimWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?Find assignment, get vehicle do safety sheet put parts away or unload trailer
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3.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.2 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.6 out of 5 stars for Culture

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