DuPont Pioneer Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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DuPont Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler
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Pros
  • and the work life balance is one of the best in the industry (in 10 reviews)

  • good benefits, large team, a lot of good people (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Working extremely long hours in summer months (70-80 hours, nice if paid hourly) with 40 hour weeks in the winter months (in 9 reviews)

  • The upper management tells us we need to work harder, when we are already working our hardest (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    tired of being chumped

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    Current Employee - Research Manager in Johnston, IA
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Johnston, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    some really intelligent employees with a good work ethic better pay than academia

    Cons

    1) upper management lacks good leadership and cannot be trusted; for example they had an incentive plan in place and then after the year was over and the monetary reward was to be distributed they decided to not give the pay to the employees 2) salary workers are expected to work overtime but not given the tools to do their job efficiently 3) processes put into place that make extra work for employees to do the job for which they were hired, while the company cuts computer programmers, human resources departments, and administrative staff 4) benefits have been on the decline starting in 2010

    Advice to Management

    Pioneer is a research company. If you want innovative scientists and good employees, work on getting the day to day obstacles out of their way so that they can do the jobs for which they were hired. Also, treat your employees with respect.


  2. Research Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer full-time

    Pros

    New Labs, Nice automated Greenhouse

    Cons

    Lack of management input. Long hours/weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Interact with those who support you. There are a lot of good ideas from those that are actually doing the work.


  3. Helpful (7)

    Falling apart at the seams. Stock price has never been higher and morale has never been lower.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It used to be a great place to work. The people are some of the best though they might be at their worst right now due to no fault of their own. Now that the company is being stripped apart there is not much left to like. Wait to apply until after the activist investor is through with DuPont and moved on to another company and then give it a year.

    Cons

    Drastic downsizing and reorganization causing frightening instability at all levels. Benefits also degrading rapidly. Work place environment is highly stressful. Company is stingy with the resources you need to do your job. IT is non-existent. Takes days if not weeks to get anything fixed. No retirement plan other than 401K if you're new, Medical doesn't cover much and has a very high deductible - bad if you have a family and are the only provider. Good dental if you pay for the better plan. Also vacation is limited - you can't accrue much past 4 weeks. Get hired now and you could end up doing the work of three people after half your group is let go - lay offs are rampant right now. Bonuses are harder to earn company wide and ratings are given on a curve . Another words the system is fixed so that they the majority gets the minimum and only a few get the maximum. There is no job security. Morale is almost non-existent. DuPont is now an extremely stressful place to work and is highly dysfunctional.

    Advice to Management

    I am at a loss as to what to say to management. I don't think anything can be done to correct the situation that DuPont currently faces. Only time will tell what kind of company it will become. Right now it appears to be devolving instead of evolving - and rapidly at that. This very well may be the beginning of the end. At this particular moment the company does not appear to value talent or experience - at least none that is currently employed. It's hard to say what DuPont values anymore other than a higher stock price which is not a true reflection of it's current state.


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  5. There's good work life balance but that's pretty much it.

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    Current Employee - Research in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Research in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    not much comes to mind

    Cons

    It's a white male Dom company. Mgmt has no vision and this is not a place if u r a free thinker and come up with new ideas. Glass ceiling very obvious for minorities and women. Company is very good at following competition and has difficulty being a leader. Even internal surveys has pointed it out but mgmt looks the other way. In all, if u r looking for a challenging career with recognition for ur work then this is NOT the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    It's important to own up to mistakes and take responsibility. Because of failure of leadership the employees have to face adversity.


  6. Not the Pioneer you used to know....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, IA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and work/life balance (always at manager's discretion so YMMV).

    Cons

    *No direction (at least in IT) *"Big Company" now that DuPont is pushing its way of doing things on to Pioneer *"Core Values" are a joke...except maybe commitment to safety. But don't expect that means you can bring your CCW to work.... *If you start below industry standard salary for your position...don't expect to ever get there. * NO BUDGETS FOR ANYTHING *

    Advice to Management

    Get yourselves out from under DuPont's fist. PAY PEOPLE WHAT THEY'RE WORTH! Get direction; 5-10-20 years out! Seriously...stop allowing DuPont to dictate how you run things. Pioneer carried them through the market slump a few years back. We have good people and proven methods and for some strange reason they're deciding to take the ONE thing that works and bring it down to their level.


  7. No appreciation

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits IF you have the right education. A masters is the needed to make good money.

    Cons

    Almost everything else. Management is so far removed from the field work they don't understand their employees or how their dynamics of interacting together really works. That leads to people having no business making decision, making decision. Other reviews of no time off and exactly correct. I've started not even asking for time off, I just take it and hope I don't get in trouble. Everything revolves around the growing season and it sucks. For a multi-billion dollar company, their are incredibly bad at technology. Their software is poorly written and doesn't give you the tools to be successful in your job, yet you are expected to use it. And worst of all, employees ideas are completely ignored and their work is not appreciated. I can count on one hand how many times someone has said Thank You. Usually it's just, go to the next field now. Do this now. The management doesn't care about your feeling, they just want their data. Everything is completely different is Johnston and actually sounds very nice, but any outside location is a complete disaster.

    Advice to Management

    Saying Thanks every day hurts nothing.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Growing too fast

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Le Roy, IL
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Le Roy, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There used to be pros, good benefits, great working environment, you enjoyed coming to work. This has passed and is becoming less and less each year. The pay is decent, and is close to home.

    Cons

    Pioneer used to be a great place to work at a plant level. It was a good working atmosphere where people came in, did a job, and felt like they accomplished something. Now the company keeps growing and the management team is filled with people who have worked at the plant for several years, and due to the years of service, somehow makes them qualified. This is not the case, they have poor judgment skills, and base decisions completely off of business needs, and not what makes sense to time and people. This creates a hostile environment where it is management against the floor workers, and not working in a cohesive environment. The new production system is a pieced together catastrophe that was designed for a process where there are controlled inputs, and controlled outputs. It was never designed for an agriculture driven business, and it just makes life in general difficult. It is implemented by "experts" that have no clue about the processes, nor care to get on the floor and learn about what they are trying to change. The preach 4 Core Values on paper, but fail to show actions in supporting these. "Respect for People", something that is shoved in your face everyday in an attempt for the company to control your actions, words, and thoughts. They do not allow people to have personal opinions, if it is not seen fit in the eyes of the leaders, it is considered disrespectful. "Environmental Stewardship" sounds nice and all, but how can you agree that the company is for this, when their owner (DuPont) is the number one polluting company in the world? "Highest Ethical Behavior" depends on who you are and who you know. "Safety & Health" while safety continues to be an importance piece to the company, their measures to keep people safe slow down the very processes they continue to push and wonder why goals are not met. The Health part of it, well, just do a google search on all the people who have sued DuPont for exposing them to chemicals that have caused issues later in life.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and realize that people are not happy working for the company anymore, and people don't leave bad companies, they leave bad leaders.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Rewarding work if you can stand the politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really meaningful work as part of a fascinating industry

    Cons

    Corporate structure and too many "leaders" leaves this place without clear, concise direction. It equates to a burdensome level of politics and poor morale for mid-level and entry level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. Assess who is capable of being a leader of people and who can really drive change.


  10. Helpful (1)

    The ship is sinking

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Johnston, IA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Johnston, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall salary and benefits are good. Strong emphasis on safety. Working alongside professional people is great. Stable industry has not been overly affected by economy during the recent recession.

    Cons

    The current executive management has a mission of driving productivity down by creating open work areas with a staggering amount of distractions. People are saying "we need quiet areas to work" and management just keeps repeating, "This is a pleasant place to work. Look at how pretty it is." The interior design team spends more time talking about creating an office that "looks good" instead of fostering an environment for getting things done. A whole building full of cubicles was built with poor ergonomics. There is not enough room to put your legs out in front of you underneath your desk and none of the cubicles were equipped with keyboard trays. Then a senior executive stands up in a safety meeting and says "we need be concerned about repetitive stress injuries". Disconnect.

    Advice to Management

    The continuing development of herbicide-resistant plants and Bt-resistant insects is a strong warning that the future of biotechnology is likely get rougher, not smoother. If you want better productivity, reduce distractions. Things like emails, talkers, phones, meetings, paperwork, etc.


  11. A good company with good benefits but managment lacks competency and knowledge.

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    Current Employee - Lead Person in Durant, IA
    Current Employee - Lead Person in Durant, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A good benefits package when you become full time regular. Good insurance, time off and profit sharing. It is a ggod field to be in.

    Cons

    Pioneer has a way of making employees wait up to 7 years to become full time regular and recieve all benefits. Pioneer also lets location managements own policies and this leads to misunderstandings.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that location management is following company polisies in all areas.Respect your employees and the level of commitment they have to the Pioneer name.



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