DuPont Pioneer
3.6 of 5 83 reviews
www.pioneer.com Johnston, IA 5000+ Employees

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79% Approve of the CEO

DuPont Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler

Paul E. Schickler

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80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Rewarding work if you can stand the politics

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Johnston, IA

I have been working at DuPont Pioneer full-time for more than 5 years

ProsReally meaningful work as part of a fascinating industry

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The ship is sinking

Research Associate (Current Employee)
Johnston, IA

I have been working at DuPont Pioneer

ProsOverall 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.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Lead Person (Current Employee)
Durant, IA

I have been working at DuPont Pioneer

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

ConsPioneer 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 Senior ManagementMake 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at DuPont Pioneer as an intern

Prosgood people,stable company, innovative ideas

Consoffice politics, favoritism and management does not make personal connections with the team members

Advice to Senior Managementsee above

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not as good looking from the inside

Research Associate (Current Employee)

I have been working at DuPont Pioneer

ProsIn general the company has a decent salary, benefits package, however the bosses recently cut pension and retiree healthcare. If you want to you can usually stay where you're at for a long time. Des Moines has some good places to live and schools are fair.

ConsThere is no chance for advancement based on merit. Lack of diversity, everyone, especially who gets promoted is all connected somehow, related, frat brother, etc. Upper management is never held accountable for mistakes. Employees find out about important events via newsmedia before being told at work.

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Overly complicated company with poor moral

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at DuPont Pioneer

ProsNot many, but I guess all the training teaches me everything I need to know for the next company I work for.

ConsThis company does not walk the talk, for example they say safety comes first but the job demands are so high that a large percentage of employees disregard rules because this is the only way they can get thier work done. Everyone knows safety is another way to say mitigate liability exposure. If you are an independent thinker you do not want to work here there is basically no room to affect change.

Advice to Senior ManagementBack off and let your employees enjoy life rather than force 60 hours work into a 40 hour week.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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