DuPont Pioneer

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DuPont Pioneer Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
123 Reviews
3.7
123 Reviews
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DuPont Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits and work/life balance (always at manager's discretion so YMMV) (in 10 reviews)

  • There used to be pros, good benefits, great working environment, you enjoyed coming to work (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, not enough employees to cover work load in certain areas (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.  

    Safety is a slogan

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Laporte, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Laporte, CO

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer full-time

    Pros

    Many competent engineers to help from DuET

    Cons

    Managers are skirt chasers who promote women.

    Low ethics for managers.

    One mistake - no warning- competent employees get fired.

    Safety in words is paramount with elaborate investigations, but discovered root causes are censored by plant managers.

    Respect for People, the core value, is a sham. It only means respect boss' favorite ladies and Him, because he is the God.

    Managers' Cronies are rewarded at every opportunity. Competent people who differ in opinion with their managers are chastised.

    Don't be a male working for Dupont, just wear a skirt and suck up to the manager and your success is guaranteed.

    Divide and Rule different deparents and individuals is the mantra of the managers.

    Fire your competent people as consulting companies at 10x higher cost can do marginal work.

    Just don't be a thinker, as you can hire a consultant to do a marginal job.

    If you really are "Committed to Zero", help the manager in shutting and possibly shuttering the plant down. A closed plant means no incidents or accidents.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of sand and dump the so called core values. If you want to maintain these, practice and enforce what you preach.

    Hire competent managers from the outside.

    Stop the brain drain by forcing competent people to retire, quit, or firing them. Consulting firms is not really a good at all times.

    Have checks and balances on your managers' chasing favoring women who may be attractive or providing some sexual favors.

    Respect employees who may have an opinion not shared by managers.

    Stop treating managers like gods.

    Pay respect to the shareholders for making money.

    Stop acting like a government. Be less bureaucratic and work as a corporation who wants to make money for the shareholders.

    Establish a whistleblower line and act on what the whistleblowers complain off.

    Try to stop cronyism and favoritism by the managers by establishing independent committees that promote individuals based on merit, some risk taking, and independent thinking that is not biased by unit or plant managers.

    Try team building for a change rather than Divide and Conquer principle amongst individuals in the same department and different departments. That just protects marginal managers.

    Coach the managers to stop playing God. Establish a warning system, where competent employees do not get fired for first mistake because they are males or are not the male boss' favorites.

    Trivial safety comments cannot let a large project stop unless a a multi day "What If" or elaborate but sham trivial investigation is conducted.

    Make money for shareholders by being productive and efficient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Mixed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and good coworkers.

    Cons

    Leadership lacks clear vision. New diversity quotas put white males over 50 at risk of becoming extinct!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live your respect for people core value!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company but trending down due to best practices.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Johnston, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Johnston, IA

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is an amazing culture at Pioneer and surplus of extremely talented individuals.

    Cons

    Pioneer has an unusual take on leadership. The most rewarded individuals are often the ones that turn their backs on the tremendous amount of work that actually needs to be done in favor of highly visible presentation roles where they are primarily responsible for explaining the work of others.

    Being able to talk about and present others work charismatically is valued over the ability to actually do the work. Technical expertise and leadership abilities are considered mutually exclusive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't believe in the 'technical expert' vs leadership ideology. Technical experts should become leaders.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not as great at it used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer full-time

    Pros

    The salary is generally pretty competitive and some benefits are great.

    Cons

    Not the company it was 5+ years ago. Benefits are decreasing, atmosphere is more and more big corporate with DuPont having it's hand in everything. Terrible back room politics with bloated departments with management far removed from the day to day activities. Some areas may still be great, with good leadership, but many are not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Buyer Beware

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Johnston, IA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Johnston, IA

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Can be a good company at times. Experience can be positive depending on the department you are in. Pay and benefits have been good, but the best days are gone as parent DuPont is finally bringing its influence into the organization.

    Cons

    There is minimal accountability with back office politics rampant. Many employees have been around for decades and prevent innovation as they lack any motivation to learn anything new. Certain IT management loves to listen to themselves talk, but never show any action. They are more concerned with their own image among their business peers rather than managing their department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make IT accountable for their work. All I saw was millions spent annually and not much return for the investment. Get perspectives of new employees as to what they see as possible areas of improvement and your eyes might be opened to many problems. Many well skilled people came aboard and left after a year or two as they had been exposed to better processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Used to be great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, people are the best

    Cons

    Influence of parent company has had negative impacts on the overall culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the Pioneer culture alive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shipping in Tipton, IN
    Current Employee - Shipping in Tipton, IN

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

    Pros

    It is a great place to work... decent income.... great benefits....and the work life balance is one of the best in the industry

    Cons

    Pioneer overall as a company all comes down to location... site management plays a big role in how someone views the comapany

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good intern experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer

    Pros

    Great company culture. Was in intern but was treated as an equal employee.

    Cons

    Poor structure for moving summer interns into full time positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company that needs better management in IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IM Manager in Johnston, IA
    Current Employee - IM Manager in Johnston, IA

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Attracts sharp people from all over the world. The company has been doing well over the past several years and it was fun working for a company that is growing when the rest of the economy was not doing so well

    Cons

    They over do their core value trainings.Research management is not very clear on setting priorities and is not effective at stopping projects that are going no where. There is more talk about doing so. Too many incompetent managers are in charge of really talented individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identifying internal talent and creating opportunities for them is needed. It has become clear that management plays favorites when it comes to promotions, and it does not feel decisions are merit based. There will be more attrition as the economy picks up!

  11.  

    Midwest Nice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, IA

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly and enjoyable work environment, lots of nice people. Not every group is as described in the Con section.

    Cons

    Research is often done in silos, leading to duplicated efforts or inefficient studies because someone was too insecure to ask others who knew more. On the other hand, the alternative is that that someone takes credit for the help that was actually asked for and received.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is too much nepotism in hiring and promotions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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