DuPont Pioneer
3.7 of 5 95 reviews
www.pioneer.com Johnston, IA 5000+ Employees

DuPont Pioneer Reviews

Updated May 19, 2014
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3.7 95 reviews

                             

81% Approve of the CEO

DuPont Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler

Paul E. Schickler

(54 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPay and benefits are better than many in the area

    ConsIt's like most large, corporate organizations that don't tend to pay attention to the smaller employee

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be great!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat pay and benefits, people are the best

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the Pioneer culture alive.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work!

    Shipping (Current Employee)
    Tipton, IN

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good intern experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsPoor structure for moving summer interns into full time positions.

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

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    Good company that needs better management in IT

    IM Manager (Current Employee)
    Johnston, IA

    ProsAttracts 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

    ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementIdentifying 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!

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    Midwest Nice

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Johnston, IA

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

    ConsResearch 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 Senior ManagementThere is too much nepotism in hiring and promotions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fun, but a low number of hours as a summer feild researcher resulted in small paychecks

    Summer Research Field Worker (Former Employee)
    Johnston, IA

    ProsI worked in the field as a research worker in the summer. The staff is friendly. They make sure you are healthy, safe and comfortable during working hours. Training is quick and most tasks are simple.

    ConsI worked in the field as a research worker in the summer. Although the hourly pay is very good, work days were extremely short, and it makes it hard to make a decent amount of money.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow field research workers to have more hours.

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

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    Work at Pioneer if your near retirement.....

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    Johnston, IA

    ProsGood benefits, and nice hours.

    ConsBasicallly, this company is coasting off of two facts:
    There were people 50 years ago that developed a lot of momentum which they are still riding on today (they developed some good germplasms), and
    Its hard for competitors to break into the seed business given the need for a strong base germplasm, wide research organization, logistics chain, sales force, capital inivestment, etc.

    The profit margins are high in the seed business and it covers up an egregious ineptitude in leadership, which trickles down into the employees that work there and are hired there. Giving the leadership basic skills tests in the areas that they are responsible for (and basic knowledge/skills tests of what it takes to be a good leader) would quickly show how little they know about what they are doing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSee "cons"

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mixed bag of good and bad experiences at Hayward Controlled Environments

    Greenhouse Technician (Former Employee)
    Hayward, CA

    ProsVery friendly and welcoming environment, weekly presentations, monthly potluck with exceptional bbq experts, mostly exceptional management and research team at the Hayward Facility.

    Consthe manager/"senior researcher" in Hayward Controlled environments (CE), lack of documented protocols in CE, lack of upward mobility at the Hayward facility.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpending 10 of millions on new greenhouses in Iowa shouldn't affect the hundreds of thousands spent on qualified workers in California. Facilities don't make great discoveries, minds do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Learned a lot as an intern, very helpful supervisor.

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Hayward, CA

    ProsVery large company so a lot of resources. Get to work with the latest technology.

    ConsPeople seemed to mind their own business, they didn't really bother to get to know the interns.

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

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