DuPont Pioneer

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DuPont Pioneer Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
120 Reviews
3.7
120 Reviews
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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.  

    Overall worthwhile experience, learned a lot

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maize Product Development in Johnston, IA
    Former Employee - Maize Product Development in Johnston, IA

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Safety is a huge concern but not overwhelming, have a huge opportunity to take control of your own research project, caring employees and great work atmosphere.

    Cons

    No time off for interns, other companies pay a bit better, not allowed the full benefits (Ex use of the on campus work out facilities) even if working in headquarters

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is a great place to work, everyone here is friendly an supportive.

    Cons

    Most IT positions here are contractors with little chance to go perm. It would be nice to have vacation, paid time off, hospital insurance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Will have a more dedicated staff if they receive some type of benefits with a stable environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company with a Solid Core

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

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed DuPont Pioneer for their unified core values.
    I like that they are an established company.
    They seem way head of the game in biotech with their amazing facilities.
    The design process was pretty agile which is something I value in software development.

    Cons

    They are not a software company at heart, but they are doing well with IT anyway.
    Like any company there are times when you have to deal with teams that have other priorities which can delay progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue engaging with your employees to challenge them to do their best.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer

    Pros

    Great place to work at, good work life balance and great benefits

    Cons

    Cannot think of very many cons.

  6.  

    Administrative Coordinator

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Johnston, IA
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Johnston, IA

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This is an exceptional place to work. It was refreshing to work for a compay that cared for their employees. The company allowed a great work-life balance. There were many opportunities to grow your career and the company appreciates hard working employees.

    Cons

    As Dupont began to increase their presence the medical benefits were not as good as they were with Pioneer but still are standard within the market place.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Sales Associate for Independent Rep

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Joliet, IL

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great learning atmosphere for a freshly graduated student. Constantly sent to Pioneer workshops & exposed to some really great mentors within DuPont.

    Cons

    Starting pay was considerably less that in the seed production plant, but job autonomy/bonus potential was greater in the sales associate role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Overall positive work environment and opportunities for growth

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

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer full-time

    Pros

    I can really only speak for the research-related parts of the company, but Pioneer has great work/life balance and still has good benefits despite some cuts last fall. I work with intelligent people on interesting projects. Leadership listens to lower-level employees and there's little top-down management for a company of its size. Revenues have dropped in the industry lately, but the long-term outlook for ag/biotech is great. Des Moines is also one of the best small cities to live in overall. The workforce is culturally diverse. The hiring manager handles the most important parts of the hiring process, and HR isn't overly involved.

    Cons

    There are a lot of cooks in the kitchen in research, and leadership has trouble making decisions because real authority and influence is relatively diffused. The org chart is pretty complex. In some cases, maybe there should be more top-down management! Poor performers aren't held accountable very well, and usually just shifted around from team to team. You would have to do something outrageous to get fired. DuPont leadership seems far removed (physically and otherwise) from Pioneer. Their attempts to integrate Pioneer further within the larger company seem to introduce more bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of poor performers and consolidate management more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    DuPont Pioneer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Salinas, PR
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Salinas, PR

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High throughput and scientifically innovative

    Cons

    None for now, maybe request employers to be a six sigma green belt as normal

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    PIC

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

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Company excellent benefits would recommend to anyone.

    Cons

    None this is a great company to work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very organized, down to earth company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer

    Pros

    I worked as part of the summer crew, doing pollinating and stuff. The full time staff that work here are very good at motivating you to do your work. Also, they make sure to teach you what you need to do in order to get the job done, and are happy to help.

    Cons

    It is hard, hot work, and requires you to be in good shape.

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