John Deere
3.7 of 5 407 reviews
www.deere.com Moline, IL 5000+ Employees

John Deere Reviews

Updated Mar 31, 2014
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3.7 407 reviews

                             

90% Approve of the CEO

John Deere Chairman & CEO Samuel Allen

Samuel Allen

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80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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I learned a lot of great skills and was consistently challenged.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Waterloo, IA

I worked at John Deere as a contractor for more than a year

ProsIt builds experience and exposure to old fashion manufacturing techniques

ConsVery non-diverse employees and management. If you are transgender you will be shunned and set up to fail at everything you try to do and they will always cover it up and employees who discriminate are only coached to try and be nicer but never fired..

Advice to Senior ManagementStart doing some serious investigating when an LGBT person has left your company sooner than their contract required. Chances are there was a reason that was not good. Train your employees the danger they put lgbt employees in by revealing them to coworkers.

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

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If you are a 'real' contractor, stay away from this company.

Engineer (Former Employee)
Waterloo, IA

I worked at John Deere as a contractor for more than a year

ProsThe technology of the products is interesting.

ConsIf one is a 'real' contractor, the tasks you are hired to perform should be well defined, specific, and there be a need for your expertise. You come in, do the work, get the money, and go home; kind of a mercenary approach.

During the interview, I was told what problems management wanted help with and where they had a need for my services. I came to the company from out-of-state and after I started work, I was steered away from some of those tasks and told to just learn some s/w tool (which later others in the company had little interest in). Fortunately, I negotiated a higher pay rate than what other 'contingent' workers are paid there (which is a joke I found out).

What John Deere does with contractors is take the 'try it before you buy it' approach. From what I saw with other contractors there, they were local young white males looking to get hired directly, worked for a low salary and did a lot of bowing and scrapping. It appeared the contractors were brought in to see if they would fit well into the 'company culture' instead of performing tasks the company needed a certain expertise in.

I have contracted with other companies before yet never treated like a second-class citizen as I was at JD. It soured me on even considering going direct with JD. The facility I worked at had a lot of asians on visas, and the directs were mostly white males, either with families or recent college graduates. If you are not in that category, you won't fit in (in my opinion).

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you're going to use contract labor, don't pay low wages, don't treat them like second-class citizens, and have them perform the assignments they were told they were needed for during the interview. Not all contractors want to become a direct hire into your company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Discrimnatory & not an inclusive environment

Machine Maintenance Technician (Skilled Trade) (Former Employee)
Waterloo, IA

I worked at John Deere full-time for less than a year

ProsThere is a growth opportunity at the Waterloo facilities. Most coworkers are very welcoming to new employees. Great benefits. Some management believes in a diverse and inclusive company.

ConsLack of knowledge of what a diverse and inclusive environment is although they advertise that they welcome all diverse people. Supervisors lack knowledge of how to deal with discrimnatory harassment. Human Resources in Waterloo also tries to cover up the fact some of their Supervisors fail to do their job and keep employees safe from harassment. Some Supervisors are guilty of harassment and a hostile work environment also. The Waterloo Foundry has a history of discrimnatory harassment (Articles can be found in the Waterloo Courier) and Human Resources and Supervisors at that facility fail to do anything about it. Certain Supervisors go against John Deere policy to find their right employee.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to be more aware of looking out for harassment. Learn to be much more approachable and not hostile. Learn more about the rights that at-will employees do have and follow those laws and be honest to new employees. There are great Supervisors at Deeres, but there are some that abuse the power and the priveledges that are given to them.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Curmudgeons steeped in politics, cliques, and old management styles

Infrastructure Analyst (Former Employee)
Moline, IL

I worked at John Deere full-time for more than 8 years

ProsOnce upon a time they had good benefits. Name brand still carries some weight.

ConsVery political, so don't count on any advancement due to your work ethic. Middle management are head-cases, who believe they have more power than they do, and like enforcing what they do have on their minions. Those same managers are simply shuffled around with new titles to gain additional income and feed their egos. No room for mid-career entrants...they are not viewed in the same light as those who have only worked for Deere. It's the proverbial "rise to the level of your incompetence" mode there. Unfortunately, those company "lifers" have no clue what the rest of the working world looks like because they've never been out in it. A very toxic environment, where new ideas are not welcome, people are kept down, and the only daily discussion is how much longer each employee has until they can retire.

Advice to Senior ManagementQuit thinking you are the only company that can employ people, and advertising your "awards" for how great you treat your employees while the exact opposite is true. Get competent middle management that actually cares for people other than themselves, and teach them that ideas are welcome from everyone. Value your employees and give them a reason to want to work there, rather than creating an environment where people are forced to feel it is a "privilege" to be there. And give employees a REAL path for career development rather than lip service.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Assembler (Former Employee)
Horicon, WI

I worked at John Deere for more than 3 years

ProsUSED to be the pay was the only good thing about this job but that's not even true anymore with the new contract-WAY to low for how hard you work

ConsHave to pay $100 in union dues EVERY MONTH just to be able to work there and the union will tell you to your face that they do NOT do anything to help supplemental employees! NO job security-NO insurance-NO vacation-NO profit sharing-NO personal/sick-NO raises-NO RESPECT but all the while working next to core employees that get ALL of the above and rubbing your face in it.......they get all the benefits and thousands in profit sharing checks even though you work 3 times harder plus supplementals can't work more than 7 months out of a year than they lay you off for 4 months, if you like working your ass off for a company that will chew you up and spit you out, replacing you tomorrow than this job is for you

Advice to Senior ManagementGet a clue

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work if you knew the right people!

Assembler (Former Employee)
Horicon, WI

I worked at John Deere full-time for more than 3 years

ProsPay was the only pro for this job.

ConsLack of work-life balance. Almost always on overtime. No benefits. Union doesn't do anything for suplemental employees. Union dues every month. No room for advancement to other positions. If you want to move to another department a core employee gets first dibs. Only get two days of PTO. Point system(once you accumulate five points you get terminated. takes a year for those to reset)

Advice to Senior ManagementMake everyone full time employees and get rid of suplementals.

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

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Not what you kno, but who you know

Engineer (Current Employee)
East Moline, IL

I have been working at John Deere as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsStable, brand name, reasonable pay

ConsA company where ageism is an unspoken policy
Gray hair means you will most likely be working an off shift
Organization is hopelessly over staffed in the salaried ranks people literally sit and do nothing for hours a day
Only hiring 25 to 35 year olds in full time positions
Look at the positive reviews, they're all interns, co-ops or new employees who know nothing
They treat long time employees with distain and relegate them to off shifts to try to force early retirement
Management is not enforcing policies and the UAW basically runs the operations.
Contract employees are hired as "warm bodies" to staff the off shift positions that none of the young know nothing employees want

Advice to Senior ManagementPray your company never has any real competition, for if it ever does you're doomed

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

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JD is one of the most closed cultures I have ever experienced...outsiders are NOT welcomed

Director (Former Employee)
Moline, IL

I worked at John Deere full-time for more than 3 years

ProsDescent money...some of he people are good

Consvery political. If you did not grow up in their culture, you are an outsider. very very very closed culture

Advice to Senior ManagementOPEN YOUR MINDS

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not what iit first appeared to be

Customer Service (Former Employee)
Madison, WI

I worked at John Deere as a contractor

ProsNice training program, great follow up to help achieve superior customer service.

ConsCompany thinks little of retaining loyal employees. Tends to lay off perm workers and temp staff frequently to rehire later at a lessor rate. Horrible insurance package for the amount of money the company brings in. Insurance benefits are set for young people who never have to go to doctor and too expensive for those who do.

Advice to Senior ManagementLike many companies, corporate profit is more important than what original founder set company to be.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Horrible Work Environment

Engineer (Former Employee)
Waterloo, IA

I worked at John Deere full-time for more than 3 years

ProsYear End Bonus. Salary decent for area.

Cons"Old Boys" network, no training for new employees, brutal performance evaluation scheme.

Worked at PEC. This place is an "Old Boys" network workplace where back stabbing is rewarded. New employees are thrown in to sink or swim. Management requires a fanatical devotion to the product at the expense of all else including family; although the official line is "Family First".

New employees recieve no relevant training. You are thrown into a brutal employee performance evaluation system where the number of "goals" exceeds what is impossible to obtain unless one devotes 24/7 to John Deere. This limits merit increases to save the company money, even though profits are at a record level.

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