John Deere

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John Deere Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
562 Reviews
3.7
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Pros
  • Seems to promote a work life balance-there are quite a few married couples here (in 78 reviews)

  • Decent pay and benefits, relaxed work enviroment (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • As much as they preach its importance, forget about work/life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Lots of middle management, navigating of bureaucratic meetings-oriented matrix culture (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much hype, not what was expected

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Architect in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Architect in Moline, IL

    I worked at John Deere full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Friendly co-workers
    Flexible Hours
    Training available upon request
    Strong commitment to corporate values

    Cons

    Unstructured work environment (most meetings lack structured agenda, inadequate communication both within and across organizations)
    Easy for employees to get lost in organizational structure and be non-productive
    Provide safe work conditions (i.e. my office location at headquarters flooded with water after every heavy rain and was not addressed (possible OSHA concern)
    Location of headquarters (Quad Cities area) makes it a challenge to attract top talent due to inadequate infrastructure (poorly maintained roads and bridges),
    Potential employees should consider high property taxes compared to other metro areas, limited advanced medical care and top doctors, and portions of area do not provide 24x7 non-emergency police.
    Exposed to several Inexperienced managers providing oversight on high profile and high risk projects
    Not challenging enough for me to remain competitive
    Did not experience the "Deere will take care of you"
    Flawed exit interview process (i.e. HR does not conduct face to face exit interviews)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs significant organizational restructuring within IT. Too many Technical Architects overlapping each other. Hire and promote experienced and successful leaders and managers (i.e. require certification). Too much hype and emphasis on Agile development,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocre

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Assembler in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pays well for the area. Most coworkers are great to work with. Supervisors so far have always worked with me during an emergency.

    Cons

    They where one a very family oriented company but over the years they have lost most if not all that and focus primarily on shareholder value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shareholders do not make, sell or buy farm equipment. Let's get our focus back in the right place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Meh

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Assembler in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    When they are busy you work a lot of overtime for nice paychecks. The health benefits are fantastic.

    Cons

    When there is little demand you get laid off quite a bit. Pay is lacking and their pay for performance plan CIPP is a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    If you want a challenge, find a different company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours.
    Decent pay - not the best by a long shot though.

    Cons

    Work load is not challenging, just time consuming. I could have done my current job straight out of high school. Why did I go to school for 4 more years?
    Management style is terrible across the board. A company that touts caring for their employees, and in general shows it through benefits, should be able to demonstrate decent management.
    Nepotism. If you have a spouse and are being relocated, the company will find them a job, likely within the company. Some might see this as a pro - I see it as a major ethical issue and am disgusted by it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to be an actual manager. A manager's job is to enable those working with and under them to succeed. Not to talk to your employees only when you need to understand what they are working on to report to your higher up or to fill in your metrics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    selloffs, layoffs, and outsourcing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Johnston, IA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Johnston, IA

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice salary.

    Cons

    The company has a history of purchasing companies like John Deere Wind, John Deere Water, and John Deere Credit and then selling them off (including employees) when they don't pan out. After announcing large expansion at John Deere Waterloo and accepting millions of dollars in tax credits the company turns around three months later and lays off 400 people at the same facility and hundreds more at others. Management has an active policy to hire people from India and is in the process of transistioning key knowledge to those teams in an attempt to save money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live up to your values and honor commitment and integrity and start by starting with honoring your commitment to local farmers who use your products because they're made and supported locally. Honor your commitment to the communities you do business in and stop appearing with the governor of Iowa and promoting STEM but then forming an active policy to ship STEM jobs to John Deere TCI in India.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be good and now living off former good name only

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good credit union
    Solid 401k

    Cons

    No cost of living raise
    Super political
    Old boys club
    Lack of quality training
    Used to have good benefits but keeps reducing them
    Hard to get promoted
    No career development
    Requires me to work 50 hours for yrs bc they have slim workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times
    Give promotions to those most qualified
    Improve facilities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Extremely political, nonchalant management

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Cary, NC

    I worked at John Deere as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company has money to spend on projects
    A few good engineers working there
    Name brand
    Cool products

    Cons

    Oh my gosh - there is so much politics.
    Lots of incompetent engineers and people. I was in a room with an engineer who would sleep and play games all day.
    Managers do not care about employees - it's all about pleasing those who matter so they can advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your hiring process
    Retain contractors who make a difference

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good pay and benefits but lack time for family or a life outside of what deere's schedule is

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler/Welder in Ankeny, IA
    Current Employee - Assembler/Welder in Ankeny, IA

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have good pay, a 401k plan, insurance, and nice bonus pay plans such as incentive pay for working harder

    Cons

    no flexibility with schedule, terrible if family situations happen, not good at helping workers develop and work up in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help with flexibility and listen to your workers. Help them when they ask for help

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Leaves much to be desired

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Moline, IL

    I worked at John Deere as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary for contractors, positive work-life balance, a lot of the employees are great people.

    Cons

    Office culture is not ideal for young, single twenty-somethings and is fairly conservative. The Quad Cities are generally pretty awful, and the temporary contractor situation is not nearly transparent enough: they don't tell you that you will never be converted into a full-time employee without taking a mandatory 6 months off. On the surface, Deere prides itself on its ethics, but deep down that doesn't seem to really be the case.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be as transparent as possible about the situation for temps and how you can be almost certain you won't become a full-time, permanent employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Awful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Parts Coordinator in Milan, IL
    Former Employee - Parts Coordinator in Milan, IL

    I worked at John Deere full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The salary is ok. They have fun activities for employees

    Cons

    Intolerante and racist. The workplace can be very unfriendly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope they appreciate honesty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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