John Deere Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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John Deere Chairman & CEO Samuel Allen
Samuel Allen
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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
  • no work life balance for people working in factories (in 16 reviews)

  • Casual and lethargic middle management (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Construction and Forestry Accounting Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - C&F Accounting in Dubuque, IA
    Former Intern - C&F Accounting in Dubuque, IA

    I worked at John Deere as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Competitive Pay - Will provide intern housing - Coworkers are pretty friendly - Nice work/life balance - Challenging work

    Cons

    - Lacks diversity - Locations are pretty boring if you are single and/or not 21 - Feedback system/communication with managers needs improvement

    Advice to Management

    - Improve diversity initiatives - Hold management to higher standards with regards to providing their interns with feedback - Consider relocating interns to more urban areas/locations


  2. Helpful (1)

    Your Experience as an Intern Greatly Depends on Your Manager

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    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at John Deere as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Brand name, universally respected Fortune 100 company on your resume. -Depending on your manager, you might get real projects to work on. -Employees are generally friendly, willing to help. -Pay/benefits are good for interns when compared to many other companies. Subsidized housing that is organized through Deere. Year of service towards the company for your pension if you stay full-time.

    Cons

    -No consistency in terms of work being given to interns. Many interns sit around twiddling their thumbs for 40 hours a week, or otherwise doing busywork. Some others get real projects that actually add value for Deere, yet both groups are competing against each other for full-time opportunities. The people who aren't being given real work are just as capable as those who are, but aren't given the opportunity due to poor project selection by managers. In my experience this is true across all functional areas at Deere. -Location. John Deere has had and will continue to have problems attracting top talent due to the locations that they operate in. Locations are rural (ranging from Ottumwa, IA and Coffeyville, KS level up to the Quad Cities) and generally undesirable unless you're from the area and want to stay. Very few college grads in their early 20's with other options are going to pack up and move to Moline. -Lack of transparency towards full-time opportunities. Deere is in a downturn due to the cyclical nature of the industry, and they are very ambiguous as far as how many offers they give. -Most people at Deere have been there for their entire careers, and as a result their is very little diversity of thought in the company. There is an underlying arrogance and thought process that just because the company has been around for almost 180 years, that it will continue to exist "just because", ignoring the competition and challenges in the developing world. Deere's success was built on dominance in large ag in North America, and smaller, more nimble competitors are going to be a headache for Deere in emerging markets.

    Advice to Management

    -More strict requirements for managers to get an intern. Make sure they have real, value-added projects outlined. -Recognize that your brand name alone is not going to get you anywhere in emerging markets.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Assemblers point of view

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of time off. The health insurance is good, but if labor negotiations don't come out favorable that could change soon. Good union support when needed.

    Cons

    Management is not so good, no one seems to know whats going on. They are good at lying to your face.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect, be there when needed, and be more trustworthy.


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  5. Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Moline, IL

    I worked at John Deere (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work Culture, Innovation and Management

    Cons

    Technology , Speed , Career Management and Prospects


  6. Outbound logistics shipper

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Outbound Logistics Shipper in Greeneville, TN
    Former Employee - Outbound Logistics Shipper in Greeneville, TN

    I worked at John Deere full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    John Deere was a household name that carried a reputation for being one of the best products.

    Cons

    The company instead of working with someone to place them in a position at which they would be qualified they choose to terminate.

    Advice to Management

    Use the people that have a desire to better themselves through school and have degrees to back up qualifications.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Business Development

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Business Development in Bettendorf, IA
    Current Employee - Manager, Business Development in Bettendorf, IA

    I have been working at John Deere (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great values and leadership vision

    Cons

    Hard to advance beyond manager level, secret selection process.

    Advice to Management

    Be far more open to how professionals can advance beyond manager roles and what it takes to become a leader.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Credit manager

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    Former Employee - ACM in Johnston, IA
    Former Employee - ACM in Johnston, IA

    I worked at John Deere full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits and environment

    Cons

    Middle management is very weak

    Advice to Management

    Hire leaders instead of managers


  9. Helpful (1)

    Assy. Tech

    Former Employee - ASSY TECH in Grovetown, GA
    Former Employee - ASSY TECH in Grovetown, GA

    I worked at John Deere

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Steady Work, good benefits, pay

    Cons

    Too many temp employees vs permanent

    Advice to Management

    Keep permanent employees instead of Temps


  10. Helpful (6)

    Average work satisfaction and no career growth.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Waterloo, IA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, average health benefits (increase in deductibles yearly), Stable agriculture market giving you better job security compared to other heavy duty diesel engine manufacturers.

    Cons

    Location : in middle of nowhere in Iowa, literally nothing to do unless you farm for fun or have a garage and fix cars/machines. Job satisfaction: Greatly depends on where you work and who you work for. If you happen to work for an horrible boss, then pretty much your career is screwed. Upper management will not support you or even listen to you if you have any negative feedback on your direct manager. Career growth is virtually non-existent and they promote only people who are in the good books and from the ole-boy network. Does not recognize the outside experience or talents. Technologically Deere is way behind with competition on techniques and processes, if you WANT TO LEARN ANYTHING THAT IS NEW AND GROUNDBREAKING LOOK ELSEWHERE. Lack of work from home flexibility (also depends on your direct manager) and rigid vacation carry over policies make the work place even more challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a check on your middle management they are out of control.


  11. Helpful (4)

    John Deere

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at John Deere full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very strong and stable company with core business which is Big Agriculture in North American.

    Cons

    Very weak positions in Europe, China, India, and Brazil. These are all emerging markets that John has to be better at. Technology-wise, the company thinks it is doing well when it is clearly 3-4 years behind competition and 5-6 years behind other technology areas.



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