John Deere Reviews

Updated June 26, 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. 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.


  2. Software Engineer

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    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


  3. Outbound logistics shipper

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    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.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Great company if you have top management relationships

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    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Moline, IL

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

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

    Pros

    It provides a great opportunity to learn and apply your knowledge practically in every area.

    Cons

    Career advancement depends on your relationship with top management. There are stablished processes and tools for employee development, but decisions on promotions are based on who you know.

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of people with great talent that you are not looking at because they do not have relationship with top management. You may have processes that are directed to find those cases, but at the end of the day, promotions are based on relationships.


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (2)

    Business Development

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    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 (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


  9. Helpful (6)

    Average work satisfaction and no career growth.

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    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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    John Deere

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    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    We worked hard with very little positive feed-back.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at John Deere

    Pros

    The company paid well. We had extremely good benefits. The people that were there to work, worked hard. We were offered a lot of overtime and I took as much as was offered me.

    Cons

    The vacation time that you earned, needed to be taken during the company shut-down. Personal time was given at their disgression. People that didn't want to work, spent their day finding things to make them look busy. They talked on their phones, took long bathroom breaks and work breaks. The instructions that one supervisor gave to do your job would be changed by another supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    The people that are working for you have families, bills, and personal lives. We are there to give you the 100% that you are asking for. We see people who don't show up for work or show up late, keep their jobs while we get layed-off. I didn't miss a day or show up late even in snowstorms. I worked overtime and didn't leave early when given the chance. I am now not enjoying being layed-off while they go to work when they feel like it.



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