John Deere Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
539 Reviews
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Pros
  • Seems to promote a work life balance-there are quite a few married couples here (in 74 reviews)

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


Cons
  • no work life balance for people working in factories (in 14 reviews)

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

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    John Deere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Grovetown, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Grovetown, GA

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

    Pros

    Great tuition aid, decent pay, caring employees.

    Cons

    You will not advance unless you are willing to relocate multiple times. Training is almost nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit putting production over quality, listen to the workforce, they are willing to help if you would let them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Former Contingent Product Engineer (2 years)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at John Deere

    Pros

    - Work life balance

    - Great learning experience for new grads

    - Job Security

    - A few very nice and helpful PhDs willing to lead and guide young engineers

    Cons

    - Contingent employee's treated like second class citizens

    - Contingent employee's have limited intelligence on what the team and companies objectives are

    - Waterloo/Cedar Falls area

    - Integrators of other competitors technology from lack of innovate culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Advice to Deere H.R. would be rethink your criteria when searching for talent.

    - Advice to Management would be, if your senior engineer is not demonstrating capabilities to manage others.... please dont develop them by assigning him to manage contingent employee's only. In the long run word will get out to others and your talent pool will fall behind your competitors.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quality Engineer (Contract)

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance. Decent pay, access to development and training. Company values your opinion and feedback.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity to advance. Despite my best efforts in getting certifications, supporting multiple product launches could not convert my role into full time due to very conservative nature of the management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Started with fantastic managers but subsequent managers were nightmares

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Moline, IL

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

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits and compensation. Variety of locations to work at across the globe. For the most part, company does look after their employees.

    Cons

    Still very traditional in certain areas especially as it relates to female employees. Has inconsistent work-life balance practices. Most managers aren't properly trained and can be quite unprofessional. Lots of "It's not my job" people. Upper management tends to ignore problems until there are major issues like 1/2 of the department leaving for other jobs because of managers. Difficult to move up the corporate ladder if a mid-career hire. Technology-wise very slow to adapt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through with yearly employee satisfaction survey issues and spend as much time promoting an employee to a managerial position as you do hiring employees. Improve the HR process when dealing with employees and managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good pay, decent job, but being a contingent employee is not fun

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contingent Quality Engineer in Ankeny, IA
    Former Employee - Contingent Quality Engineer in Ankeny, IA

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

    Pros

    -Working for JD is a good resume builder and a good way to get some experience.
    -Pay was also good for a starting engineer in the area.
    -Work/life balance in my role was good, but I see others who can't say the same.

    Cons

    -It can be difficult sometimes working with the union workforce when you have employees who won't do ANYTHING outside of what is specifically spelled out in their work contract. But most guys aren't that strict as long as you have a good relationship with them.
    -Changes happen sooo slowly. Minor changes to prints can take months or longer.
    -Many employees (wage and salary) are lazy or have terrible attitudes
    -Too many engineers think that their degree makes them better than the wage workers
    -Career opportunities for contingents is almost non-existent unless you're willing to put in 2-3 years, all the time hoping a job opens up (unless you want to move around to all the different plants)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Start trimming the fat a little more. You lose some amazing talent when you treat contingents like second-rate citizens but keep sub-par salary people just because they are already on the payroll.
    -Help your team leaders get rid of bad wage employees. There are plenty of people milking the FMLA system and nobody does anything about it. Theft is also not addressed. But also when everyone knows there's a bad employee, the company just keeps moving them around. Some people are just not cut out for manufacturing/production work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Manufacturing Engineer I

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Waterloo, IA

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

    Pros

    Good Work Life Balance
    Co workers are nice.
    Excellent work atmosphere.
    Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Not enough guidance on projects
    Need to work on management a lot more.
    Not that great place to stay.
    Salary compensation is not that great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Ethics
    Values of company
    benifits
    work life balance is good if you are working in tech center

    Cons

    office culture depends on which location you are
    low level politics
    promotions are not based on your work
    no work life balance for people working in factories

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value your employees

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience with no excitement

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    Current Employee - Supply Management in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Supply Management in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at John Deere part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Good pay, even as a Part-Time Student
    -Vacation
    - Great people
    - Family culture
    - Flexible work hours

    Cons

    - Interns get paid way more, doing the same work
    - Desk job
    - No excitement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to make the office environment more inviting.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Steady and stable; there's not much in the way of excitement but there is consistency in what they do.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay and the people are pretty friendly. Benefits are excellent. The company is a leader in its industry and has a strong brand that a lot of people know and its nice to be associated with. The tuition reimbursement offerings are reasonable, 15K a year w/ 3 year clawback for masters.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to get consistent direction from leadership in some areas of the company. Because it is so difficult to get fired; I feel that there are some people who are absolutely horrible at what they do who are not let go but instead shoved into departments or units that are regarded as backwaters. The company is very slow moving in regards to change and adopting new ideas. The training classes I have taken have all been very mediocre. There are very few locations to work at which are in major metropolitan areas, but I guess that is given since most of our customers are in rural areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a more concerted effort to retain, engage, and challenge younger employees. There are a lot of employees who have been with the company for 30 - 40 years who have effectively checked out. These are not the mentors and leaders that young employees look up to. Bold mentors and fearless leaders are needed to teach us the ropes, challenge us, and convince us that this company can innovate and take risks to stay ahead of the competition. Do not let fear and the old-school mentality to protect the brand at all costs get in the way of stifling innovation.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Overall enjoyed

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Moline, IL

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, overtime and good working environment.

    Cons

    Lay-offs, too many people who are unorganized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more training when hiring or going to a new position and more advancement when performance is high.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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