John Deere

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John Deere Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
555 Reviews
3.8
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John Deere Chairman & CEO Samuel Allen
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company, OK development opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Base Manager
    Current Employee - Supply Base Manager

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, 401k match excellent, plenty of "free" vacation (e.g. 8 business days during Christmas/New Years). People-oriented performance mgmt goals helps drive for people to work together.

    Cons

    Very few Expat opportunities. Most US Positions limited to Midwest. Salary raise system not conventional (1x/yr system generated, can't ask for a raise at any time). Have to usually move out of current position/team/unit to get promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better team alignment between Power Systems, Ag, C&F...other units allowing backdoor selling impacts strategic sourcing with suppliers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work, but not real organized

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lalborer in East Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Lalborer in East Moline, IL

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

    Pros

    Safety is very important here.

    Cons

    Layoffs even after multiple years of employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get all managers on same page.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Employer!!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    John Deere & Company strive to groom talent of their workforce. To that end there is plenty of educational opportunities. The culture is laid back compare to other manufacturing environments that I've been employed.

    Cons

    The salaried employee's healthcare benefits could be better. To my understanding consessions had to be made for the unionized workforce. Being once in a union, I fully understand. I'm wondering how will I be able to protect myself in retirement when those sub-par benefits cease.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Intern Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Good company to work for. You get meaningful projects and make really good connections.

    Cons

    Sometimes your manager is to busy to help you out or coworkers are to busy to help you out

  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    It provides great opportunities for development, especially if you are in the list of "high potentials".

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    The company invests a lot of money personnel development. It is a great company to start after college and learn.
    Work-Life balance is great. Management respects personal time and HR has company-wide policies to guide and enforce compliance.
    In theory, the company has a diversity and inclusion policy to manage talent of all backgrounds.

    Cons

    In order to continue your development and grow, even if you have all the knowledge and skills, you need to develop strong relationship with key individuals in the top management, or keep "lost" in the middle management level until retirement.
    In practice, diversity and inclusion means hiring people from different backgrounds and keep them doing lower level jobs (in relationship with their potential). That gives the top management a peace of mind. They do not care too much about these "diverse" employees think.
    If you are not a charismatic caucasian person, your chances to succeed in top management are very limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot of efforts invested in increasing employee engagement, but top management still promotes only charistmatic people regardless of their results and work ethic. Change your criteria for promotions to include the impact of each candidate on business results. You are not hiring to make a movie in Hollywood.
    Take care of the people that is not in the "high potential" list. They are the one who handle the day to day business and have a great impact in company results. Don't ignore them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A little better than average company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Coffeyville, KS
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Coffeyville, KS

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

    Pros

    Compensation is good, decent at rewarding performance, somewhat laid back small town environment compared to some companies

    Cons

    Smaller location doesn't provide as much chance for local promotion

    Recommends
  8.  

    Intern: excellent work environment with engaging work and employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineering Intern in Urbandale, IA
    Former Employee - Product Engineering Intern in Urbandale, IA

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

    Pros

    - Friendly coworkers
    - Opportunity to do work that provides value to the company
    - Good pay

    John Deere is a company that takes pride in its work, and even moreso in its employees. It's a huge melting pot filled with smart and engaging people. I was never bored nor did I feel like I was doing "paper pushing" type work. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the company!

    Cons

    - Not too many opportunities to network with other Interns outside of work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Moline, IL

    I have been working at John Deere as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very laid back environment, friendly, and good work life balance.

    Cons

    Not a high salary for post grad school employees unless your with IT and the locations are usually in rural areas. Also they organization believes in working your way to the top regardless of your credentials.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand the scope of who are allowed in the leadership program, it is too limited and will not allow many diverse candidates opportunities to become leaders in the organization.

  10.  

    It was an outstanding learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Facilities Engineer in Milan, IL
    Former Employee - Facilities Engineer in Milan, IL

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

    Pros

    Outstanding experience, good mentoring, good pay

    Cons

    to many hours required for part time students

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company lonly location

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Intern in Waterloo, IA

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

    Pros

    local reputation and low cost area

    Cons

    middle of nowhere. need a lot of driving

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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