John Deere Reviews

Updated June 21, 2015
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John Deere Chairman & CEO 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. Wiring Harness Design Engineer

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

    I have been working at John Deere (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good company to work with

    Cons

    Nothing as I see, Company is good


  2. Manufacturing Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at John Deere (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Challenging work
    - Big focus on learning and development
    - Great people and good management

    Cons

    - Locations are not ideal. If you don't like living in the middle of nowhere in Iowa then it's not for you.
    - Short staffed in many locations.

    Advice to Management

    Start staffing your factories properly


  3. Amazing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    People are great, pay is great.

    Cons

    A lot of country folk, if you don't like that then it's probably not for you


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  5. PV&V Engineer Review

    Former Employee - PV&V Engineer in Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - PV&V Engineer in Dubuque, IA

    I worked at John Deere

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for with great people.

    Cons

    None. Maybe if you hate Dubuque.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great Co-Workers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in East Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in East Moline, IL

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

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

    Pros

    All around great people to work with
    Healthy mix of people with and without Ag backgrounds but everyone is passionate about what they do
    I worked in R&D and it was great to have a company supportive of pursuing patents and recognize employees for their IP
    Training is great both inside and external
    Its nice to make a difference in something as important as trying to help feed the world

    Cons

    There are two ladders for advancement (like many companies) management and technology. Deere has not figured out how to reward those on a technology career path. It can be near impossible to advance on the technology ladder. Which is sad because agriculture only continues to grow with respect to technology, and a lot of incredibly talented technology people find themselves banging their heads on technology ceiling, only to stay there for long periods of time, or switch to the management ladder, or leave the company.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the technology ladder before all the people you've heavily invested in over the last decade leave for greener pastures.


  7. Design Engineering Intern

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at John Deere as an intern

    Pros

    Great place to work at, work on actual projects, not just basic intern work.

    Cons

    Can get too involved in work, they try and work on work-life balance but it just is not there yet

    Advice to Management

    Keep eyes and ears open for different talent that you might want to keep around, people that are passionate about their work


  8. Design

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    the whole experience is great and worth trying.

    Cons

    Nothing is bad about the company


  9. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Dubuque, IA

    I have been working at John Deere full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of areas to move to

    Cons

    Must go to business side for real advancement

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more technical paths


  10. Six Sigma Master Black Belt

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Six Sigma Master Black Belt in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Six Sigma Master Black Belt in Moline, IL

    I worked at John Deere

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

    Pros

    Great company overall. Solid and take of their people in general

    Cons

    Politics at the headquarters. Watch out if you have a vengeful female superior

    Advice to Management

    Advance your best and ignore their race or sex. Deere has a slight diversity-bias.


  11. Stability, engaging work, with work/life balance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Fargo, ND

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Deere is a visionary, high-tech company with lots of collaboration between different locations worldwide. There are opportunities to travel abroad for employees interested in that. The work is challenging and engaging, and most managers value the work/life balance of themselves and their teams.

    Cons

    The size can make it slow to integrate new technology, instead opting for proven and reliable technology that support its tradition of quality.

    Advice to Management

    Continue looking for ways to allow employees to innovate. While we get to work on fairly new technologies, some of our people have great ideas that they don't know how to move forward with.



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