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DuPont Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler
Paul E. Schickler
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    Currently unstable due to downturn in seed business and DuPont corporate restructuring

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    I worked at DuPont Pioneer


    Pioneer has a long-standing reputation of being an “employer of choice” in Des Moines, offering competitive compensation, good benefits, excellent career advancement opportunities and an outstanding corporate culture exemplified by “The Long Look”. There is a real sense of community at Pioneer; employees are proud of their company, support their team and are willing to put in extraordinary effort to do the best job possible.


    A downturn in the seed business has resulted in numerous layoffs tarnishing Pioneer’s reputation for employment stability. A bigger concern is DuPont’s growing influence over Pioneer and the negative impact this has on Pioneer’s culture, growth efficiency and autonomy.

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    Let Nelson Peltz break DuPont apart and get rid of it’s inefficient bureaucracy

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DuPont Pioneer Interviews

Updated Jan 11, 2015
Updated Jan 11, 2015

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    Production Technician Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at DuPont Pioneer.

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    Must fill out on line application through DuPont as they own Pioneer.
    web site can be difficult to navigate. often wonder if your submissions get lost in the IT desert and never to be seen again.
    They auto sort by outside third party that will also conduct a phone interview. If you pass this and they will tell you on the phone they will then schedule you for a face to face.
    Face to face is a three person panel one from management one from HR and a Representative from production in the plant. This is a scored interview according g to how questions are answered not sure how they score as the same answer can get different scores in every interview.

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DuPont Pioneer Awards & Accolades

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Best Places to Work (Large) (#2), The Scientist, 2011
Best Cities For Young Professionals (Des Moines, IA), Forbes, 2011

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Headquarters Johnston, IA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1999
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $1 to $5 million (USD) per year

Forget T-bills and mutual funds. Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a subsidiary of chemical giant DuPont, guarantees the best yields around. One of the world's largest commercial seed producers, Pioneer uses genetic research to develop hybrid seeds designed to produce higher crop yields for farmers. The company produces seed for soybean, sunflower, canola, rice, sorghum, alfalfa, and wheat, as well as forage and grain additives. It also offers an array of ag services, including crop management and agronomy. The company's acquisition by DuPont in 1999 allowed Pioneer to grow... More

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