DuPont Pioneer Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. Great Internship Experience

    Former Intern - Intern in Johnston, IA
    Former Intern - Intern in Johnston, IA

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Friendly people
    Freedom over the direction of your assignment
    Flexible hours
    Want you to succeed - cares about what you get out of the internship
    Opportunity to learn outside of your area

    Cons

    Office culture isn't the most exciting - but what company is?
    Difficult things happening internally - a bit awkward at times
    Confusion between DuPont & DuPont Pioneer

    Advice to Management

    I didn't interact with upper-management very much, with the exception of my direct supervisor so I don't feel as if I have much to say about this.

  2. High-paced, Well-Compensated Research Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, IA

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits
    Very friendly company culture
    I appreciate the local people here and find it to be a very collegial atmosphere
    Manager flexible and easy to work with, good work-life balance
    Colleagues are fun to work with.

    Cons

    Smaller crops get short shrift compared to the giants of maize and soybean.
    Benefits are not as great as they used to be with the realignment to be more in line with DuPont's benefits
    In my opinion, the overemphasis on maize has led to an "all eggs in one basket" problem, very much an issue now with the low price of corn.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify your crop portfolio!

  3. There's good work life balance but that's pretty much it.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Research in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    not much comes to mind

    Cons

    It's a white male Dom company. Mgmt has no vision and this is not a place if u r a free thinker and come up with new ideas. Glass ceiling very obvious for minorities and women. Company is very good at following competition and has difficulty being a leader. Even internal surveys has pointed it out but mgmt looks the other way. In all, if u r looking for a challenging career with recognition for ur work then this is NOT the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    It's important to own up to mistakes and take responsibility. Because of failure of leadership the employees have to face adversity.

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  5. Solid internship program

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Seed Science in Johnston, IA
    Former Intern - Seed Science in Johnston, IA

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very involved internship program that allows you to see all aspects of the company
    Competitive pay
    Steady hours - but had opportunities for more if I wanted
    Thought provoking work - they are always looking for new and better ways to do things
    Extra training and seminars for continued learning
    Campus has many amenities
    Emphasis on employee safety
    Great coworkers and supervisors

    Cons

    No complaints, very positive experience

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing for innovation

  6. temp worker in quality lab

    Current Contractor - Quality Control Associate in Dallas Center, IA
    Current Contractor - Quality Control Associate in Dallas Center, IA

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    great people with strong education backgrounds. fun campus work environment, internationally recognized company

    Cons

    dull work experiences and tasks in testing-production style lab. Depending on time of year and harvest season, work can be extremely busy or quiet. Not a lot of consistency

  7. Overall worthwhile experience, learned a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Maize Product Development in Johnston, IA
    Former Intern - Maize Product Development in Johnston, IA

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Safety is a huge concern but not overwhelming, have a huge opportunity to take control of your own research project, caring employees and great work atmosphere.

    Cons

    No time off for interns, other companies pay a bit better, not allowed the full benefits (Ex use of the on campus work out facilities) even if working in headquarters

  8. Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Desktop Support Analyst in Des Moines, IA
    Current Contractor - Desktop Support Analyst in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer as a contractor (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to work, everyone here is friendly an supportive.

    Cons

    Most IT positions here are contractors with little chance to go perm. It would be nice to have vacation, paid time off, hospital insurance.

    Advice to Management

    Will have a more dedicated staff if they receive some type of benefits with a stable environment.

  9. Great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Johnston, IA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Johnston, IA

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people with great work ethics. Also a very good vacation plan. Culture is one of the best in Des Moines.

    Cons

    Too many contractors. Sometimes it felt like DuPont was trying to control everything Pioneer was trying to do. Not necessarily for the better.

  10. Great Company with a Solid Core

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Johnston, IA
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Johnston, IA

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed DuPont Pioneer for their unified core values.
    I like that they are an established company.
    They seem way head of the game in biotech with their amazing facilities.
    The design process was pretty agile which is something I value in software development.

    Cons

    They are not a software company at heart, but they are doing well with IT anyway.
    Like any company there are times when you have to deal with teams that have other priorities which can delay progress.

    Advice to Management

    Continue engaging with your employees to challenge them to do their best.

  11. Great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Johnston, IA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Johnston, IA

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for with talented and friendly coworkers. Lots of opportunity within the company and flexibility. In my experience, micro-management is minimal and there is significant freedom in how you accomplish your work.

    Cons

    As with any employer, there are some less than desirable people in the mix, but especially with a large company, personality conflicts and politics are unavoidable.

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