DuPont Pioneer

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DuPont Pioneer Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
120 Reviews
3.8
120 Reviews
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DuPont Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits and work/life balance (always at manager's discretion so YMMV) (in 10 reviews)

  • There used to be pros, good benefits, great working environment, you enjoyed coming to work (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, not enough employees to cover work load in certain areas (in 9 reviews)

  • The upper management tells us we need to work harder, when we are already working our hardest (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    temp worker in quality lab

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

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

  2.  

    Overall worthwhile experience, learned a lot

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

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

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Internship Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Agronomy Intern
    Former Employee - Agronomy Intern

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

    Pros

    Leadership, growth within company, training set up well. Intern orientation was great. Networking with many upper level people was very easy.

    Cons

    At times it seemed the safety policies could be looked at again for times sake. Watching of employees and trust within

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more interest in the lowly intern.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Flexible schedule, great benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

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

    Pros

    It's an established company with top quality biotech equipment and facilities. They are very safety oriented and are mindful of their core values.

    Cons

    Work hours during peak times can cut into work-life balance, but there is plenty of down time during other times of the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better transparency about company wide changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company with a Solid Core

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer

    Pros

    Great place to work at, good work life balance and great benefits

    Cons

    Cannot think of very many cons.

  10.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Hayward, CA

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

    Pros

    co workers are nice to work with

    Cons

    sometime is fast-paced but sometime is very slow.

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