DuPont Pioneer

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DuPont Pioneer Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
126 Reviews
3.7
126 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.  

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Intern in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer

    Pros

    The people I was able to work with were fantastic. Had a great experience being an intern for them. Always had good direction.

    Cons

    I don't really have any cons. I worked for this business for a short time. I enjoyed the time I spent there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Production Tech

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Technician
    Current Employee - Production Technician

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer

    Pros

    benefits and pay are not too bad for the area, most employees are great to work with

    Cons

    employee review practices for raises and compensation, employees forced to take on responsibilities far beyond their job description or pay grade.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward the employees based on work performance and overall responsibilities regardless of job grade or title.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Satisfying and yet bored fast pace with little to do at times

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer

    Pros

    1. Above average pay for the area.
    2. Above average benefits for the area.
    3. Very safety oriented
    4. Opportunities to learn other jobs if you have the initiative to learn and do.

    Cons

    1. Often times to many rules that are outdated and not revised to reflect the current state of events.
    2. Management disconnected from production, reviews given by people that do not work with you only get information on your performance from second hand sources.
    3. Has become a fear driven culture over the 5+ i have been here at this location.
    4. clearly a separation of plant and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to listen and use active listening skills. Don't just nod and "yep" the conversation along. This does no one any good and gives the impression you don't care anyway

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid internship program

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing for innovation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Global company with a changing culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer

    Pros

    very good people, culture of learning - not cut throat.

    Cons

    culture changing to large corporate since bought by dupont.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great JOB, under appreciated.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant

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

    Pros

    great pay, hours and work environment. the team aspect was very conducive to good work. very focused on safety.

    Cons

    Upper management sees contractors as very dispensable and do not value them. very focused on safety.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Safety is a slogan

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Laporte, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Laporte, CO

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer full-time

    Pros

    Many competent engineers to help from DuET

    Cons

    Managers are skirt chasers who promote women.

    Low ethics for managers.

    One mistake - no warning- competent employees get fired.

    Safety in words is paramount with elaborate investigations, but discovered root causes are censored by plant managers.

    Respect for People, the core value, is a sham. It only means respect boss' favorite ladies and Him, because he is the God.

    Managers' Cronies are rewarded at every opportunity. Competent people who differ in opinion with their managers are chastised.

    Don't be a male working for Dupont, just wear a skirt and suck up to the manager and your success is guaranteed.

    Divide and Rule different deparents and individuals is the mantra of the managers.

    Fire your competent people as consulting companies at 10x higher cost can do marginal work.

    Just don't be a thinker, as you can hire a consultant to do a marginal job.

    If you really are "Committed to Zero", help the manager in shutting and possibly shuttering the plant down. A closed plant means no incidents or accidents.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of sand and dump the so called core values. If you want to maintain these, practice and enforce what you preach.

    Hire competent managers from the outside.

    Stop the brain drain by forcing competent people to retire, quit, or firing them. Consulting firms is not really a good at all times.

    Have checks and balances on your managers' chasing favoring women who may be attractive or providing some sexual favors.

    Respect employees who may have an opinion not shared by managers.

    Stop treating managers like gods.

    Pay respect to the shareholders for making money.

    Stop acting like a government. Be less bureaucratic and work as a corporation who wants to make money for the shareholders.

    Establish a whistleblower line and act on what the whistleblowers complain off.

    Try to stop cronyism and favoritism by the managers by establishing independent committees that promote individuals based on merit, some risk taking, and independent thinking that is not biased by unit or plant managers.

    Try team building for a change rather than Divide and Conquer principle amongst individuals in the same department and different departments. That just protects marginal managers.

    Coach the managers to stop playing God. Establish a warning system, where competent employees do not get fired for first mistake because they are males or are not the male boss' favorites.

    Trivial safety comments cannot let a large project stop unless a a multi day "What If" or elaborate but sham trivial investigation is conducted.

    Make money for shareholders by being productive and efficient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    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 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

  10.  

    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 a 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
  11.  

    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 a 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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