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Conservative Company with solid foundation

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horicon, WI
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horicon, WI

I have been working at John Deere

Pros

John Deere is a very stable company with ties in the agriculture market that is the money maker and backbone of the business. Have a strong upper management with a good vision that is goal driven to the future in order to be successful and stay competitive.

Cons

Conservative company (can be viewed as bad/good), new ideas and innovative ideas are sometimes difficult sell. Locations for work are not highly sought after places to live. Promotions can be limited and not all locations are aligned for employee and management structure with regards to pay and labor grades.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need to focus on bringing in young leaders in the business and developing them into becoming future leaders. Hiring contract workers for important positions is short term thinking and need to bring in and offer full time employment to retain strong employees.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Intern in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Relaxed environment
    Job stability
    Everyone loves their job
    Promotion opportunities

    They also treat their employees like gold, and their intern program is great.

    Cons

    Locations aren't that great if you like the city. However, if you're from an Ag background or don't care for huge cities this company is perfect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I truly have no complaints when it comes down to management. There are some politics, but nothing major that would/should alter your decision.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was once a great company - now, just a nice start to a career somewhere better

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Compensation is pretty fair for the area, but heavily weighted towards an end-of-year bonus. Low-performers are almost never dealt with, with means that advancement, up to a point, is pretty easy if you put in the effort and try to do your job. If you like living in the midwest (I do) this is one of the better compensated places you can go. There is also the chance to move around within the company with a good relo package to offset some of the costs associated with moving for work. At the supervisor level, they will even buy out you house to get you down the road faster.

    Cons

    Politically, a complete nightmare. I have never worked someplace where there were so many landmines to avoid. Also, expect complete shock if you ever express a desire to do something different or work at another company. Most Deere folks are so brainwashed they think that Deere is the ONLY place anyone should ever want to work. Its certainly a good job, but it is not the same, great, employee-focused place it was in the past. Current management practice is to pay lip-service to the importance of employees to the organization, while constantly "refining" the formula used to calculate bonuses and raises so that you make the same or less each year regardless your performance. Benefits have really taken a hit in the last several years as well, first with a significant change to the health insurance (that resulted in a lawsuit from a group of retirees) and then with a significant cut to the 401K matching plan. The ONLY way to really see a noticeable change in your compensation from year to year is to continue to get promoted. That means you see an organization where every other year people are jumping to new jobs. Continuity within functional areas is horrible. The person you are working with on a project today won't be there tomorrow, and you had better plan to find your next role the day after that if you don't want to be labelled as someone who isn't capable of moving up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have got to find a way to reward people for doing a good job in the role they are in instead of encouraging people to start looking for their next role as soon as possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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