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Helpful (2)

Not what iit first appeared to be

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Contractor - Customer Service in Madison, WI
Former Contractor - Customer Service in Madison, WI
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at John Deere as a contractor

Pros

Nice training program, great follow up to help achieve superior customer service.

Cons

Company thinks little of retaining loyal employees. Tends to lay off perm workers and temp staff frequently to rehire later at a lessor rate. Horrible insurance package for the amount of money the company brings in. Insurance benefits are set for young people who never have to go to doctor and too expensive for those who do.

Advice to Management

Like many companies, corporate profit is more important than what original founder set company to be.

Other Employee Reviews for John Deere

  1. Helpful (3)

    Tries to do the right thing but out of its depth

    Current Employee - Manager in Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Moline, IL

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Deere management demonstrates integrity and earnest action. Eventually, they always seem to land in the right place. Deere promotes from within almost without exception and tries to treat employees fairly. The company is flexible with employees, trains managers well, and pays well.

    Cons

    Despite what many think, Deere is not an engineers' company. Management most often has an Accounting background. This fact, coupled with its Midwestern heritage and the need to maintain large factories and dealer networks, creates a firm that is suspicious of new ideas. What passes as innovation at Deere can usually be found in a decade old textbook. Strategy is non-existent, formulated as a profit objective. Luckily for Deere, it owns the goose that laid the golden egg. It operates in a profitable sector and over time has developed certain assets like its brand that continue to pay handsome dividends. As a result, getting ahead at Deere is being the kind of person who maintains things rather than changes them, a person who builds slowly and carefully as part of a large team, rather than a doer who executes brilliant solutions. Think charismatic ex-football player who majored in Accounting and grew up on a farm, and you got the perfect Deere employee. If you know this going in, Deere is good. If you fight this mentality, good luck to you.

    Advice to Management

    Your markets are changing. You need to create a culture where new and even uncomfortable ideas can be talked about openly without risking a career limiting move. Not too far in the distant future, you will find that the right career limiter should be on those who are too quiet, those who seek to maintain consensus too often, rather than those who can think quickly and pursue challenging solutions.


  2. Supply Chain Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Supply Management in Waterloo, IA
    Former Intern - Supply Management in Waterloo, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at John Deere as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    * Great opportunities to learn about the company * Cross-functional group projects * Great pay and benefits * Everyone is super nice and very approachable

    Cons

    * Some interns require certain software and this can take a LONG time to get approved and set up on the computer. * Sometime you have to work overtime...but often times will have trouble getting the overtime approved with HR

    Advice to Management

    Try and have computers set up with needed software before arrival.


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