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Steeped in old-school politics...a career black hole

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Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Moline, IL
Former Employee - Project Manager in Moline, IL

I worked at John Deere

Pros

Used to be a decent place to work before shareholders became the sole measurement of success. Decent work hours and decent compensation for the Midwest. Not too much commute time typically. Stable company for the time-being.

Cons

A political nightmare. The same middle managers rotate around to newly "reorganized" positions. The company does not leverage or value new ideas or new talents, but say they do. They like to gain outside recognition for this, but it doesn't happen internally. Be ready for a day of frustrating, unproductive meetings that prevent you from getting your actual work done. Multiple managers with dotted line reporting provide conflicting input on your work, sending you in circles with no accomplishment, then peg you at review time for not getting things done. The focus has changed from valuing employees to valuing the shareholders. Poor morale, people stuck in the same jobs for 20+ years, and constant talk of how soon they can retire. Deere is typically the only game in town, and treats its employees as such. The "good-old-boy" network cannot be broken unless you figure out how to play the game. Political landmines everywhere, and only those in management know where they are at. If no personal growth, no real advancement opportunities, and frustrating politics are your goal, this may be the place for you.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Create an open environment where new ideas and new people are valued. Eliminate the protocol and politics, and get your management to let things happen instead of trying to control everything and everyone. Put value back on the employee and their family. Clean up the stifling culture, and let things move at a reasonable pace.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Pro: Location Con: Location

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    Current Employee - Internal Audit Intern  in  Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Internal Audit Intern in Moline, IL

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    John Deere really values their employees. The pay they offer employees is equal to competitors in big citiies, but John Deere's locations' cost of living is much less than a big city. So your effectively making a lot more than you would in most other locations.

    Cons

    If you're looking to work in a big city you will have a hard time doing that at Deere. Many people are not excited about working in Moline, IL or Waterloo, IA and Deere loses out on top graduates because of their locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company for white males, not too ambitious.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Waterloo, IA

    I worked at John Deere

    Pros

    Good pay in low cost of living locations. Good benefits and time off policies. Access to development & training. Low work hours generally, unless working on a deadline. Good sick pay policies too.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity to advance. Very conservative environment, management scared to act. Women are not respected generally and don't often advance - they leave the company instead. Company talks about diversity a lot but doesn't actually get that diversity includes diversity of opinion and methods.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees for a change. Look at managers with high turnover - something is wrong. Why are women leaving the company constantly?

    Disapproves of CEO
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