John Deere

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It is time for an assertive changeout of the aging management at Deere.

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Current Employee - Manager
Current Employee - Manager

I have been working at John Deere

Pros

Deere is perpetually known as the place where an aging employee population will create opportunity for new entrants.

Cons

The aging entrenched and of step middle and upper management will not depart to make room for needed new thinking let alone new people unless they look, act, and think like the existing management. Deere does not welcome change. The average tenure at the company is among the highest in the world. The company points to this with pride. It was a good thing when the world wasn't interconnected as it is today. Managers return from overseas assignments without learning any new language skills. Mid-career new hires are not assigned mentors or coaches. Newly minted university graduates are assigned mentors that reside thousands of miles away from their worksites.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Give aging managers packages and allow them to leave with dignity. Far too much young blood comes, gets trained, and then leaves as they come to realize there is no room for them to move up. You have several mutually exclusionary choices: 1.Either, cease recruiting from the top academic programs where high expectations for meaningful and rapid advancement are the norm or, continue landing top talent and make room for them. 2. Stay within Deere's comfort zone and find less ambitious talent that are a better match for Deere's hierarchical succession practices.

No one is winning in the current hire, train, lose, and then rerecruit environment that exists at Deere.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Deere - Is the grass green?

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Great ethical company. Typically when a tough moral decision is to be made, I am confident the decision will align with my ideals. Seeing the products you build on the highways and farms and knowing you are helping others improve and enjoy their lifestyles is rewarding. Colleges and workmates have great character and are fun to work with. Most everyone tries to enjoy their job.

    Cons

    Work Work Work. 10-12 hr days are the norm, and 14-16 hr days are extremely common. Work life balance is promoted and discussed at employee meetings and reviewed during evaluations, but when it comes down to your raise and promotions...if you have a work life balance, you aren't getting a raise or promotion. Regulations, Standards, and Processes are getting out of control. Everywhere you turn processes and procedures are not being followed due to the lack of manpower and time to complete correctly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management (corporate) is looking in the right direction. Senior Management at the factory levels interpret their directions differently. Keep everyone on the same page, be consistent, and know your direction as to keep from changing it each quarter. Recognition for a job well done is appropriate, it costs pennies compared to the dollars returned.

    Approves of CEO
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    Si vous souhaitez avoir des responsabilités et prendre des initiatives personnelles, ce n'est pas le bon endroit. If you look for responsabilities and personal initiatives, it's not the place to be

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    Former Employee - Responsable des ventes district
    Former Employee - Responsable des ventes district

    I worked at John Deere full-time (more than an year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Le salaire était correct et l'ambiance générale amicale. Les formations sont relativement régulières et la direction respecte l'équilibre vie professionnelle / vie privée puisque le travail de la maison est accepté.

    Beaucoup de déplacements.

    Salary was descent and the general athmosphere was friendly. Trainings are quite regular and management respects the work/life balance as home office is accepted.
    Lot of travels.

    Cons

    En tant que directeur commercial, j'avais le sentiment de travailler pour une grande administration extrêmement hiérarchisée. La direction est parfaite / imparfaite et les initiatives personnelles ne sont pas valorisées du tout. Cela pourrait être qualifié de "gestion hors de contrôle" dans laquelle vous ne représentez qu'un numéro parmi 60 000 autres. En conséquence, la structure est très lente à répondre aux besoins du marché. Je pensais que les entreprises américaines étaient plus favorable à la gestion participative, mais je suppose que j'avais tort. Les procédures sont votre vie quotidienne et vous vous sentez vraiment sous-employé.

    En tant qu'accélérateur de transport, il semblait assez difficile d'évoluer rapidement au sein de la structure, en raison de l'énorme politisation de la société et des difficultés à montrer ses qualités à cause de toute la bureaucratie.

    As a sales manager, I had the feeling that I was working for a big administration with so many reporting levels. The management is very top / down and personal initiatives are not valued at all. We could call it a "control freak management" and you just feel you are a number amongst the 60000 others. As a consequence the structure is very slow to answer the market. I thought American companies were more into participative management, but I guess I was wrong. Procedures are your daily life and you clearly feel underemployed.
    As a carrier booster, it looked quite hard to evolve quickly in the structure, due to a lot of politics inside the company and the difficulties to show your qualities because of all the bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considérez vos employés et clients comme des vrais acteurs de votre entreprise. Ne demandez pas aux gens de se concentrer sur les clients alors que le message implicite est de se concentrer sur les actionnaires.

    Il faut plus de confiance et aussi plus d

    Consider your employees and customers as real actors of the business. Don't ask people to focuse on customers when the implicite message is "focus on the shareholder".
    More trust is needed and also a more bottom up management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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