John Deere
3.7 of 5 407 reviews
www.deere.com Moline, IL 5000+ Employees

John Deere Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.7 407 reviews

                             

90% Approve of the CEO

John Deere Chairman & CEO Samuel Allen

Samuel Allen

(210 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Seems to promote a work life balance-there are quite a few married couples here"
    in 50 reviews
  • "Decent pay and benefits, relaxed work enviroment"
    in 13 reviews
Cons:
  • "Lack diversity, work life balance"
    in 10 reviews
  • "The "good-old-boy" network cannot be broken unless you figure out how to play the game"
    in 7 reviews
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Not as good as it used to be.

Assembler (Former Employee)
Horicon, WI

I worked at John Deere full-time for less than a year

ProsFarmers think you're cool. Interesting to see how things are made.

ConsTerrible management, only try to hire supplemental(seasonal) employees, large gap in pay and benefits between supplemental and core employees, forced to join a union, get to see all the cost-cutting that affects quality.

Advice to Senior ManagementI can only speak about the management at JD Horicon Works. Be honest and upfront with your employees. I eventually stopped believing anything management told me because they would always change their stories or pass the blame to someone else when things would fall apart.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at John Deere

ProsGained a wealth of experience in a manufacturing setting

ConsSupervisors' were sometimes unapproachable an inconsistent

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Quality of the experience depends entirely on who you happen to work for

Product Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at John Deere full-time for more than 10 years

ProsI recommend this company only because so many alternatives are worse.
I used to love coming to work. Now I hate it. I was in the top 2% of performers a couple years ago, but now I'm in the bottom 1% (on purpose). All because of who I work for and the structure of the surrounding organization.

ConsThe latest HR kick is trying to satisfy disgruntled engineers by offering a "Knowledge Leadership Path". This tries to prove that a technical career path is possible. Too bad the folks responsible for head count keep saying "oh, but we're not actually putting staff in those areas".

Advice to Senior ManagementPpffft...Enough with the corporate fads already. Start actually thinking and managing rather than listening to the most popular Dilbert comic of the week.

I am activly looking for work elsewhere. I'm still here because I'm picky about location, and because the offers I've received haven't been quite good enough to introduce me to "the devil I don't know". The compensation offered has been higher though....

I love browsing the online job ads at work! Just to show you how much I care!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to work for!

Supply Chain (Former Employee)
Moline, IL

I worked at John Deere as an intern for less than a year

ProsEnjoyable environment and great co-workers!

ConsDoesn't have a lot fun in the town the company located

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease continue the implementation of SAP.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company

Mechanical Engineering (Former Employee)
Waterloo, IA

I worked at John Deere as an intern for less than a year

ProsI worked in Tractor Cab Assembly Operations, Waterloo, IA during summber 2013. The colleagues are nice and helpful. The work time is 7 am to 3 pm everyday. You can do a lot afterwork stuffs.

ConsThe facility is far from the city center. Employees need to commute everyday. Not much choice for lunch, a bit noisy inside the building.

Advice to Senior ManagementReduce noise and enrich lunch selection.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to work for

ENGINEER (Current Employee)
Waterloo, IA

I have been working at John Deere full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat working condition, opportunity for advancement, customer focused and talented pool of individuals

ConsLack diversity, work life balance

Advice to Senior ManagementWork on hiring more diverse groups of people

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great colleagues. some good management. executive management is great

Lead Engineer (Current Employee)
Grovetown, GA

I have been working at John Deere full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThere are some very talented people here that you can learn from. And the tools required are generally provided.

ConsEngineering is required to manage supply management, testing, order fulfillment, etc. and follow up to make sure their jobs are done on time and well enough. Quality team does very little and demands others do their work. Some managers are difficult to work with ( as anywhere). Innovation is touted, but if it wasn't thought of or used there already, forget about it... innovation is only a buzz word. If you come from another industry, and bring something they have never heard of, it is viewed with suspicion and discounted immediately.

Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize that mistakes are made in promoting people to management positions. PErhaps returning someone to a technical career path would prevent people leaving so often. Work load is ridiculously high in some locations and ridiculously low in others. Waterloo is easy to do nothing as an Engineer, and thrive and in Grovetown it is impossible to complete the work on time and well . balancing the workload and number of personnel across the enterprise would go a long way.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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So far so good

IT Early Development Program (Current Employee)
Moline, IL

I have been working at John Deere full-time for more than a year

ProsUnlimited potential for growth.

Many opportunities for continuous learning.

ConsPeople in the development program are often not looked at as full time employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementChange the perception of people in the development program.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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sumer internship in worldwide headquarter is nice.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at John Deere

Prosgood environment, a lot of things going on

Consnot so much connection with people from other departments.

Advice to Senior Managementnone.

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Great Company - Hard to Get In

IV Jobs = IV Titles (Former Employee)
Moline, IL

I worked at John Deere full-time for less than a year

ProsVery positive, forward thinking group; you'll get what you need to get the job done; work/life balance attitude is great.

ConsUses temp/contingent help too much. It is very hard to get in for a regular job.

Advice to Senior ManagementI've been back to JD 4 times to work on various projects but still can't get regular work there. Open the doors, please!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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