John Deere

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John Deere Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.7 462 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

John Deere Chairman & CEO Samuel Allen

Samuel Allen

(236 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Seems to promote a work life balance-there are quite a few married couples here(in 54 reviews)

  • Decent pay and benefits, relaxed work enviroment(in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack diversity, work life balance(in 10 reviews)

  • Lots of middle management, navigating of bureaucratic meetings-oriented matrix culture(in 12 reviews)

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    Ok if you want to live in the Midwest and don't care about pay

    Computer Engineering Intern (Former Employee) Waterloo, IA

    ProsThey have good values, and really care about their employees and customers. I don't think Deere lays people off due to their conservative hiring practices.

    ConsThe location, the pay, the culture (very corporate). You have to wear business casual everyday, and must fill out a timecard as a salaried employee. As a computer engineer, the pay is not competitive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of all the bureaucracy and make pay competitive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stagnant, closed culture finally is able to choke Deere's innovation....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat 401(K), pension, which is hard to find in industry, comparable salary if bonus is added, great work-life balance

    ConsMiddle management, specially in IT, is always pushing personal agenda. Future vision is cluttered with how to build an empire with people of 'my kind'. They hire people with great skillset, only to drag them into nightmare of organizational politics. So, either join their dirty backbiting politics or let yourself to disappear into oblivion or get pushed out, if you are a threat!
    The 'my kind' buddy culture does not let in any fresh perspective, even though the company boasts of international engagement. It's an ultimate hypocrite's place.......

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange in organizational culture can not come just shifting people from one business unit to another, or recycling people from in and around. No one ever could win in a strategic game like chess just moving pawn from one location to another, without executing a real game plan. It worked so far because of monopolistic market. Taking care of employee does not mean a good paycheck only. Either look hard or have only employees waiting to retire .... in the name of 'Loyalty'!

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    Manufacturing Engineer

    Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee) Ankeny, IA

    ProsGreat if you are direct hire.

    ConsSub-grade treatment as a Contract Employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTeat everyone the same and your product will improve in quality and employees will make sure.

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

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    John Deere in India is basically for those who would like to settle down in and around Pune

    SAP Associate Consultant (Current Employee) Pune (India)

    Pros1. Quite good Salary.
    2. Quality of work is bit better compared to service industry.
    3. Company is small in India with limited presence so the growth is fast and hence there is growth of employee in terms of business and agriculture domain.

    Cons1. Marathi Centric!
    2. Lot of politics goes on behind the back. Backstabbing is a regular practice here!
    3. Managers are not that experienced and they look at the resources just as another billing machine.
    4. events for no such huge reasons.
    5. Boot licking is a common practice. Managers do expect boot licking from their sub ordinates.
    6. No process at all! No transparency in any manager's words!

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

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    Great Company - Not so Great Business

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsStability
    Values
    Honesty with Customer
    Income - however... has been lifted for a decade by bull market - will reverse when cycle turns down

    ConsTerribly slow internal processes
    Entrenched management
    Check-the-box, wait-your-turn career quagmire
    Arrogance about competitive position bordering on recklessness

    Advice to Senior ManagementSell the failed experiments like Landscapes and Water
    Refocus on the core like never before - the trough will come
    Embark on a full review of the talent pool
    Shake things up by advancing top talent regardless of seniority
    Actively hire further from the Midwest/Moline core geography
    Samrter M&A to get to $50 billion target - can't be all organic

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

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    Good company to work with

    GET (Former Employee) Pune (India)

    ProsGood company to work with

    ConsPractical experience is not there

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood company to work with

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Tipical Captive

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosdescent salary, work life balance

    Conslack of direction
    layed back culture
    low IT maturity

    Advice to Senior Managementnot fit for competative IT

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor management

    Sales Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Benefits and decent salary

    ConsVery poor management and constant change with no rhyme or reason

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Work Life Balance, A PSU in the private sector :)

    Associate IT Analyst (Former Employee) Pune (India)

    ProsEthical Company, does what it says
    Transparent Policies
    Unlimited medical leaves
    Managers are undestanding and promote work life balance
    Sabbatical Policy
    Great place to work if you want to prepare for exams
    good cafeteria and recreation facility

    ConsHiring Policies are substandard, a global company needs high caliber people, both at junior and senior levels, and both are lacking
    Work is not very challenging, which explains medium to low caliber people reaching delivery manager level positions
    Senior management is directionless, clueless and mediocre
    8 hour clock in rule-a hindrance to creativity and commitment
    Only buzzword is utilisation, and not productivity or efficiency

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy Advice is to John Deere Global Management, make sweeping changes across TCI, lethargy is everywhere.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good benefits, less opportunities on IT career, IT management incompetent to deliver results.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Johnston, IA

    ProsFlexible time, good work-life balance programs, HR trying hard to keep employees happy, generous benefits, interesting work if you are left to do without playing organization politics.

    ConsNepotism; extremely suspicious working environment (always have to be watchful what you say or what you do), rat-race among younger generation who could win to top by back-stabbing or latching to someone socially important and middle to mid-senior management either simply ignoring it or watching the show with silent approval. Serious lack of moral strength on managers' part. Performance management is eyewash. Beware of hostile attitude of some when you are newly inducted, which may ease out over period of time, if you could survive. Depending on groups, you may encounter fervor of religious beliefs more publicly shared than a workplace should allow. Complaining is a culture, actions taken based on only if the supervisor gets complaints, so the back-stabbing continues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo the business managers - IT is an enabler for your business. If you do not look into what is going on now, you will soon lose all talented people to the outside world and will be left with people who are either serious workethics challenged or only waiting for the retirement. Afterall, benefits are somewhat excellent you must know.
    Overall management – Do not wait for someone to complain to HR to take steps to improve, do proactive organizational soul searching.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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