John Deere Reviews in Iowa

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
531 Reviews
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Pros
  • Seems to promote a work life balance-there are quite a few married couples here (in 69 reviews)

  • Decent pay and benefits, relaxed work enviroment (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • no work life balance for people working in factories (in 13 reviews)

  • Lots of middle management, navigating of bureaucratic meetings-oriented matrix culture (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Supply Chain Management Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Management Intern in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - Supply Management Intern in Dubuque, IA

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing culture.
    Flexible work hours.
    Actual real world projects to work on.
    ability to job shadow/learn about different job positions

    Cons

    Many of the internships and jobs are located in the Mid-West. This is not necessarily a bad thing. However, it is something to keep in mind for career advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern: excellent work environment with engaging work and employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineering Intern in Urbandale, IA
    Former Employee - Product Engineering Intern in Urbandale, IA

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

    Pros

    - Friendly coworkers
    - Opportunity to do work that provides value to the company
    - Good pay

    John Deere is a company that takes pride in its work, and even moreso in its employees. It's a huge melting pot filled with smart and engaging people. I was never bored nor did I feel like I was doing "paper pushing" type work. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the company!

    Cons

    - Not too many opportunities to network with other Interns outside of work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for. I retired after 30 years.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CNC Trainer in Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - CNC Trainer in Dubuque, IA

    I worked at John Deere full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Clean, great benefits, great team work between management and union..

    Cons

    none, this is a great company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take care of your retires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Excellent work environment and people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Waterloo, IA

    I worked at John Deere as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    As a design engineer it is great to have all of the aspects from design to build all in the same building or in some cases, very local.

    Cons

    I have only one grievance. My supervisor was and probably still is, the worst manager I had ever worked for in my 25 year career. He was lazy, obtuse, narcissistic and a bully to the employees that felt their job was in jeopardy. I myself did not tolerate his abuse and stood up to him on every occasion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management would be to be very careful who you try to intimidate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company lonly location

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Intern in Waterloo, IA

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

    Pros

    local reputation and low cost area

    Cons

    middle of nowhere. need a lot of driving

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    Used to be good and now living off former good name only

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good credit union
    Solid 401k

    Cons

    No cost of living raise
    Super political
    Old boys club
    Lack of quality training
    Used to have good benefits but keeps reducing them
    Hard to get promoted
    No career development
    Requires me to work 50 hours for yrs bc they have slim workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times
    Give promotions to those most qualified
    Improve facilities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Manufacturing Engineer I

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Waterloo, IA

    I worked at John Deere as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Work Life Balance
    Co workers are nice.
    Excellent work atmosphere.
    Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Not enough guidance on projects
    Need to work on management a lot more.
    Not that great place to stay.
    Salary compensation is not that great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good pay, decent job, but being a contingent employee is not fun

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contingent Quality Engineer in Ankeny, IA
    Former Employee - Contingent Quality Engineer in Ankeny, IA

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

    Pros

    -Working for JD is a good resume builder and a good way to get some experience.
    -Pay was also good for a starting engineer in the area.
    -Work/life balance in my role was good, but I see others who can't say the same.

    Cons

    -It can be difficult sometimes working with the union workforce when you have employees who won't do ANYTHING outside of what is specifically spelled out in their work contract. But most guys aren't that strict as long as you have a good relationship with them.
    -Changes happen sooo slowly. Minor changes to prints can take months or longer.
    -Many employees (wage and salary) are lazy or have terrible attitudes
    -Too many engineers think that their degree makes them better than the wage workers
    -Career opportunities for contingents is almost non-existent unless you're willing to put in 2-3 years, all the time hoping a job opens up (unless you want to move around to all the different plants)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Start trimming the fat a little more. You lose some amazing talent when you treat contingents like second-rate citizens but keep sub-par salary people just because they are already on the payroll.
    -Help your team leaders get rid of bad wage employees. There are plenty of people milking the FMLA system and nobody does anything about it. Theft is also not addressed. But also when everyone knows there's a bad employee, the company just keeps moving them around. Some people are just not cut out for manufacturing/production work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contingent Positions Are Awful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Falls, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Falls, IA

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

    Pros

    None to speak of at this time.

    Cons

    The way contingent works are treated is completely UNethical at the Cedar Falls location, the Product Engineering Center.

  11.  

    Good pay and benefits but lack time for family or a life outside of what deere's schedule is

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler/Welder in Ankeny, IA
    Current Employee - Assembler/Welder in Ankeny, IA

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have good pay, a 401k plan, insurance, and nice bonus pay plans such as incentive pay for working harder

    Cons

    no flexibility with schedule, terrible if family situations happen, not good at helping workers develop and work up in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help with flexibility and listen to your workers. Help them when they ask for help

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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