John Deere

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John Deere Reviews in Iowa

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
562 Reviews
3.7
562 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Seems to promote a work life balance-there are quite a few married couples here (in 78 reviews)

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


Cons
  • As much as they preach its importance, forget about work/life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Lots of middle management, navigating of bureaucratic meetings-oriented matrix culture (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome company, bad locations.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Dubuque, IA

    I worked at John Deere full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance. Good pay. Great people. Really good bonus program. There were lots of opportunities for career opportunities. Sense of pride working for this company. Rich history and strong values.

    Cons

    Poor performers are not disciplined. High performers are taken advantage of and not always provided career opportunities due to their "value". Locations are great for Midwest but bad for people from other states. I moved from Michigan to work for Deere and left after 4 years to be closer to family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Due to locations embrace technology and consider teleworking options for high performers that you don't want to loose.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Senior Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Waterloo, IA

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

    Pros

    Good People, some processes well established and great company benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Good old boy network, getting ahead or promoted non-existent until you are in a few higher up's good books.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocre

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Assembler in Waterloo, IA

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

    Pros

    Pays well for the area. Most coworkers are great to work with. Supervisors so far have always worked with me during an emergency.

    Cons

    They where one a very family oriented company but over the years they have lost most if not all that and focus primarily on shareholder value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shareholders do not make, sell or buy farm equipment. Let's get our focus back in the right place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Meh

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    Current Employee - Assembler in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Assembler in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    When they are busy you work a lot of overtime for nice paychecks. The health benefits are fantastic.

    Cons

    When there is little demand you get laid off quite a bit. Pay is lacking and their pay for performance plan CIPP is a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Intern: excellent work environment with engaging work and employees

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    • 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
  8.  

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

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    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    selloffs, layoffs, and outsourcing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Johnston, IA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Johnston, IA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice salary.

    Cons

    The company has a history of purchasing companies like John Deere Wind, John Deere Water, and John Deere Credit and then selling them off (including employees) when they don't pan out. After announcing large expansion at John Deere Waterloo and accepting millions of dollars in tax credits the company turns around three months later and lays off 400 people at the same facility and hundreds more at others. Management has an active policy to hire people from India and is in the process of transistioning key knowledge to those teams in an attempt to save money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live up to your values and honor commitment and integrity and start by starting with honoring your commitment to local farmers who use your products because they're made and supported locally. Honor your commitment to the communities you do business in and stop appearing with the governor of Iowa and promoting STEM but then forming an active policy to ship STEM jobs to John Deere TCI in India.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be good and now living off former good name only

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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