John Deere

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John Deere Reviews

Updated March 6, 2015
Updated March 6, 2015
615 Reviews
3.7
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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.  

    Excellent place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Cross-functional and global team environment, great salary and benefits, company provides opportunities for training, travel and additional education. R&D budgets are well funded. Very high expectations for product quality, reliability and meeting customer requirements. Co-workers are very helpful. Excellent employee retention rate.

    Cons

    The Ag and C&F business is cyclical. Even though Deere does a good job anticipating and reacting to market downturns, there are many pressures outside of Deere's control that affect the business (USDA Farm Bill, geopolitical relations, regulations, etc.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work in leading high-tech R&D for Ag equipment. Increase efforts to showcase the advanced technology included in your equipment.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Solid Engineering Leader

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Waterloo, IA

    I worked at John Deere

    Pros

    Very confident with designs, many projects, exciting projects

    Cons

    almost too large, can get lost in manager trees easily

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Deere's intelligence solution group in west Des Moines.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at John Deere

    Pros

    Over all it was great. People are nice and friendly. Following Agile and scrum methodology. Great training program. Wonderful field testing area, got a chance to sit in a huge farming vehicle, that was really cool. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Document is not very good. Lack of a detailed software manual or product wiki. Usually need someone physically show you what/how.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more ping-pong tables, bigger kitchen and more lunch choices, better yet, why not offer free lunch. LOL. It's kinda hard to find quick and good food within 10 min drive.

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  5.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Every day was a new challenge and the people were very supportive and helpful. Impressive quality control procedures at manufacturing plants.

    Cons

    Deadlines were fairly strict at times, with lots of hoops to jump through to get simple tasks completed and signed off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an open mind and be flexible with the big picture when issues arise. Try to better understand what your direct reports have to go through to resolve these issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Autonomy, leadership, integrity, innovation, and development

    Cons

    Slow, engineering focused, highly centralized,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good company. A little slow to move.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very good work life balance
    Very stable company
    Great travel opportunities if you're in the right position

    Cons

    Very slow to move. Almost sclerotic.
    Death by 1000 meetings
    Low salary for the market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make employees feel like they have a say in things and make it possible to get something accomplished without endless meetings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    The stability in the company is really good.

    Cons

    This company still uses some legacy tools in some areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest taking inputs from the team members who are actually responsible for implementation. Good management though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Intern Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Moline, IL

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, dynamic training program, opportunities to excel, generous pay, flexible hours

    Cons

    Geographical options for employment after internship

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part-Time Student in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Part-Time Student in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    I had a wonderful time working in the part-time student program. It gave me great real-world experience while I was still in school.

    Cons

    I was unable to secure full-time employment after this position because the company was experiencing a hiring freeze.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Summer Intern in the Engine Controls Unit Group

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone at John Deere was extremely helpful and genuine. As an intern, provided various training opportunities (week long GD&T training, Diesel engine basics course, etc) that really enriched the experience.

    Cons

    Waterloo, IA doesnt have much going on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep running the intern program this same way!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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