John Deere

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John Deere Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
561 Reviews
3.7
561 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.  

    Awesome company, bad locations.

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    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.  

    Amazing Company to work for!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Accountant in Moline, IL

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

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for, and one that you can be proud of as the brand speaks for itself. There are so many opportunities to grow within the company and try different roles, so you always have the chance to find new and challenging work. Everyone wants to see you succeed and the people/office environment was great to work in. Pay and benefits are great too. People are there to help you challenge yourself, but also help you succeed. Great work/life balance too!

    Cons

    no locations in big cities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Working at John Deere

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at John Deere full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Well run company with overall very good people values and strategically sound long term plan for success.

    Cons

    Very non confrontational culture that does not enable open dialogue. Hyper sensitive to how things are said.
    Very patriarchal culture as well. The leader in the room is always right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    It provides great opportunities for development, especially if you are in the list of "high potentials".

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Moline, IL

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

    Pros

    The company invests a lot of money personnel development. It is a great company to start after college and learn.
    Work-Life balance is great. Management respects personal time and HR has company-wide policies to guide and enforce compliance.
    In theory, the company has a diversity and inclusion policy to manage talent of all backgrounds.

    Cons

    In order to continue your development and grow, even if you have all the knowledge and skills, you need to develop strong relationship with key individuals in the top management, or keep "lost" in the middle management level until retirement.
    In practice, diversity and inclusion means hiring people from different backgrounds and keep them doing lower level jobs (in relationship with their potential). That gives the top management a peace of mind. They do not care too much about these "diverse" employees think.
    If you are not a charismatic caucasian person, your chances to succeed in top management are very limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot of efforts invested in increasing employee engagement, but top management still promotes only charistmatic people regardless of their results and work ethic. Change your criteria for promotions to include the impact of each candidate on business results. You are not hiring to make a movie in Hollywood.
    Take care of the people that is not in the "high potential" list. They are the one who handle the day to day business and have a great impact in company results. Don't ignore them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company, OK development opportunities

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    Current Employee - Supply Base Manager
    Current Employee - Supply Base Manager

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, 401k match excellent, plenty of "free" vacation (e.g. 8 business days during Christmas/New Years). People-oriented performance mgmt goals helps drive for people to work together.

    Cons

    Very few Expat opportunities. Most US Positions limited to Midwest. Salary raise system not conventional (1x/yr system generated, can't ask for a raise at any time). Have to usually move out of current position/team/unit to get promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better team alignment between Power Systems, Ag, C&F...other units allowing backdoor selling impacts strategic sourcing with suppliers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Employer!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    John Deere & Company strive to groom talent of their workforce. To that end there is plenty of educational opportunities. The culture is laid back compare to other manufacturing environments that I've been employed.

    Cons

    The salaried employee's healthcare benefits could be better. To my understanding consessions had to be made for the unionized workforce. Being once in a union, I fully understand. I'm wondering how will I be able to protect myself in retirement when those sub-par benefits cease.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work, but not real organized

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    Former Employee - Lalborer in East Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Lalborer in East Moline, IL

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

    Pros

    Safety is very important here.

    Cons

    Layoffs even after multiple years of employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get all managers on same page.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Intern Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Good company to work for. You get meaningful projects and make really good connections.

    Cons

    Sometimes your manager is to busy to help you out or coworkers are to busy to help you out

  10.  

    Project Manager.

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer in East Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in East Moline, IL

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

    Pros

    Good working conditions at the plant.

    Cons

    communication issues at the plant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask more questions on the interview.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much hype, not what was expected

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    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Architect in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Architect in Moline, IL

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Friendly co-workers
    Flexible Hours
    Training available upon request
    Strong commitment to corporate values

    Cons

    Unstructured work environment (most meetings lack structured agenda, inadequate communication both within and across organizations)
    Easy for employees to get lost in organizational structure and be non-productive
    Provide safe work conditions (i.e. my office location at headquarters flooded with water after every heavy rain and was not addressed (possible OSHA concern)
    Location of headquarters (Quad Cities area) makes it a challenge to attract top talent due to inadequate infrastructure (poorly maintained roads and bridges),
    Potential employees should consider high property taxes compared to other metro areas, limited advanced medical care and top doctors, and portions of area do not provide 24x7 non-emergency police.
    Exposed to several Inexperienced managers providing oversight on high profile and high risk projects
    Not challenging enough for me to remain competitive
    Did not experience the "Deere will take care of you"
    Flawed exit interview process (i.e. HR does not conduct face to face exit interviews)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs significant organizational restructuring within IT. Too many Technical Architects overlapping each other. Hire and promote experienced and successful leaders and managers (i.e. require certification). Too much hype and emphasis on Agile development,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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