John Deere Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
499 Reviews
3.9
499 Reviews
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John Deere Chairman & CEO Samuel Allen
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Seems to promote a work life balance-there are quite a few married couples here (in 55 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good pay & the benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Good pay / benefits. Union helps out sometimes

    Cons

    Layoffs, some employees don't like to work

  2.  

    Love the JD

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part Time Student  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Part Time Student in Dallas, TX

    I worked at John Deere part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Value, Resources, Pay, Flexible, PTO

    Cons

    Don't listen to employees, out of touch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to peeps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Marketing Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, benefits, time-off, training opportunities, and promotion opportunities. For the most part, the fellow employees are really good salt of the earth people.

    Cons

    As with any large company, politics sometimes get in the way of good judgement. Depending on your job, travel is a little excessive. Also, to move up in the company, you must be willing to relocate to some non-desirable locations and move every couple of years.

    Deere is a large company and a little slow to react at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't rely on outside influences so much and never turn your back on your dealer organization. They are a prime reason that the company does so well. Products are not that bad either.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company!

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

    I have been working at John Deere part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Promote from within
    Salary
    Educational Opportunities
    Great Work Life balance Opportunities

    Cons

    Very big company-can be tough to feel important

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nice place to work.

    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cary, NC

    I worked at John Deere as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The people, both peers, as well as, supervisor's are all professional yet personable. Easy environment. You work hard but the rewards are worth it.

    Cons

    To be honest with you I can't think of any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great opportunities working for a global company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Moline, IL
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Moline, IL

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

    Pros

    Working with global teams and opportunity for those who show initiative.

    Cons

    With a large company that is over 175 years old, things can move slowly and there can be a lot of bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for 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
  9.  

    Good experience with no excitement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Management  in  Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Supply Management in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at John Deere part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Good pay, even as a Part-Time Student
    -Vacation
    - Great people
    - Family culture
    - Flexible work hours

    Cons

    - Interns get paid way more, doing the same work
    - Desk job
    - No excitement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to make the office environment more inviting.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Steady and stable; there's not much in the way of excitement but there is consistency in what they do.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay and the people are pretty friendly. Benefits are excellent. The company is a leader in its industry and has a strong brand that a lot of people know and its nice to be associated with. The tuition reimbursement offerings are reasonable, 15K a year w/ 3 year clawback for masters.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to get consistent direction from leadership in some areas of the company. Because it is so difficult to get fired; I feel that there are some people who are absolutely horrible at what they do who are not let go but instead shoved into departments or units that are regarded as backwaters. The company is very slow moving in regards to change and adopting new ideas. The training classes I have taken have all been very mediocre. There are very few locations to work at which are in major metropolitan areas, but I guess that is given since most of our customers are in rural areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a more concerted effort to retain, engage, and challenge younger employees. There are a lot of employees who have been with the company for 30 - 40 years who have effectively checked out. These are not the mentors and leaders that young employees look up to. Bold mentors and fearless leaders are needed to teach us the ropes, challenge us, and convince us that this company can innovate and take risks to stay ahead of the competition. Do not let fear and the old-school mentality to protect the brand at all costs get in the way of stifling innovation.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Awful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Parts Coordinator  in  Milan, IL
    Former Employee - Parts Coordinator in Milan, IL

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

    Pros

    The salary is ok. They have fun activities for employees

    Cons

    Intolerante and racist. The workplace can be very unfriendly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope they appreciate honesty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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