John Deere Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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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. Stability, engaging work, with work/life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Fargo, ND

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Deere is a visionary, high-tech company with lots of collaboration between different locations worldwide. There are opportunities to travel abroad for employees interested in that. The work is challenging and engaging, and most managers value the work/life balance of themselves and their teams.

    Cons

    The size can make it slow to integrate new technology, instead opting for proven and reliable technology that support its tradition of quality.

    Advice to Management

    Continue looking for ways to allow employees to innovate. While we get to work on fairly new technologies, some of our people have great ideas that they don't know how to move forward with.

  2. Software Design Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fargo, ND

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Reasonable number of hours, get to work with cool technology. Good benefits. The bonus program is awesome. Strong culture. Great coworkers.

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunity unless you are willing to transfer elsewhere. Pay raises are formulaic and limited. Base salary for software engineers not keeping up with industry.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate the software pay scale. Even though most of your engineers are in the midwest, you need to be more competitive with salaries on the coasts if you want to get and keep your engineers.

  3. Design engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Fun projects and good experiences

    Cons

    Corporate policies and red tape

    Advice to Management

    Good job

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  5. Supply Chain

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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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Alot of room for advancement

    Cons

    Corporate politics at times can leave you feeling like a number.

  6. Credit manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ACM in Johnston, IA
    Former Employee - ACM in Johnston, IA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits and environment

    Cons

    Middle management is very weak

    Advice to Management

    Hire leaders instead of managers

  7. Helpful (1)

    Worked with the company since a long time

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Moline, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very ethical, technical savvy, some of the best people to work with, world leaders in agriculture and has a history of being a proven leader in the industry.

    Cons

    Sometimes senior management tends to ignore the needs of the employees. Compensation and benefits is one area which hampers the scene.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the work done by employees on regular basis so as to maintain a feel good factor in the work enviornment.

  8. Power Train Design Engineering Intern

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

    I worked at John Deere as an intern

    Pros

    Great people to work with, immediate responsibility, experience giving presentations to senior management, good pay.

    Cons

    Can't do anything on production floor because of union.

    Advice to Management

    Great company.

  9. Greatness

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

    I worked at John Deere

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Having a job I cant complain

    Cons

    None.... I loved this job thanks

  10. Business Development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Business Development in Bettendorf, IA
    Current Employee - Manager, Business Development in Bettendorf, IA

    I have been working at John Deere (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great values and leadership vision

    Cons

    Hard to advance beyond manager level, secret selection process.

    Advice to Management

    Be far more open to how professionals can advance beyond manager roles and what it takes to become a leader.

  11. An old guard company trying to modernize into the future.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Moline, IL

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A leader in it largest business segment, with a strong Brand and generally good growth potential.

    Cons

    Changed from a hard working family culture to an ROI-based culture. Very "corporate", extremely politically correct. Politics at various levels are thick. The diversity goals and objectives are over-the-top.

    Advice to Management

    Employee surveys are good, but conducting them so often begins to diminish the results.

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