John Deere Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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John Deere Chairman & CEO Samuel Allen
Samuel Allen
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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
  • no work life balance for people working in factories (in 16 reviews)

  • Casual and lethargic middle management (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Stability comes with conservative approaches and politics

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology Architect in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Technology Architect in Moline, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Vast majority of employees are great people
    Great benefits and opportunity to help the community outside of your normal job responsibilities.
    Keep in mind there are a lot of great managers and the cons only apply to some people.

    Cons

    Sometimes run into people who have been at Deere for years and get put into positions of authority where they don't belong. Worse yet, they have been promoted despite incompetence just to push the problem somewhere else (possibly to "give them enough rope to hang themselves"). These people get in the way of innovation and cause dissention.
    Conservative practices also seem to get in the way of innovation especially if you run into bad managers who just maintain the status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Try to do a better job of rooting out the bad seeds and promote those who deserve it. I didn't have promotion problems but saw others who were passed up for generals who don't have good management sense nor updated knowledge of their area.


  2. Product Engineering Intern

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    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering Intern in Ames, IA
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering Intern in Ames, IA

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

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, great people, paid well

    Cons

    I didn't do very much real work, kinda of felt like a waste of my time some days


  3. Helpful (1)

    A Perspective from an Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at John Deere as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company culture is great. Employees are very supportive and are excited about working at Deere. Deere cares about its employees and its community which is evident when you work there. Overall, I had a great experience there as an Intern.

    Cons

    I would have definitely loved to have seen a little more diversity within the company. Not just the diversity you can physically see, but also diversity in thought process is something that I thought that Deere lacked while I was there for my internship.

    Advice to Management

    Management was very efficient and functional. I have no improvements that I would suggest to management, except to continue what they are doing to make the environment at Deere an incredibly positive place to work at!


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  5. Product Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Product Engineer in Silvis, IL
    Current Intern - Product Engineer in Silvis, IL

    I have been working at John Deere as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The other interns are great to hang out with, good benifits, they pay for up to 1000 dollars for a summer class

    Cons

    They don't really give you that much work, which is weird to say but you will be begging for work when you just sit at your desk 40 hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    Just prepair more work for the interns, they are smart kids and can get a lot done if they are given the task.


  6. Wiring Harness Design Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Moline, IL

    I have been working at John Deere (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Very good company to work with

    Cons

    Nothing as I see, Company is good


  7. Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advertising Copywriter II in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Advertising Copywriter II in Olathe, KS

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

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, and when the company does well, the bonuses are HUGE.

    Cons

    When the ag economy is down, the pay is mediocre. Compensation is based on SVA performance of the company. Also, as with any large corporation, every single project takes 20 meetings and legal approval and has a dozen "final decision makers."

    Advice to Management

    Get more proactive in making the company modern. There is a prevailing attitude in John Deere where people sort of assume that because the company has been around for 180 years, it will be around forever. In the modern world, you can't just be a manufacturing company of this size. Need to focus on what comes after the iron. And let me tell you, the answer isn't FarmSight.


  8. Assemblers point of view

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of time off. The health insurance is good, but if labor negotiations don't come out favorable that could change soon. Good union support when needed.

    Cons

    Management is not so good, no one seems to know whats going on. They are good at lying to your face.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect, be there when needed, and be more trustworthy.


  9. sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at John Deere full-time

    Pros

    very good place to work.

    Cons

    required to relocate if positin chabnfed


  10. This is a false review!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at John Deere

    Pros

    Great name to work for

    Cons

    big company is more of a bureaucracy than anything


  11. John deere

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture to work in with the focus on doing things right

    Cons

    mid management looks clogged with ample people



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