John Deere
3.7 of 5 407 reviews
www.deere.com Moline, IL 5000+ Employees

John Deere Reviews

Updated Nov 11, 2013

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Pros:
  • "Seems to promote a work life balance-there are quite a few married couples here"
    in 43 reviews
  • "Decent pay and benefits, relaxed work enviroment"
    in 16 reviews
Cons:
  • "Poor employee work-life balance (John Deere India, 2008-2010)"
    in 9 reviews
  • "The "good-old-boy" network cannot be broken unless you figure out how to play the game"
    in 7 reviews
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Container Management Specialty (Current Employee)
Waterloo, IA

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

ProsDepartments are all working well together

ConsToo many employees are contact so turnover is high

Advice to Senior ManagementHigher more real JD jobs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Company

Engineer (Former Employee)

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

ProsJohn Deere is good to their employees. They offer competitive salaries and exceptional benefits. Most of my co-workers liked their jobs and were competent and pleasant to be around. People work hard but there is also a sense of work-life balance.

The factory, R&D facilities, and proving grounds all on one site is a huge advantage but one that is only possible in an area where land is inexpensive.

Well-recognized and well respected brand.

ConsSometimes management makes decisions that don't make sense to employees in order to please the shareholders. There is a lot of focus on value to the shareholders and somewhat less on value to the customer.

Most offices (especially R&D) are located in small towns. It is difficult for them to draw in and retain young employees who are looking for a city environment.

Advice to Senior ManagementGreat company. Wish I could have stayed.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company, great co-workers.

Mechanical Engineering (Former Employee)
Cedar Falls, IA

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

ProsI've spent three summers working at John Deere in a variety of internship roles. I had great supervisors in every position I worked in that really wanted to help you learn and were very understanding. My co-workers were great-- still keep in touch with many of them. Lots of training available to learn different skills you might need if you want to move around in the company -- even learning about working with foreign countries. They really want to help you grow as an employee and were very understanding about work-life balance.

ConsNot in the best locations. Things can move slowly as you see in many large companies.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great laid back place to intern.

Quality Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
Moline, IL

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

ProsExcellent pay, benefits, and educational opportunities. Great team support system. The culture was great. If you do a good job your sure to get called back for another internship or a job offer.

ConsI can't really say anything negative about John Deere. Housing was subsidized as opposed to some internship offers I had where housing was fully covered. I really had to dig deep for something to say there.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive feedback on work performance. That is the only thing I heard from fellow colleagues.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great co-op experience!

Manufacturing Engineer Co-op (Current Employee)
Greeneville, TN

I have been working at John Deere as an intern for more than a year

ProsGreat teamwork and help from team members. Salary + 401k and benefits were available.

ConsNot too many. I had a great time working in this position.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good people but senior leadership lacks focus and creativity

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at John Deere full-time

ProsGood benefits
excellent 401k matching
Nice online training program

ConsNo oversight for senior management
Can't think beyond the tractor

Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to the movements of personnel and resources inside your divisions. Either you didn't properly vet the water business when you bought into it or you left incompetent people in charge without oversight from corporate. Either way, it is corporates fault that Water hasn't performed to expectations.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Unpredictable development path and outcome for qualified mid-career, especially if hired away from another firm.

Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
Cedar Falls, IA

I have been working at John Deere full-time

ProsBenefits and pay
Senior management (ie board of directors, etc)
Location
Outstanding Company Leadership
Company is a money maker

ConsSpotty 1st line mgmt experience level, maturity, and perspective
Culture and to some extent company undervalue breadth and experience
New comers may find integration challenging
Systems and processes lack depth
Negative energy and potential for error.
Lacks strength in electronics and systems development
Inexperienced culture with odd sense of entitlement
Unpredictable development path for experienced/ midcareer

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Perfect Summer Internship

IT Analyst (Former Employee)
Moline, IL

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

Pros- committed to core values
- professional development
- a lot of visibility with senior management
- focused on customers

Cons- big company, hard to change in place internal controls
- location may turn down a lot of future prospects

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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IT Analyst (Current Employee)
Johnston, IA

I have been working at John Deere as an intern for more than a year

Pros- Employees are always there to help you even if you do not know them
- The project you work on actually goes into production and is not scraped
- Excellent work environments
- Great Intern Program

ConsThere are no cons at this company

Advice to Senior ManagementNone, it was a great internship program

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Safe and sturdy

Part-Time Student (Current Employee)
Moline, IL

I have been working at John Deere part-time

ProsStable company
Flexible work opportunites
Good benefits/Pay (can negotiate if coming in at mid-level)
Many oppotunites to get invovled with employee work groups
Very family friendly and stong importance on work-life balance

ConsAlmost everything is in the midwest; areas are somewhat slowpaced
Not very dynamic - everyone just kinda continues the status quo, not a whole lot of enthusiasim

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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