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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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 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.  

    John Deere is a decent company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analysgt in Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Analysgt in Moline, IL

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

    Pros

    Salary is great. Lots of opportunites to move around if you are in the midwest

    Cons

    The majority of the sites are in the Midwest. If you are not open to living in the Midwest the growth potential is horrible. There is also a huge lack of diversity. The company promotes diversity but does not make sure management is actually hiring or promoting diverse people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider promoting employees with ideas, opinions and backgrounds other than your own.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocre

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Assembler in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pays well for the area. Most coworkers are great to work with. Supervisors so far have always worked with me during an emergency.

    Cons

    They where one a very family oriented company but over the years they have lost most if not all that and focus primarily on shareholder value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shareholders do not make, sell or buy farm equipment. Let's get our focus back in the right place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Former Contingent Product Engineer (2 years)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at John Deere

    Pros

    - Work life balance

    - Great learning experience for new grads

    - Job Security

    - A few very nice and helpful PhDs willing to lead and guide young engineers

    Cons

    - Contingent employee's treated like second class citizens

    - Contingent employee's have limited intelligence on what the team and companies objectives are

    - Waterloo/Cedar Falls area

    - Integrators of other competitors technology from lack of innovate culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Advice to Deere H.R. would be rethink your criteria when searching for talent.

    - Advice to Management would be, if your senior engineer is not demonstrating capabilities to manage others.... please dont develop them by assigning him to manage contingent employee's only. In the long run word will get out to others and your talent pool will fall behind your competitors.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    worker kind of guy with things to do

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Money, cool uniforms, hotels, food

    Cons

    Working long hours, working at night (I get scared)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it real! Let's do it again sometime

  6.  

    John Deere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Grovetown, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Grovetown, GA

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

    Pros

    Great tuition aid, decent pay, caring employees.

    Cons

    You will not advance unless you are willing to relocate multiple times. Training is almost nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit putting production over quality, listen to the workforce, they are willing to help if you would let them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Meh

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Assembler in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    When they are busy you work a lot of overtime for nice paychecks. The health benefits are fantastic.

    Cons

    When there is little demand you get laid off quite a bit. Pay is lacking and their pay for performance plan CIPP is a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Started with fantastic managers but subsequent managers were nightmares

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits and compensation. Variety of locations to work at across the globe. For the most part, company does look after their employees.

    Cons

    Still very traditional in certain areas especially as it relates to female employees. Has inconsistent work-life balance practices. Most managers aren't properly trained and can be quite unprofessional. Lots of "It's not my job" people. Upper management tends to ignore problems until there are major issues like 1/2 of the department leaving for other jobs because of managers. Difficult to move up the corporate ladder if a mid-career hire. Technology-wise very slow to adapt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through with yearly employee satisfaction survey issues and spend as much time promoting an employee to a managerial position as you do hiring employees. Improve the HR process when dealing with employees and managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A little better than average company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Coffeyville, KS
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Coffeyville, KS

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

    Pros

    Compensation is good, decent at rewarding performance, somewhat laid back small town environment compared to some companies

    Cons

    Smaller location doesn't provide as much chance for local promotion

    Recommends
  10.  

    Design Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Moline, IL

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

    Pros

    Good policies,good people, great benefits,good learning,challenging

    Cons

    Dependent on Ag market,presence in Mid west only in USA,more process oriented

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Deere has a great work life balance. The values within the company are strong and just not words on a wall. John Deere will pay for training and help you through processes in which you are not experienced.

    Cons

    Had to reach out to for additional projects

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