John Deere 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Deere a great place.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  East Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Moline, IL

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great workers, friends, and managers to work for.

    Cons

    They use to many contingents from Volt Services. Volt takes to much money from their employees. Putting more money in their pocket while asking their employees to do the jobs of higher paid Deere employees at a hugely reduced salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek out what kind of money Volt is paying their workers. You are paying for a service and paying well only to have Volt take that money from the hands of those doing the work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    EXTREMELY PROUD TO HAVE WORKED HERE

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    Current Employee - Part Time Student  in  Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Part Time Student in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    This is the best place in NE Iowa to get premiere job experience. I am able to take this experience and the diversity with me everywhere. I was put in sooo many high level situations while here. I am able to hit the groud running wherever i go. Be Green!!!!

    Cons

    sometimes looked over with good things I did

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Part Time students do more work than interns and should not be held to a lower regard

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I am a part-time student.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Good work environment.
    Fellow employees are motivated and willing to help you if you need anything.
    Good ethics and management.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can be boring for part-time students, depending on what you are doing.
    The internship program here is good though

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to say

    Recommends
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    Great place to work, great coworkers, competitive benefits, poor career advancements

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Fargo, ND

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    *Competitive benefits
    *Low-stress environment - Rarely ever asked to work extended hours to meet a deadline
    *Decent work-life balance
    *Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    *Little to no chance of career advancement in the technical field, adequate opportunity for management roles.
    *Vacation - 10 days starting, 15 after year 5.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *Reduce the number of status meetings.
    *Reduce emphasis on internal project estimates and actuals
    *Ask for employee input before moving forward with changing processes and software.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Waterloo, IA

    I worked at John Deere

    Pros

    Great Compensation, good community, and work-life balance. Great educational reimbursement program available to go back to school.

    Cons

    Little recognition for doing a good job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more recognition

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Struggling with generational transition

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    Current Employee - Manager, Business Development  in  Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Manager, Business Development in Moline, IL

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Compensation is best in class (though it is difficult to understand how bonus ties to individual contribution). Benefits are top notch to include a fine empoyer 401K match. The good John Deere brand could be great with some work by senior management. Business practices are as ethical as can be found anywhere - truly as honest as Fortune 100 firm as you can find.

    Cons

    Impossible to decode career growth process. No one knows how decisions to advance hogh potentails are made. While career planning is pretty much a myth everywhere the company is cheating itself by not upgrading it's current staff of HR seniors. By and large they have never worked anywhere else. They are complacent and stale. Most damaging is that widely known fact that they consistently sidestep questions about what general and specific qualities lead to advancement within the enterprise. This black box mindset leads to a lot of wasted motion by ambitious and talented employees flailing about trying to hit the right notes in terms of performance qualities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mount a concerted effort to detemine what is needed from the uman assets in order to take the company to new heights. Then communicate these ambitions clearly and often throughout the ranks. Otherwise the company is vulnerable to a well run competitor who plays by different rules.

    GM, IH, even mighty GE and it's relentless focus on defining excellence have fallen prey to constantly shifting landscapes. Deere is not immune. In point of fact Deere has enjoyed a cascade of favorable macroeconOmic tailwinds of late. All can and evetually will change. As with all businesses, in the end Deere's people will make or break the firm. Focus relentlessly on increasing bench strength.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Steeped in Politics and Old Management Styles

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    Former Employee - Infrastructure Analyst  in  Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Analyst in Moline, IL

    I worked at John Deere

    Pros

    Good reputation in community, decent benefits, stable company, good bonuses in good years, senior management reliable, retirement benefits still available in reduced form

    Cons

    Lipservice to employees, no development tracks, political nightmare especially in corporate environment, poor middle management...too much concern for own preservation and advancement, not open to new ideas, micro-management, no real rewards for a job well done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put employees back on the priority list with the shareholders, quit moving inadequate middle managers around, reward good talent and good work ethic, listen to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Could be better...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at John Deere

    Pros

    Flexible hours and a casual work environment make JDAS a comfortable place to work.

    Cons

    Uninformed management with a propensity for micromanaging projects and a workforce fearful of "bucking the system".
    Management does not listen to the advice of their employees, even when those employees have vastly greater experience in the field, and the culture dissuades these valued employees from pushing back against poor strategic and tactical decisions.
    Too much reliance on a heavily structured, somewhat inflexible project management process with high, short term workloads and too many meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the management structure, select competent managers who are SMEs in the business aspects over which they have control and listen to those employees who are experts in their fields. For the most part, those employees are dedicated to providing a superior product.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hit and Miss at Deere......

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moline, IL

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Excellent compensation, benefits and bonuses resulting in high retention rate.High regard for work life balance, a good place to work for women. Lots of training and paid continuing education.

    Cons

    Highly resistant to change processes and operating philosophy, bloated organizational structure, making it very difficult to get things done. Departments are siloed and not collaborative. Aligned teamwork highly touted but really relates to goal planning and alignment, top to bottom not true teamwork.

    Poor performers are not dealt with and passively accepted. Highly competent, motivated, progressive thinkers, and high achievers will not thrive in the Deere culture and be miserable unless they are willing to conform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the organization, truly attack the waste and get rid of the non performers. This is a great company that could be greater. Take stock of the true performers in your organization not those who are in the "network". Infuse thinkers and management from outside of Deere into the senior level positions and stop cloning new blood to be like the old blood.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Honest management, honest co-workers; rewarding career for those who want to help the company improve

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    Current Employee - IT/General  in  Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - IT/General in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    John Deere doesn't have all the best processes and systems in place; some of the supporting technology is superb and some is nearly primitive; and sometimes Deere is frustratingly slow to act on innovative ideas. But management does walk the talk. For instance, when you hear about some new initiative, you actually SEE people getting hired or moved around to support it. That's not the case everywhere.

    Cons

    Career motion is still happening, but in the lower rungs (e.g., recent college graduates), it seems to have slowed down. Fewer job postings to apply to. You need to network more or carve your own niche.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've worked at several other places before Deere. Nowhere else did workers and middle management admire their senior leadership so much. There is an almost unbelievable amount of care and enthusiasm here, which extends not just toward Deere but also toward its management. Definitely a culture worth preserving and protecting. Keep up the good work!

    (Note to GlassDoor - Sam Allen, not Bob Lane, is now leading John Deere.)

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