John Deere

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John Deere Reviews

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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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    Deere a great place.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) East Moline, IL

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

    ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementSeek 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    EXTREMELY PROUD TO HAVE WORKED HERE

    Part Time Student (Current Employee) Waterloo, IA

    ProsThis 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!!!!

    Conssometimes looked over with good things I did

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I am a part-time student.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Waterloo, IA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing to say

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    IT Analyst (Current Employee) Fargo, ND

    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 Senior Management*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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Struggling with generational transition

    Manager, Business Development (Current Employee) Moline, IL

    ProsCompensation 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.

    ConsImpossible 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 Senior ManagementMount 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.

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    Overall a good place to work

    Engineering Intern (Former Employee) Waterloo, IA

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

    ConsLittle recognition for doing a good job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more recognition

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Steeped in Politics and Old Management Styles

    Infrastructure Analyst (Former Employee) Moline, IL

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

    ConsLipservice 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 Senior ManagementPut 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Could be better...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Alpharetta, GA

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

    ConsUninformed 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 Senior ManagementFlatten 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.

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    Hit and Miss at Deere......

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Moline, IL

    ProsExcellent 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.

    ConsHighly 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 Senior ManagementFlatten 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.

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

    IT/General (Current Employee) Des Moines, IA

    ProsJohn 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.

    ConsCareer 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 Senior ManagementI'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.)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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