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  1. Helpful (1)

    Deere a great place.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Moline, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. EXTREMELY PROUD TO HAVE WORKED HERE

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Part Time Student in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Part Time Student in Waterloo, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. I am a part-time student.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Nothing to say


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  5. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 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.


  6. Overall a good place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Waterloo, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Give more recognition


  7. Could be better...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Steeped in Politics and Old Management Styles

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Analyst in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Analyst in Moline, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Hit and Miss at Deere......

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moline, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT/General in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - IT/General in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.)


  11. Good program that needs some work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Development Program Engineer in Cedar Falls, IA
    Former Employee - Engineering Development Program Engineer in Cedar Falls, IA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company, opportunity for movement/advancement within the company, good pay, great benefits, good people working there, good employee discounts, good working conditions, effective use of technology

    Cons

    Management doesn't like to accept change, geographic locations less than ideal, very divided workforce (union, older engineers, etc.), lack of good knowledge transfer, conservative

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the younger engineers and employees, they will soon be higher up in the company and calling the shots, best avoid a harsh transition



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