John Deere Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
485 Reviews

3.9
485 Reviews
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John Deere Chairman & CEO Samuel Allen
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249 Ratings

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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you knew the right people!

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    Former Employee - Assembler  in  Horicon, WI
    Former Employee - Assembler in Horicon, WI

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

    Pros

    Pay was the only pro for this job.

    Cons

    Lack of work-life balance. Almost always on overtime. No benefits. Union doesn't do anything for suplemental employees. Union dues every month. No room for advancement to other positions. If you want to move to another department a core employee gets first dibs. Only get two days of PTO. Point system(once you accumulate five points you get terminated. takes a year for those to reset)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make everyone full time employees and get rid of suplementals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not what you kno, but who you know

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

    I have been working at John Deere as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stable, brand name, reasonable pay

    Cons

    A company where ageism is an unspoken policy
    Gray hair means you will most likely be working an off shift
    Organization is hopelessly over staffed in the salaried ranks people literally sit and do nothing for hours a day
    Only hiring 25 to 35 year olds in full time positions
    Look at the positive reviews, they're all interns, co-ops or new employees who know nothing
    They treat long time employees with distain and relegate them to off shifts to try to force early retirement
    Management is not enforcing policies and the UAW basically runs the operations.
    Contract employees are hired as "warm bodies" to staff the off shift positions that none of the young know nothing employees want

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pray your company never has any real competition, for if it ever does you're doomed

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

    JD is one of the most closed cultures I have ever experienced...outsiders are NOT welcomed

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Moline, IL

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

    Pros

    Descent money...some of he people are good

    Cons

    very political. If you did not grow up in their culture, you are an outsider. very very very closed culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    OPEN YOUR MINDS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Pathetic

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    Reputation, on site opportunities, work life balance

    Cons

    Bad policies on hiring, Too much power to managers, Partiality in giving opportunities, Injustice in promotions and appraisals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When hiring at GET level, don't go to premier colleges, you make them work for peanuts and ruin their initial few years. Stick with the policy you now have to recruit from local private colleges, this company deserves only such people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what iit first appeared to be

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    Former Employee - Customer Service  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Madison, WI

    I worked at John Deere as a contractor

    Pros

    Nice training program, great follow up to help achieve superior customer service.

    Cons

    Company thinks little of retaining loyal employees. Tends to lay off perm workers and temp staff frequently to rehire later at a lessor rate. Horrible insurance package for the amount of money the company brings in. Insurance benefits are set for young people who never have to go to doctor and too expensive for those who do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like many companies, corporate profit is more important than what original founder set company to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ruin your career by joining John Deere

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    -- Work life balance if you are lucky to get a good team
    -- Good salary

    Cons

    -- You have to complete 9 hours per day even if you have nothing to do in the office
    -- High politics
    -- Less Onsite opportunity
    -- Full of old employees who just want to do nothing and take rest before they retire.
    -- Employees who know buttering will get all the appreciation and promotions, if you work hard no one really cares. Never think that you can do buttering and will get promotion : You can't do it if you really believe your self
    -- Who else in the market work in Agriculture domain? Think before you join
    -- HR and senior management will ONLY listen to your BOSS. If he says you are doing good, then you are good. But if he says you are bad then no matter you are good and working hard for the project, you will be accepted as bad.
    -- False promises which will never turn to be true.
    -- They will have all the reasons to NOT promote you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -- John Deere has a big name in US and other countries, please make John Deere India at least close to them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Waterloo, IA

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

    Pros

    Year End Bonus. Salary decent for area.

    Cons

    "Old Boys" network, no training for new employees, brutal performance evaluation scheme.

    Worked at PEC. This place is an "Old Boys" network workplace where back stabbing is rewarded. New employees are thrown in to sink or swim. Management requires a fanatical devotion to the product at the expense of all else including family; although the official line is "Family First".

    New employees recieve no relevant training. You are thrown into a brutal employee performance evaluation system where the number of "goals" exceeds what is impossible to obtain unless one devotes 24/7 to John Deere. This limits merit increases to save the company money, even though profits are at a record level.

  9.  

    good for practical experience ; the more you work the more you gain knowledge

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    Former Employee - Technical Trainee  in  Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Technical Trainee in Pune (India)

    I worked at John Deere full-time

    Pros

    always vacancy for fresher ITI Diploma students

    Cons

    Marathi people are given more preference than out of state person for conformation .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    conformation of trainees should be on basis of work ability not on basis of locality / personal relation with management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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