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John Deere Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
479 Reviews

3.9
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    No growth unless politically affiliated. Poor promotion practices. Elitist field mentality

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay for most jobs, compared to industry average.

    Cons

    Unless politically tied in, hired through a preferred / sponsored program, willing to live out of a suitcase, or carried into management on the back of your spouse (who also happens to work for the company), do not come in and expect to get to management pay grade anytime soon. Even if the job is compatible with flexible work arrangements can still be strapped to your desk by a manager with an old school mindset. In general, management does not care about the employee voice are not held accountable on their poor employee survey results. They pass it off as "employee perception". Management getting taken care of financially during a recession and restructuring while worker bees pay stagnent. Typical corporate environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up or retire. Old school mindset is a thing of the past. Stop the good old boy hiring and promotion practices. India is not the future of our company....looks good on the books, but will be company's downfall. You've been caring too little for too long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    John Deere lacks flexibility

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pay and Benefits are both excellent. The matching program for the 401k investment is great, although vesting does take 5 years. Generous vacation allowances.

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility in work schedules. Lack of support for balance between work and family life. Unfair advantages and preferential treatment given to certain types of employees who best fit the "John Deere Lifestyle".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No Advice

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

    Review of experience at John Deere

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

    Pros

    Pleasant work environment, appropriate holiday time off

    Cons

    Treat employees with distrust & disrespect, 'rules' change however it benefits the company, not in writing, raises & promotions given via 'good ole boy' network not based on job performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After 33 years with company I developed a health problem and went on salary continuance as my benefits were supposed to allow. When company wanted me to come back to work, my doctor told them I wasn't ready to return yet, so Deere representative told me to either retire or they would fire me. So forced to retire I'm now living on about 25% of what I made while working.

    When I was active employee I was continually discreminated against in favor of younger male employees for raises & promotions even though I have always been rated very highly in performance reviews, and the people I provided work product for throughout the company including international contacts were highly satisfied with my work and very supportive of my efforts, including providing budget money from their division budgets to support my efforts.

    I'm highly dissatisfied with how I was treated after being a productive and loyal employee for 33 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fired because of 1yr old son being hospitilized for complications from Hirshsprung's Dieseaes.

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    Former Employee - Invoicer @ South West Office Building In East Moline, IL  in  Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Invoicer @ South West Office Building In East Moline, IL in Moline, IL

    Pros

    Good Pay, Very nice people to work with.

    Cons

    They need to be more Family orientated, and understanding to parents with disabled kids!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I still don't understand why I was fired because of missing 3 days of work. My son was Ambulanced to Iowa City, completley ventalated. Please try to change the way you treat families!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 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

    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Steeped in old-school politics...a career black hole

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Moline, IL

    Pros

    Used to be a decent place to work before shareholders became the sole measurement of success. Decent work hours and decent compensation for the Midwest. Not too much commute time typically. Stable company for the time-being.

    Cons

    A political nightmare. The same middle managers rotate around to newly "reorganized" positions. The company does not leverage or value new ideas or new talents, but say they do. They like to gain outside recognition for this, but it doesn't happen internally. Be ready for a day of frustrating, unproductive meetings that prevent you from getting your actual work done. Multiple managers with dotted line reporting provide conflicting input on your work, sending you in circles with no accomplishment, then peg you at review time for not getting things done. The focus has changed from valuing employees to valuing the shareholders. Poor morale, people stuck in the same jobs for 20+ years, and constant talk of how soon they can retire. Deere is typically the only game in town, and treats its employees as such. The "good-old-boy" network cannot be broken unless you figure out how to play the game. Political landmines everywhere, and only those in management know where they are at. If no personal growth, no real advancement opportunities, and frustrating politics are your goal, this may be the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an open environment where new ideas and new people are valued. Eliminate the protocol and politics, and get your management to let things happen instead of trying to control everything and everyone. Put value back on the employee and their family. Clean up the stifling culture, and let things move at a reasonable pace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    It is time for an assertive changeout of the aging management at Deere.

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    Pros

    Deere is perpetually known as the place where an aging employee population will create opportunity for new entrants.

    Cons

    The aging entrenched and of step middle and upper management will not depart to make room for needed new thinking let alone new people unless they look, act, and think like the existing management. Deere does not welcome change. The average tenure at the company is among the highest in the world. The company points to this with pride. It was a good thing when the world wasn't interconnected as it is today. Managers return from overseas assignments without learning any new language skills. Mid-career new hires are not assigned mentors or coaches. Newly minted university graduates are assigned mentors that reside thousands of miles away from their worksites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give aging managers packages and allow them to leave with dignity. Far too much young blood comes, gets trained, and then leaves as they come to realize there is no room for them to move up. You have several mutually exclusionary choices: 1.Either, cease recruiting from the top academic programs where high expectations for meaningful and rapid advancement are the norm or, continue landing top talent and make room for them. 2. Stay within Deere's comfort zone and find less ambitious talent that are a better match for Deere's hierarchical succession practices.

    No one is winning in the current hire, train, lose, and then rerecruit environment that exists at Deere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    John Deere is a great company, there are better places to work than in the JDAS group.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

    Pros

    JDAS is a division of John Deere that provides information services to the food supply chain. John Deere is a great brand and a terrific company so it is good to be part of that organization. The main benefit is being part of John Deere.

    Cons

    JDAS itself is mired in bureaucracy. Senior Management is disengaged, unable to make decisions, and fails to communicate with employees. For each of the past four years there have been major reorganizations, adjustments of job rankings, and shifts in strategic direction. The result is a constant state of confusion, concern, and inability to focus on the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commit to a strategy and follow through. Make decisions and stand by them. Communicate with the employees: engage in the business, listen to what the issues/opporunities are, provide support and resources to get things done.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Stable, Good benefits, diversity problem

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company is Stable.
    Good Short Term and Long Term bonuses.
    Technical work is not hugely complex.
    More emphasis on QA.

    Cons

    Big Diversity and Inclusion problem.
    Hard to establish new ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be more diverse and inclusive from the heart, not just put that in the performance review for paper work purpose.
    Make sure, yearly review and performance review are maintained in reality in concert with what's written in the company's policy.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good if you are fresher or getting a position as manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Pune (India)

    Pros

    If you are lucky you will get chance to work abroad and work in real John Deere.
    Usually dotted line manager and leadership will be from US and Europe and you will learn many things from them.
    PMP certification is valued.
    You will learn how to deal with very smart competing colleagues, you will be pro in politics.
    You will see smart technical things which you can use to crack next interviews.
    Keep count of work every hour will make you more efficient.

    Cons

    Rat race makes everyone pull other person's leg hence bad work environment if you are in TCI.
    You get the feeling that you are either manager or nothing
    Qualification and experience is more important than gender diversity
    You will be in bad position if you have 6 years of experience and not joining as team lead or above or you joined as fresher and could not grow much in first 5 years. Your masters degree is useless then.
    Foreign opportunity takes its toll by delaying promotions, you can either get one of those.
    Work will never finish so if you want to do any external certification while on job, don't get married as the job will keep you busy for 12 hours a day considering traveling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit experienced people
    Dont put someone without any relevent experience to lead the ones who are actually WORKING

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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