John Deere Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Average work satisfaction and no career growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, average health benefits (increase in deductibles yearly), Stable agriculture market giving you better job security compared to other heavy duty diesel engine manufacturers.

    Cons

    Location : in middle of nowhere in Iowa, literally nothing to do unless you farm for fun or have a garage and fix cars/machines.

    Job satisfaction: Greatly depends on where you work and who you work for. If you happen to work for an horrible boss, then pretty much your career is screwed. Upper management will not support you or even listen to you if you have any negative feedback on your direct manager. Career growth is virtually non-existent and they promote only people who are in the good books and from the ole-boy network. Does not recognize the outside experience or talents. Technologically Deere is way behind with competition on techniques and processes, if you WANT TO LEARN ANYTHING THAT IS NEW AND GROUNDBREAKING LOOK ELSEWHERE.

    Lack of work from home flexibility (also depends on your direct manager) and rigid vacation carry over policies make the work place even more challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a check on your middle management they are out of control.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Hard Work Okay Pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Tampa, FL
    Former Intern - Intern in Tampa, FL

    I worked at John Deere as an intern (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Managers were pretty understanding of college schedules

    Cons

    Very Physically demanding work was required for relatively low pay

    Advice to Management

    If you can't pay your workers twice the minimum wage you're doing something wrong.

  3. Great company to work for. Conservative for the most part.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture, benefits, work life balance.

    Cons

    Most locations in the Midwest.

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  5. Fantastic Internship with many lessons learned

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Product Engineering Intern in Waterloo, IA
    Former Intern - Product Engineering Intern in Waterloo, IA

    I worked at John Deere as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Met a lot of great people, the job was enjoyable and I was able to learn a lot. It was a great opportunity.

    Cons

    Mostly all desk work and wasn't a great project.

  6. Summer Intern in the Engine Controls Unit Group

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Waterloo, IA
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Waterloo, IA

    I worked at John Deere as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone at John Deere was extremely helpful and genuine. As an intern, provided various training opportunities (week long GD&T training, Diesel engine basics course, etc) that really enriched the experience.

    Cons

    Waterloo, IA doesnt have much going on

    Advice to Management

    Keep running the intern program this same way!

  7. Part-Time student

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good-work life balance., Good training

    Cons

    Compesation, Fluctuations in Ag markets has huge impact on company

    Advice to Management

    Keep good work

  8. Helpful (3)

    Terrible place to work but great pay and benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at John Deere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Pay benefits and job security are the best in the area.

    Cons

    Takes an unbelievable amount of time and resources to get something simple done. Tons of meetings, a lot of which don't have clear agenda. Lots of politics and ladder climbers.incompetent guys with advanced degrees succeed not guys who are highly capable. This is the 3rd large company I have worked for as an engineer and hands down the worst. It is considered a highly ethical company however my manager has put me in several unethical situations. My experience had been an absolute nightmare. Wish I would have never accepted a position.

    Advice to Management

    Too many managers with poor management skills.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Ankeny, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Ankeny, IA

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits & Salary
    Passionate People
    Meaningful Work
    Flexibility
    Career Growth
    International Company

    Cons

    Work Over 40 Hrs/Wk
    Management Heavy
    Political

    Advice to Management

    Need to let underperformers go. It's said to be almost impossible to be fired from Deere. Maintain work flexibility options (part-time, flex time, etc) even when in a downturn.

  10. Tool Designer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at John Deere

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very organized company. Very good database and design software. Very good machining facilities. Very helpful employees. Very good mentoring and training.

    Cons

    Too many lay offs due to poor profits in 2014 and 2015.

    Advice to Management

    Overall good company to work for.

  11. Helpful (4)

    John Deere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at John Deere full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very strong and stable company with core business which is Big Agriculture in North American.

    Cons

    Very weak positions in Europe, China, India, and Brazil. These are all emerging markets that John has to be better at. Technology-wise, the company thinks it is doing well when it is clearly 3-4 years behind competition and 5-6 years behind other technology areas.

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