John Deere Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. John Deere, ULC - Canadian Head office

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    resigning From the job, and telling them off

    Cons

    Dealing with management, unable to tell the truth


  2. American company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at John Deere full-time

    Pros

    Job security, great training for unskilled people. Great benefits overall especially for American employees.

    Cons

    Poor advancement. Poor wages. Old school hours in mentality focused on quantity of years not quality.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure at a micro level to employ the right people in the right places. Adjust structure for wage employees to advance.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Used to be great, now run fast from Deere when you can

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    Former Employee - Manager in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Manager in Waterloo, IA

    Pros

    Great products, good performance bonuses, low cost of living locations, high level of ethics and conduct expected, good sick leave (no limits), access to training and development, great travel and expense policy, stability, predictability, work schedule attractive for families.

    Cons

    Poor communications, low diversity, not open to change and new ideas, resting on past successes, demographically challenged (many employees have high benefits and don't choose to retire), two tier employee system, poor health benefits, ridiculous policies (office-space inspections, limit on personal items in workspace), new, poor relocation benefit policy in place, no childcare arrangements or assistance, cost cutting affecting future product quality, low morale, employees leaving for many reasons - no motivation to stay long term as company removed health benefits in retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Start to talk to employees, find out why people are looking for new jobs, why they are leaving. Be open to change, risk, new ideas.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Know what your getting into before you come out

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Year end bonus. Almost impossible to get fired. Low cost of living in Deere locations, however these are usually remote locations with almost nothing to do especially if you are young single twenty something. Deere also seems like a job you can work for 30 years, just don't plan on getting ahead.

    Cons

    Nepotism - You have to be a managers family member or know someone to get promoted, or you have to be a local. If your from out of state forget it, you can work here but don't expect to get promoted. Also there is a not invented here culture so don't bother to bring in new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Think about your quality and the customer. Put an end to the nepotism.


  6. They pay decent, but it's not really worth the effort required or work expected from you

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You do get paid a fairly nice salary for a mid-western company, but benefits are falling. They do support personal and career development. I regularly take 80-100hrs of training and certification courses every year. Work hours are very flexible for scheduling around your family and personal time, however, overtime is expected.

    Cons

    New hires no longer receive pensions, healthcare in retirement, and they just changed the healthcare premiums to high deductible accounts with a HSA. Management is more concerned about process control then engineering. Everything is design by committee now. There is really no open and creative environment. You must follow a specified checklist of quality requirements and fill out endless amounts of paperwork for even the simpliest parts. I regularly spend 50% of my time on mindless data entry, 50% of my time in meetings debating engineering changes and talking about the part release process, and then I am still expect to get the engineering work done which usually accounts for all of my overtime.

    Advice to Management

    We have processes to control processes to fill out documents and procedures that no one even reviews for authenticity. We have a one track mind and we are more concerned about having the proper procedure in place then actually designing a quality product. Everyone is more concerned about covering their ass then actually trying to find solutions to the problem anymore.


  7. A traditional company whose positive qualities are outweighed by its conservative work environment.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Urbandale, IA
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Urbandale, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Deere is a well-managed company. There are great benefits, including a defined-benefit pension plan. It is a very stable environment and you have very good job security.

    Cons

    Deere is a very traditional company. I don't think that a diverse work environment is encouraged. If you're not white and Protestant, you probably won't fit in. HR representatives make anti-gay comments, and evangelizing in the office is tolerated. Even though my department was overwhelmingly under 30, most were married and having families (not that there's anything wrong with that, but definitely not a place where single people go to happy hour after work). There is very limited flex time scheduling compared to other firms, especially compared to the west coast. Even with the great benefits, Deere has moved to a High Deductible Healthcare Plan, with deductibles over $2000.

    Advice to Management

    In order to hire and retain young professionals, especially in software engineering, look to companies like Best Buy and Google for model work environments. Flexibility in the day-to-day schedule is the norm rather than the exception. Diversity is encouraged, and non-WASP employees are not alienated.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Lets give the blue collar people a LITTLE credit. Wage people WAKE UP

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembler in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Assembler in Waterloo, IA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I am the common blue collar person at Deere's, it is a job.. I get a pay check and so far Deere's is stable and doing OK.

    Cons

    There isnt enough space here...The management dont give a rats about the blue collar person there, WAY to many snot nose young wage persona that dont have a clue. The pay needs to be raised to match others in the area..I work around wage people all week long and see them do some of the stupided things and waste the companies money like it is water. Wage ppl need to wake up because with out the plant workers getting dirty you have nothing, any fool can market and sell a tractor but lets see you get your nice clean cloths all greasy. Start giving us credit and you just may be very happy with the out come.

    Advice to Management

    The union is the best thing the workers have, without the union we would be making alot less then your quality will drop by 70%... Is it really worth it? Insurance? KEEP IT for the common worker...Give us credit, when we read all the praises on the intra web sight we see all the bragging about the wage ppl, how about the little ppl that does all the dirty work?


  9. Not the place for anyone with imagination.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The building is located convenient to the beltline. There is a decent discount on JD product and good financing available.

    Cons

    Middle management is often incompetent and lets their personal friendships make their decisions for them. It's a highly political place to work with a lot of interdepartmental battling for turf. It's ugly if you have to work with people in other departments and hope to accomplish anything.

    Advice to Management

    Rein in some of the "old-timers"--not the older workers, per se, but the people who have been there forever and are only committed to the "way we've always done it here."


  10. Nothing runs you into the ground like a Deere

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Corporate experience was a benefit for future job oppotunities outside of John Deere

    Cons

    Management Politics Lack of employee development at lower levels within the organization

    Advice to Management

    Hopeless cause! They won't listen.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Alright

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay for the area. This industry does not seem to be going anywhere in the near future. Most people here are respectful.

    Cons

    Most of the workers are contracted. The salaries are backwards. This is the only place I have ever see that pays a person more to put a sticker on a tractor, than the person managing all of the inventory in the plant. Not a whole lot of sense behind that.

    Advice to Management

    Stop tryig to save money by contracting people out. The labor union is where the money is being wasted. pay the managers on all level more than a guy that turn a nut or puts on a sticker.



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