John Deere Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great company but may require hard physical work, fast pace, long hours, stress, and some frustrating situated at time.

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    Current Employee - Asembler Technician in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - Asembler Technician in Dubuque, IA

    I have been working at John Deere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Bring a part of the union and all the great coworkers building the best equipment in the world. Holiday shut down, clean factory, and when the final product is finished it's a proud piece of satifaction.

    Cons

    Cipp equal more work less pay unrealistic line rates with amount of production workers.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your workers that build your products more instead of giving it to wallstreet fat cats.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Too many chiefs AND too many indians

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    Former Employee - Wage Pool Employee in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Wage Pool Employee in Waterloo, IA

    I worked at John Deere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits (insurance, profit sharing etc)

    Cons

    Low pay, in my opinion. No matching a person to a job based on skills. Move people around departments randomly whether they want to change jobs or not. Continued hiring many when numerous current employees had nothing to do.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire 6million people to fill 500 jobs. Promote from within. Stop completely ignoring wage people without even interviews for salary positions applied to.

  3. No work life balance, Bad lower management

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

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good Peer Support,
    No much work load
    Good benefits
    Good for GETs

    Cons

    TCI has started working in Bshift: Timing 2PM to 11:30PM which is worst in company like John Deere
    No work life balance
    Good policies but not being followed always

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Happy for over 30 years until I received a gender desgrimatory boss

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    Current Employee - Manager in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Manager in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at John Deere

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

    Pros

    Freindly teams. Many nice people positive reinforcement in early years

    Cons

    .It has turned into a good ole boys club with only a few women and .minorities in management. The HR dept is a joke their only real job is to cover up and. Keep Deere from getting sued.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up HR from top to bottom. Develop a proactive modern dept. Get ride of the hostile managers and bring in real leaders.If someone is from a gender descrimmiation society send him back to where he came from or fire him

  6. Helpful (3)

    Great global processes and systems, poor people practices and complacent work culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Manager in Pune (India)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    John Deere has some great global processes and systems. The organization gives a very good global / cross cultural exposure. There are lots of internal opportunities and job rotations available. Good work life balance. People are supportive and friendly.

    Cons

    Extremely political environment, favoritism and biases are rampant. Merit or good performance will not get you anywhere at John Deere. You need to be in the good books of the right people to succeed here. There is an overall lack of ownership and accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Drive a culture of meritocracy, take team feedback seriously, value your talent. Reward the right behaviors.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Overall ok ok, Good work life balance, Limited learning Scope, Opaque HR and management Policies,

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

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

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

    Pros

    1. Ample amount of training to choose.
    2. Work life balance, No pressure of work.
    3. Cool place for manager Position.
    4. No Work Pressure.

    Cons

    1. No value for technical Talent.
    2. Higher management has no Vision.
    3. No interaction with HR, Opaque HR policies.
    4. Too many processes to follow, one may get irritated.
    5. You have to stay 9 hr daily in office even though you have work or not.
    6. Compensation and benefits are limiting per Year.
    7. Employee Engagement activities take precedence over technical work.

    Advice to Management

    Value our technical resources because they will in tern add value to your company. Don't give priority to processes over work. Bring bit aggressive culture to company.

  8. Helpful (4)

    Too much hype, not what was expected

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Architect in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Architect in Moline, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Friendly co-workers
    Flexible Hours
    Training available upon request
    Strong commitment to corporate values

    Cons

    Unstructured work environment (most meetings lack structured agenda, inadequate communication both within and across organizations)
    Easy for employees to get lost in organizational structure and be non-productive
    Provide safe work conditions (i.e. my office location at headquarters flooded with water after every heavy rain and was not addressed (possible OSHA concern)
    Location of headquarters (Quad Cities area) makes it a challenge to attract top talent due to inadequate infrastructure (poorly maintained roads and bridges),
    Potential employees should consider high property taxes compared to other metro areas, limited advanced medical care and top doctors, and portions of area do not provide 24x7 non-emergency police.
    Exposed to several Inexperienced managers providing oversight on high profile and high risk projects
    Not challenging enough for me to remain competitive
    Did not experience the "Deere will take care of you"
    Flawed exit interview process (i.e. HR does not conduct face to face exit interviews)

    Advice to Management

    Needs significant organizational restructuring within IT. Too many Technical Architects overlapping each other. Hire and promote experienced and successful leaders and managers (i.e. require certification). Too much hype and emphasis on Agile development,

  9. Helpful (3)

    Mediocre

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Assembler in Waterloo, IA

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

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

    Pros

    Pays well for the area. Most coworkers are great to work with. Supervisors so far have always worked with me during an emergency.

    Cons

    They where one a very family oriented company but over the years they have lost most if not all that and focus primarily on shareholder value.

    Advice to Management

    Shareholders do not make, sell or buy farm equipment. Let's get our focus back in the right place.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Meh

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Assembler in Des Moines, IA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    When they are busy you work a lot of overtime for nice paychecks. The health benefits are fantastic.

    Cons

    When there is little demand you get laid off quite a bit. Pay is lacking and their pay for performance plan CIPP is a joke.

  11. Helpful (5)

    selloffs, layoffs, and outsourcing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Johnston, IA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Johnston, IA

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice salary.

    Cons

    The company has a history of purchasing companies like John Deere Wind, John Deere Water, and John Deere Credit and then selling them off (including employees) when they don't pan out. After announcing large expansion at John Deere Waterloo and accepting millions of dollars in tax credits the company turns around three months later and lays off 400 people at the same facility and hundreds more at others. Management has an active policy to hire people from India and is in the process of transistioning key knowledge to those teams in an attempt to save money.

    Advice to Management

    Live up to your values and honor commitment and integrity and start by starting with honoring your commitment to local farmers who use your products because they're made and supported locally. Honor your commitment to the communities you do business in and stop appearing with the governor of Iowa and promoting STEM but then forming an active policy to ship STEM jobs to John Deere TCI in India.

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