John Deere Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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  1. Awful for software and diverse people at C&F Division

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Engineer and Testers in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Engineer and Testers in Dubuque, IA

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits for engineers.

    Cons

    Awful facilities. Does not value diversity. If you are a minority you are treated like garbage. No recognition for software design or testing. No promotion until you're there for >5 years They will dump more responsibility on you without increasing salary or grade. Too many good ole boys networks. Lots of overtime hours

    Advice to Management

    Get some better people skills. Just because you have an engineering degree and a MBA != you are a great manager or have great people skills.


  2. Good company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    The stability in the company is really good.

    Cons

    This company still uses some legacy tools in some areas.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest taking inputs from the team members who are actually responsible for implementation. Good management though.


  3. Intern Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Moline, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment, dynamic training program, opportunities to excel, generous pay, flexible hours

    Cons

    Geographical options for employment after internship


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  5. Great experience

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

    I have been working at John Deere

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I had a wonderful time working in the part-time student program. It gave me great real-world experience while I was still in school.

    Cons

    I was unable to secure full-time employment after this position because the company was experiencing a hiring freeze.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Average work satisfaction and no career growth.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Part-Time student

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (5)

    Terrible place to work but great pay and benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Tool Designer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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