John Deere

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John Deere Reviews in Urbandale, IA

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
561 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Seems to promote a work life balance-there are quite a few married couples here (in 78 reviews)

  • Decent pay and benefits, relaxed work enviroment (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • As much as they preach its importance, forget about work/life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Lots of middle management, navigating of bureaucratic meetings-oriented matrix culture (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Intern: excellent work environment with engaging work and employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineering Intern in Urbandale, IA
    Former Employee - Product Engineering Intern in Urbandale, IA

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

    Pros

    - Friendly coworkers
    - Opportunity to do work that provides value to the company
    - Good pay

    John Deere is a company that takes pride in its work, and even moreso in its employees. It's a huge melting pot filled with smart and engaging people. I was never bored nor did I feel like I was doing "paper pushing" type work. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the company!

    Cons

    - Not too many opportunities to network with other Interns outside of work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work..,

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbandale, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbandale, IA

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, very autonomous work, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Some divisions are turning a little too political driving their own agenda with little care for employee development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down red tape.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Customer services

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Services in Urbandale, IA
    Current Employee - Customer Services in Urbandale, IA

    I have been working at John Deere as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    John Deere is good Company to work for, they are smart in Management and care about customer.

    Cons

    I'm working under contract, I'm not John Deere employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to keep good employee and give them opputunity to become Deere employee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great workplace with fantastic culture of enabling teams to do what's necessary to succeed. Coworkers are intelligent and great to work with. Company has been around for 175 years and has great business prospects for the future.

    Cons

    While some of Deere's younger businesses and acquisitions are definitely not manufacturing, senior management continues to organize business units as manufacturing cost/profit centers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the trend of enabling decisions to be made at lower levels. Further promote telecommuting as a way to benefit both employees and the company. Invest in business opportunities based on the risk/reward they present, not on the cost/profit they have exhibited to date.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Absence of Career Growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineering Supervisor in Urbandale, IA
    Current Employee - Product Engineering Supervisor in Urbandale, IA

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

    Pros

    Great employees, driven for success.

    Cons

    No accountability, Good old boy's network, no career growth if you were hired in mid-career. The do-ers are not heard by Mid level management. Absence of career growth for Senior supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold folks accountable for projects that over budget and are being run without planning of any sort. Mid Level Management has a habit of not painting the correct picture to senior management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun place to work--great people! Too much emphasis placed on Dealer and Factory experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Program Manager in Urbandale, IA
    Current Employee - Product Program Manager in Urbandale, IA

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Excellent people who are committed to building the brand--not many people leave (this is good and bad). Salary is acceptable--Deere makes up for smaller salary with very nice yearly bonuses based on overall company performance. 401K match is outstanding--10%. Recent facility changes have made it a more fun and lighter place to work.

    Cons

    Although there are always opportunities available (internal), career advancement can be somewhat challenging if you gained expertise outside of traditional Deere channels. There is a bit of an "old boys" network which is driven from years of Dealer-channel and Factory-centric mindsets--even in IT and software delivery where the context is different! Deere will always be geographically challenged to lure top talent. If you grew up in Ag and/or like to live live 3 hours from everything else, Deere is perfect for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take greater strides to keep talent and accept a distributed workforce model.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Working as a contractor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Urbandale, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Urbandale, IA

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Talented people, very friendly offering you help when needed. Flex hours. middle management tries to address your issues.

    Cons

    After a change in management, new managment (this happened back in 2010) tried to prove itself by dictating some unrealistic deadlines. Adopted Agile methodologies. At that time, there were a lot of changes going on. More than one would expect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your engineers and get their buying before you make your decisions behind closed doors.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed in employee recognition

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Leader in Urbandale, IA
    Current Employee - Development Leader in Urbandale, IA

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    Flexible Work hours
    Great R&D
    Great Employee Engagement
    Competitive salary structure
    Good retirement plan

    Cons

    Very little to no employee recognition
    Uses the good old boy network to hire middle managers
    Performance review does not count for much with respect to advancement
    No accountability when it comes to low performing employees
    Some Managers have a my way or the highway attitude.
    Lots of promotions occur in back room deals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have initiated a section of people goals in performance review. If I had to provide a review of the Higher Management at Urbandale, you have failed in your people goals. Please stop using back room deals and good old boy network to hire and promote people.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great global company with great benefits and opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Urbandale, IA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Urbandale, IA

    I have been working at John Deere

    Pros

    - Salary and benefits are among the best.
    - Strong opportunities for high performers.
    - Challenging and exciting work
    - Wide array of potential jobs offering varied experiences.
    - Great coworkers, management, and leadership.

    Cons

    - US jobs are primarily in the Midwest.
    - Long work hours can be almost mandatory in some situations.
    - Company is very old and very conservative. Still pretty slow moving, but getting better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Continue to focus on developing and retaining talent to ensure the company's long-term performance.
    - Utilize more forms of recognition. Build personal relationships between management and employees. Recognize employee behavior and dedication, not just results.
    - Eliminate barriers between functions (accounting, IT, engineering) to promote collaboration on a daily basis.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Urbandale, IA
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Urbandale, IA

    I worked at John Deere

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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