John Deere

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John Deere Reviews in Urbandale, IA

Updated Mar 21, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.6 9 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

John Deere Chairman & CEO Samuel Allen

Samuel Allen

(5 ratings)

86% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Seems to promote a work life balance-there are quite a few married couples here (in 55 reviews)

  • Decent pay and benefits, relaxed work enviroment (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack diversity, work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Lots of middle management, navigating of bureaucratic meetings-oriented matrix culture (in 12 reviews)

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    Great place to work..,

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Urbandale, IA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut down red tape.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Customer Services (Current Employee) Urbandale, IA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey need to keep good employee and give them opputunity to become Deere employee

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Software Development Engineer (Current Employee) Urbandale, IA

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsWhile 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 Senior ManagementContinue 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Absence of Career Growth

    Product Engineering Supervisor (Current Employee) Urbandale, IA

    ProsGreat employees, driven for success.

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementHold 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Product Program Manager (Current Employee) Urbandale, IA

    ProsExcellent 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.

    ConsAlthough 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 Senior ManagementTake greater strides to keep talent and accept a distributed workforce model.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Working as a contractor

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Urbandale, IA

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

    ConsAfter 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 Senior ManagementTrust your engineers and get their buying before you make your decisions behind closed doors.

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    Disappointed in employee recognition

    Development Leader (Current Employee) Urbandale, IA

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

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

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    Great global company with great benefits and opportunities.

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Urbandale, IA

    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 Senior Management- 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Embedded Software Engineer (Former Employee) Urbandale, IA

    ProsDeere 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.

    ConsDeere 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 Senior ManagementIn 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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