Vermeer

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Vermeer Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
11 Reviews
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    Summer Intern at Vermeer

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Vermeer as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    People there were very nice and willing to help out

    Cons

    tense work schedule, high percent of repeated work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Tough for EEs

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Pella, IA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Pella, IA

    I have been working at Vermeer

    Pros

    Good benefits ambitious projects decent pay

    Cons

    Lack of basic respect for engineering roles from management, especially EEs.
    Most managers use their position to bully and mock.
    Way too much childish behavior.
    When traveling, excessive drinking has become prevalent in the corporate culture.
    All in all its a lot like being back in high school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on building respectful environments.
    Promote from within, external hires rarely respect the work done in the dept.
    Eliminate redundant management positions to stop the social crowds it creates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Assembly worker

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vermeer

    Pros

    The work is a bit repetitive on the line. That being said, if you are someone that is willing to do extra things you can learn other jobs by helping others if you finish your work a little early. Managers are mostly easy to work for. Morning and lunch stretching to prevent injuries and the jobs are safe. Employees are usually pleasant to work with and helpful. Vermeer makes several types of machines so there are 7 plants to work at. Employees can apply or bid on any job they post internally. They offer an onsite Pharmacy, Medical Services Building ( for Vermeer employees and their families), & a daycare. Vermeer is a very good place to work I think.

    Cons

    The hours are usually 9 or 10 hour days throughout the busy parts of the year. Assembly line issues can take a long time to be resolved by engineering. Being heavily invested in LEAN manufacturing they change our work processes too often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Work place quality is manager dependent.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vermeer

    Pros

    Company is very family focused.

    Cons

    Department managers are left to run departments as they see fit. Lack of corporate oversight results in many mixed corporate messages and varying employee satisfaction.

  6.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Pella, IA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Pella, IA

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

    Pros

    Company values, flexibility, pay and benefits

    Cons

    Depending on who you are if you see advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone equally, not showing favorites

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company Strong Core Values

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vermeer full-time

    Pros

    Vermeer has great core values, family orientated, and is set up for success.
    Diverse markets and leading edge technology
    No union workforce here which makes getting the job done a lot easier

    Cons

    Compensation might not be the highest compared to other large corporate companies but their all around benefits are top notch.
    Since Vermeer is a lean corporation there seems to not be a lot of opportunity to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance definitely leans more towards work as work hours can be very long especially if you have a commute from Des Moines. Not everyone can live in Pella and not everyone should be expected to work 50+ hours a week. Being efficient with your time at work should be more rewarded than being that person who is "one of the last people here" because if that person who works 50+ hours a week did a better job at being efficient and delegating work they could cut their work time down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    My experience was short, but worth it.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vermeer

    Pros

    Feeling of good community of workers. Management cares about you.

    Cons

    Short lunch breaks, weather can affect your body temperature in plant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you're doing.

  9.  

    Good overall, but tough for Electricals

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great area, competitive salary, lots of interesting work. We get to work on a wide variety of machines and have reasonably free reign for invention and experimentation. We frequently work directly with the machines during test and debug and get a lot of outdoor work.

    Cons

    Vermeer's environment is very geared towards mechanical engineering and manufacturing.
    Being a electrical engineer is challenging from a social aspect. I would describe the general Vermeer attitude towards electrical engineers as disrespectful at best, and perhaps even hostile. There seems to be a glass ceiling for us, almost all management comes from a mechanical/business background, even in the electrical/computer groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire up, don't hire managers that have never done the job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Enjoyable workplace but Pella is in the middle of nowhere.

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Pella, IA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Pella, IA

    I have been working at Vermeer full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent family business and very employee oriented.

    Cons

    Young management so sometimes I feel lost for direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great company!

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Pella, IA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Pella, IA

    I have been working at Vermeer as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for learning and growth, great sense of family and caring from upper management

    Cons

    Competitiveness of wages/salaries, opportunities for travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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