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John Deere Overview

Moline, IL
10000+ employees
Company - Public (DE)
Industrial Manufacturing
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Since its founding in 1837, John Deere has seen a great many changes in its business, its products, its services. Change always comes with opportunity. And Deere has always been ready and willing to embrace it. Yet, through it all, John Deere is still dedicated to those who are ... Read more

Mission: We work every day to uphold our founder's core values. Integrity, quality, commitment, and innovation are more than ideals we work toward. They are values we live and breathe – values found in every product, service, and opportunity we offer.

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2019 (#63), 2014 (#11), 2011 (#35)

Top CEOs: 2017 (#60)

Company Updates

  • For Deere's Emmanuel Rivera, the move from engineering to human resources has given him a unique perspective on what it means to foster a more diverse workforce in STEM-related careers.

    Rivera is among three of 20 engineers profiled on NBC News Learn’s “Discovering You: Engineering Your World” video series:

    Thank you for sharing your story, Emmanuel!

  • Thank you Gaylord, for your 52 years of dedicated service with us in Waterloo.

    “He bleeds green,” said Kelly Henderson, communications and visitor services manager in Waterloo. He and his wife Vicky farm near Frederika. “His wife’s comment was he builds for John Deere all day long and he goes home and drives a John Deere all night.”

    Worker looks back on 52 years working at Waterloo John Deere plant

    WATERLOO - After 52 years working for John Deere, Gaylord Converse was ready to turn over the keys to his boss. "Gaylord stopped me last week and said. 'It's all yours after next week, Dave!'" said Dave DeVault, general manager of John Deere's Waterloo operations. Converse, of Frederika, retired at the end of January.

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John Deere – Why Work For Us?


There are 7 billion people on this planet. And by 2050, there will be 2 billion more... many moving into urban centers at an unprecedented rate. Making sure there is enough food, fiber and infrastructure for our rapidly growing world is what we’re all about at John Deere. And it’s why we’re investing in our people and our technology like never before in our 180+ year history. Here the world’s brightest minds are tackling the world’s biggest challenges. If you believe one person can make the world a better place, we’ll put you to work. RIGHT NOW.

Why anywhere else?

If you strive to do great work, excel in creative environments, thrive in teams, and live for problem solving — this is the place for you. At John Deere, your ideas, experiences, and values matter. And, you're rewarded in ways that matter: through opportunities for career growth; through experiences in an inclusive, diverse culture; and, yes, through outstanding compensation and benefits programs. Why work at John Deere? Why anywhere else?

John Deere Values Diversity & Inclusion

Marc Howze, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, explains how diversity and inclusion in the workplace helps us be more creative, innovative, and achieve better business results.

Employee Resource Groups

At John Deere, we recognize Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) as a global competitive advantage to accelerate business results. Our ERGs are defined as company-sponsored, employee-run organizations formed around a common dimension of diversity, interest, or experience that affects the workplace. Find out more about the groups at Deere here.

Looking for a career that matters? Looking for an opportunity that leads you in new and exciting directions? What about rewards that show you are welcomed and appreciated? Sounds like you're looking for a career with John Deere. Whether you’re an student, new grad, or an experienced professional, John Deere has the right opportunity for you. Learn more about various John Deere facilities with the videos below: 

John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG)

Want to use your technical skills to design solutions that help feed, clothe and shelter the world? John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG) is hiring embedded software, controls, robotics and systems engineers. If you enjoy using Agile project methods and you thrive as part of a team, explore the career opportunities available at ISG... RIGHT NOW.

John Deere Electronic Solutions 

John Deere Electronic Solutions is a design and manufacturing leader in ruggedized electronic solutions for hard working machines.

As a supporting business of John Deere, John Deere Electronic Solutions strengthens and further differentiates Deere's global business and focuses on activities critical to the enterprise's success. JDES serves the enterprise by developing and/or partnering for solutions that provide reliable and rugged electronic components and systems that function under the most extreme conditions. These components and systems provide differentiating advanced technologies for Deere equipment, which increase our end customers' productivity.

To enhance innovation, expertise and competitiveness, JDES also provides Phoenix branded custom and off-the-shelf electronics and power electronics for original equipment manufacturers worldwide.

John Deere Waterloo Operations 

Right now, seven billion people share this planet. And by 2050 there will be two billion more. Building the technology to feed, clothe and shelter them is what we're all about at John Deere. Take our John Deere Waterloo Operations for example. It encompasses six locations with nearly six million square feet of manufacturing floor space. Its more than 6,000 employees create and build quality products designed to help the lives of your family and families worldwide for generations to come. If you're looking for the career of a lifetime, look at the opportunities available at John Deere Waterloo Operations... RIGHT NOW.

John Deere Harvester Works

The world's population will reach more than 9 billion people by 2050 which means there has never been a better time to join John Deere. Our company is investing in the future like never before. Here, RIGHT NOW, we're building equipment to ensure the world's producers meet the growing demand for food. But we need your help!

Dedicated. Tough. Innovative. That's what John Deere Harvester Works is looking for in an employee. Do you have what it takes? Opportunities are available RIGHT NOW- check them out here.


John Deere Cylinder Works

Commitment, Quality, Integrity and Innovation: At John Deere, we don't offer jobs, we offer careers. We embrace a culture that is accepting and understanding. Current employees tell their story. See what attracted them to John Deere and why they've chosen to stay and grow here.

"Most of my family members have worked for John Deere most of my life. I have a personal passion for community service and volunteerism and there are many opportunities for community involvement supported by John Deere. I currently volunteer for the Quad Cities chapter of Quilts of Valor. I sew quilt blocks for quilts that are given to veterans during a recognition program for their service and to help assist in PTSD therapy. I also serve on the Board of Directors for two local non-profit organizations, Sprouting Minds and Mississippi Valley Quilt Guild. As I track my volunteer time, it’s exciting to know that it’s acknowledged and encouraged to be active in my community. I am two courses away from achieving my Master’s in Economic Development, which is paid for by John Deere. I look forward to utilizing my background in Education and Economic Development to support John Deere's community involvement strategy."
– Andrea, Project Manager

“I am a third-generation John Deere employee. My grandfather, father and uncles worked for Deere in factories. I saw the sense of pride they carried to work each day, and I knew that I also wanted to be a part of that feeling. John Deere has offered me a quality of life and opportunities which I am very grateful for. John Deere is willing to invest in you as a valued employee and the possibilities for development, learning, and networking are endless.”

- Roberto, IT Audit Manager

"My favorite part of the Field Representative Development is the challenging work and projects I get to be involved with. I am able to work on projects that add value to the division and are personally rewarding. In addition to the challenging work, I have a lot of opportunity to travel for work. Whether it is supporting a trade show, a convention or a customer visit the Field Rep program allows me to see parts of the country I normally wouldn’t. Overall, the support I have been given throughout my program is something that is bar none and creates a safe environment for someone just beginning their career."

- Shelby, Field Representative (Rental Sales Coordinator)

"I have been employed with John Deere for over 18 years and have spent over 15 years helping recruit top talent to John Deere at various universities and professional organizations. I enjoy sharing with prospective employees all the opportunities available at John Deere and the impact our company has on society. I also enjoy seeing the impact our recruitment teams have on creating a diverse and inclusive work environment which is a key driver of success at John Deere."

- Chris, Supply Base Manager

"Choosing to do my internship with John Deere gave me the opportunity to expand my horizon from what I already knew. I have spent my entire life on the east coast and I believed it was time to try something new and get out my comfort zone. The opportunity to gain immense hands-on experience, live in the Midwest for the first time, and build my professional network was a chance I just couldn't turn down."

- Geoffrey, Quality Engineering Intern

Meet more of our John Deere employees and hear why they not only chose to work for Deere, but also why they continue to stay, grow, and learn here as well. 

John Deere's internship program allows you to apply the skills and knowledge you're developing at school while contributing to exciting, real-world projects. We regard every intern as a potential full-time employee with strategic importance to our business. We'll provide hands-on experience that's designed to fit your career objectives, that complements your academic work and enhances your learning.

2018 Summer Interns: Why I Chose John Deere

Relive the memories of the summer and discover through photos what it's like to intern at John Deere with the help of John Deere's Summer 2018 internship class: 

John Deere Reviews

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    Great company that is challenging and rewarding. Does have good benefits and good work environment. Great company to work for most of the time.


    Typical work locations are in remote or less developed areas of the US, I.e. not located by or in large cities. Leadership is many times promoted too fast and can create issues for those with experience but not recognized for their capability.

    Advice to Management

    Be sure to continue to coach the leadership that the people are the greatest asset the company has and not treat them like a rental car when they are progressing through their stops up the corporate ladder.

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John Deere Photos

John Deere photo of: Headquarters in the Fall
John Deere photo of: “Coming from a diverse area of the country to the Quad-Cities working at John Deere is like a little piece of home to me."
John Deere photo of: Employees in our Engineering Development program got into the spirit of the season by adopting a local family of five from John Deere's Caring Tree.
John Deere photo of: One way Deere encourages employee development is through sponsored fireside chats or panels with senior leadership and industry experts to explore trends or challenges.
John Deere photo of: John Deere's ERG, Rainbow, has been recognized by Out and Equal as 1 of 5 finalists for LGBTQ ERG of the Year for their work advocating for LGBTQ equal rights in the workplace.
John Deere photo of: "John Deere truly invests so much into their employees while providing work/life balance which I’ve experienced by being able to pursue my MBA in my first few years here.”
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John Deere Interviews



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    Simple process, I had a phone interview then an in-person interview at the headquarters in Moline, IL. I was asked mostly behavioral questions, at my interview, candidates should be ready to answer questions in a way that show their past experience will assist them in being a successful employee at John Deere.

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John Deere Awards & Accolades

  • World’s Most Ethical Companies, Ethisphere Institute, 2018
  • The World’s Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2018
  • Top 100 Best Global Brands, Interbrand, 2018
  • 50 Best Places to Work in the U.S., Indeed, 2018
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Citizens Award, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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