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DuPont Pioneer Reviews

Updated July 3, 2018
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DuPont Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler
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  • "during peak times have to work long hours" (in 19 reviews)

  • "The thinking of upper management when they changed the structure of reporting in research" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer full-time

    Pros

    Fair pay and hours

    Cons

    Mundane tasks that were repetitive for weeks


  2. "Good Co-workers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Hayward, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a great place to work. Everyone is friendly and up beat. The work is easier when people are nice.
    We are encouraged to find work/life balance. Most people decide on their own schedule, some people work early in the morning and leave around 2 pm, others come in around 10 am.

    Cons

    They don't promote women as much as men.

  3. "Science is fun, corporate culture not as fun"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer full-time

    Pros

    smart, kind co-workers, work can make you feel like you are contributing

    Cons

    down-size, merger, down-size, break into three companies, then what?


  4. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with at local level.

    Cons

    Poor, outdated management methods from the top down. "Good ole boy" system of promotion and don't expect to come into the company at a level commensurate with your experience, knowledge, skills, or abilities. It seems to be management expectation to start people far below what they are capable of. There is no apparent reason for this, it just seems that they think it takes time to learn their processes or industry, but it doesn't take anywhere near that much time. It's nowhere near as complex as they make it out to be. Most of them seem to have spent their entire career in this industry and have nothing to compare it to so they tend to overcomplicate everything rather than simplify it. They don't practice what they preach in terms of respect for people, diversity, or inclusion. There is no empowerment of employees and it's completely hierarchical. You can't make any decisions without getting someone's permission, and even then it's usually going to be their way regardless.

    Advice to Management

    This company is likely to begin experiencing a lot of turnover in the next few years and is not prepared to handle that. The company could double their profits, empower their people and improve morale/engagement if they would begin a real lean transformation from the top down. As it is now, they are decades away from being a true world class production company. It could be too little too late with turnover coming.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Don't know day to day if you have a job"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Johnston, IA
    Former Employee - Manager in Johnston, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart people. Fine benefits, including PTO. Beautiful facilities. Fascinating industry. Customers who care.

    Cons

    No job stability. Not managed in Iowa any longer. Much of the talent has either been let go or left. No concern over long-term success- only short-term profitability. No concern over employees. No community outreach or corporate good citizenship.

    Advice to Management

    Get a few leaders in management who actually care about people. Hire leaders who understand agriculture. Stop the bleeding of good employees leaving. Figure out how to keep talented women. End the favoritism over who gets promoted and retained. Develop a successful trait.


  6. "My experience has been good and has been an opportunity to learn network and to advance my career."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunity to meet many people within the company, work outside and be involved with research and development of new corn hybrids.

    Cons

    Long hours with many days away from home while being involved with field research. Difficult to take time off during the summer months.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Monopoly has replaced innovation"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Johnston, IA
    Former Employee - Attorney in Johnston, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, but very stressed and worried

    Cons

    Monopoly position in industry has replaced innovation and research investment

    Advice to Management

    Leave

  8. "Process Improvement Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits, pay was good

    Cons

    Not much accountability, goals were unclear and different depending on who you asked

    Advice to Management

    Hold people at your plants accountable, invest in better equipment, set clear goals and expectations


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Management is a joke"

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    Former Employee - Production Technician in York, NE
    Former Employee - Production Technician in York, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The general plant is ok, and production workers are ok

    Cons

    The management, and the way the place is run, is a joke. They get rid of good employees and keep hiring idiots, to save money. It’s to the point that no one in the area wants to work there,

    Advice to Management

    Change the management, all other seed corn plants in the central nebraska area are run by younger, more educated, personal, that are good to work with


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Enjoy the work but disappointed"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great job with great benefits. If you are willing to work they will keep you busy.

    Cons

    No advancement unless willing to move. Been told for the last four years been doing next level work but no advancement. Also problem employees are usually ignored causing issues with other employees. To many times they management looks the other way to avoid handling the conflict.

    Advice to Management

    Don't talk about advancing your employees and then never advance them. Also when employees express issues to you about co-workers don't ignore it. There's a reason they took the time to express the issues.


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