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DuPont Pioneer Reviews

Updated January 7, 2017
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  • Long hours in the summer heat and limited upward mobility without formal education (in 16 reviews)

  • Work Life balance is difficult in fringe areas that have big geographies to cover (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Too bad a corporate raider took over"

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

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Few. Good people to work with but stress is very high.

    Cons

    Awful management, the only person who ever reviews you is your direct reporting boss. If he sucks (almost always a "he") then your life will be awful. Fired two-thirds of staff in a growing company. This company will go down further, fast, with Ed Green in charge.

    Advice to Management

    Forget the merger and focus on sales outside of the U.S.


  2. "What A Mess™"

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    Former Contractor - Software Developer in Johnston, IA
    Former Contractor - Software Developer in Johnston, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Conveniently located outside of the city. Easy commute if you're coming from the north. I have heard the pay is better than at most other places in the Des Moines area.

    Cons

    The software development process is in desperate need of refinement. Some practices that most teams stopped using a decade ago are still in use here. The choice of tech stacks is confusing given the problem domain. Suffers from "Not Invented Here" syndrome. Average competency level is low so object-oriented and functional design principles are foreign and not accepted almost as a rule. Brooks Law is in full effect with the large number of developers working on a single project. Requirements are not well analyzed and stories are poorly planned leaving much of the load on the developer to figure it out as they implement features. Cut and Paste and Cargo Cult are the programming styles of choice. Constant changing of the guard in management.

    Advice to Management

    Solicit anonymous feedback from developers to get a feel for the morale and confidence of the group. Consider looking at the development process and refining it so that it developers can easily implement well tested, high quality code. Don't just do things because you heard Facebook does it. Pioneer is not Facebook.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Was once a great place"

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    Current Employee - IM Manager in Ankeny, IA
    Current Employee - IM Manager in Ankeny, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have over 25 years with Pioneer. I have seen a lot of great things happen when Pioneer leadership was in charge. Before DuPont took over we experienced some bad market conditions. Much worse than of current market conditions. Pioneer always survived and found ways to grow through these times and retain staff and keep the eye on the prize. Pioneer still have some great people who are trying to hold on to their career. DuPont is making it difficult by grabbing all their profits and disabling Pioneer to survive as they have done in the past.

    Cons

    Most Pioneer management and upper management have been pushed out by old arrogant Plant management from DuPont. These people do not have an AG background and disrespect for Pioneer success in the past. DuPont's track record as of the past 15 to 20 years is terrible and known for ruining companies to the point that have to sell them off and cut their losses. They have done the same thing to Pioneer. They have run the company into the ground and now are going into a tail spin. They are cutting jobs and replacing with DuPont people who do not have a clue on the AG side of business. DuPont puts on a front that they have great respect for people and ethics and they shove this down your throat. Yet their actions do not display this.
    Now with the merger of DOW and then a split into three companies DuPont has announced the leaders of the AG company. No surprise that they are all DuPont Executives who again have helped DuPont go into a tail spin and take Pioneer down with them. DuPont is just a bunch of money grabbers that has disabled Pioneer's beliefs and abilities to be the great company that they once were. Will be interesting to see if they survive. Right now its like working with people who are near death and is a very depressing environment.
    They give spirit surveys once a year and are very upset when they don't come back favorable and they punish Pioneer for their honesty.
    Paul Schickler is Pioneer and CEO of just Pioneer, but the CEO and executives of DuPont have pretty much disabled him to practice as Pioneer has in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Put Pioneer back in charge of its own destiny and get DuPont executives and management out of the way otherwise Rest in Peace Pioneer. You once were the greatest Ag company in the world.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of Core Values at Senior Leadership Level"

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    Former Employee - Field RIM in Johnston, IA
    Former Employee - Field RIM in Johnston, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with my peers. The bonus structure was good before it was changed.

    Cons

    Blatant discrimination against women. If you aren't part of the "boy's club" you will never get promoted, despite exceeds performance reviews. Senior leadership are absolutely clueless. Research IT is sinking fast under the latest annual org structure.

    Advice to Management

    Try following the core values instead of just preaching them. Respect for People includes those below you. After all, they are the ones doing the work. And Highest Ethical Behavior goes out the window when you promote your friends twice within 18 months (which is not supposed to be allowed under HR rules). But since promotions aren't announced, you think you are getting away with it. Some of the best workers there are women, don't let them walk out the door like I did.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Research sciemti"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed
    Flexible hours
    Pays well
    Good for killing time

    Cons

    Politics than science
    Lack of science competition

    Advice to Management

    Talent retrntion is a problem


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Worst Management"

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    Former Employee - Production Technician in York, NE
    Former Employee - Production Technician in York, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Weekly Paychecks are a plus, although the wages are based not on ability but on formal education. Raises aren't given.

    Cons

    Horrible Management, horrible hours, shifts switch at the drop of a hat, zero respect for employees, no moving up in the company, no work life balance, favoritism runs rampant, horrible temporary employees, management driven by numbers, no one cares how the work gets done. sub par work practices and questionable means to achieve their results. All in all the worst, least beneficial, unpleasant place to work I've ever witnessed.

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good money, poor research environment and poor location"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The job is well paid and there can be a lot of material resources depending on the field of research.

    Cons

    Short sighted view to please share holders. Molecular biology and molecular breeding research standards are very poor. No significant international research community, mostly locals and people from the midwest. Iowa is not very interesting to anyone from outside of the midwest.

    Advice to Management

    Prior to employment contracts being signed, both the new recruit and their manager should both write an understanding of the position to avoid any problems regarding what is being promised in order to attract the new employee. This should then be viewed by the manager's manager. There should be some kind of onboarding. Onboarding is non-existent from a new recruit's perspective.

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    "Not good company for software developers"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Johnston, IA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Johnston, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Big Name in the market
    - Decent Salary
    - if you like politically driven environment where how many people you know matters more than your talent then this is the place for you. You wouldn't be disappointed here in this aspect.

    Cons

    - Very sloppy work environment.
    - Developers are not valued
    - too much politics

    Advice to Management

    Hire better IT managers.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "In decline"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good colleagues
    Moderate to good compensation

    Cons

    Poor strategy and execution
    Little to no innovation
    Micromanagement by DuPont
    Constant reorganization and cost cutting
    Managing to quarterly financials rather than long term business goals
    Poor leadership
    No opportunities for training, growth, or promotion

    Advice to Management

    DuPont should stop thinking that they understand the ag industry and business, they are destroying this company bit by bit. DuPont has not hit its earnings forecasts in years, and this ineptitude is now foisted onto Pioneer. Trust Pioneer to understand its business and make its plans and decisions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Hedrick, IA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Hedrick, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Most people at Pioneer were very good to work with. The benefits and salary were good and the scheduled hours were very good.

    Cons

    Often overtime was required and we didn't know until the day of when the temp called in sick. The immediate supervisor at Hedrick was not good and did not understand the systems herself. Between the lack of organization and the few co-workers who were hard to work with it made a good job not very enjoyable.

    Advice to Management

    Replace those people and you would have applicants lined up for openings.


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