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"The ship is sinking"

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Current Employee - Research Associate in Johnston, IA
Current Employee - Research Associate in Johnston, IA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Overall salary and benefits are good. Strong emphasis on safety. Working alongside professional people is great. Stable industry has not been overly affected by economy during the recent recession.

Cons

The current executive management has a mission of driving productivity down by creating open work areas with a staggering amount of distractions. People are saying "we need quiet areas to work" and management just keeps repeating, "This is a pleasant place to work. Look at how pretty it is."

The interior design team spends more time talking about creating an office that "looks good" instead of fostering an environment for getting things done. A whole building full of cubicles was built with poor ergonomics. There is not enough room to put your legs out in front of you underneath your desk and none of the cubicles were equipped with keyboard trays. Then a senior executive stands up in a safety meeting and says "we need be concerned about repetitive stress injuries". Disconnect.

Advice to Management

The continuing development of herbicide-resistant plants and Bt-resistant
insects is a strong warning that the future of biotechnology is likely get
rougher, not smoother.

If you want better productivity, reduce distractions. Things like emails, talkers, phones, meetings, paperwork, etc.

Other Employee Reviews for DuPont Pioneer

  1. "Good, solid place to work."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Johnston, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Johnston, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are good, particularly the vacation.

    Cons

    The management style is very inclusive

    Advice to Management

    Be more open


  2. "Getting closer to Dilbert every day"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Research in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Emphasis on safety. Part time benefits. Good overall compensation package. Training/development opportunities.

    During the late 1990s, early 2000s, management repeatedly shrank research budgets/centers/salesmen, until one day someone realized that Pioneer market share had been decreasing for 10 years. Voila, pump $100 million into research and the performance of products is improving.

    Cons

    According to the DuPont safety principles, "management is accountable" for safety, but every single accident report always pins the blame on the employees.

    Management sits very cozy in private offices while regular employees are being crammed (one new building has hundreds in one room) with short cubicle walls. Employees are screaming in protest. Impossible to concentrate while people around you are talking loudly. Management refuses to admit a mistake and keeps repeating "This is a pleasant and productive work place".

    Management spends way too much time meeting with Wall Street investors.

    Too many HR personnel with not enough to do, so they make needless changes to paperwork and policies every year.

    Advice to Management

    If you keep reducing the quality of office spaces, employees will leave and recruiting will be hurt.

    During the annual budget panic, don't re-evaluate all approved travel and positions. Re-evaluating is a huge waste of time for everyone. Just delay new travel/position requests.

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