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John Deere Iowa Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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  • Work/life balance isn't promoted like it used to be (in 36 reviews)

  • difficult to gain full time position upon graduation, management is a hit or miss (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Great Opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at John Deere full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Opportunity lots of opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    Easier to move positions laterally vs vertically.


  2. "Very good with many compromises"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, knowledge sharing, facilities, holidays

    Cons

    Culture, Career Growth and Location

    Advice to Management

    Pls give scope for employee career growth and role changes

  3. "Assembler"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Assembler in Waterloo, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at John Deere full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits you get are great.

    Cons

    Your just a number to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Communication


  4. "Java Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Recommends

    I worked at John Deere (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience. Professional people to work with.

    Cons

    Nothing as such. Nice people to work with anytime.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Contractor - Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Former Contractor - Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at John Deere as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hourly pay is not bad in waterloo IA area , there are plenty paid training opportunies

    Cons

    Contractor has no PTO , no health insurance or all other benefits, dressing code is very strict , no career opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Contractors should be fairly comparing with full-time employees


  6. "Product Engineering Intern"

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    Current Intern - Product Engineering Intern in Waterloo, IA
    Current Intern - Product Engineering Intern in Waterloo, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at John Deere as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Experience! Would recommend to a friend!

    Cons

    Some of the work is pretty boring


  7. "Good Place To Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at John Deere full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    John Deere is a good employer. Pay and benefits are very nice & hard to beat. They value work-life balance, so if you need to leave early for the kid's ball game, etc. it can usually be worked out. If you intern with the company, you're pretty much set up with a job when you graduate. Nearly everyone who is part of the Senior Management Team worked their way up through the ranks -- they value loyalty.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to move up the ladder. It's a good company to work for, so there isn't very much turn-over.

    Advice to Management

    Every employee should have a mentor or be a mentor. I wish I had been given that advice by my manager.

  8. "A company that cares and a great place to learn"

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    Former Intern - Product Engineering Intern in Ankeny, IA
    Former Intern - Product Engineering Intern in Ankeny, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at John Deere as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Well established internship program
    - Overall very nice people who like their jobs and are great about answering questions
    - Most managers don't micromanage, plenty of room to figure things out yourself
    - Adviser program, shadowing opportunities, tours of different labs/factories/facilities, big internship conference every year, ride and drive opportunities
    - The company pays for your travel to the work site and back home (plane ticket or mileage) and they make the living arrangements (you pay the rent, but it's reasonable)
    - Good chances of getting invited back for another internship after doing one
    - The company seems to stick to its values and the employees believe in them

    Cons

    - Sometimes the intern projects are a little thrown together
    - Dominantly male environment

    Advice to Management

    One of my favorite parts of my internship was the opportunity to take ownership of my project, so the hands-off approach was great. I talked with a lot of the other interns though and many of them could have used a little more direction during the beginning. I was given enough guidance right away, but those who don't have enough information are left with almost nothing to do for a few days.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "John Deere"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical/Scientific in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Technical/Scientific in Waterloo, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Positives:
    Challenging work
    Clean environment
    Company is financially sound, for now
    Liberal policies which promote professional development
    Generous benefits, including traditional pension, paid vacation, and bonus

    Cons

    Negatives:
    Geographical locations tend to be remote. Access to service is poor.
    Culture of Hostility towards outsiders
    Nepotism/ Culture of entitlement
    Very poor management at ground level
    Predisposed to issues related to
         egomania / lack of healthy perspectives
         disparate treatment
         malice


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Amateurish Leadership, No Advancement"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Urbandale, IA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Urbandale, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at John Deere full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They look good from the outside

    Cons

    Leadership is amateurish, quick to pigeon-hole you into a meaningless position.

    Advice to Management

    You're not as smart as you think. Give your employees more freedom, and get out of the way.


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