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John Deere Reviews

Updated December 16, 2018
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Pros
  • "one of the best companies to work for with amazing work-life balance & open door environment" (in 230 reviews)

  • "Fantastic company that has excellent pay and benefits" (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance isn't promoted like it used to be" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Difficult to add headcount to become full time for senior people" (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (10)

    "DEERE me!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moline, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Green badges have it very nice. Contingent is okay but no benefits."

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    Current Employee - View Extender in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - View Extender in Waterloo, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are generally happy and work together well.

    Cons

    Tough to get a Deere job if contingent. A lot of competition.

    Advice to Management

    I own the stock, so you're doing just fine.

  3. "Good but could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good environment; generally high integrity

    Cons

    Corporate based in Moline, IL. For career opportunities, you must live in Midwest US.

    Advice to Management

    Senior functional leaders at corporate can be closed minded


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at John Deere full-time

    Pros

    A product you can get behind. Great friendly people. Lots of technical expertise in the company willing to help and answer questions.

    Cons

    Old school ways of doing things

    Outdated policies on remote work

    Company culture is friendly but feels like it hasn't changed since the early 90's

    Advice to Management

    Encourage better work like balance and flexible working arrangements


  5. "Gets your foot in the door"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere full-time

    Pros

    You make connections at john deere for core positions.

    Cons

    Contract job so you have to go through and employment agencies which takes a % of your pay.
    You dont get the benefits of core employees.


  6. "Great Opportunities at Internship"

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    Former Employee - Product Engineering Intern in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Product Engineering Intern in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Chance to explore different trades within company, from finance to Engineering.

    Cons

    Sometimes can feel like you aren’t working to your potential: projects are slow and you only play a very minor part of things as an Intern.


  7. "Accounting Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at John Deere full-time

    Pros

    Great Pay
    Great Experience
    Learn A lot

    Cons

    I do not have any cons

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Health Insurance is good
    We also have an HSA to pay for unexpected costs
    If you are a full time employee life is good.

    Cons

    The vision coverage only pays for contact every other year.
    Deere promotes their pay as top of the line, but it isn't the highest paying in my opinion

    Employee recognition has went downhill in the last few years

    Top managers are often shuffled through every 2-4 years and are groomed for higher positions leaving low level employees to fill in the gaps

    If you are a contingent it can be difficult to get hired on

    Deere has never laid off a Salary employee, although contracts and contingent workers have been laid off, so this isnt a completely truthful statement

    The locations are mostly in Iowa/Illinois. if you want to work elsewhere good luck

    They treat the Engineers like Clerks who have an increasing amount of paperwork and BS, including filling in as Supervisor


  9. Helpful (2)

    "ASSEMBLY WAGE WORKER"

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    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Waterloo, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Clean environment to work in

    Cons

    John Deere only cares about its salaried employees and not about the people actually making the tractors. I'm sorry but how can anyone support a family on 20 dollars an hour when you have to pay 10 percent of your income towards your retirement and 10 percent of it to save for post retirement health care. All of these assembly jobs are getting harder and harder barely have time to go to the bathroom and barely make any incentive. Really makes people want to work harder when there is no incentive. Also more and more injuries are happening because people are complacent and tired from being worked so hard. I said my peace and nothing will ever get done

    Advice to Management

    Treat your shop workers like they mean something and quit being so greedy. Work on the quality of the product and not the quanity you get out the door


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Can be a great place to work except..."

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    Current Employee - Sales in Johnston, IA
    Current Employee - Sales in Johnston, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Integrity is more than just a word at John Deere. It cements all of its decisions driven by ethical standards and it will never ask anyone to do anything unethical for any business purpose. One sure way to get fired is to do something unethical. It is clear and there is no gray area. I thoroughly enjoy this about working at John Deere because I never question my decisions when I know it is ethically correct.

    Cons

    The biggest con is that it is a Midwestern company doing business globally, not a global business based in the Midwest. It has all of the tools to attract and retain the highest caliber employee using Video Conferencing, Skype, etc. except that mid-level managers will only allow employees participate in virtual employment when a spouse moves or it runs out of office space. This makes it very hard to advance a career unless you are physically willing to move to the Midwest at some point. The majority of employees went to the same colleges and live in the Midwest, this does not offer a lot of diverse perspectives from other parts of the country or other nations, especially at leadership levels.

    Advice to Management

    Attract and retain talent by using the tools available that allow employees to live in other locations. It will increase productivity and employee satisfaction. Put less emphasis on the various positions employees have held at the company and more emphasis on expertise and experience. We need more experts at leadership levels and not people who have resumes with a new role every 18-36 months. If you do not trust an employee to work virtually, you do not trust that employee regardless of where they live.