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John Deere Reviews

Updated February 20, 2019
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  • "Work/life balance isn't promoted like it used to be" (in 42 reviews)

  • "I've experienced no cons so far" (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (13)

    "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. "Director"

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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

    Integrity, commitment to customers, employees, communities and business partners, quality focus, and innovation.

    Cons

    Primary US locations are concentrated in smaller markets in the Midwest

  3. "Supply Base Manager"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Freedom, Work LiFe Balance, Career Opp.

    Cons

    Lack of management, politics, decision timing


  4. "Great company with a mission"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team work. Have access to awesome resources to get work done. Work impacts food and fiber production worldwide.

    Cons

    Sometimes slow to adapt to new technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aggressive developing and implementing new technologies.


  5. "Great Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - International Business Analyst
    Former Employee - International Business Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance and company offers lots of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Very centralized and slow to react company. However, this has worked for the company.


  6. "John deer review"

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    Current Employee - Head Engineer
    Current Employee - Head Engineer

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

    Pros

    They are very caring and understand employees' concerns

    Cons

    It was in a bad location for me, forcing me to drive several miles to work


  7. "Secure place to work."

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Ankeny, IA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Ankeny, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security, good pay, holidays off

    Cons

    You can never finish all your work so you have to live with the constant pressure to work more hours. Very political and management tends to promote people like them. Deere promotes diversity but that only seems to be for including people of color or people from different countries and culture. Diversity of personality is not encouraged. You have to act a part and have the personality/persona management wants. There is not opportunity to show your individuality and just be yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Let people be themselves more and have more fun. Stop reprimanding loud people and trying to force quiet people to talk in front of everyone. Celebrate individuality more!

  8. "Difficult to find balance"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer II in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer II in Waterloo, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at John Deere full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    John Deere has an admerable mission, the company has a long history of success. Working as an engineer you have the ability to be rewarded for hard work.

    Cons

    Very political in management of salary employees and dealing with the UAW work force can be very difficult. Do to the political atmosphere management is hesitant to do what is right / needed. Locations are also a major concern as all most all facilities are out in the middle of no where.

    Advice to Management

    1.) Culture, culture, culture.


  9. "Tons of overhead & baggage."

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    Former Employee - Technology Architect in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Technology Architect in Moline, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at John Deere full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Iconic. Stable. Profitable even during downturns.

    Cons

    In IT, _many_ unecessary layers of management with very few technical decision-makers left. Outsourced to lowest bidder. Very little delivered with large expenditures, no accountability or metrics. Projects never get delivered. Mostly just PMs and middle managers circle talking about hopes and dreams. Most talent has left or just stopped showing up. You will be worn down by ineptitudes, lack of alignment, and/or sheer laziness if you try to get anything done.

    Advice to Management

    Shed some weight in the middle management layers. Focus on the work & delivery output. Find some decision-makers, and figure out where you're steering the ship. Get rid of Chiefs and Strategy Leads and City Planners and other forms of BS, and just. deliver. something. Take a 101 course on cost/quality/speed relationship.


  10. "Great"

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

    Pros

    Everything about this company is great

    Cons

    There aren’t any cons to mention