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John Deere Reviews

Updated June 18, 2017
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  • Work/life balance isn't promoted like it used to be (in 35 reviews)

  • Sometimes expected to work long hours without overtime pay (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Amateurish Leadership, No Advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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.


  2. "No Family Life"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker in Milan, IL
    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker in Milan, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Terrible work/life ratio. 70 hour weeks are very common. More focus on goals and metrics rather than on customers and employee engagement.

    Advice to Management

    More manpower at NA-PDC


  3. "Construction and Forestry (C&F) is the Worst Division at Deere to Work for"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dubuque, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    None, I haven't seen any.

    Cons

    John Deere is overall a good company, but the Construction and Forestry (C&F) division has one of the most racist cultures among Deere's divisions. I have worked for other divisions and they are not even comparable with the C&F division. Since Deere's main core business is in the agriculture industry and as they don't have a good market standpoint in the construction industry, the working environment here is completely different. They are struggling to have a strong profit share and would put all the pressure for beating the competition in the construction industry (with leading companies like CAT, CNH, Volvo, etc.) on young engineers. They think they are the best in the world and would say this every day to new hires and make them feel they are working for the best company in the world. If you want to work here be prepared for a harsh and unprofessional work environment. You would feel like you are stuck in a jail (both in work and location).

    1. Lack of diversity
    2. No work/life balance
    3. Micromanagement is a favorite attitude for managers in here
    4. Location is horrible (especially if you are non-white American)
    5. Gossips flying all around the company
    6. Unreasonable deadlines for projects
    7. Discrimination based on your skin color
    8. No career growth (you have to stay here for maybe a decade to get a promotion)
    9. Threat for being terminated from management
    10. HR is not any help to the employees at all
    11. Very very old school
    12. Lack of investment in employees (They can be very cheap and greedy in training and travels)

    Advice to Management

    Open the doors for diversity.
    Invest in your future by hiring new young talent with different backgrounds.
    Limit the managers from harassing and micromanaging employees.
    Follow the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies.
    Provide career growth path to young engineers.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointing career with lots of unethical behavior by leadership, especially in the IT field."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Manager in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Moline, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still make a good product but quality has slipped in the last 5-10 years

    Cons

    Unethical practices setup by HR and are used by many departments to justify false pretense and bad management.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Unsatisfying, Frustration & "tow the line" propaganda"

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Moline, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay if you are in the right rural area then this could be your only choice, otherwise nothing positive to say from an IT/IS standpoint.

    Cons

    Management propaganda about working for the company is amateur and suffocating. Inundated with news letters, team building meetings by underqualified leaders and lack of a concise direction with regards to moving the company forward into the next decade. The company is extremely cyclical due to Ag division running the company, even though Senior leadership denies it thus producing often changing direction. This promotes high levels of job frustration as you are forced to plan out in a years advance goals that you would like to accomplish, which in turn is directly tied to your merit increases. Success at your daily work is a moving target due to changes in leadership direction. Through the looking glass makes John Deere appear as a stable and satisfying environment to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on working with your employees as opposed to micromanaging them to death. Put more faith in their abilities since they are the ones' that are doing the work given the "current" direction posed by team leads. Remove the distractions of communications and set forth a stable work approach instead of "throwing a dart" all the time. Confusion in the workforce is your enemy.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "This place is horrible"

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    Current Employee - Fork Lift Driver in Janesville, WI
    Current Employee - Fork Lift Driver in Janesville, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If I could think of a pro, I would tell you. There are none.

    Cons

    Long hours, poor pay, horrible management. Treat employees miserably.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the people that do the work for you.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "who cares"

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    Former Employee - Nonething in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Nonething in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good pay thats about it. there are really no benefits to working here, atleast not for me

    Cons

    i don't care about this company to be honest. they suck and are really rude, plus they never credit you on there work never.

    Advice to Management

    try working more with your employees, and try to build them up not tear them down.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "not great"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Urbandale, IA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Urbandale, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at John Deere as a contractor

    Pros

    good pay and laid back

    Cons

    management only promote their friends


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Trainee"

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    Former Employee - Technical Trainee in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Trainee in Moline, IL

    I worked at John Deere (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Learning opportunity for freshers...

    Cons

    Poor management and poor supervisors...

    Advice to Management

    Improve good HR practice.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Team Lead"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Team Lead in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - IT Team Lead in Moline, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best place to work if you need to live in the Quad City area. Might be a good place for a single woman to find a husband since nepotism is encouraged

    Cons

    Nepotism and cronyism rule this company. Top ranking women have been demoted and/or forced into retirement. Pay is no longer competitive. I worked there 19 years. It is not the company I hired into. The corporate culture has changed to one of dishonesty. It's every man for himself. No one cares about Deere only their own advancement. Back fills and new hire are from India starting from the top down.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't run one of the five oldest companies in the US into the ground. Many people depend on this company. Treat your employees fairly and with respect


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