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John Deere Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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  • Work/life balance isn't promoted like it used to be (in 41 reviews)

  • Long,Long Hours which can be boring (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "No good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Software Developer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Contractor - Software Developer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good facilities. and nice people

    Cons

    always equipments and software late up to a week


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Middle-Management is its own worst enemy"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Urbandale, IA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Urbandale, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Decent pay and benefits
    - Good career advancement, IF seeking management track
    - Good working environment, IF you get a decent manager
    - Decent work/life balance, IF you get a decent manager

    Cons

    - "Hire from within" polices encourage ladder-climbing mentality
    - Many middle-managers promoted beyond ability
    - Human Resources (HR) focuses more on protecting company from legal action than on protecting employees
    - Company culture & values are only skin-deep

    Advice to Management

    Find a better way to promote management. Many middle managers job-hop as they climb the corporate ladder, often harming those who perform the actual work of keeping John Deere functioning.

    I worked at Deere for 9 years and received "exceeds expectations" reviews for the first 8 years from 3 different managers. I was forced out the door by an incompetent manager who was obviously attempting to demonstrate management abilities. I was threatened by the HR manager when I questioned fallacies and lies in my internal file.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Little to no work/life balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moline, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoy my job, it challenges me and there are opportunities to take on new tasks to grow myself as an employee and person.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the company is very traditional in the sense that they preach a work/life balance but they do not practice it. I have worked with over 5 people now who have left the company because their request to work part-time was denied. Culture is changing and new graduates are seeking companies that allow them to have flexible schedules, teleworking arrangements, etc. If you are interested in that, this is not the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    Don't say you are going to allow flexible work arrangements to support the needs of your employees while simultaneously denying employees these things when they request it.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Credit Analyst II"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Credit Analyst in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Credit Analyst in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a strong, reputable corporation with an international reach; Compensation and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Work/life balance - must work weekend shifts & 'late shift' every few weeks; I found career development and opportunities within the Madison office to be lacking, especially when compared to the Johnston, IA office; Stressful work environment - handling incoming calls from dealer sales staff/customers/internal JD sales staff who enjoy berating the Credit Analyst for making sound credit decisions; Micromanagement - you will be monitored & benchmarked in all aspects of this position, e.g. "I see you took a 32-minute lunch the other day, can you explain why?"

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like adults, not children.

    Not everything needs to have a metric & be benchmarked for employee performance analysis.


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company turned bad"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comradery amongst co workers at a peer level
    Flexible work arrangements (manager/position dependent)
    401k match
    Beautiful campus

    Cons

    No room for advancement
    No loyalty to employees
    Subpar benefits (other than 401k match)
    Very "who you know culture"
    Very poor employee engagement
    Revolving door and exodus of talented people
    Must be willing to eventually relocate to Midwest if any advancement is possible
    Frequent request to function above pay grade rather than promoting
    Makes it extremely difficult to ever leave company for external positions

    Advice to Management

    Become more invested in your people, those that keep this business running on a daily basis, and value them as such and not simply as a metric on a chart. Understand that although John Deere is a prime employer in some areas, in NC it is behind the times on culture, pay and benefits. Invest in those that work hard to have a positive impact on the business and provide them with a future career path.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "No diversity in upper leadership / mgt"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bettendorf, IA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bettendorf, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong company with good compensation, many locations, and talented workforce. There is a sense of John Deere pride with most that work there.

    Cons

    The diversity in upper mgt and senior leadership is non-existent. As a woman you will likely find the environment riddled with barriers and not inclusive especially in engineering and manufacturing roles.

    Advice to Management

    Top level leadership needs to totally re-vamp their inclusion and diversity footprint starting at the top.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Less money every year,while the company makes huge profits"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits,8 hour shifts,lots of time off summer and winter shutdowns

    Cons

    Rarely work a full work, while other departments work lots of overtime. Very unfair. Lots of unemployment weeks.

    Advice to Management

    truthful communication would be nice


  10. "Lease Credit Processor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lease Credit Processor in Ankeny, IA
    Current Employee - Lease Credit Processor in Ankeny, IA
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance and time off

    Cons

    The department is somewhat disorganized

    Advice to Management

    Look at better ways to create employee dashboards.


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