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John Deere Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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  • Work/life balance varies by unit and manager (in 32 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Rigid, inflexible management and few opportunities for advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - IT Infrastructure Analyst III in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - IT Infrastructure Analyst III in Moline, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good 401(k) matching, decent insurance plan, lots of perks for those working at corporate.

    Cons

    Promotions are not a thing, really. If you want advancement, you will need to apply for a new position and undergo the same rigorous screening process as someone off the street - even for a higher pay grade in your own department! Performance management is not taken seriously, and the incentive bonus structure has been eroding for years. I took an early retirement severance package because this company is on a downward trajectory.


  2. "Field employee."

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Moline, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company. There are lots of job opportunities within the many divisions of Deere. Opportunity to work all over the country

    Cons

    There's very much a good old boys club still alive. They promote their inner circle and don't base it off of accomplishments. Very frustrating to crack into.

    Advice to Management

    Your pay structure needs to be revamped. People should be rewarded for the work they do not based off a grid.


  3. "Not a bad place to work"

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    Former Employee - Electronics Design Engineer in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Electronics Design Engineer in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job Security is good. They are pursuing interesting projects.

    Cons

    Not a great place for an electrical engineer looking to specialize in power electronics. Slow to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure I have any.


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  5. "12 years engineering and supply management"

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    Former Employee - Engineer and Then Supply Management Specialist in Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Engineer and Then Supply Management Specialist in Dubuque, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great 401K and pension benefits.

    Cons

    Promotions based on who you know and who you kiss up to. Hard worker comes in second to the good talker that is good at the BS.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let your smart hard workers in the dust. There are many that deserve the promotion or new opportunity and fall short to the great talkers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Middle management review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moline, IL

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

    Pros

    Great compensation & benefits - particularly given company locations.

    Strong HR policies to encourage managers to manage well.

    Overall, people are very nice and it's a collaborative environment with a strong focus on ethical behavior.

    Cons

    Hard to get ahead after a certain point if you're not hand-picked by an executive.

    Even harder if you're a female -- leadership is overwhelmingly male, and males are given more opportunities for advancement.

    Work/life balance varies by unit and manager.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the collaborative, ethical culture.

    Give women more stretch assignments and jobs with more runway.


  7. "Good Opportunity to Grow"

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    Former Employee - Several in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Several in Moline, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bonus Pay
    Benefits
    Shut down and Vacation

    Cons

    Leadership looking only to insiders to promote


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not good for youth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Infrastructure Analyst in Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Analyst in Moline, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at John Deere full-time

    Pros

    Stable
    Yearly bonuses and raises
    Management genuinely care about it's employees
    Many opportunities to improve leadership skills

    Cons

    Locations are terrible
    Not much room or opportunity for growth
    Not very diverse, nor do they seem to make an effort and diversifying
    Many young employees leaving for other opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Open up options in better locations for all employees. Try not to be too political in the hiring process. Take note of the tons of young people leaving your company.


  9. "Territory Manager"

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability, reputation, pay. 401k is good
    and flexible. Good coworkers. Lots of positions within company. Best fit if you are from the midwest.

    Cons

    Very hard to advance. I was lucky to break out into a coveted territory position. In any agricultural downturn company will cut employees focused on Turf products. Too much focus on shareholders and too little on the knowledge base. Many good folks left with the recent separations. No one retires, so no advancement for newer folks. Must relocate many times to prove yourself - but better not want to eventually put roots down anywhere, especially on the east coast.


  10. "Great!"

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    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    few deadlines and plenty of resources. great learning experience.

    Cons

    senior engineers stealing my projects.. leaving me with nothing to do.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "John Deere, you like it or hate it"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Intern in Waterloo, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well known employer, pays well, many resources

    Cons

    Bureaucratic culture, operates understaffed to compensate for periods of production lag


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