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John Deere Reviews

Updated August 19, 2017
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  • Work/life balance isn't promoted like it used to be (in 36 reviews)

  • difficult to gain full time position upon graduation, management is a hit or miss (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "What to expect at Des Moines Works"

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    Current Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer
    Current Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer
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    Pros

    Employees take pride in designing and building the best ag equipment in the world.

    Cons

    It's a large organization and it can be difficult gaining visibility of your actions from upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to better evaluate which tasks should be delegated and which should be managed directly.


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Moline, IL
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    Pros

    Strong background with positive outlook for the long term

    Cons

    Cyclical business but future is bright

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course

  3. "Part time student position -- I work 20-25 hours/wk during the school year and 40-50 during the summer."

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    Current Employee - Inventory Analyst (Part Time Student)
    Current Employee - Inventory Analyst (Part Time Student)
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    Pros

    Great wage for a part time student position! I love the opportunities to network and the interest the company shows in my personal development and growth. I am glad I have had the opportunity to participate in the part time student program.

    Cons

    Very few downsides. I am satisfied with my job at John Deere. One thing I wish was different is that it seems that employees are sometimes treated as expendable resources rather than human beings (especially by upper management).

    Advice to Management

    Great job at leading a winning company! One thing I personally would like to see is a co-op between John Deere and local/organic farmers.


  4. "Overall good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in East Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in East Moline, IL
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    Pros

    Work/life balance, career development, benefits, career mobility

    Cons

    Locations, locations, locations, unless you prefer a small/medium size town atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on the foreign growth opportunities


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Honest management, honest co-workers; rewarding career for those who want to help the company improve"

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    Current Employee - IT/General in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - IT/General in Des Moines, IA
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    Pros

    John Deere doesn't have all the best processes and systems in place; some of the supporting technology is superb and some is nearly primitive; and sometimes Deere is frustratingly slow to act on innovative ideas. But management does walk the talk. For instance, when you hear about some new initiative, you actually SEE people getting hired or moved around to support it. That's not the case everywhere.

    Cons

    Career motion is still happening, but in the lower rungs (e.g., recent college graduates), it seems to have slowed down. Fewer job postings to apply to. You need to network more or carve your own niche.

    Advice to Management

    I've worked at several other places before Deere. Nowhere else did workers and middle management admire their senior leadership so much. There is an almost unbelievable amount of care and enthusiasm here, which extends not just toward Deere but also toward its management. Definitely a culture worth preserving and protecting. Keep up the good work!

    (Note to GlassDoor - Sam Allen, not Bob Lane, is now leading John Deere.)


  6. "Overall a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Waterloo, IA
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    Pros

    Great Compensation, good community, and work-life balance. Great educational reimbursement program available to go back to school.

    Cons

    Little recognition for doing a good job.

    Advice to Management

    Give more recognition


  7. "I am a part-time student."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, IA
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    Pros

    Good work environment.
    Fellow employees are motivated and willing to help you if you need anything.
    Good ethics and management.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can be boring for part-time students, depending on what you are doing.
    The internship program here is good though

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to say

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Deere a great place."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Moline, IL
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    Pros

    Great place to work. Great workers, friends, and managers to work for.

    Cons

    They use to many contingents from Volt Services. Volt takes to much money from their employees. Putting more money in their pocket while asking their employees to do the jobs of higher paid Deere employees at a hugely reduced salary.

    Advice to Management

    Seek out what kind of money Volt is paying their workers. You are paying for a service and paying well only to have Volt take that money from the hands of those doing the work.


  9. "EXTREMELY PROUD TO HAVE WORKED HERE"

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    Current Employee - Part Time Student in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Part Time Student in Waterloo, IA
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    Pros

    This is the best place in NE Iowa to get premiere job experience. I am able to take this experience and the diversity with me everywhere. I was put in sooo many high level situations while here. I am able to hit the groud running wherever i go. Be Green!!!!

    Cons

    sometimes looked over with good things I did

    Advice to Management

    Part Time students do more work than interns and should not be held to a lower regard


  10. "John Deere is a great company to work for and has great people working for it."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, IA
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    Pros

    - Great, helpful people
    - Excellent culture
    - Flexibility
    - Challenging work
    - Opportunities to advance
    - Good compensation
    - Inspirational management

    Cons

    It is difficult to find a real downside to working for John Deere. If there is one, it is perhaps the locations of the company's facilities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. The company is on track to stay on track. A strong, conservative approach in all aspects will help the company continue to command a high market share.


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