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John Deere Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  • Work/life balance isn't promoted like it used to be (in 33 reviews)

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

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  1. "Strong company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Moline, IL

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

    Pros

    benefits is excellent. esp 401k

    Cons

    Location..too cold. winters are brutal there


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Rigid, inflexible management and few opportunities for advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Not a bad place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Field employee."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of Opportunities for Ambitious Software Developers, just don't burn out."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Large Tractors in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Large Tractors in Waterloo, IA

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

    Pros

    I was given a lot of responsibility and was well compensated right out of college. I stayed for 9 years due to the great friendships I made.

    Cons

    Mentors were overwhelmed, so I didn't have a lot of guidance at first. This will vary from one area to another. Being a self-starter keeps you from getting in a bind. If you are competent, you'll find that they really rely on you to "save the day." It's fun to be the hero at first, but eventually, it became standard practice and I left.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes, management chases too many shiny things at once. It is better to focus on 2-3 things at a time, and do them well. Otherwise, you'll be spending more than half your time fighting fires. Good coding/engineering are investments.


  7. "Great traditions, supportive culture, but new leaders are too focused on self promotion."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in Moline, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive base pay, attractive variable compensation plan, and robust benefits. Company encourages and supports people taking career risks. Leadership has greatly improved financial stability, even in down times in the business cycle.

    Cons

    Very political organization and diversity has been heavily weighted in hiring and promotion decisions. Many senior leaders have been brought in from the outside from hotshot colleges and they seem to have more interest in their own careers than the careers of those under them.

    Advice to Management

    Start talking to your employees and taking a genuine interest in their careers and personal life.


  8. "Good company but lots of politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Moline, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to develop across functions.

    Cons

    Politics. Lack of transparency from leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and communicate openly more often.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "No diversity in upper leadership / mgt"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  10. "Lease Credit Processing Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lease Credit Processing Specialist in Johnston, IA
    Current Employee - Lease Credit Processing Specialist in Johnston, IA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities
    Good supervisors
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Farming economy is bad at the moment, but that doesn't have much to do with the management itself. It is just tough here at the moment.


  11. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fargo, ND

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

    Pros

    Well organized.Reputation Company. nice to work there

    Cons

    Limited Time. no benefit for contract

    Advice to Management

    No advices. great company


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