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John Deere Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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  • Work/life balance varies by unit and manager (in 31 reviews)

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

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  1. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waterloo, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible workplace. A lot of accommodations for dual income families. Great benefits: health insurance, 401k match and company sponsored pension plan.

    Cons

    A lot of new ideas e.g. Matrix organization appears modern, but also seems to create a culture of everyone believing they're in charge and need to command everyone else. A lot of chiefs and no Indians makes it hard to get even the simplest tasks completed quickly. Also a lot of waste of resources, e.g. performance management very time consuming and really only works when people try to "impress" their boss. Shifts the focus away from real and substantial achievements to subjective "wow" effects.

    Advice to Management

    Business shouldn't be a democracy were employees simply lobby for or against projects or portion of projects. Decisions should be fact based and include a vision for success.


  2. "12 years engineering and supply management"

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


  3. "Software Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Huge growth opportunities in technical skills

    Cons

    none as of now i can think of


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Professional and very welcoming"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Support Specialist in Johnston, IA
    Current Employee - Customer Support Specialist in Johnston, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, everyone wants you to succeed and is helpful, great potential to move up within the company. Almost all of John Deere's customers who are in collections are very nice and just want to work with us. Company gym is always great and you get to learn all of the systems and products in the company.

    Cons

    Always tied to the phones, very micromanaged but it is an entry level position after all. Can become slightly repetitive with some of the calls you get. It is collections work so it can drag your mood down if you don't come prepared.

    Advice to Management

    Management does an all around great job. I have very few complaints everyone is always very helpful, wants you to succeed and move on to do better things within John Deere !


  6. "Good people, average pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Analyst
    Former Employee - IT Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, benefits are pretty, flexibility & autonomy over your work schedule/location.

    Cons

    It's tough to get promoted and the pay is average-to-good, but not great.

    Advice to Management

    When you come across outstanding employees who consistently perform at high levels, ensure they're valued and promoted. The top 10% performers don't wait around hoping for opportunity - they leave and find it elsewhere.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at John Deere (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary, benefits and career opportunities.

    Cons

    Very low merit increases and can be difficult to get work done.


  8. "John Deere - A great place to grow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management works diligently to match an employee's desired type of work with opportunities. A very well company that has learned lessons from their 175+ years of history. Employee engagement is a key metric and managers are held accountable for making positive change.

    Cons

    John Deere has traditionally been very conservative in the speed at which new solutions are adopted (employee and market solutions). While the process of bringing idea to market/organization is getting quicker, it still felt like we lagged the competition in this area. Can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Management can not over communicate during trough times. Find ways to clearly articulate plans that are in place to navigate the challenging times.


  9. "Great company, limited options"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Corporate values are solid, products are well known and ingrained in American culture, good pay

    Cons

    Immense focus on shareholder value at the expense of employees, so much bureaucracy, very staid culture with a significant lack of diversity, upward mobility is very difficult

    Advice to Management

    Walk the walk and don't just talk the talk when it comes to diversifying the work force and supporting flexible work arrangements. It's still a company for middle-aged white men even though corporately they are trying to change. You'll keep losing younger workers unless the culture changes.


  10. "Control Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Moline, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Moline, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, care for employee development, a lot to learn

    Cons

    hard to get promotion, things move slow


  11. "Pricing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere full-time

    Pros

    Vacation, holidays, brand. Reputation, stability.

    Cons

    Location, hard to advance, mid-manageme

    Advice to Management

    No e, te, st, so, to.



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