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John Deere Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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  • Work/life balance isn't promoted like it used to be (in 35 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Builder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Welder
    Current Employee - Welder
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great job i would def suggest others to apply.had a kid and needed
    To become a stay at home dad

    Cons

    No overtime. The comute to the job site was hard on my car and hard on are day care pick up

    Advice to Management

    Please keep putting fourth a positive judgement towArds your position, room for growth within this company.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "assembler"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Assembler in Waterloo, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    decent pay and profit sharing and cipp pay

    Cons

    alot of hours, horrible management. By far the worst company I have ever worked for, alot of backstabbing by management to its wage workers

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Crappity crap crap"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None stay away far far away

    Cons

    Uppity middle management that is power hungry and going no where


  4. Helpful (3)

    "A Dinosaur worth staying away from"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Director in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Global Director in Moline, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    some good people...brand image opens doors...mostly friendly people

    Cons

    inflexible...the height of cronyism...so many people hire and promote their friends and relatives...very very ery closed culture..not progressive at all. if you like change stay aways...this company is so old school.

    Advice to Management

    open your eyes and see the progress around you.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Team Lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Team Lead in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - IT Team Lead in Moline, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best place to work if you need to live in the Quad City area. Might be a good place for a single woman to find a husband since nepotism is encouraged

    Cons

    Nepotism and cronyism rule this company. Top ranking women have been demoted and/or forced into retirement. Pay is no longer competitive. I worked there 19 years. It is not the company I hired into. The corporate culture has changed to one of dishonesty. It's every man for himself. No one cares about Deere only their own advancement. Back fills and new hire are from India starting from the top down.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't run one of the five oldest companies in the US into the ground. Many people depend on this company. Treat your employees fairly and with respect


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Trainee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Trainee in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Trainee in Moline, IL

    I worked at John Deere (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Learning opportunity for freshers...

    Cons

    Poor management and poor supervisors...

    Advice to Management

    Improve good HR practice.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "who cares"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Nonething in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Nonething in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good pay thats about it. there are really no benefits to working here, atleast not for me

    Cons

    i don't care about this company to be honest. they suck and are really rude, plus they never credit you on there work never.

    Advice to Management

    try working more with your employees, and try to build them up not tear them down.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "This place is horrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fork Lift Driver in Janesville, WI
    Current Employee - Fork Lift Driver in Janesville, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If I could think of a pro, I would tell you. There are none.

    Cons

    Long hours, poor pay, horrible management. Treat employees miserably.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the people that do the work for you.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Support Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The cafeteria food is pretty good. If you're able to drink the corporate kool aid, you might like more than that. Good if you're straight out of college and can handle working alone in a call center environment.

    Cons

    Dishonest information given to new hires from contracting agency/jdf. It's depressing shaking down down and out farmers for money in collections. High turnover. Said 3 months contract then full time. Took almost 6 months, then they let most contingent hires go. Very little communication about it. Contingent employees are not treated as real employees. Will send you a spreadsheet of how long you spent in the bathroom at the end of the month.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Unsatisfying, Frustration & "tow the line" propaganda"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Moline, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay if you are in the right rural area then this could be your only choice, otherwise nothing positive to say from an IT/IS standpoint.

    Cons

    Management propaganda about working for the company is amateur and suffocating. Inundated with news letters, team building meetings by underqualified leaders and lack of a concise direction with regards to moving the company forward into the next decade. The company is extremely cyclical due to Ag division running the company, even though Senior leadership denies it thus producing often changing direction. This promotes high levels of job frustration as you are forced to plan out in a years advance goals that you would like to accomplish, which in turn is directly tied to your merit increases. Success at your daily work is a moving target due to changes in leadership direction. Through the looking glass makes John Deere appear as a stable and satisfying environment to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on working with your employees as opposed to micromanaging them to death. Put more faith in their abilities since they are the ones' that are doing the work given the "current" direction posed by team leads. Remove the distractions of communications and set forth a stable work approach instead of "throwing a dart" all the time. Confusion in the workforce is your enemy.


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