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John Deere Reviews

Updated September 23, 2017
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  • Work/life balance isn't promoted like it used to be (in 40 reviews)

  • Long,Long Hours which can be boring (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Inventory Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at John Deere full-time

    Pros

    good place to work for

    Cons

    hard to become JD employee


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Amateurish Leadership, No Advancement"

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    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Urbandale, IA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Urbandale, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They look good from the outside

    Cons

    Leadership is amateurish, quick to pigeon-hole you into a meaningless position.

    Advice to Management

    You're not as smart as you think. Give your employees more freedom, and get out of the way.

  3. "Manufacturing Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at John Deere full-time

    Pros

    I currently work for John Deere as a temp. I am getting to know the products and workers better. I feel that I can learn at a fast pace and be a team player.

    Cons

    I do not see any bad things about John Deere. The only thing I would improve would be the CI program. With improving the CI program I feel the company would be more innovative and more successful.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management, is that I am a strong worker. I see great things for John Deere in the future from the CI program to the 5S program and with this the future will benefit John Deere. As a result of this my skills and experience will go hand and hand to help John Deere excel.


  4. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Deere full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility in work/ life balance

    Cons

    Contracted work and contractors cannot apply to actual Deere jobs


  5. "Excellent mid-long term management"

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    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very reliable management decisions and high investment on employee education

    Cons

    Majority of employees are politically conservatives

    Advice to Management

    Continue the excellent job


  6. "Good company turned bad"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comradery amongst co workers at a peer level
    Flexible work arrangements (manager/position dependent)
    401k match
    Beautiful campus

    Cons

    No room for advancement
    No loyalty to employees
    Subpar benefits (other than 401k match)
    Very "who you know culture"
    Very poor employee engagement
    Revolving door and exodus of talented people
    Must be willing to eventually relocate to Midwest if any advancement is possible
    Frequent request to function above pay grade rather than promoting
    Makes it extremely difficult to ever leave company for external positions

    Advice to Management

    Become more invested in your people, those that keep this business running on a daily basis, and value them as such and not simply as a metric on a chart. Understand that although John Deere is a prime employer in some areas, in NC it is behind the times on culture, pay and benefits. Invest in those that work hard to have a positive impact on the business and provide them with a future career path.


  7. "IT Analyst II"

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst II in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - IT Analyst II in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Competitive salary. Good benefits. Stable company.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity of advancement. Dept management is lacking.

  8. "Sr. Quality Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at John Deere full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, great experience, life-work management

    Cons

    Not many opportunities, not a lot of trainning.


  9. "Decline to say"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good stability, generally good co-workers, very established.

    Cons

    Ag market drives everything and is volatile
    Choose conservative approach on literally everything–innovation is hard
    Boring work 80% of the time

    Advice to Management

    Its not management, its leadership on top. They don't take risks, ever. If you want to stay on the top, you have work for it. John Deere won't be the best if they don't start trying again.


  10. "Construction and Forestry (C&F) is the Worst Division at Deere to Work for"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dubuque, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    None, I haven't seen any.

    Cons

    John Deere is overall a good company, but the Construction and Forestry (C&F) division has one of the most racist cultures among Deere's divisions. I have worked for other divisions and they are not even comparable with the C&F division. Since Deere's main core business is in the agriculture industry and as they don't have a good market standpoint in the construction industry, the working environment here is completely different. They are struggling to have a strong profit share and would put all the pressure for beating the competition in the construction industry (with leading companies like CAT, CNH, Volvo, etc.) on young engineers. They think they are the best in the world and would say this every day to new hires and make them feel they are working for the best company in the world. If you want to work here be prepared for a harsh and unprofessional work environment. You would feel like you are stuck in a jail (both in work and location).

    1. Lack of diversity
    2. No work/life balance
    3. Micromanagement is a favorite attitude for managers in here
    4. Location is horrible (especially if you are non-white American)
    5. Gossips flying all around the company
    6. Unreasonable deadlines for projects
    7. Discrimination based on your skin color
    8. No career growth (you have to stay here for maybe a decade to get a promotion)
    9. Threat for being terminated from management
    10. HR is not any help to the employees at all
    11. Very very old school
    12. Lack of investment in employees (They can be very cheap and greedy in training and travels)

    Advice to Management

    Open the doors for diversity.
    Invest in your future by hiring new young talent with different backgrounds.
    Limit the managers from harassing and micromanaging employees.
    Follow the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies.
    Provide career growth path to young engineers.


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