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John Deere Urbandale Reviews

Updated June 18, 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)

    "You won't find many companies like this!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Embedded Software Engineer in Urbandale, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Embedded Software Engineer in Urbandale, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is committed to helping those linked to the land. Senior management appears to be doing a fantastic job running the business, even during the current downturn. They appear genuinely interested in having you make a long term career here. That's a great thing for those who still value loyalty and are passionate about John Deere's mission. The retirement plan is a very good one with an excellent company match. There is also a profit sharing plan. And if having a safe and affordable location to raise a family is something you desire, there are some great Midwest locations.

    Cons

    The pay for software engineers is a bit below average, although the profit sharing plan helps get it up to or above average during good years. The health plan is your typical high deductible one with a lot of out of pocket expenses. The company is massive and it is a little easy to get lost in the mix and feel overwhelmed by the bureaucracy. The business is very cyclical, constantly alternating between highs and lows. But, management has done a good job at shedding costs during downturns.

    Advice to Management

    Please help us ensure that John Deere's brightest days still lie ahead.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Amateurish Leadership, No Advancement"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (1)

    "not great"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Urbandale, IA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Urbandale, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at John Deere as a contractor

    Pros

    good pay and laid back

    Cons

    management only promote their friends


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Awful HR and culture"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Urbandale, IA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Urbandale, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers give the employees a lot of tools to get the job done.

    Cons

    HR is awful and a culture of dictators. I have never worked at a company where HR had so much power to screw things up. Not a place to go if you’re good at what you do. Many senior manager dictators and they soon will get fired or moved so it creates a lot of instability and reorganizations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep HR and some senior managers in check.


  5. "Intern: excellent work environment with engaging work and employees"

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    Former Intern - Product Engineering Intern in Urbandale, IA
    Former Intern - Product Engineering Intern in Urbandale, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at John Deere as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Friendly coworkers
    - Opportunity to do work that provides value to the company
    - Good pay

    John Deere is a company that takes pride in its work, and even moreso in its employees. It's a huge melting pot filled with smart and engaging people. I was never bored nor did I feel like I was doing "paper pushing" type work. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the company!

    Cons

    - Not too many opportunities to network with other Interns outside of work


  6. "Great place to work..,"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbandale, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbandale, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at John Deere full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, very autonomous work, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Some divisions are turning a little too political driving their own agenda with little care for employee development.

    Advice to Management

    Cut down red tape.


  7. "Customer services"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Customer Services in Urbandale, IA
    Current Contractor - Customer Services in Urbandale, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at John Deere as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    John Deere is good Company to work for, they are smart in Management and care about customer.

    Cons

    I'm working under contract, I'm not John Deere employee

    Advice to Management

    They need to keep good employee and give them opputunity to become Deere employee

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Urbandale, IA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Urbandale, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great workplace with fantastic culture of enabling teams to do what's necessary to succeed. Coworkers are intelligent and great to work with. Company has been around for 175 years and has great business prospects for the future.

    Cons

    While some of Deere's younger businesses and acquisitions are definitely not manufacturing, senior management continues to organize business units as manufacturing cost/profit centers.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the trend of enabling decisions to be made at lower levels. Further promote telecommuting as a way to benefit both employees and the company. Invest in business opportunities based on the risk/reward they present, not on the cost/profit they have exhibited to date.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Absence of Career Growth"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineering Supervisor in Urbandale, IA
    Current Employee - Product Engineering Supervisor in Urbandale, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employees, driven for success.

    Cons

    No accountability, Good old boy's network, no career growth if you were hired in mid-career. The do-ers are not heard by Mid level management. Absence of career growth for Senior supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Hold folks accountable for projects that over budget and are being run without planning of any sort. Mid Level Management has a habit of not painting the correct picture to senior management.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fun place to work--great people! Too much emphasis placed on Dealer and Factory experience."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Program Manager in Urbandale, IA
    Current Employee - Product Program Manager in Urbandale, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent people who are committed to building the brand--not many people leave (this is good and bad). Salary is acceptable--Deere makes up for smaller salary with very nice yearly bonuses based on overall company performance. 401K match is outstanding--10%. Recent facility changes have made it a more fun and lighter place to work.

    Cons

    Although there are always opportunities available (internal), career advancement can be somewhat challenging if you gained expertise outside of traditional Deere channels. There is a bit of an "old boys" network which is driven from years of Dealer-channel and Factory-centric mindsets--even in IT and software delivery where the context is different! Deere will always be geographically challenged to lure top talent. If you grew up in Ag and/or like to live live 3 hours from everything else, Deere is perfect for you.

    Advice to Management

    Take greater strides to keep talent and accept a distributed workforce model.


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