Career development is a real benefit at John Deere. We want you to succeed — to reach for your full potential. It all starts with taking ownership of your progress and charting career paths that build skills, experience, knowledge, and competencies. Within Deere, you’ll find a variety of resources to help. Even more, we encourage and financially support job-related learning opportunities. And that includes tuition reimbursement for appropriate associate’s, technical, four-year, and graduate degrees.
John Deere Learning, a virtual learning campus, promotes continuous learning aligned with the strategic direction of the business. It includes colleges for major functions such as engineering, supply management, finance/accounting, and quality. Two additional colleges focus on the competencies and leadership skills that are important for all employees. Each college contains learning paths that can help you identify activities focused on personal and job-specific development needs.
Get to know yourself better. Your interests. Your skills. Your true potential. Our self-assessment tools can help you gain insight into your interests and goals. Then you can apply these insights to your career and development planning.
Self-assessment tools include a 360-degree tool and a behavioral/style assessment, as well as values and interests checklists. Another tool is our Job Fit analysis, which helps you compare the data in your internal resume to the skills and experiences required for a specific job. In addition, our intranet offers dozens of links for career development, including interviewing tips and how-to guides.
There are several roles that touch career development. Our primary resource for career development, though, is the career advisor. Advisors are John Deere employees who apply and complete training to serve in this role, in addition to their normal jobs. They provide individualized, objective feedback on your internal resume, help you prepare for interviewing or career conversations with your manager and assist with self-assessments. We have more than 100 career advisors worldwide, with tenure of three to 40 years. Thousands of employees have been matched with a career advisor – and many of those have achieved a promotion after working with theirs.
Employees may be matched up with coaches or mentors. The results, most often, are trusted relationships that foster enhanced performance and improved results. With the support of seasoned professionals, you can make a smoother transition into a new position, be better equipped to handle difficult situations, manage complex projects, and deal with stress. You may choose to use these services to improve your effectiveness as supervisor or manager, leverage your strengths, organize or prioritize more efficiently, and even overcome personal limitations.
John Deere’s online job description catalog is an up-to-date, evolving job database. It’s searchable and includes the duties, skills, experiences, and education required for each job. Employees can use their resumes to apply for current open positions.
You can also publish your resume on the system. Then, hiring managers or human resources personnel can search and review your resume when they’re looking for individuals who match the qualifications for a specific position. Through this interactive system, everyone has an equal opportunity to develop their career.
Nicole, Labor Relations Manager, John Deere Des Moines Works
"At John Deere, there are so many learning opportunities. But an employee has to be proactive. It’s all about you making the decision to pursue your area of interest and getting the help and resources to do it. That’s what I find really great about working here. The company is willing to put money behind individuals to go after the things they’re interested in, as long as there is a business reason to do it."
Andrea, Product Support Representative, John Deere Intelligent Vehicle Systems
"People here are passionate about what they do – you can tell the minute you meet them. Everyone is very open to my ideas, and we really work well as a team. I majored in Mechanical Engineering Technology, but I fell in love with Marketing. John Deere gave me the opportunity to explore Marketing and still use my technical knowledge."
Matt, Auditor, Corporate Offices
"At John Deere, the work is challenging, and you have a chance to move up. I work with engineering and supply management to generate pricing standards. It has global impact. I was hired on the FDP (Finance Development Program) rotation which provides in-depth exposure to various accounting functions and provides an opportunity to choose an area that best fits your skills and interests."
Roger, Senior Manufacturing Engineer, John Deere Des Moines Works
"One of my mentors told me, ‘Don’t be afraid to search for a role that develops a skill in an area you’re not strong in.’ If I hadn’t followed that advice, I wouldn’t be where I am today. It’s really surprising how far the company goes to support your continuing education and training. John Deere goes way above and beyond to encourage people to succeed."
Jay, Financial Analyst, John Deere Financial
"John Deere is an excellent company to work for, and their reputation is a source of pride. I have the opportunity to work with different departments throughout the company to gain an understanding of what’s going on daily as well as where we’re going in the future. Here, you’re just not stuck dealing with numbers. You interact with people every day, giving you a broad understanding of what’s happening on the business side."
Anand, Information Technology Director, John Deere Water
"I’m responsible for implementing software solutions for different divisions and different business units. I work on very strategic projects and enjoy the challenges. John Deere offers a fantastic work environment, great career opportunities and the chance to learn many different things."
Mark, Product Manager, John Deere Cary Office
"I work with engineering on determining what products we sell and how they’re priced. It’s great to be a part of a company willing to take the high road and make high-quality, market-leading products. John Deere offers a lot of career resources that have helped me along the way: MBA tuition reimbursement, 360-degree assessments, and a career advisor to discuss tools and resources."