DuPont Pioneer Employee Reviews

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Golden cage
Administrative Support (Former Employee) –  Johnston, IANovember 29, 2016
Career advancement/change is hard to come by unless you transfer to a completely different department or leave the company altogether. Bureaucracy tends to bog things down in all areas. Life/work balance is touted while workloads increase and resources are reduced, restricted, or eliminated. Morale is low, fear of layoffs reigns, and the company seems to have lost sight of its greatest strength: its talented and dedicated work force. Positives: Pay is excellent, benefits are still quite good despite changes over the years, corporate campus is beautiful, and people are friendly and kind.
Pros
Pay, benefits, nice campus, nice people
Cons
Stifling bureaucracy, poor work/life balance, job insecurity, low morale
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Great family culture
Business Data Analyst/Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Johnston, IAAugust 10, 2016
Pioneer is part of a large company but it still has a small company feel. Many employees have been around for years because it's a great place to work. Compensation could be better, but the cost of living in Des Moines is low. I've met the CEO and not only is he a nice man, he's very good at what he does.
Pros
Great benefits, friendly culture
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Profinessional work place
Devops Engineer (Current Employee) –  Johnston, IAOctober 4, 2016
Dupont Pioneer is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics providing high quality seeds to farmers around the world. The project deals with end-to-end Agriculture services taking care of grower convenience, profitability, crop sustainability and risk management. Responsible for software configuration and release management
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The coworkers are great, but the management sucks.
Production Technician (Former Employee) –  Maxton, NCJanuary 13, 2017
You ever get the feeling someone is watching you? You don't have to worry about that at Pioneer... THEY ARE!! Breathing right down your neck!
Pros
occasionally the feed you a meal. Stip & 401k
Cons
MANAGEMENT
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lots of outsourcing happening
Security Administrator (Former Employee) –  Johnston, IAJanuary 18, 2017
Jobs are being outsourced to offshore contractors. Unfortunately, not a lot of job security here any longer.

Co-workers were great. Management are people that have been there a long time.
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Complete mess
Research Scientist (Current Employee) –  Des Moines, IAJanuary 18, 2017
Anti-customer, antiworker environment, consistently rewarded unethical behavior, falsifying research and safety data to get promoted. Leadership cannot handle any constructive criticism when projects fail, constant reorganization often going in circles, departments pitted against one another. Parent company constantly sends email propaganda to cover up decades of environmental and health disasters.
Pros
Salary/benis
Cons
Everything else
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Good summer job
Summer Crew (Former Employee) –  Mankato, MNJuly 21, 2016
I only worked at pioneer as a summer job so I don't know much about the benefits provided. Very good Co-workers fun and great to get along with. Working on summer crew at pioneer has taught me how to be a boss to younger employees. My management was very understanding and very good at helping you understand your job better. The hardest part of the job was being in the heat because you're out in a field all day everyday, and there isn't breeze in the corn.
Pros
Working outside, Good hours.
Cons
Long hot days
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high value placed on family, my group was very close knit
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Johnston, IAJune 20, 2016
Pioneer was bought out by Dupont while I worked there and the culture of the company changed, there was less value placed on family values and a sense of community, when Dupont bought Pioneer they let go hundreds of people during the merger and this still continues today. The whole culture changed. The people I was in the same group with were an amazing group of people and I learned a lot from them.
Pros
families came first before Dupont merged with Pioneer
Cons
lay offs, change in ownership, loss of job security
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Outstanding Company
Senior Research Associate/ Team Leader (Former Employee) –  Wilmington, DE 19803November 30, 2016
A great company to work for. Allowed for flexible hours to balance job and life. Compensation and benefits were good. Individual growth was encouraged.
Pros
Work/Family balance
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Not as good as it used to be!
Production Technician (Former Employee) –  Tipton, INMarch 10, 2016
Pioneer was a great place to work 5 years ago, the company took care of their employees. Had catered in meals to business relevant meetings, company Christmas partied, even gave away turkeys for thanksgiving. The last 2 years has been a rollercoaster ride with the current management regime. It has simply turned into a what have you done for me lately company. They came up with a matrix tool to use for promotional advancement only to later choose other people and claim management discretion was more important than a numbered metric. There are people you can and can't trust and it becomes obvious once you get some time in. The company always wants you to do more without extending any extra pay and slamming you with no raise or bonus when review time comes around.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Managers and Team Leads know less than Employees and try to push with zero equipment knowledge.
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Great enviornment of people who are doing research for gmo corn
Seasonal Research Assistant (Current Employee) –  Woodland, CANovember 5, 2016
Good place to work if you don't mind being outdoors. Walking through corn on the hot days of summer can get a little agitating when the leaves are cutting your skin and poking your eyes.
Pros
Great enviornment, friendly workers, 40 hours every week
Cons
Management has been lowering in grade, company did cutbacks and most of the better supervisors were let go, Most supervisors fool around in office and expect the contract workers to do all of the work
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No clear direction from corporate to the plant level. Far too many side systems to alleviate failings of current ERP system.
Production Planning Manager (Former Employee) –  Dahlgren, ILJanuary 8, 2017
Not impressed with leadership performance or management style. Plenty of focus on current buzzwords but no actual system wide implementation initiative. Tends to be flavor of the day.
Pros
Good people in the work force but severe lack of personnel development.
Cons
Lack of clear plans to develop personnel.
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East coast chemical company buying an ag company
Sr. Risk Manager (Former Employee) –  Johnston, IAFebruary 6, 2017
Pioneer was a great company for 7 years until corn hit $8 a bushel. Then DuPont, who has zero experience is the ag business started to replace Pioneer senior management with their own management who honestly had no clue about the ah business. Pioneer lost significant market share to our competitors.

Made the job unbearable.
Pros
Great midwestern people
Cons
East coast people with no core value
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Great pay and benefits, location was a great place to work prior to merger
Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  Waimea, HawaiiJanuary 26, 2017
Company was awesome when I first started, opportunity for growth, learning new cutting edge practices, great people. During the past couple of years work life balance started declining, pressure from upcoming merger left things uncertain.
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Great Pioneer leadership, Poor Executive Leadership in DuPont
Sub-Regional Information Technology Manager (Former Employee) –  Johnston, IAAugust 7, 2016
The DuPont leadership team had no clue how to manage the organization. They claimed they were industry leaders when in fact they were years behind. They preached collaboration but then ruled with iron fists and intimidation.

Meanwhile the Pioneer staff would run circles for the Pioneer leaders because it was truly a team and collaborative effort. Everyone respected everyone else and helped in any way they possibly could to help service the customer and grow the company.
Pros
Local staff very helpful, thoughtful and smart.
Cons
Poor executive leaders, dumb decisions to appease shareholders
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Productive work place
Field Hand (Former Employee) –  Cairo, GAJanuary 18, 2017
Worked and study the grow of corn
Learned to work fast and efficient
various diverse work employees
hardest part of job being outside in hot weather for 12 hours a day
Pros
decent pay
Cons
job advancement
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Good Place to start a career
Sr business Analyst (Current Employee) –  Johnston, IAJanuary 24, 2017
When I cam in, I was made sure that i was given enough knowledge to learn about the business which the company was doing and from there on i was asked to pick and get the thongs together.

This is really a very nice place tpo work for and the company also understands the importance of a worker's personal life and make sure that they do give lot of space for the personal life as well.
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Excellent work environment with opportunities for growth
AREA SALES MANAGER (Former Employee) –  Delaware, OHFebruary 23, 2016
Competitive atmosphere centered around Teamwork to achieve sales targets. Daily customer and employee interactions with daily learning opportunities.

Growth in management skills and how to motivate sales teams

Company management is there to help individuals and teams succeed

Co-workers are professional and hard working looking towards customer satisfaction and company metrics

Hardest part of the job was taking time for vacations because the environment was so invigorating

Most enjoyable aspects include customer interaction and watching my sales team grow personally and professionally
Pros
Customers and employee interactions
Cons
none
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Always a dynamic and unique working environment
Field Operations Manager NA Subject Matter Expert (Current Employee) –  Cherokee, IAJune 2, 2016
Managing a crop breaks your year into specific season with strict deadlines. The structure of the growing seasons trickles into the roles as Field Operations Manager. I will oversee a very wide variety of processes throughout one growing season. Many of which provide their own unique challenges. This dynamic work environment ensures there's never a dull moment. The fast pace mentality and quick decision making required for crop production are also attractive attributes of my current role. All of the responsibilities and uncontrollable factors can make for very complex process management which, at times, can become frustrating. The people management is the most rewarding task of all. It does come with its fair share of 'bumps in the road' when building a team to perform at an expected level.
Pros
Changing seasons, interactions directly with customers, people managment
Cons
geography
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Turning into an inhumane company
IT Manager (Former Employee) –  Johnston, IAMay 18, 2016
DuPont treats people horribly. DuPont runs companies into the ground after taking all their profits and then has to sell them. Killing careers along the way. Dirty business people. They hide behind their fictitious core values. Eliminate positions with highest competency. They trick into a conference room thinking you are just having a normal meeting when you get in you find the HR person with your marching papers and gag order to sign or you get nothing. Embedded in the paper work are several copies of their core values and respect for people that everyone that works their knows is false.
Pros
Still have some great people left but they are going fast
Cons
Since DuPont took over its like working for a habitual lair, Career destroyer
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