Where else can you go with nothing more than a high school education and make 50-60K+ a year, plus premium free health insurance for your family? I realize this is because of the contract the UAW negotiated for with John Deere, so I don't know if I can honestly say this is a reflection of Deere. I know the salary employees don't have nearly as good - more ... health insurance benefits.
The work is dull and repetitive, but generally not that physically demanding. Sometimes lots of OT, sometimes job layoffs. The culture on the floor is sometimes negative, but I think that's mostly because of the ineffic ... - less