Thread regarding John Deere layoffs

Contingent Worker Prospects!

Dear Management,

It was noted when I first got on as a contingent that if applied myself 100% and did outstanding work, I would easily get on. This has not been the case whatsoever. I have received excellent feedback and reviews for my work, and had a few interviews, I still have not landed a job within your awesome company.

The jobs I have interviewed for are given to people who are not doing the work but look good on paper, or can talk their way into the role at issue. These are jobs I am currently doing with high reviews from my awesome manager and others I work with. Keep in mind there are such high numbers of contingents, that we all find ourselves competing for the same position. There are very few job openings as of right now.

There has also been a lot of drama in a particular section of my work area where the employees (contingent and JD) are running the show versus the supervisor. Although I have avoided anything to do with this, it has created a lot of problems for those of us who just happen to be around.

I also dealt with harassment from one employee in particular, who has been reprimanded multiple times prior by the management. This employee also harassed another direct coworker of mine, and was equally as bad to her as well. It made it a living nightmare to go into work for the first year until she was reprimanded. She still has her job with the company.

For a corporation that "prides" it self on JD values, this seems quite the opposite, does not it? Even after speaking with HR about it and bringing up proof, the person still has kept their job.

Overall, Deere is using contingents a lot. It sounded like a great opportunity when I started, but has not been the case. I want to love John Deere but I cannot. Good luck and I wish that no layoffs happen.

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When I was a contingent at Deere, the manager explained to me that contingent is “higher” than contractor. When lay-off comes, my position is “safer“ than a contractor. I have been with this company for four years, I knew that this is probably not completely true. I won’t be surprised contingent workers keep their hope high, work extremely hard and hope to become salaried staff one day because of the misleading impression from some managers. I was lucky to switch to full time after a few years. Unfortunately, I knew many of my contingent coworkers didn’t make it. I wish management can be more transparent about the truth.

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To the original poster, a contingent worker is no more then a temporary worker. This can be used as a learning lesson to yourself and other viewers that when you get yourself into the position of a temporary job, to always be looking for a permanent job, whether that be a John Deere or another company. Alot of these contingent workers have a false impression that when there contract is up, they will either "A" get hired on with the company or "B" have there contract renewed. I hate to say it but the company doesn't have to do either option, but to just let you go. That's why you always have to be looking out for yourself and if you find a permanent job one month into your temporary job to just leave immediately. Trust me John Deere can replace anyone the next day, so don't feel bad to give a two weeks notice, because do you think the company has to give you a two weeks notice when they fire you? I don't want to put John Deere down as I know many people that worked and retired from there, what I have said above is how most companies feel about employees. In all honesty the companies don't care if your loyal anymore otherwise they will still have a pension not only for hourly workers but salaried workers.

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A contingent worker is described as an independent contractor, freelancer, consultant or some other non-permanent and outsourced worker who is hired on a per-job basis. Unlike temp workers, who are often unskilled and receive on-the-job training to complete a certain job, contingent workers are usually highly trained and skilled for the specific job in which they’re hired.
When a temp worker is hired, they’re hired to do whatever the company needs, and their employment may last as little as a month or indefinitely. Contingent workers are generally hired under a statement of work provision, which details what the job is and how long the worker will be there to complete the job. When the job is done, the contingent worker leaves the company. He or she may be hired again by the company if they need another project completed at a later date, but each job or project is a separate employment agreement.
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