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.