Johnson Controls Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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Johnson Controls Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Alex A. Molinaroli
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Pros
  • There is a very good work-life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Good benefits great pay growing company (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not as good (in 24 reviews)

  • Constant changes in upper management (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Same Trailer Different Park

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Johnson Controls (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None - it's like junior high

    Cons

    Unbelievably unprofessional and behind the times


  2. Helpful (3)

    Highly political environment with incompetent managers hired from personal contacts

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    Former Employee - Lead Architect in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Lead Architect in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pays above average salaries Good facilities and perks Opportunity to work in leading technologies Opportunity to work with industry specialists

    Cons

    Highly disorganized. Teams/departments sets their own rules Senior managers do not follow corporate policies. Hire from personal contacts bypassing formal interviews Fire if one doesn't fit the personal interest of the managers

    Advice to Management

    Pay close attention to whom you promote to managerial positions. Conduct reverse performance reviews (I.e. Let subordinates rate their managers) and ensure management adherence to corporate policies.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Politics

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The internet isn't blocked. Seriously. That's the best thing about JCI on a day-to-day basis. If you love cronyism and playing office politics, this is the place for you. You can talk about how great the culture is...endlessly. Probably gets you a promotion. If you're big on high-fiving each other and showing pointless enthusiasm on things you won't benefit from, you'll love JCI. Company somehow gets rated in the top of ethics after the CEO has an affair.

    Cons

    Lack of consistency from management. Only chance for advancement is if you know someone. If you do well, you receive no credit. If you improve the efficiency of your job, your job will be eliminated. Under-utlilization is a specialty. Sitting around starting at walls is the best

    Advice to Management

    Consistency might be helpful.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Poorly run company (Building Efficiency in Milwaukee - Engineering)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time

    Pros

    * Decent health care benefits. * Some good people to work with. * Excellent work/life balance. I have never been asked to work more than 40 hours.

    Cons

    * Extremely poor management. A lot of time is spent talking about why things can't be done. People have left because of their manager, and nothing substantial is done about it. For some of the resource managers, it seems to be all about collecting people, not about organizing the business effectively. (There are a few good managers if you are lucky enough to get one of them.) * Very poor product management (with exceptions) in general. They usually don't have real business cases and often over complicate problems. Can be difficult to talk to. * Vacation policy is stingy. * No matter how exceptional you are, you are getting a mediocre raise. This year's raise was even delayed (demonstrating how little they value employees). Even if you take on a new position with more responsibility, you aren't going to get a raise. * Some employees that are toxic to the work environment are not let go. * No one has the guts to address what's wrong, instead we keep letting our good people leave. * Company talks a big talk about ethics, but if you search the internet for news about our CEO, you'll see why it's hard to take it seriously.

    Advice to Management

    * Get rid of bad employees. * Hire talent and pay for it. * Reward excellence.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Uninteresting and meaningless job in a big company

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Work-life balance is good - provided you enjoy your work. - Co-workers are generally nice but aloof. - Some good employee discounts.

    Cons

    - Not much scope for lateral movement. You get to see presentations of cool stuff, but will likely never get to work on that. Be prepared to get lectured by HR that they "aren't obligated to create a vacancy just for you". - Use of proprietary tools, can be very frustrating and are not transferable skills. - Work here for more than 1-2 years, and it can get hard to move to a different company. This is dangerous as the HVAC industry has only 3-4 established players. - Building Automation Systems space isn't really control engineering, which is what got interested me in the job in the first place. - Management's main concern is share price, don't think otherwise just because the CEO makes it a point to be seen in the same cafeteria as the employees. - Just because company is doing well financially doesn't mean you too will do well. - Impossible to get worse vacation allotments than what you get here. Also, supervisor might initially allow you to take all vacation days in one go, only to complain later. - Expectations increase abruptly and you are expected to know this even though you may not attend as many meetings as your supervisor. - This company couldn't even make it to the top 100 workplaces of Milwaukee. - No recognition for those who sacrifice being thousands of miles away from their home country to work here. Doesn't matter to Johnson Controls if this caused you to miss the funeral of an immediate family member.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that the jobs you offer aren't as attractive as you'd like to believe.


  7. Helpful (2)

    My experience was like a roller coaster. There were untrusted upper management.

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    Former Employee - Shared Service Representative in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Shared Service Representative in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Non-employees view them as a good company.

    Cons

    It is hard to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management should be more understanding and trustworthy with employees.


  8. Helpful (5)

    You are just a number

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not many these days. Some great, dedicated, smart and innovative people (which they are losing at an alarming rate). Pay is just ok for what you do. Benefits average.

    Cons

    Shareholders are number one priority. You are part of a headcount and nothing more. Regardless of your ability, talent, dedication and loyalty, you will be terminated if you don't fit in to the latest hare-brained reorganization or if the numbers don't look that good for the quarter. JCI used to be a forward thinking company and invest in its people. Not anymore.

    Advice to Management

    You are creating and fostering a culture where people are resentful and constantly in a state of flux. There is a feeling of discontent, distrust and fading respect among your key people--you know, those people that hold the knowledge and the relationships that drive the business. Authority given to certain individuals with no oversight to make some really odd business/realignment/reorg decisions. You have lost some really good people because of it (forced and voluntary, I might add). You don't do what's best or right anymore and that's sad to see.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Global Workplace Solution - Horrible place to work - was

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    Former Employee - Global Work Place Solutions - Mid-senior Position in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Global Work Place Solutions - Mid-senior Position in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits. Mid level people can be great despite terrible managers. Learned a lot because of survivor-like atmosphere.

    Cons

    No work life balance, lack of growth opportunities, no resources -- sink or swim. No one is accountable but want to micromanage and then point fingers if anything goes wrong. No training. Expect more layoffs if Management above GWS does not take an interest and fix the systemic problems in the operating model.

    Advice to Management

    No appreciation of its people. Seen as arrogant in FM marketplace. Senior management will throw you under the bus after not supporting on tough to impossible assignments. GWS has lost its focus - too much overhead, internal bureaucracy, no accountability.


  10. Helpful (4)

    If you don't make any decisions, you will prosper

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    BEnefits are good and there are plenty of problems to solve.

    Cons

    Senior management is clueless about real issues and professional level employees challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Quit and work in government.



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