Johnson Controls Reviews in Milwaukee, WI

Updated June 9, 2014
Updated June 9, 2014
641 Reviews

3.3
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Pros
  • Great company, good benefits, high level experience with high level management (in 32 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance (not true for all projects, depends on position also) (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is good if you are not traveling much (in 22 reviews)

  • Numerous levels of upper management with people or structure changing every 1 to 2 years (in 16 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Old Boys Club

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits. Company values and leadership expectations are clearly communicated to employees. Good career paths for established disciplines.

    Cons

    Very difficult to advance if you are a woman. Extremely traditional culture where men advance regardless of merit or skill, and women are expected to admire them. Women must navigate a cultural minefield where they must be smart and and productive, but not threatening or aggressive.

    Rigid managerial hierarchy. Non-performers are kept in leadership positions if they have good political connections.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget all the diversity groups, be more inclusive to women and minorities in everyday work. Join the modern era.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Chaos Abounds at the Milwaukee Business Center!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of great people who will never get ahead because of office politics.

    Cons

    I am sure other divisions and departments are great but the cut-throat atmosphere at the MBC is exhausting and discouraging. It is a black hole of negativity. Managers are out of touch and phoney. If you are not part of the 'in-crowd' you will go nowhere. Worse than high-school!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention....you are part of the problem.............

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    No diversity and extreme inequality

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CREDIT & COLLECTIONS  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - CREDIT & COLLECTIONS in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Company pays fair wages and helps the community.

    Cons

    Company states that they believe in diversity and inclusion but these are lies! People of different races are placed in "expect position". An example is a person from India placed in IT department and not allowed to move to other departments because they are perceived as technical talent only by upper management. This example shows that the company is not allowing diversity to exist! Johnson Controls allows inequality within its company. A perfect example is when they allow recent college grads to enter a department and move into a higher position regardless of experience. This is unfair to experienced employees that current work in the department. These recent grads are allow to move into higher positions even though they have not been employed in the company a year! JCI policy states that you must be in a position for a year before being considered for a promotion. These examples are allowed within the company because managers change the rules to fit their agenda.....not the company's goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are chasing away talent! The company has rules and policies that are not being followed. You are creating a hostile environment within the organization and allowing less experienced employees to hold positions that they are not qualified to handle!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre management, business units locked in silos, no collaboration

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Management  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Management in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pleasant working environment (in Milwaukee), great benefits, you can learn from both the positive and not so pleasant

    Cons

    Constant behind the scenes territory grabbing by managers, good old boy network, not able to focus on growth markets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake the tree

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Zero Direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fantastic campus and great co-workers. Get to work with people from all over the globe. Great work / life balance.

    Cons

    Zero challenges. Continual reorganization plans. Constantly spinning your tires as management changes their mind on a month to month basis on what they think is important and what they want to see. Feel like you're consistently doing busy work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide some consistent direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Internal operations among divisions not working smoothly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    become a manager without a college degree

    Cons

    limited opportunities esp for women unless administrative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management training needed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    An isolating experience with few growth opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay scale seems fare for the work needs

    Cons

    GWS provides an isolated, lonely experience. No opportunity to move within the company, unless there's an opportunity to move within your established account.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees, like employees not just revenue generators.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    JCI was once headed in the right direction but the impact of bringing in poor leaders from Power division is showing.

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Director in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good people and great products.

    Cons

    Internal focus and constant shifting of strategies in Building Efficiency compounded by very poor leaders brought into BE from Power has driven best leaders out of company. Wall St seems to be tiring of lack of delivery.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Planning process is a demotivator to field mgmt. JCI is too internally focused and siloed. CEO has the right stuff but too many division leaders don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company Destined to Fail

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Director in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong brand in the market
    Nice people who think about work/life balance
    Pockets of excellence
    Fair compensation for the amount of work that is expected

    Cons

    Senior leadership in building efficiency very weak. In fact most of them should be replaced, but more likely they will move the deck chairs around again. CEO/CFO pay themselves a ton while the company continues to underperform and be forced to lay off workers. Unable to leverage scale to deliver superior product to end customers, instead act more like a slow moving glacier. Innovation a talking point, not a part of culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice is to the board. Replace the senior leaders. In fact you should question why you have three divisions, the company would have more value broken apart. There is no benefit having all the divisions under one roof. All attempts to shift expertise between divisions fails, and investors cannot invest in a pure play business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Temp on Customer Service Side aka JCI Exhile

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - National Field Coordinator  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - National Field Coordinator in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Select few excellent managers who are in it for the right reasons
    Paycheck
    Large Company with a Perceived Opportunity for Promotion if your number is called (but don't expect it to happen)
    Good pay for corporate salaried employees comparably speaking

    Cons

    Worked hard and performed well only to get thrown under the bus by bad management looking for an excuse to thin out employees
    Life/Work balance
    Temp to Not-Hired
    Vision Lacks Focus for Employee Growth and Promotion on Merit
    Uninspired Employee-Management Rating Efforts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are some great and not-so-great people working within this organization. Recognize who's who and who holds people back based on their own perceptions. Burnout was a major issue in the CSS department, especially with management who were either overworked or non-capable. Don't bring in so many temporary employees and offer up empty promises to all. The dollar drives the company, indeed, but don't forget the employees who give the effort to make the company should be rewarded and recognized. Knock down the dead ends and repave the roads for internal success based on qualifications and skills not the seniority and status quos.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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