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Johnson Controls Reviews in Milwaukee, WI

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
719 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance (not true for all projects, depends on position also) (in 20 reviews)

  • Great company, good benefits, high level experience with high level management (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance - need a more flexible vacation schedule (in 24 reviews)

  • Numerous levels of upper management with people or structure changing every 1 to 2 years (in 18 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Products, Poor Leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    There are pockets of hard working, bright, ethical employees.
    The product offerings are solid across all three business units.
    My 401k

    Cons

    Expect to work long hours no matter the role. If you are in a non-revenue generating role (non-sales) expect to do the work of several people at a normal company. An example: Our Human Resources Generalists were responsible for up to 700 employees. The Fortune 500 average is closer to 250.
    Leadership at the Director level and above are concerned about stock options and disappointing Wall Street and little else.
    The CEO is also Chairman of the Board. This is not a common arrangement among Fortune 500's. He is his own boss so anything goes. The CEO has been in the news recently for non-business reasons which has hurt morale.
    Large layoffs are made on the spur of the moment when the quarterly numbers are in jeopardy. Edicts from the top like "We need to cut $5 million in wages by the end of the week or we might miss our numbers; start cutting!" are a very common practice in the Building Efficiency and Power Solutions units. In three years, I saw thousands of reactionary layoffs to met short-term financial objectives with no thought given to long term impact. Human Resources Managers get 24 hours notice, a packet of names to terminate, and an airline ticket a few times a year near the quarter end. When HR isn't at the Corporate Office, everyone knows there are executions taking place in the field.
    The red tape to do even simple tasks is severe. Simple decisions can take months while to flows through committees and closed door meetings. This is common in Fortune 500's but I found it even beyond those norms. It took me 17 days (my coworkers knew this would be a "Welcome to JCI!" moment and tracked it) to get a tape dispenser and my boss and boss's boss weighed in, along with Procurement. An $8 tape dispenser.
    Advancement is highly political. The yearly review process claims to be metrics based but it is not. It comes down to who you know. Yearly increases range from 2-4%. You will need a promotion every 2-3 years to keep up with market wages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think long term.
    Consider extending the no firearm policy off campus as well.

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

    Company Policies

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

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

    Pros

    They have marginally good products

    Cons

    This company does not follow their own company policy and guidelines. Supervisors, Managers, Directors, VPs are not held to the standards detailed in the policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad if you can handle the stress.

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

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

    Pros

    The company absolutely allows room for promotion and growth. There's definitely a culture of inclusion and diversity among the team at Johnson Controls.

    Cons

    Employees are often placed under so much pressure to hit goals and deadlines that they take out frustrations on coworkers. The day to day operation seems bogged down with meetings and focus groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a breath and relax. Everyone on the team is motivated and willing to work. It's not necessary to breathe down the necks of employees to accomplish tasks that are recognized as high priority. It's not a sustainable environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Financial analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Diversity
    Big company- ppl know about it
    Compensation isn't terrible

    Cons

    A very politic place to be in. Managers and senior management have their favorites.
    A lot of 2nd generation Jci people which makes it very difficult for ppl from outside to blend in.
    A very beurocratic environment overall.
    Almost All employees have a very low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop favoritism. Give everyone an equal chance. Get involved in projects as well.

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

    Old Boys Club

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Chaos Abounds at the Milwaukee Business Center!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (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
  8.  

    No diversity and extreme inequality

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 (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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre management, business units locked in silos, no collaboration

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

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Zero Direction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  11.  

    Internal operations among divisions not working smoothly

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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

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