Johnson Controls Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    No Work Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers and global company. Great campus and amenities.

    Cons

    No work life balance because leadership can't prioritize, so everything is in chaos.

    Advice to Management

    Become better at prioritizing and planning, so employees have a better focus and feel that there is a clear plan in place. Right now it feels like you keep adding work but not resources. Nothing is taken of the priority list or discussed, so employees are getting frustrated and burned out.

  2. Helpful (2)

    OK if you need a job. But no good for your career long term

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    Current Employee - Corporate IT Staff in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Corporate IT Staff in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are decent. Cafeteria is nice. Work life balance can be good.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything else. Poor management. They can't commit to a direction for IT. Managers have little or no knowledge of IT. Will almost NEVER promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Find another line of work?

  3. Helpful (3)

    There is no value for people and skills. There are several red tape process around here.

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Johnson Controls

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good business team

    Cons

    Salary
    Lot of politics and there is no value for hard worker
    IT leadership team does not understand the ground realty
    Very challenge to work with other team

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Ruthless

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company with lots of opportunities. Because they are a $40B organization, they have opportunities for all functions and levels.

    Cons

    The company is ruthless and will cut people to make short terms results. They average one restructuring per year where the eliminate roles in an attempt to deliver the short terms results promised to the street.

    Advice to Management

    Realize people are assets and not expenses. They drive the company.

  6. Helpful (9)

    Great Products, Poor Leadership

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. Helpful (2)

    Company Policies

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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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Not bad if you can handle the stress.

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. 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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (2)

    Old Boys Club

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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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (3)

    Chaos Abounds at the Milwaukee Business Center!

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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