Johnson Controls Reviews

Updated July 6, 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. Helpful (2)

    IT

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Desktop & Engineering in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Desktop & Engineering in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great location, good benefits overall

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement, nepotism is still accepted, no job security


  2. Helpful (4)

    A 1970s company today

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time

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

    Pros

    The company is stable, committed to admirable business ethics, and unusually loyal to its employees. It's well suited to those who want to make a long term commitment to a single company.

    Cons

    Extremely hierarchical, paternalistic, and old-fashioned business structure with many levels of management. Despite the usual lip service to "innovation," the company is highly resistant to change. Processes and tools tend to be many years behind the times. Non-engineers are considered support staff and their contributions are not taken seriously.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the best and empower them to effect change where needed. Eliminate the requirement that every improvement must be approved by a dozen teams and a dozen managers.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Wasn't greatest for me..

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Nice company, has lots of positives

    Cons

    People did not gel with me, they were all too uptight and conservative


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  5. Helpful (3)

    OK Company, not many opportunities for growth

    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls

    Pros

    Solid company, good reputation, chance to meet people from all over the world

    Cons

    New higher positions are gong to outside hires, too many layers of management

    Advice to Management

    Develop people already in the inside


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good place to grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    There are many benefits to working for a company like JCI. The benefits are pretty good, there are many great ways to get involved with the community, and many job opportunities and room for growth. They had many opportunities for training and development and an excellent tuition reimbursement program. They have regular performance reviews and take their employee survey very seriously.

    Cons

    Johnson Controls is very large with many levels of hierarchy and that means sometimes decisions are very slow or very political. Work life balance wasn't great, but I think that really differed from department to department. Many of the HR policies left a lot of room for the supervisors and managers to be flexible with employees, however it meant policies were applied inconsistently.

    Advice to Management

    In my experience I had new leadership at multiple levels every year, and that made it difficult to make progress on goals or to develop long term strategy because it seemed every new leader had a new agenda and a new spin to make.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Satisfied with my professional growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Johnson Controls part-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If you get the right manager / leader it is an amazing company to work for Fast paced Opportunity to get diverse work assignments and experiences Tons and tons of great people in the organization

    Cons

    If you get the wrong manager, life can be difficult Constantly changing, so all ideas stall out or don't get implemented. Good or bad ideas suffer the same fate Traditional, too many leaders want everyone to wait in line 30 years for a role Leadership is week.

    Advice to Management

    Allowing cliques to succeed while traditionally acceptable in business is a recipe for disaster in a sharing economy driven by data. It is time for ruthless pragmatism and a true transparent meritocracy


  8. Helpful (2)

    Ok company but poor communication

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working 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

    I like there intranet resources and training. So far the pressure has been pretty low. It seems aggressive to grow.

    Cons

    The communication from top management to management to subordinate is lacking hugely. There is no clear picture of job/career growth potential. There is no training.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace your subordinates like they're your biggest asset and make them a part of the big picture. Some employees really want to become a bigger part of the success of the company.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Rollercoaster ride...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls

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

    Pros

    The pay is very good! Ability to work remotely was a nice perk!

    Cons

    When I was worked at JCI there was a huge lack of leadership! The direction we were supposed to keep heading in continually changed. Professional development didn't really seem to be a focus.


  10. Large, decent company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Every one who doesn't work at JCI thinks it is a very good company to work for

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are only average

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people other than upper management for advice


  11. Helpful (2)

    Good people, collaborative culture, very engaged in the local community.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Most managers support flexibility in terms of work location as long as you get your work done. There are definitely opportunities for career growth if you are inclined to seek them out.

    Cons

    Change and ambiguity are constant. Very little stability in organizational structure in the 4 years I've been here and people are tired. Decisions take a long time and bureaucracy weighs us down. Employee communications could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about decision-making processes.



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