Johnson Controls Reviews in Milwaukee, WI

Updated July 15, 2014
Updated July 15, 2014
642 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.  

    Early in career

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

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Early in my career so really no cons as of yet.

    Recommends
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great products, Machiavellian Politics.

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    Former Employee - Recruiter  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Wages and benefits slightly above average. Solid, green brand that no one has heard of outside the Auto/HVAC industry.

    Cons

    The internal politics are out of control, even for a Fortune 100. Poor performers are protected based on their relationships with Sr. Management. Poor internal communication between business units. Poor work / life balance for individual contributors and excellent balance for Director Level and above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow non-executives to park in the executive lots on Fridays since it's always empty.

  3.  

    I have worked for Johnson Controls for four years.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and good benefits, good work/life balance, nice and friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for career advancement. It is very heavy in the middle management level. a lot of tedious work processes, and safety and administrative trainings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on development of younger employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Design training for the role out of new hiring software.

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    Former Employee - Instructional Designer  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Concern for adequate computing equipment.

    Cons

    Short circuiting of correct procedures for creating effective training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the contractors do their jobs instead of getting in their way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sales Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Great company that is solid and has great values. It has been around for a long time and will be around even longer.

    Cons

    Typical large company challenges. Pay, innovation, career development and ability to be nimble and responsive to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Salary initially appeared to be ok

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    Former Employee - Global Finance Senior Manager  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Global Finance Senior Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time

    Pros

    Salary initially "appeared" to be ok

    Cons

    * Salary is good but you'll be worked very hard. Expect to work 80-100 hours plus per week.
    * Most people work from home which has many cons: 1) Inability to learn from colleagues
    2) Out of sight - out of mind, therefore you're not going to be missed if they decide to layoff employees,
    3) It tends to attract many parents so you'll have to work around them taking the kids to school, hospital etc
    4) Since it's a global company, expect to have meetings at 1am and/or 5am frequently. You will never be able to get a proper nights sleep and you can forget about seeing friends and family while you're working here.
    * The company cares far more about its share price than its employees - so they don't mind mass layoffs
    * Since you're most likely to work from home, you may never meet the people you're working with so they're more likely to not care if they're rude or degrading

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a little respect for a work / life balance. This company is not setup for those who want relationships with friends or family. If you're single or divorced this company may be ok for you, otherwise you'll end up single or divorced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging, learning opportunities, lack of consistency across depts

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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

    Pros

    Opportunities to network within the company, compensation, and community involvement are top notch.

    Cons

    The corporate message of providing all employees learning and growth opportunities is not practiced as preached in some locations. Makes it difficult for one to stay happy in their position. Negative manager allowed to a run team and provide no team support. Hard to follow someone who does not have your team's back. Again, lacking the practice what you preach policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure all locations have the same mentality and corporate attitude everywhere. Really ask why people are leaving the department and make some changes to ensure they are not stressed over the same issues and drive them away from being an asset to your company. Provide tangible avenues for growth and development if one wishes to grow within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dynamic and demanding environment to work

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

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

    Pros

    Growth oriented company with a diverse portfolio of business to weather each type of storm.

    Cons

    Share holders are the priority, not the people actually working at the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach, take care of your employees first, your customers will feel the benefit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Job

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

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time

    Pros

    Employee Loyalty is very important in the company if you do a good job. This is rewarded by usually working with you to find you the right job till you fing the correct fit within the company.

    Cons

    Long Work Hours weem to a prerequisite, whether working form home or trying tocomplete projects. Also to get further within the company relocation and moving family seems to be the norm to get diverse experiences as this is an intermational company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a good lob to keep the company successful for over 125 years

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    Finance Intern

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    Former Employee - Finance Intern  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Johnson Controls is a global company with a strong reputation. The internship program gives you exposure to upper level management through a speaker series.

    Cons

    Johnson Controls fails to give interns a lot of responsibility. The work is often times monotonous, and the work environment can at times be tense.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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