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Johnson Controls Reviews in Milwaukee, WI

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
740 Reviews
3.2
740 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance (not true for all projects, depends on position also) (in 21 reviews)

  • Great company, good benefits, high level experience with high level management (in 36 reviews)


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

  • Management is treating hourly employees like dirt, harassment from upper management (in 18 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rollercoaster ride...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Large, decent company

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people other than upper management for advice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent about decision-making processes.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Need more vision and meritocracy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategy Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Strategy Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly culture
    Have multiple business segments to work on different opportunities

    Cons

    Most managers do not care about your career path
    Not much workplace diversity
    Too short-term focused. Hurts long term innovation and growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be truly strategic in seeing how mega-trends are going to change the markets. Drive innovation that delight the customers. Build stronger foundation and invest for talent in order to compete with our competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Johnson Controls legal

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart and passionate people from all over the world combined with a truly global footprint provides a wide variety of interesting opportunities for both vertical and horizontal career growth. The combination of three related industries (building, auto, power), all linked by a common focus on efficiency, promotes innovation.

    Cons

    Excessive focus on short term numbers and performance tends to favor unethical employees who are willing to massage numbers and game the system. It also hurts these employees who tell it like it is. The result is that problems can be swept under the rug to come back and haunt the company later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As much as possible, shift focus away from quarterly results and instead encourage innovation, quality, integrity and long term customer satisfaction. Study after study has shown that bonuses for performance leads to focus on numbers (and encourages fudging. It does not drive innovation or quality. It rewards employees who are good at gaming the system. Rather than being addressed head-on, problems tend to get swept under the rug.
    Make use of the great people you have. Encourage collaboration, not just competition, among business units and regions.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Review of JCI

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Payroll Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Payroll Manager in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Large organization, lots going on, many projects, great exposure

    Cons

    not enough staff to complete work thoughtfully, no time for reflection, no outside training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the employees who actually do the work - they understand what needs to be done and what it takes to get it done

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunity, poor work life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Because of the size of JCI, there are a lot of opportunities to develop yourself and your career in a lot of different directions. They are a large company that is on the forefront of creating sustainable environments and products & that is an exciting thing to be a part of. There is access to a lot of technology to get your job done effectively.

    Cons

    Once you're salaried, the expectation is that you work a good bit of OT and are available evenings & weekends frequently. They pay is lower than what you can get for the same work at other organizations and pay raises are minimal. While the company supports personal development & most managers do as well, each manager determines if they are going to spend time or money on development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on customers first & profit will come. The hyper-obsessive focus on forecasting every week & squeezing every dollar out of every transactions IS felt by customers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, but layoff cycle leaves everyone uncomfortable.

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, global environment, good benefits.

    Cons

    Difficult career path unless you get the the right "club". Layoffs often with % slashes with no regard for knowledge lost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make job opportunites fairer for all.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good pay and good benefits

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    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wages and benefits are good

    Cons

    If you are not a young college grad you are not promoted based on knowledge and experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't promote based on friendship and education promote based on qualifications and experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Early in career

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

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

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

    Recommends

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