Johnson Controls Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Milked for all management can get

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    Current Employee - Salaried Employee in Tuscaloosa, AL
    Current Employee - Salaried Employee in Tuscaloosa, AL

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is average. Overtime pay is available (whether you want it or not). Johnson finally had to sell part of the company because it performed so badly. Hopefully this sale comes with actual improvements.

    Cons

    Holidays and weekends must be worked. Vacations are denied or given a "maybe". Promotions are blocked unless the company is desperate. The management makes its employees suffer by underbudgeting, understaffing, and pretending everything is OK. Who you know and how good you lie gets you promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Quit your jobs and let someone who cares about their employees and customers take over. Stop making everyone suffer for your lack of management skills and education.

  2. Manager

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Johnson Controls as a contractor

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

    Pros

    OK to work, long hours

    Cons

    not good people, need to hire better people

    Advice to Management

    hire better managers

  3. Facility Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Johnson Controls

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

    Pros

    Good benefits for a large company.

    Cons

    Not a good organizational structure for the group that I was associated with.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Politics

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    • 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)

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

    Pros

    The internet isn't blocked. Seriously. That's the best thing about JCI on a day-to-day basis. If you love cronyism and playing office politics, this is the place for you. You can talk about how great the culture is...endlessly. Probably gets you a promotion. If you're big on high-fiving each other and showing pointless enthusiasm on things you won't benefit from, you'll love JCI. Company somehow gets rated in the top of ethics after the CEO has an affair.

    Cons

    Lack of consistency from management. Only chance for advancement is if you know someone. If you do well, you receive no credit. If you improve the efficiency of your job, your job will be eliminated. Under-utlilization is a specialty. Sitting around starting at walls is the best

    Advice to Management

    Consistency might be helpful.

  6. Buyer Planner

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Johnson Controls

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    it was close to home

    Cons

    very unorganized and not my cup of tea

  7. Helpful (2)

    A One Ringed Circus

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Sales Representative in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Service Sales Representative in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    I honestly cannot think of one.

    Cons

    I recall overhearing an employee at the Omaha branch say to another "I wonder how long this one will last" during my initial introduction. During my first training event held in Milwaukee along with 35 other new sales hires, we were told by corporate management that the average tenure of a service sales rep was 18 months! As we later found out...here are the reasons why...

    Marginal branch sales support as promised. No accounts with any true sales potential were ever assigned. The Omaha branch managements main focus was to insure all major accounts or projects were basically assigned to one person, and best of luck to the rest. This main sales individual made it clear that if he didn't get the lions share of opportunities (just so he could make it to the Winners Circle every year), he would threaten to leave, and take all of his customers with him. This same individual was known for starting office toilet paper roll fights, and placing phallic symbols on top of cube walls...all the while management laughed and looked the other way. Anyone witnessing this type of behavior would question who was really running this branch? JCI's project sales entry system was a pieced together archaic nightmare, taking at times days if not weeks to enter one sale tying up multiple people. Once you did enter a sale, you had to continuously check to make sure you recieved credit due for it because corporate conveniently tried to short you on your bonus payout.

    The overall culture at the Omaha branch would be best described as cold / calculating, a real network of protecting the status quo...as if the message was "you don't belong here."

    And they were right..

    Most of the initial 35 sales people hired nationwide had endured basically the same treatment I did at their local branches. After 18 months, Over 80 percent from this sales group had gladly moved on. These were people like myself who brought forth successful sales track records from different industries, people who could of added significant value if give the opportunity.

    My advice to anyone looking to advance their sales career with JCI is to keep stepping...theres not much to see here except a good ol boy culture that feeds off of itself....and where's the future in that?

    Advice to Management

    Try growing a managerial backbone and do the right thing. This company touts "Ethics and Integrity Everyday" all the while allowing all of the above to take place. And speaking of ethics, this review wouldn't be complete without noting that JCI's current CEO Alex Molinari made recent headlines being caught by his now ex-wife in an affair with the CEO of a company in contract with JCI. The JCI board members, which of course included Molinari, decided that there was not a conflict of interest here. As the SNL Church Lady used to say..."How convenient!"

  8. Helpful (2)

    Painful

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I get a check every week.

    Cons

    Getting the proper tools to do your job.

    Advice to Management

    If your employees are stressed out but you are not maybe you should be interested as to why this is.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Poorly run company (Building Efficiency in Milwaukee - Engineering)

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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

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

    Pros

    * Decent health care benefits.
    * Some good people to work with.
    * Excellent work/life balance. I have never been asked to work more than 40 hours.

    Cons

    * Extremely poor management. A lot of time is spent talking about why things can't be done. People have left because of their manager, and nothing substantial is done about it. For some of the resource managers, it seems to be all about collecting people, not about organizing the business effectively. (There are a few good managers if you are lucky enough to get one of them.)
    * Very poor product management (with exceptions) in general. They usually don't have real business cases and often over complicate problems. Can be difficult to talk to.
    * Vacation policy is stingy.
    * No matter how exceptional you are, you are getting a mediocre raise. This year's raise was even delayed (demonstrating how little they value employees). Even if you take on a new position with more responsibility, you aren't going to get a raise.
    * Some employees that are toxic to the work environment are not let go.
    * No one has the guts to address what's wrong, instead we keep letting our good people leave.
    * Company talks a big talk about ethics, but if you search the internet for news about our CEO, you'll see why it's hard to take it seriously.

    Advice to Management

    * Get rid of bad employees.
    * Hire talent and pay for it.
    * Reward excellence.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Poor leadership and lack of integrity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Johnson Controls

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits
    Decent facilities

    Cons

    All talk and no action from the top
    Revolving door with the good people being the ones who leave
    If you are not a long-time employee, they will find a way to drive you out

    Advice to Management

    Watch your back. It may catch up with you.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Major headache

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Johnson Controls

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

    Pros

    Steady work, possible overtime, and benefits

    Cons

    Co workers harassing you, sexually harassment especially on 2nd and 3rd shift. They are not as family oriented as they claim.

    Advice to Management

    Trying talking to the employees to see what's going on. Also don't try to pass your mistakes of on your employees own up to it - your a leader so lead.

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