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Johnson Controls Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
741 Reviews
3.2
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ruthless

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just ok

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Penn, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Penn, PA

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

    Pros

    Salary, Work life balance, half decent benefits

    Cons

    Constantly changing for the sake of change sake. Not very progressive. Very much check the box management. Employee engagement almost non-existent but they seem to manipulate the annual survey to make it look better than it really is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much restructure, consolidation. Make integrity a real priority not just a slogan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great Products, Poor Leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Has no clear vision

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Foreman
    Current Employee - Foreman

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

    Pros

    JCI has great products. From the Building Efficiency side it truly is a one stop shop for the customers. HVAC equipment and controls to installations and services. Technology is top of the game. It has the potential to be a great company. Training is good and there is a strong emphasis on safety.

    Cons

    The company has no clear vision on where it wants to go. There are so many changes every year within the company, locally you couldn't possibly move forward with any business plan. Management and sales change like the seasons. One of the number one customer frustrations. They don't see the same person twice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finally figure out where you see this company going, and stick with the game plan. You can't expect good people to stay when every year come October 1, you don't know if your time is up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Knew they didn't care about people but this surprised even me

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Representative
    Former Employee - Account Representative

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

    Pros

    Company with a long-standing presence and good products

    Cons

    People are just a number, not a name; they don't care about employees and the HR teams are the worst of them. Recently, they send out a letter to many employees offering them "voluntary separation" in order to downsize/cut costs in their offices-with the threat that if enough didn't volunteer, involuntary separations might occur

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with people that you will only be committed to them for as long as it takes to launch the next initiative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company until....

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Johnson Controls

    Pros

    About 10-15 years ago it was first York then Johnson controls took over...Was a great company and great management team. Helped you to advance. Pay was good. Cared about their employees.

    Cons

    Big changes going on and many layoffs especially in Northeast.
    Old and new employees beware! Start looking and interviewing so you won't be caught with your pants down like some of us did! No loyalty...you are just a name with a dollar amount next to it.
    Companies beware...Will get rid of knowledgeable experienced employees and hires apprentices to save money but overcharges you for the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the new mgmt team in the New York and New Jersey area...Loved my job and thought I was going to retire at Johnson Controls. Employees are loyal and gave you many years of hard work....some over 10+ years!
    All to have your "upper management" (who doesn't know the employees) come down and lay people off. It's not about mergers and restructuring or downsizing. Let's call it what it truly is...GREED!

  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very disappointed

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

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, professional HR department, Good safety program

    Cons

    They have tried to become the most sophisticated Facility Maintenance provider in the word and have numerous programs to do it. Problem is everything seems to be based on Excel....gather tons of info...but extracting the information becomes a time consuming endeavor and we all spend our time on the computer and not managing the buildings... Low bidders don't have the staffing necessary to provide such grandiose schemes...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring Academic visionaries who don't have to actually use your software in real life to deliver Facility Management... Or just sell off this part of your business and let some other poor sap of a company clean up your mess...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company Policies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Company is too internally focused. Lost sight of why they are in business.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Well compensated, good benefits. Great for anyone in any position who wants to learn accounting and business metrics. If you are not in finance, you will be.

    Cons

    Sr. Leadership is not held accountable. They are focused on near term metrics that have a devastating effect on the long term success of the business. Senior leaders are satisfied with incremental business with low profit margins. These leaders are not held accountable for poor business decisions -- instead, when it becomes apparent, they are more likely rotated to another part of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The board of directors needs to start recruiting from the outside to break the festering bad leadership. This has transpired over years of acquisitions where siloed leadership has carved out their own territories. Senior leaders do not work together as a team (cross business line) nor do they hold themselves accountable. Business line leaders' egos trump working collectively as one company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    I'm a current employee, it's an OK job. Management is the problem

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Assembler in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    My co-workers, the job I do isn't very hard and I like the hours

    Cons

    Management is treating hourly employees like dirt, harassment from upper management. Not a very organized company. Management needs improvement BADLY

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management need to stop harassing the hourly workers, stop flirting and trying to have sex with the women on the line, think more of your people who are investing their time and energy in Johnson Controls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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