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Johnson Controls Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
650 Reviews
3.3
650 Reviews
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Alex A. Molinaroli
119 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    Maintenance.

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    Current Employee - Facilities Management  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Facilities Management in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The job is stable; no real pressure because expectations are so low.

    Cons

    Too many managers per employee. Performance does not matter. Managers are lazy do not care about quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start doing your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Financial analyst

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Diversity
    Big company- ppl know about it
    Compensation isn't terrible

    Cons

    A very politic place to be in. Managers and senior management have their favorites.
    A lot of 2nd generation Jci people which makes it very difficult for ppl from outside to blend in.
    A very beurocratic environment overall.
    Almost All employees have a very low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop favoritism. Give everyone an equal chance. Get involved in projects as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    GWS Losing Customer Focus

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    Former Employee - GWS Customer Account
    Former Employee - GWS Customer Account

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

    Pros

    Excellent, dedicated people working at the customer accounts. Decent pay and benefits for the industry. Front line people care.

    Cons

    GWS is a service business being run like a manufacturing business. The latest reorganization shows the arrogance of this company. The philosophy seems to be the customer is only right if they agree with what Johnson Controls wants to do. The only good thing is, if history is a guide, they will reorganize again in a year or two. The HR people have become so disconnected that most don't even know the correct answers to basic benefits questions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people who work with the customers every day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    They just got rid of Lotus Notes and migrated to Outlook in 2014.....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time

    Pros

    Good pay for some, standard benefits, good employees.

    Cons

    Who use Lotus Notes anymore, old and outdated estimation system (Presto). The Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool (PFM) is not user friendly and inaccurate. SalesForce is much better.

    The North American Customer Growth Strategy (NACGS) is failing miserably. I'll give it until the end of FY 2014 before they revert back to their Silos.

    Almost 1/2 of the sales force are not making their numbers and are on some sort of Performance Improvement Plan (PIP), which leads to my next concern which is lack of good leadership and a very high turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the brief time I worked for Johnson Controls, I witness the exodus of several project managers, 4-middle level managers, approximately 6-7 technicians and 6 sales reps either leave, quit are let go. Upper Management has to accept some responsibility for the high turnover rate.

    Management "man-up" and "coach-up" your sales force with more creative ideas than (PIPs) and micro-management technics they deserves better!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was not good for me - battery division

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, large company, pay was good.

    Cons

    Environment is toxic, with a lot of finger pointing. Lots of engineering types and processes. Absolutely no marketing, all marketing is expected to be done by the retailers. Its an engineering company so there are TONS of processes, but surprisingly its incredibly inefficient. Battery labels are still applied by hand , etc. The Milwaukee office seems extremely unhappy. The cubicles don't even have walls, so you are staring at someone while you do your work. You have to have allies in this company or they will turn on you in a heartbeat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try hiring a few creative types and not all engineers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustration aplenty

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineering Technician  in  Clanton, AL
    Current Employee - Lead Engineering Technician in Clanton, AL

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

    Pros

    Very much competitive in the pay scale field. Large company with growth orientation.

    Cons

    Our company was purchased by Johnson Controls. Someof the people with authority are refusing to become a Johnson Controls facility, this makes it frustrating if you want to be a team player.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would beto get rid of some of the old staff and r3place with personnel that are willing to become a Johnson Controls facility and conduct business in a professional and ethical way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Old Boys Club

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits. Company values and leadership expectations are clearly communicated to employees. Good career paths for established disciplines.

    Cons

    Very difficult to advance if you are a woman. Extremely traditional culture where men advance regardless of merit or skill, and women are expected to admire them. Women must navigate a cultural minefield where they must be smart and and productive, but not threatening or aggressive.

    Rigid managerial hierarchy. Non-performers are kept in leadership positions if they have good political connections.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget all the diversity groups, be more inclusive to women and minorities in everyday work. Join the modern era.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Little bit Chaotic

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    Great group of people on the production floor

    Cons

    Constant changes in upper management. Management does not know what goes on in the factory, they only know end results. Very little support. Work EVERY weekend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to what goes on daily and learn what the employees actually do. Everyone works so hard and does a great job daily but it is not recognized at all by upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Chaos Abounds at the Milwaukee Business Center!

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of great people who will never get ahead because of office politics.

    Cons

    I am sure other divisions and departments are great but the cut-throat atmosphere at the MBC is exhausting and discouraging. It is a black hole of negativity. Managers are out of touch and phoney. If you are not part of the 'in-crowd' you will go nowhere. Worse than high-school!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention....you are part of the problem.............

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management is not focused, decisions are based on bottom line not growth

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    Johnson Controls pays well, benefits are very good, educational opportunity and career growth

    Cons

    Employee engagement is weak, managers lack the ability to perform a deep dive into the branch problems, decisions are made from the gut and usually weak or have negative impact. Too much middle management and no support. If you lack a personal life this is a great place to work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limit the degree of separation from the top to the bottom to 4 levels, invest in working tools like sales force and stop new initiatives every 6 months. Google your competition and realize it is not just the big three any more. Modernize or go the way of the dinosaur

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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