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Johnson Controls Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
693 Reviews
3.3
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Alex A. Molinaroli
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance (not true for all projects, depends on position also) (in 20 reviews)

  • Great company, good benefits, high level experience with high level management (in 34 reviews)


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

  • Numerous levels of upper management with people or structure changing every 1 to 2 years (in 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    Don't ever have any health issues while working here...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Johnson has a great telecommute policy. I worked in the office for 3 days a week and home for 2 when I first started but by the second year, I was able to be at home full time. Made a move across the country and was still able to keep my job.
    Work is plentiful and sometimes interesting, working in the department that I did, I was happy to be helping with energy saving strategies.

    Cons

    Management is underhanded and unorganized. They will give you a "rating system" of your skills and ask you to complete. Problem is when you attach point values to those skill levels, it's an illegal way to measure performance.

    Demoted because of both a major necessary surgery and a chronic illness (that in no way affected my abilities or performance except for recovery time)...make sure you are watching management like a HAWK if you have any medical issues.

    Middle management has no idea what they are doing and will employ and promote friends with no practical skills. Dollars are the bottom line and they lose good people right and left by treating them poorly.

    I was finally able to leave the company but my last paycheck was held for 3 WEEKS! I returned everything they asked for, signed all the papers, crossed every t......no pay. Also make sure you read your parting documents with a microscope, my health benefits ended the day I left the company, not at the end of the month as one might assume.

    Overall message here is to look out for yourself. Management is NOT your friend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers with relevant skills in the department they are overseeing. There is nothing worse than a micro-manager who has no idea what it takes to perform your duties and how long they take.

    Be honest with employees about their performance EARLY and OFTEN so that they at least have a chance to improve before you screw them.

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

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

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    • 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
  3.  

    Any rating over 2 stars is not an accurate reflection of my experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are what's standard in the industry. National and Global presence, decent products.

    Cons

    Poor management at several levels, which explains the high turn over rate. Inexperience technicians and poorly trained testing and inspection technicians, none of the technicians in the branch I worked had the appropriate certification (NICET Certification).

    In the many years I've worked in this industry, with all due respect my experience with Johnson Controls was the worst.

    In regards to Diversity & Inclusion at the management level a lot of improvement is needed. From my experience non of the managers I encountered above field supervisors level were people of color.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When it comes to Diversity and Inclusion, actually do something about the inclusion part.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people, but the company has no idea of how it wants the organization to be structured.

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Good field personnel. Safety first.

    Cons

    Too much reorganization and churn. Three in two years. No one I interviewed with was in role after 18 months.

    National people lose major contracts without engaging the local teams that make it all work.

    Weird... it's hard to find an employee over the age of 50. With as many people you'd think they'd be representative the population. No one gets to stay to retirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to the people that are closest to your customers before making decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not a good experience working for Johnson Controls

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Systems in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The opportunity to work within the company all over the world is intriguing for some people.

    Cons

    The selfish and minimal work ethic at a particular branch in the States was enough to be thankful in leaving the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management and cooperation within is failing over and over, year after year.
    Very poor communication.
    Very poor organization.
    Very poor cooperation between departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Downized the Wrong workers AGAIN!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Leader
    Former Employee - Team Leader

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay & Benefits & some of the employees.

    Cons

    Leadership not held accountable for making good things happen.Walk the talk. Annual surveys don't result in any real change. No chance for advancement unless someone in upper management is willing to mentor you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructuring every year just before Fiscal Year End doesn't make sense. You keep losing good people who are the real workers & retain the slackers who are "liked". Doesn't make good business sense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not bad if you can handle the stress.

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

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

    Pros

    The company absolutely allows room for promotion and growth. There's definitely a culture of inclusion and diversity among the team at Johnson Controls.

    Cons

    Employees are often placed under so much pressure to hit goals and deadlines that they take out frustrations on coworkers. The day to day operation seems bogged down with meetings and focus groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a breath and relax. Everyone on the team is motivated and willing to work. It's not necessary to breathe down the necks of employees to accomplish tasks that are recognized as high priority. It's not a sustainable environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great team but GWS / Real Estate side is unfortunately lost.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facilities Manager
    Current Employee - Facilities Manager

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

    Pros

    Internal team worked together very well.

    Cons

    Constantly searching for a strategic direction. The company under utilizes employees talents. My experience has been disappointing because career development is non existent. No innovation. It's check the box and move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose a direction and stick with it.
    Utilize the talents and experience of FM

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

    Maintenance.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facilities Management in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Facilities Management in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (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
  11.  

    Financial analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (more than an 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

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