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Johnson Controls Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
696 Reviews
3.3
696 Reviews
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Alex A. Molinaroli
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Need more vision and meritocracy

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    Overworked

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

    I worked at Johnson Controls

    Pros

    Decent pay, benefits, some flexible hours, lots of nice emplyees all over the country, personable work enviroment

    Cons

    They work you to death, all training is done through their online system so if you are confused or have questions they refer you back to the online system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more help.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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    Review of JCI

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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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
  6.  

    Great opportunity, poor work life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7.  

    Great company, but layoff cycle leaves everyone uncomfortable.

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    • Senior Management
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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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    So many changes this past year.....merged two business units into one last year

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    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    Compensation is good, and company expects a lot from their sales professionals.

    Cons

    Company has made many decisions to grow the business, but recently eliminated key professionals that were influential on growing the service industry. Recent re-organization has improved a lot of how we do business with our customers, however, I am concerned that they are products based, not long term service providers. Recent changes have actually diminished my commission structure to grow the service business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Local leadership is lacking, and upper managememt seems to ignore those of us bringing in the business. Been with JCI for 6 years, and the leadership is really not focused on retaining key personnel.

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

    What a long, strange trip it's been

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people are terrific - at least in the field business. Really the kind of people you want to get up and go to work with everyday. Integrity is valued. People work hard as individuals and in most cases as a team. We are generally paid fairly for the work we do.

    Cons

    Constant restructuring, which results in declining workforce morale and an on-going talent leak. We run too lean, and the good people who stay are overworked. When we don't have enough people to meet customer's expectations it just increases the pressure on the existing employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are not a cost, they are an investment. You can't continue to cut your way to profitability by sending people home. The short term focus on keeping Wall Street and investors happy is at the expense of the long term needs of the business.

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

    Ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay, good co-workers, word

    Cons

    nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing

  11.  

    Good pay, hard work, flexible schedule.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Work completely independent, get the job done however you want however success is demanded.
    Lateral career moves easy to get at lower levels. Travel at your discretion.
    Pay is very competitive.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is stifling and still growing.
    Work not distributed fairly.
    Benefits cut almost every year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing more competitive products rather than outsourcing.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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