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S.C. Johnson Reviews

Updated February 17, 2015
Updated February 17, 2015
34 Reviews
2.0
34 Reviews
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S.C. Johnson Chairman and CEO H. Fisk Johnson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is about right for married folks (in 26 reviews)

  • good compensation and good benefits (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Low tolerance for risk, lack of clear decision making tree, and many times slow to move (in 9 reviews)

  • No work life balance (meetings are done during the night as counterparts are not flexible with time) (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    A dysfunctional "Family Company"

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

    I worked at S.C. Johnson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    As a former employee of more than 10 years I was proud to be a part of the organization at least for the first 7 years. The company culture was supportive, relationship based, strong ethical values and beliefs that included employee benefits, work-live balance and profit sharing.

    Cons

    The last 3 years the company has gone through significant transformation in my opinion for the strengthening of profits. Plant closures, relocation of work force from the US to lower paying Asian and South American shared service centers. Large workforce reductions and outsourcing of labor which prior to the current CEO never occurred at this company, even during the depression era. Vast amounts of knowledge walking out the door, either by choice or not for other opportunities with good companies. The "transformation" of the company creating an almost hostile and corrosive culture and not one I would work in long term. Work-life balance went out the door as well with the expectation of US resources to work and be available 24/7 to support the less flexible other global regions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believing that there is no knowledge or capability internally where you have to hire senior management externally at an alarming rate is a serious mistake and one you will regret long-term. The loyalty that the "family" workforce had is quickly fading and not something that can be restored.

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

    Company is approaching a tipping point

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at S.C. Johnson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong brands in some categories.
    Pockets of sound visionary leadership who can handle the truth and who can develop the business AND people.

    Cons

    Promoting people in sales and marketing beyond their experience and potential to add value beyond the "yes man" role for senior leaders.
    Difficult culture and company to on-board with - no clear on-boarding or training commitment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the courage to review nameless resumes. A lot of talent and industry knowledge/experience is walking out the door.
    Have the courage to surround yourself with people who challenge status quo vs those who tell you what you want to hear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    When Profits and Greed exceeds employees well being

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Senior Leader in Racine, WI
    Former Employee - Human Resources Senior Leader in Racine, WI

    I worked at S.C. Johnson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. Great and capable people
    2. Company's history

    Cons

    For five generations SC Johnson has been kept as private enterprise. Every generation has made personal sacrifices in the name of the keeping the Company a family household. From the entrepreneurship of Samuel Curtis, to the innovation of HF Johnson and the business savviness of Samuel C. Johnson. Unfortunately, the current generation has lost his direction. Excessive greed and needs for profits have derailed the spirit of this once Great Company to work. I was privileged to see the great work of people that take it to top 10 Companies to work for 10 years in a row. For the last 7 years, the Company has slide out of the rank. Talented people left for fighting a transformation to shrink value in exchange for short term profits. If you want to transform a Company, replace its management. And so they did. In the process, they have lost engagement, discretionary effort and trust.

    I do appreciate all 15 years I spent at SCJ. I learned from great leaders, I traveled the word and I did my best to contribute. Unfortunately, that's not the Company SCJ is anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at S.C. Johnson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people and brands but things are changing drastically and many people are now leaving the company for other opportunities.

    Cons

    Significant layoffs in Racine impacting the ability to get things done. With additional folks leaving, resources are stretched too thin and those of us remaining are overwhelmed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go out and talk to customers to see how changes are impacting the business

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

    Management By Fear & Crumbling Morale

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead, Engineering Generalist in Racine, WI
    Former Employee - Lead, Engineering Generalist in Racine, WI

    I worked at S.C. Johnson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Great people to work with
    -Competitive compensation & benefits (Profit Sharing, Rec Facilities, Day Care, etc.)
    -Good focus on community benefits in the cities/countries where they operate
    -Large company with opportunities for some to advance (but brakes are being applied)

    Cons

    Over the past 5 years the previous senior leadership that was grown & nurtured in-house has been replaced with external executives who are instilling a new corporate culture built on fear and intimidation. The recent 12+ month 'transformation' gutted and reorganized many teams - some for better but most for worse - all the while killing morale and productivity.

    Anyone with experience in Change Management would recognize this company's missteps in an instant, and many good & talented employees have seen the train wreck and left for better opportunities. Many others are counting the days until retirement and hoping to hold on for the roller coaster ride.

    The company and CEO proselytize the "This We Believe" principles. The key quote found all around campus is "The goodwill of people is the only enduring thing in any business. It is the sole substance...the rest is shadow!" Unfortunately, this principle of goodwill has been relegated to the bottom of the paper shredder bin. Successes built on supporting your employees, taking risks and learning from mistakes is being replaced with focuses only on bottom lines, unobtainable cost savings targets and micro-management by fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch the newly-implemented forced distribution for performance reviews. GE did.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    A crumbling consumer products giant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at S.C. Johnson

    Pros

    The pay is good especially for longer term employees. Cash profit sharing is a very nice benefit.

    New senior management that's been brought in over the last several years is completely changing this company - decreasing costs and benefits and increasing profitably (presumably).

    Cons

    New senior management that's been brought in over the last several years is completely changing this company - slashing jobs. Replacing SCJ US jobs with contract positions in India and elsewhere. They see very little value in the skills and experience of the existing workforce.

    The prior senior and middle managers have no ability or power to drive existing projects. Their mandate is to enforce the restructuring driven from above. Long term employees have been abandoned and driven from the company.

    No career advancement opportunities for younger, less costly, employees. Little future as an employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grab a copy of 'This We Believe' and give it a read. It doesn't appear to be required reading for Sr mgmt.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    corporation in transition

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

    I worked at S.C. Johnson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong benefits program for Racine based employees which includes recreation facility, child care services, and off site meeting space for business and personal use.

    Cons

    Culture is changing to very aggressive performance based with short term business objectives.
    Leaders are in a state of flux due to a lack of actionable consumer insights and product innovation which meets today's consumer needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Base business needs significant news to reverse declining sales trends in mature categories with consumers looking to alternate methods for cleaning their homes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Penny wise, dollar foolish

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

    I have been working at S.C. Johnson full-time

    Pros

    Get experience at a Large global CPG company

    Cons

    Since "transformation" implemented f
    In past year, they gave laid off a record # employees. Result is many people doing jobs of what uses to be handled by multiple people. The title refers to fact that they are spending a significant amount of money on consultants & agencies while actual employees are extremely overworked and stressed. Very silioed and bureaucratic company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support and recognize those employees working harder and smarter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great family company that people USED to love to work at.... not so much now

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

    I have been working at S.C. Johnson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay and profit sharing is about all that remains at this company that is good. Staff that works days and management get unlimited sick time.
    If you enjoy being constantly hounded to do more everyday and be put on projects that need to be completed in an amount of time that is not really feasible, love paperwork and forms, like to spend time in meetings, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    New "Lean" program is killing this company. Moral is at its lowest in 20 years. Since the lean "transformation" this company is losing excellent, experienced people because of all the extra, and senseless work they are demanding from its employees.
    Slow to hire people in key positions so constantly running short is a big problem causing big time burn out. Management does not care about its employees anymore. Since Sam died, the company has been on a downward spiral. Work life balance may exist if you are a day staff person, or management but if you are in manufacturing plant, forget it.
    Between all the "lean" tools that are supposed to make our job easier, you have loaded your staff with so much "garbage" to do and paperwork that we have no time to concentrate on the job we were hired to do.

    Unless you have a degree, forget moving up in this company. They won't even look at you for a promotion to even the most menial day position unless you have a degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to listen to the "little people" who are on the floor and know the machinery, who know what may work and what may not. Just because something looks good on paper does not mean its going to work on the aging equipment that we have to work with. Managers need to stop treating employees like little kids and more like adults with a brain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    In transition from "Great Place to Work" to ????

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Racine, WI
    Current Employee - Director in Racine, WI

    I have been working at S.C. Johnson full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good, but changing. Very good work life balance.
    Great collegues and culture of helping each other.

    Cons

    Currently undergoing restructuring, and company culture is being seriously impacted. Not the same place to work as in the past. Very little structure, seems that work get done by whom you know. Some leaders are going from 30,000 ft level to -10 ft, which paralyzes the organization and results in trust issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro management, allow leaders to lead and delegate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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