Sherwin-Williams

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Sherwin-Williams Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
798 Reviews
3.5
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Sherwin-Williams Chairman and CEO Christopher M. Connor
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunities for advancement as far as you want to go (in 39 reviews)

  • Sherwin Williams is a growing company and has great benefits (in 70 reviews)


Cons
  • no work/life balance, upper management out of touch with store level (in 38 reviews)

  • Upper management can be tough depending on the stores sales and profit (in 75 reviews)

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  1.  

    It was okay.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Re Label  in  Effingham, IL
    Former Employee - Re Label in Effingham, IL

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It was easy work and it was generally fast paced. It was a nice environment and friendly workers.

    Cons

    The upper management could use some serious help. They could use some cleaning and could use some new equipment as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to hire on temporary workers that have been there for over a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stuck in 1974

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Health care and 401k are nice.

    Cons

    The company continues to allow a bullying system of management style. They also pat themselves on the back for hiring females and minorities but that is as far as it goes. District managers do not listen to their sales force about problems in the field which leads all of us to believe that they are also being bullied and ignored. They also promote their friends into lucrative positions and anyone else into positions that are more challenging or difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people. Stop promoting your buddies into sweet locations. Listen to your sales staff and don't treat them as though they are not working hard enough. You all have been in the field, so treat us the way you WISH you had been treated. This is not a sports team, so whipping us into shape is not the most effective way to deal with working professionals trying to do their jobs.

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

    Age discrimination! What a sham, and a shame!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Manager

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great potential of being a wonderful place to work,,, But,,,

    Cons

    It's obvious that SW works hard to "age out" employees who they must feel are not worthy of staying around to fight the good fight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the old guard around as long as possible. They can teach even you a thing or two along with the "youngsters" that you have decided to fill your ranks with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good part time job. Full time things change.

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager  in  Holmen, WI
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Holmen, WI

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Always a veriety of things to do to never get bored. Pay got better with time or when you would transfer to another store. 401k matching was also very good. Bonus money was good every other year.

    Cons

    Had been with SW for 20 years. The first 10 years were pretty good. ... the last 10, I became a number and not a person. Lately the company had focused on the stock value so much that they have lost what made them so good. Every year there would be the next push to increase gallons. ... Or gross profit. ... Or sales. The stores budget was not made until march.... so the year was already 1/4 over till you knew how you were doing. My stores manager transferred beginning of the summer and left myself and my full timer for 2 months. No other help was offered other than my district manager saying to pull up our boot straps! This was a 1.8 million dollar commercial store with a cdl driver. Crazy summer and great money with OT. But not once was thanked by the district manager for covering the store. Thus the exit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want the stores to offer the customers with the "G.U.E.S.T." mindset. .... give the stores the employee hours they had years previously. The stores have been cut SO much that there is no way to treat the customer the way they expect to be. And the stores are open more than they ever were.
    If you have sales every 2 weeks going on. .... there really is no sale. Just maybe lower the every day price.
    Please let the store managers do their job. Let them talk to the contractor and quote the price and honor it. Why have us quote a price. .. enter it into the computer. Let the district manager approve it or deny it. .. if denied them reissue it because the customer will not buy if not that price. Then it's accepted only for the computer to bump it up because it's not the top 20 products that the customer purchases. Honestly could just pay a monkey to do that job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tough

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    Current Employee - Texas  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Texas in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Only if you are starting from the Manager in Training Program do you get the best out of Sherwin Williams.

    Cons

    Starting off from the bottom the pay is pretty mediocre. Most of your pay is gone by the time taxes and your insurance kicks in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider other employee's opinions valuable not just the Store Managers. We are a big part of what helps this company grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    This company has jumped the shark

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Pocatello, ID

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    High barrier of entry cost into the industry, and most competition died during the great recession. Many Sherwin-Williams stores have almost no competition. The company also offers benefits and bonuses if you are in management. Some benefits for full time employees, but they are doing away with that position for the most part.

    Cons

    During the great recession staff was cut down to the minimum. I distinctly remember going to meeting about this issue. The idea was to cut as much as possible while still remaining efficient. We were told that when the recession was over we would come out of it smelling like a rose, owning half our competition while the other half died off. Then we would staff the stores again. Half of this was true. The stores where never staffed again. Upper management must have thought we did such a good job being understaffed there was little reason to bring on more men. Now many employees are beginning to leave and the ones still around are worn out bad.

    The company also use to employ from within. They valued experience over everything else. Now they almost only hire people right out of college. These college kids do not know anything for the first year. This angers the old time employees looked over. They are told they do not get the promotion, but then asked to train their new boss. The college kids only end up angering customers who see the injustice. Then after a year or two, with a college degree and some work experience they leave the company.

    I was originally an employee for a company that Sherwin-Williams acquired. I watched over 7 years as they cut full time employees, looked over loyal employees, and mocked good men who worked for other companies. Upper management has a real pride issue they need to deal with. They feel they are invincible and no one can take them out. They treat employees like office supplies, to be used and then replaced. I remember working for the small paint company before the buyout. I guess I stuck around so long because I couldn’t make myself believe it was gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire Upper management. Bring back the paint store feel for customers and employees. You are not competing with home depot no matter how much you wish you were. Your real competition is the small paint companies that are rebuilding from the crash. They will be back, they will gain market share, and they will outperform you. Most of all, they do have better service then you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    They work with school schedule, but then again most part time employers do!

    Cons

    The pay is very minimal, and the upper management doesn't do much to help or work with employees. Your very much just a pawn in a chess game!

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    Benefits and thats about it.

    Cons

    Working weekends. Limited ability for promotion if you're not willing to relocate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees input.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate controls everything.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time

    Pros

    Only open 13 hours a day so you only have to work 16.

    Cons

    Upper Management is not in touch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to run a store.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    great for a job fresh out of college, but typical corporate BS becomes too much

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great to gain experience with a large, established sales company, or in my case, open my eyes to what has become the norm for a career in retail.

    Cons

    Stores are ALWAYS understaffed - district managers seem to focus on pinching pennies at the expensive of the employees. This creates an atmosphere of employees feeling far from refreshed and energetic.
    Managers are expected to work 48 hours a week and assistants 44/week. Hard to have a life outside because of the hour requirements.
    Management at the district and higher levels are simply yes men, passing along ideas that are usually out of touch with individual store operation and customer base.
    Only closed 4 days a year, a real slap in the face to Holidays such as July 4, Labor Day, etc.
    They claim high level of value and culture, but it's a cover for typical corporate greed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to truly know the differences in your stores and people. Simply taking a one size fits all approach is naive.
    Stop treating employees like pawns or tools for you to increase your bonus. Ultimately, your employees are the ones that allow you to buy all the frivolous things in your life. At least make an effort to show that they are valuable and not just a pawn for your financial gain and corporate growth.
    Greed is a terrible thing. Give your employees the time they need to refresh from a very stressful and demanding job at the store level. And try doing it with actual sincerity, if possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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