Sherwin-Williams Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Sherwin-Williams Chairman and CEO Christopher M. Connor
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Pros
  • Many opportunities for advancement if you're willing to move (sometimes not too far) (in 44 reviews)

  • Great benefits, opportunity for advancement if willing to move (in 67 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance can be a challenge (in 43 reviews)

  • Upper management promotes only those with college degree (in 84 reviews)

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  1. SW Review

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

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture of continious improvement that pushes some really great people to do amazing things. Retirement benefits (401K) have been great through the years with the stock doing well.

    Cons

    Pushing to do more with less has caused challenges to keep up with increases. its great to have resources utilized, but challenging to add additional resources fast enough. management does not promote a good work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to continue to invenst in employee training and development. Employee ideas should be looked at as opportunities not excuses.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Manager Training Program

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Hill, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Hill, TX

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not many. Benefit and Salary are above average.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is not existent. Most MT's quit within first 6 months to a year. Not much opportunity for advancement. No matter what the circumstances that always have the Store managers back. This is a pro is you happen to be a manager, but if you're not it can really make things difficult. Most people who work for the company don't have college degrees so their management skills are a joke. Long hours, work weekends, can't easily move to different locations or departments. As an Asst. Manager coming out of the MT Program you can't choose your placement. I have been commuting an hour for the past year.

    Advice to Management

    They won't listen anyway, I've tried.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Store Manager

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

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company benefits and pay are above average.

    Cons

    Long hours with no extra pay. Always short on employees. Unrealistic sales goals that raise every year.

    Advice to Management

    Put more employees in stores and give stores the budget to actually let them work.


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  5. delivery driver

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

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    steady work- you get to meet all kinds of interesting people.You also get to get familiar with the DFW metroplex

    Cons

    some of the management was alot younger and took some work to get to know them but in the long run it was worth it,I enjoy working with all ages of people.

    Advice to Management

    keep better watch on some workers,younger store manager not very good with older wokers,I would have liked to see improvements in that area


  6. Emotionally draining

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

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits if you can make it to full-time are amazing, the job is laid back, the customers are generally awesome because they are coming to you expecting expert advice that they can't get at big box stores so they understand when you explain things and are appreciative. Co-workers typically share the same attitude as you when it comes to the store, corporate is a pain to deal with sometimes, but that's with any company.

    Cons

    Occasionally you get a store manager, and sometimes a city/district manager that stay true to their clique and if you aren't from the area or are a transfer then good luck getting them to take your side on anything. Most managers care about every customer, and even if they don't they pretend to, but sometimes (and this is why I left the company) you get a manager who is rude, condescending, and just plain mean to some customers. Just couldn't take it anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Watch who you allow to become store managers a little more closely, sometimes the easiest solution to a problem is actually something that's going to create bigger problems.


  7. Sales Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - good benefits - flexible schedule - great people working here - a good way to get your feet wet in the sales world - great training program

    Cons

    - not paid enough for the stuff you deal with - too much micromanaging - biggest competition is your fellow reps; too cannibalistic - unrealistic expectations - tasks become very monotonous - very inexperienced people being hired for management

    Advice to Management

    When I started working here over 8 years ago, it was a company that had the perfect business model. They were able to attract customers to come to them. Now, it's such a corporate greedy environment that nothing is ever good enough. They have over saturated the market to the point where there aren't very many new accounts to be had and even if there is one, the credit division will decline their account request, or another rep will steal it out from under you. I would recommend that management take a hard look at how they ask so much and don't offer much in return. The raises have been less than cost of living raises every year since I have been there. Also take a look at who you are hiring to put in the MTP program and start picking the most qualified candidates, even if it means promoting from within someone without a college degree. You need to look at the current business model and realize that if you continue to throw more and more boots on the ground, it's not necessarily going to increase sales, but rather frustrate your good employees.


  8. Eh..Half & Half

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

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great benefits enjoyed most coworkers flexible schedule if you have a good manager

    Cons

    rude management physically straining job not worth the pay no security measures in the stores language barrier with customers makes it hard to communicate efficiently

    Advice to Management

    higher management needs to be more involved in store operations


  9. Helpful (1)

    Assistant Manager

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

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have wonderful training opportunities and every month send out new material to keep you up to date. It being a male dominated indistry woman are advancing a lot right now because there is a push to have more women in stores. If you work hard you will advance to a larger store = possible bonus. It is a great first job, hours are a lot more reasonable than most entry level jobs.

    Cons

    If you are shorter than 5'5 is will be difficult working in the wear-house because you will be doing a lot of reaching and squat a lot! When they say you must be able to carry 50 pounds realize you might be carrying 10+ 50 pound buckets per order. If you're not an assistant or manager you will get paid minimum wage and the duties are a lot of ask for. 2 types of employees that have been there for years. The first loves their job and works hard the second will make you hate being an assistant because you will do it all

    Advice to Management

    Hire more employees so everyone doesn't have back and knee issues. The products sell themselves but to promote a better environment for customers.


  10. Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Intern in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great company to work for, lots of interaction with upper mgmt, get to work with your hands (if you like that), lots of support and people are helpful.

    Cons

    a lot of manual labor, working in the actual Sherwin Williams paint store

    Advice to Management

    Give more direction to the Interns


  11. Assistant Store Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    I got to meet great people

    Cons

    Contractors tend to be very ignorant



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