Sherwin-Williams

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Sherwin-Williams Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
798 Reviews
3.5
798 Reviews
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Sherwin-Williams Chairman and CEO Christopher M. Connor
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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Company Skips Over the Right People for the Job and Doesn't Promote from within...

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

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

    Pros

    The training at SW is great, but the sales managers are under a lot of duress and are now have to make outside sales calls (which is what they have reps for), taking them out of a store which is already understaffed. The compensation is good, they have several promotions and partnerships with other companies for discounts. The health insurance was okay, not great, but at least they do offer it (with employee subsidies, i.e., you pay part, they pay part).

    Cons

    The promotion policies are DISMAL. They say they promote 90-something percent from within, but I'll tell you what that is. They have an MTP (manager trainee program) position that they create for recent college grads. If you're a full-time employee in the store and you know the customers and you apply for associate manager, you'll be passed over in favor of someone they've placed in the MTP "position" and they will then promote that person "from within" as an associate manager. They hire too many MTPs per year and thus, you'll never have a chance to move up if you don't have a degree. If it tells you anything about the company, I chose to pursue a degree after I'd been there for 3 years. I was told I was the best candidate for the job but that they "had to pass me over because you don't have a bachelor's degree". This was by my district manager. I attained my bachelors degree but no longer work for them and will not reapply to become an MTP and follow their convoluted system. Morale is bad and top management in some divisions and districts can't even read the reports.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you have the best person for the job, whether or not they have two letters at the end of their name. College does not equal competency. The company is going in the right direction, but this is a black smudge on an otherwise fantastic company to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Strong Industry footprint but has become a telemarketing position

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

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

    Pros

    Strong Financial performance, Gaining market share, enjoyable customer relationships. Decent pay if budgets are obtained.

    Cons

    Many District managers and Vice Presidents of sales who practice negative reinforcement management styles as they like to keep you "shaking in your shoes" as a means of motivation. This combined with a subjective performance appraisal process can make things much more stressful then they should be. Micro Management, too focused on lead generation forcing 100+ cold calls per week. Long store hours. Has strong focus on hiring women and minorities not necessarily the best candidate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay objective in store level hiring processes. Provide continued required training for store managers as too many are too green.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    It can be good, it can be very bad.

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

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Competitive pay and bonus structure. Opportunities for advancement. Benefits are average. Co-workers are usually pretty great.

    Cons

    Hours are horrendous for anyone with a family. I find myself working 12 hour shifts and entire weekends for a month at a time because turnover can be high among the part time workers and restrictions on hiring can be stifling. Some times you are beholden to a terrible manager with very little recourse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hours need to be looked at with a very sober eye. There is more to management than the P+L.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great start to a career but once you get experience go find something else.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Elk City, OK
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Elk City, OK

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

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Nice people
    Culture
    Fast paced
    Career opportunities

    Cons

    No Work/life balance
    Long hours
    Extremely stressful at times
    Always shorthanded
    The location of the store matters a great deal. If your put in a store in the middle of nowhere it will be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more employees in stores.

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

    Good Ol' Boys Club

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

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flex time is nice. Salary is competitive. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    It is very hard to climb the ladder if you're not a "chosen one". I've seen several people come in at an entry to mid level position and surpass tenured employees into management positions (across several departments). The tenured employees that aren't getting promoted all have one thing in common -- and by the title of this review, you could take a guess as to what that one common denominator is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider promoting people in a fair manner.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Okay for first job out of college

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great and pay is great for right out of college. Training is good in the beginning.

    Cons

    Upper managers have lost touch with what it is like to run a store. They extend hours without giving more hours to be worked. Rules are different for different stores and getting cussed out by upper management is a given if your numbers aren't perfect. The best job in the company is an assistant manager, past that the pay is horrible for hours worked, your not given help when you need it and they expect the manager to work all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your managers. Every market is different and learn to say good job instead of focusing solely on numbers. Treat everyone like a person not like their P&L. This company has lost touch with everything but what it says on stock price and paper.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very Demanding. Work - Life Balance??? High never-ending Sales Pressure.

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

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

    Pros

    Good training. Many opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Lost concern for employees, lost positive culture; Constantly pushing for more on the backs of employees; Constant pressure to hit expectations. No employee empowerment. Never enough employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If Customer Service is as important as SW preaches, invest in more people inside store to provide the better customer service and relieve the stress on the employees. This will allow employees to feel like they are doing a better job as well. Would also improve work-life balance and employee happiness in the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Launching Point

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Training Program (MTP)  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Management Training Program (MTP) in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Prepared and motivated you to get ready for your next experience. The staff was generally friendly as well.

    Cons

    Short staff, rolling hours, working by yourself, impatient/cheap contractors, low pay. Also depending on your area you may just end up being a "color consultant" for your retail customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the job more engaging to your managers. Mixing paint and picking colors isnt the most glamorous job to a college grad.

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

    MTP Program

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

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time

    Pros

    Get to meet contractors from all walks of life, decent pay, good bonuses as long as long as you make budget

    Cons

    no work/life balance, upper management out of touch with store level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience

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

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's an ok company to work for. You learn a lot. Good benefits.

    Cons

    No Overtime hours, short staffed stores. You can expect a store full of customers by yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micromanagement is not the way to go. Sometimes just go to the stores, make the workers feel appreciated and not have them feeling like they are just an employee and nothing more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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