Sherwin-Williams

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Sherwin-Williams Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
885 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many opportunities for advancement (in 44 reviews)

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


Cons
  • no work/life balance, upper management out of touch with store level (in 43 reviews)

  • Upper management keep putting the wrong people in leadership positions (in 84 reviews)

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  1.  

    The Glass Ceiling lives on here...

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and job security.

    Cons

    This is a true "good old boy" company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More diversity and less nepotism for the boys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great on the large scale, but lacking on the micro scale

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

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The money is pretty good. The hours are flexible. sherwin Williams is a very success company and shows growth in many segments

    Cons

    their management structure lacks. The in store government falls short in many ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont force people to be an assistant manager and manager before they can grow in the comany. Its hard for a top buisness student to graduate and his first task being making schedule and picking when people can eat lunch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    No room for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Northlake, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Northlake, IL

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and good training. Most of the other employees were very friendly, and there was good teamwork. You will learn a lot about the paint industry, and all of the products used within it.

    Cons

    Raises are minimal, and only happen once per year. There is almost no room for growth or advancement in the company, unless you are into the politics of the company, even if you have been there for a long time. Painters are hard to deal with on a daily basis. They are usually rude, and try their best to rip you off. Self expression is frowned upon, so make sure you look as plain as you can. Be prepared to work in a dirty environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the amount of knowledge that employees must have, they should be compensated better, or at least have the chance to grow with the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Neutral

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

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams full-time

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits. Descent pay.

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities outside of sales.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company if you can tolerate the stress.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    You will meet and work with a lot of great people on the store level. Contractors for the most part become daily friends that will hang out in the store and know you personally. Great promotion opportunities if you are willing to relocate, particularly for females. Solid pay/benefits.

    Cons

    Budgets: No matter how great/bad/average your previous year's sales/profits were, you can count on the company wanting 10-14% more for your budget the following year. This makes it extremely difficult when you are following a great sales year and you made some good bonus money with another year that is STILL up in sales/profits, but you actually end up making less money because of the lack of bonus than the previous year.
    Diversity: Great idea, but SW strongly focuses on promoting minorities over non-minorities who are far, FAR more qualified for a position (at least based on job resumes).
    Safety Initiatives: I'm all out of patience having safety drill downs every time someone from 2 states away pulls their back lifting a bucket. They have figured out how to get a paid vacation, congratulations.
    Marketing Programs: Most of these are good ideas, but stores and reps are beaten to death with "goals" to achieve from DM's and DSM's for every single program, and address you and teammates as failures if you don't hit them because they lose the little district urinating contest.
    Reports: Monthly Forecasts, Jump Ball Plans, Annual Business Plan, Mid Year Business Plan, Customer Frequency Report, Monthly P&L/TIS, Opportunity Account Monthly updates, Dashboard Maintenance, Weekly Calendar in 1234 call format, Need 10+ planned calls per day (+as many as needed to make up cancellations).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You established district committees (VOICE) to address low store morale.....Did you listen? Because nothing has changed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Large Company with Lots of Bureaucracy

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

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    My company was purchased by Sherwin Williams and over the course of a couple years they systematically eliminated all the "corporate" employees, however I consider their compensation to me very fair and they also offered a generous "pay to stay" bonus for people who were willing to stay on and help with the transition.

    Cons

    As with many large companies, most departments are huge and do not communicate well with each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just be honest about your intentions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    great benefits and pretty decent salary but be prepared to work hard and deal with a lot

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

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    fantastic benefits, as long as you have a degree you start as an assistant manager, can go anywhere in the united states, great management training program, decent starting salary. bonuses available.

    Cons

    long hours minimum of 44 hours a week must be worked. every store is understaffed so be prepared to work. late closing hours stores close at 7pm and open at 7 am so not much time to have a life. hard work a lot of lifting and constant standing and working in warehouses with no heat or a/c. majority of stores are in bad condition as far as the warehouse goes. every year you expected to do atleast 10% more in sales than previous year if you don't you get put on probation and cant get raise or promotion or transfer until the next year if you do go over 10%. all day long you get to deal with complaining customers and contractors who all complain about the exact same thing pricing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    decrease he 44 hours for assistant managers to 40. decrease store hours from closing at 7pm to 5 pm for all stores NO ONE COMES IN AFTER 5PM ANYWAY and if they do it isn't worth the extra to hours you have to pay an employee. THIS WOULD GO VERY FAR IN EMPLOYEE MORAL. SUNDAYS STORES SHOULD BE CLOSED OR ATLEAST CLOSE AT 4PM AT THE LATEST NOT 6PM. STAFF the stores never should it be just a manager and assistant manager and that's it all day. LET ASSISTANT MANAGERS DO AN EVALUATION OF THERE MANAGERS SO THAT THERES A SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company, but be prepared to do much on your own.

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

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Nice managers
    Good hours, most stores close at 7
    Customer relationships over time
    Learn a lot
    Feel like you're part of something important

    Cons

    Scheduling: you will be working by yourself much of the time. In fact, all of the time. Upper mgmt sees no problem with this.
    Hours: with part-time, they can promise you the world but when it comes down to it, if budget is not met it affects you directly in that your hours will be severely cut.
    No scheduled breaks: if you're busy, you're busy. Sometimes no time to eat or go to the bathroom.
    Picking colors: you have to no matter what position you hold. Fun, mostly, except if you're alone in the store and four people come in at once and you're in the middle of helping someone with this. Then it becomes a huge headache.
    Cold-Calling: Personally, I don't mind doing this since I've been in sales for a long time, but I would imagine someone new would not be comfortable at all with this. This is expected of everyone to do no matter what your position is.
    Growth: Difficult because they would rather hire people fresh out of college for their MTP program instead of promoting a part-timer or third key holder. I've seen much movement in the company because of this which is not necessarily a good thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is a huge HR issue when someone is scheduled for 10.5 hours alone in the store and they can't eat or go to the bathroom due to lack of proper staffing. It is wrong and is a lack of integrity. Also, the schedule should be fair in that someone shouldn't always get stuck working weekends by themselves. There should be a fair rotation between the assistant manager and third key holder concerning weekends.

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

    working at dsc

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CDL Driver in Fredericksburg, PA
    Current Employee - CDL Driver in Fredericksburg, PA

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

    Pros

    compensation is good both front and back

    Cons

    It is like working for the post office , nobody takes ownership, "its not my fault" is a commonly heard phrase. managment is out of touch, supeervisors are not trained to recognise and react to daily glitches

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop worrying about your bonus and take a loodk t whats going on moral is bad, nobody cares new equipment is already being wrecked hiring blitz has added people who are not qualified for the position, however we have bodies! dispacth must learn geography, and trends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Assistant Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    Pay, nature of the job and Co-workers

    Cons

    Working weekends, evenings, and 44+ hour each week.

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