Sherwin-Williams

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Sherwin-Williams Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
835 Reviews
3.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many opportunities for advancement (in 44 reviews)

  • Very good benefits in the company, great co-workers within the store (in 69 reviews)


Cons
  • the work life balance sucks to since they are keeping stores open later and later (in 43 reviews)

  • Upper management keep putting the wrong people in leadership positions (in 81 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learned a lot of business skills while working at Sherwin-Williams

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    I like working with my co-workers and customers. Easy to balance life and work.

    Cons

    Sometimes lack of leadership and personal growth can be an issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more training programs to advance our knowledge in this industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company if you have the time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sles Associate in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Sles Associate in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    Easy job, great training, not required to work too much.

    Cons

    customers talk to you like you are a low life. It can be a long day in a paint store. It takes too long to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is awesome.

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

    Former Intern, Current Associate, Soon-To-Be MTP

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

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

    Pros

    I have been with the company coming up on a year- I was an intern at Sherwin last summer and am a current sales associate that is starting the management training program (MTP) in about a month upon graduation from college, a program that trains you and places you in an assistant manager position in a store upon a position opening. My training store for the internship and soon-to-be MTP is in Saratoga Springs, I get part-time hours at school in the Oneonta store, had gotten some hours over a break from school in the Schenectady store, and have visited several other stores.

    Sherwin has a very relaxed work environment and good corporate culture compared to other companies I've worked for (I previously worked in a supermarket in food service for years). The company invests big time in training and recruiting its people- my co-workers are very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Management in most stores I've been at is very strong and heavily customer-service focused. With well-trained and oftentimes experienced co-workers and management you'll never have much trouble solving problems for a customer. The company also utilizes knowledge hotlines that employ experienced live people on the other end that ensure you'll always be able to find the right answer to a customer issue.

    Though I yet don't know of all the career opportunities at Sherwin I have learned about some of my managers' career paths with the company, and it appears that there is quite a bit of room for movement and advancement if you apply yourself. Many of the upper-level managers I've talked to have been interns, management trainees, assistant and store managers, sales reps, sales managers, and more. It is very common to be working with people (especially management) that have been with company 10+ years, which to me is a pretty strong testament to how the company treats dedicated employees. I have met managers that have been happily employed with the company for over 30 years, including my own grandfather who was a Sherwin store manager for over 30 years before he passed away.

    As a sales associate I am paid a decent hourly rate and get enough hours, but have been offered a fair and much better, salaried pay out-of- school as a management trainee that is paired with supposed strong options for a benefits package that include retirement options such as 401k and a company-paid pension, different employee stock options, and your usual medical/dental etc. I work with a manager that explained how he initially wanted his job at SW primarily for the strong benefits. The pay and benefits supposedly get much better as you lengthen your stay with the company and move up towards store and district management. I have been told by managers that raises and career advancement in the company are very performance-based and driven.

    Overall, I am very happy with my current employment at SW and really look forward to developing my skills further with the upcoming training and hope to be an assistant manager within the year and see where it goes from there. I have already made many friends in the company and don't mind waking up for work. I strongly suggest to anyone (especially college students) even considering getting involved with the company to try and get an internship with SW and have fun with it and ask lots of questions, but also take it seriously- it was an excellent learning/growing experience and is highly recommended for anyone thinking about aiming for a management position at some point in the company as it gets you prepared for work and training in a Sherwin store, cuts the training time for the MTP, and makes you much more attractive in the interview process for the MTP. So far, SW has been a great company to work for.

    Cons

    -Promotions and hiring for management positions is done overwhelmingly from the inside of SW, which to some that are not employees of SW and trying to get involved in management with the company may be discouraging. The MTP program has gotten more competitive in the past few years and I believe to even apply for MTP nowadays a 4-year bachelor's degree preferably with a business background is required so that's another factor. If you don't have a college degree you can absolutely get involved with SW and be a driver or a sales associate and maybe some other positions I'm unaware of but I'd imagine it would be much more difficult to work your way up in the company without former formal education.

    -Sometimes proper staffing can be an issue in smaller-volume stores during big sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to know more of the steps I should be taking to ensure I end up in an assistant manager position after I complete the management training program.

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

    I love working at Sherwin-Williams! They treat me very well and pay pretty well for a first time job out of college.

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

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

    Pros

    They start you off with a pretty good salary. I have been with the company for a little over a year and have already been promoted to a store manager. I have a great work/life balance. I just develop relationships with the customers and make sure that they keep on coming back. On top of a good salary you can earn bonus money and the better the sales the better the bonus money!

    Cons

    I can honestly say that I do not have any cons to my job. They give me the whole store to myself and I operate it with my Assistant Manager and my part-time employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management does not really bother you unless the numbers are really bad. In any case they shouldn't be though unless you give crappy service to your customers. In which they do not want to shop in your store.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    I love my job.

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent company, genuinely cares. SW wants you to grow, to move up the ladder and gives you the tools and incentives to do it. Pleasant coworkers and positive work environment.

    Cons

    I would rather not ever have to work weekends, but I do understand why we must be available to our customers on those days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to have more knowledge of opportunities for personal growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company!

    • 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

    Pros

    Plenty of hours, fun work environment, plenty of opportunity to work your way up the ladder

    Cons

    the ac is controlled from Cleveland and as a part timer youre not allowed enough hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember what it was like when you were in the store!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging and fun work environment, rewards efforts with competitive salary and benefits

    Cons

    None, it has been a pleasure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company ... Great Opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to try new things and worked on your strength's in the company. Everyday is different

    Cons

    none that i can think of. But time management can be tough within the stores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on new employees and reward within

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    great company to work for

    Cons

    great company to work for

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was an overall great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Training Program (MTP) in Toms River, NJ
    Current Employee - Management Training Program (MTP) in Toms River, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, great salary, work life balance, leadership skills, team management

    Cons

    I don't have negative things to say about the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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