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15 days ago

Management/Sales Trainee

The Sherwin-Williams Company Waukesha, WI

If you've got what it takes to be a troubleshooter, marketer, trainer, systems analyst, creative problem solver, strategist, and an all-encompassing… CareerBuilder

15 days ago

Intern- Milwaukee District

The Sherwin-Williams Company Waukesha, WI

This PAID internship for college students offers hands-on experience in a wholesale/retail work environment and can lead to career opportunities in… CareerBuilder

22 hrs ago

Management/Sales Trainee Program – new

The Sherwin-Williams Company Milwaukee, WI

The Paint Stores Group (PSG) Management Training Program is designed to provide… Percipio Media

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    Working at Sherwin-Williams gives me mixed feelings about career.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams


    Sherwin-Williams offers good opportunities for entry level employers in the management field. You get to manage on a very personal level since each store typically has only several employees. SW also is very good at teaching you about all you need to know about the paint industry. It is also fairly easy to get off the time you need, so long as you get your request in with enough time. Finally, SW offers excellent benefits and a 401k plan which is very reasonable.


    Despite what I was told during recruiting, it is a long process in getting promotions within the company. I have been with SW now for nearly 3 years and within the whole district there have only been a handful of Manager or Sales Rep job openings in which I could have applied for. I applied and interviewed for two manager jobs and one rep job. All of the potential promotions were also targeted by many other people who were both in and out of the district. Needless to say, I was not given the promotions and was told different reasons why I didn't get the job for each by my District Manager. Basically, there are not that many job openings in a given year, and the ones that are, have many people applying for it. One other thing about SW that bugs me is that during recruiting I was told that the management team was able to run their store pretty much the way they want to. "It is almost like running your own business." Is what the recruit told me. That statement could not be further from the truth. SW has many rules and regulations passed down from the corporate headquarters. Basic pay, store hours, inventory, selling events, pricing, margins, and several others business aspects are all pretty much controlled by SW corporate or district. The main thing that bugs me is SW charges the stores 1% all the inventory they have at the end of each month. This expense affects how your yearly numbers turn out. Also, there is a major push by the District to keep inventory low. However, frequently the stores are forced to take overstock items from the main distribution center. No matter what the products are, the stores have to take these direct shipments, which most of the time are products that do not sell very well and the stores are stuck with them hitting their inventory numbers for months.

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    Promotions should go to the best applicant, not the one with the most tenure.

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