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JCI continues to downsize to ensure shareholder performance objectives are achieved.

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Former Employee - Program Manager in Plymouth, MI
Former Employee - Program Manager in Plymouth, MI

I worked at Johnson Controls

Approves of CEO
Approves of CEO

Pros

Strong financials and excellent senior management. The business is significantly impacted by the overall automotive sector but the company takes aggressive steps to ensure a competitive position in every market condition. Managers are competent and the product development and factories run well to customer expectations.

Cons

Career planning for middle management and those termed "high potential". Despite the label, the process for developing these employees is poor. The overall strategy for human capital throughout JCI is marginal as there is no formal system to move within the organization. Job postings, positions and opportunities are all based on word of mouth and clicks that exist within the organization. Expectations management is also an area where improvements could be made from employees and Business Units.

Advice to Management

Develop an effective employee development plan for top performers.

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    now become a take and take situation

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Johnson Controls

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    johnson controls was once a wonderful place to work. They expect a lot out of their employees, but it was once a take and give situation. It has now become a take and take situation.

    Cons

    It is very scary to watch a very large corporation cut corners and pinch pennies in the places they have.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and start treating employees like people the way the company once did. You can not continue to cut position and expect people to be able to pick up the extra work left behind and still do the right things. The company speaks of morales and values ,, where have they gone ??

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    An honest review to see what others think of JCI

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    Current Employee - Financial in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Financial in Plymouth, MI

    I have been working at Johnson Controls

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At the start (10 years ago) it was a great place to work. I still have a couple of friends from the days where we were real teams, part of the team still exists.
    There was a little oppertunity for me.
    There are plenty of places to park, and I expect many more by January 2008.
    As there is not a set time to start work, there is no harrasment for showing up a couple of minutes later than the norm.

    Cons

    Very limited opportunities unless you are in a click e.g. U of M Graduate.
    Wall Street knows what is going on before the employees
    While the morale survey provides a positive message, everyone filled in the correct answers as not to go to all of the improvement meetings.
    Only a very few managers provide recognition, most provide criticism (in front of others just to make themselves look good)
    Senior Leadership, only looking after the stock-holders and Wall Street. Just look where that put the banking industry
    Work life balance (unless you are in a click) is almost non-existant. Manager's will just keep dumping workloads and unrealistic timelines to make themselves look good at meeting.
    Fairness & Respect, again if you are not in a click, forget the fairness and respect and expect to do all of the work.
    The worst part is when a person leaves JCI it is Orwellian - they become on non-person and it is not correct to remeber they ever were employed at JCI.

    Advice to Management

    Go to church and not as a hypocrite. So that you can understand that putting others first, than yourself first and self-interest can benefit society. Consider the individual, pushing for the dollar result, when the agreements have been made, places the actions of the employee in the gray area of ethics, to maintain gainful employment.
    I can only compare the current management style to the same "self serving" greed the fueled the collapse of the mortgage industry (2008).

    After the Re-organization Dec 2008 think more of the Stake-holders and not the Stock-holders, for real employee engagement, then you will have a grass-roots foundation to improve Stock-holder value. Right now you are building a house of cards.

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