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

Assistant Manager (Current Employee) Milwaukee, WI

ProsSherwin-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.

ConsDespite 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.

Advice to Senior ManagementPromotions should go to the best applicant, not the one with the most tenure.

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    Hard work, Good company, but watch yourself

    Sales Representative (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros: Get real world experience. On the sales side of the business, you get a lot of customer contact. If you work in the… Cons: The hours in the stores can be long. Most stores are open 7 days a week. Sometimes you are subject to working 7 days… Advice to Senior Management: Get more feedback from the people below you. This can help save money and make it seem less like you are telling people what… More

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    America's Paint Company; Join us and take Charge of Your Career

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Waco, TX

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros: I love working at Sherwin Williams because the career path is open to all within the company based on performance, and not necessarily Degree's attained.… Cons: I would say that most of the employees who become dissatisfied with the company fall into two groups; Those that try to climb the… Advice to Senior Management: In these times of economic downturn, when we look at cost cutting; within the stores group; lets see if we can keep our… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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