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Not a career.

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Tampa, FL
Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Tampa, FL

I worked at Sherwin-Williams full-time (More than 8 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

It is really not rocket science! Sell paint, mix paint, deliver paint, clean, answer phone calls.

Cons

There is absolutely no room for growth. If you do not have a degree (for mixing paint) it could take you 10+ years to even become an Assistant Manager. Something they do not tell you when you interview is that they have MTPs which are college graduates that will be trained for a period of 6 months and then will be assigned to an Assistant Manager position (Even if they still do not know what they are doing) I guess you could call it:" tax break for the company." There is absolutely no interview process when there are MTPs in the district, automatically they will get the job. Even if your have been there 5+ years. It is a "day in and day out battle" of pricing and how you have to sell more and never ever will you get a thank you from upper management. There was a time that it was the Store Manager running the store, now I do not even know why they still have managers. It is so bad, to the point that it is worth to be a manager than to be a regular full-time employee. Also they are always raising prices making it a nightmare, e.g. you will have a long time loyal customer of the store not SW the store (just to be clear) come in and their prices have gone up, it takes the Sales Rep a minimum of two weeks to "fix it". So when they "fix it" you go to process a sale and see that the prices have not change. Remember these are busy contractors that do not have time on a monday morning to be dealing with this kind of stupidity. And you as an employee are all alone. Last but not least, training? BIG LOL. There is NONE. They will make you watch a video here and there or have the Store Manager try to train you but at the end of the day they do not have a clue, so what do they tell you? On your own time go and find the answer yourself. Oh! I forgot to mention, the pay... I'll put it this way, if you think 25 years of service in a company and you still making 50k + bonuses is enough for you, then go ahead and give it a try. LOL "bonuses" good luck with that.

Advice to Management

Hey super man if Lowe's or Home Depot are selling hammers is because they also sell wood and nails.lol Stop putting people in charge that all they do is make a lot of noise just to make you think they are doing something. Your stores look like a Dollar Store, it is so overwhelming all the crap you try to sell people, and then have employees grab four different masking tapes and try to explain the difference while you have to mix 100 gallons of paint. You go to a Mercedes dealership and you see what you are buying, you go to Sherwin Williams to see the "Mercedes" of paint and all you see is gondolas of "crap". Also a good advice would be, to go back to the good old ways where the best candidate for the job was the one getting it and not the tax brake candidate. You are losing a lot of great, hard working, loyal employees due to no career advancement opportunities. How could you go around to see the stores (once a year) and go where the District Manager wants you to go to. Make a list of the stores "you" want to see without letting the DM know and you"ll be amazed of what you'll see. Oh and by the way, how come the employees have to be great at customer service and sales but your DMs can't even close a sell and clients don't feel they are trustwhorthy. Check how many companies owe you money yet their accounts are still open and what the DMs are doing to get them to pay their bills. Just a thought!

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    In a nutshell

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

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits. Stores not open as late as many other retail outlets. If you do not like sitting in a cubicle all day, then this may be appealing to you.

    Cons

    Stores are severly understaffed. The workload is 2x what it was 10 years ago with half as many employees. Unrealistic expectations. EVERY level of managements seems like they are only concerned about themselves and their agenda, and not listening to what is really going on. This is the real defiinition of a "leaner and more agile" Company.

    Advice to Management

    Sherwin Williams has been around for a long time. So long, in fact, that upper management has become set in their ways and resistant to wholesale change, which is what is needed. Hire LESS middle management and get more employees on the floors selling. In fact, the company needs to consider eliminating a level of management. I'm sure that back in the 60s and 70s DMs needed to report to an entity closer than the VPs in Divisions. That time has passed. We have video conferencing, cell phones, email, and other tools made available 10+ years ago to better keep in touch. We have larger Metro Districts. I believe our esteemed Division VPs can handle direct reports from Metro Dms. This may put just a little cash back on the bottom line, allow good FULL TIME store personel to be hired, and possiblly push back that next ridiculous 7% price increase another year. Encourage managers and reps to speak out with ideas, not beat them down with programs that do very little to foster real longterm business growth. Lurking in the competitions parking lot looking for prospects does not seem like it quite measures up to SWP's moral and ethical guidelines. We would not let our competition sit in our parking lot and poach. Guess "do unto others...." is passe now, too... I think we are better than that, and should act like it. Stop this absurd micromanagement. Have faith that the millions of dollars the company has invested in training for managers and reps might actually teach them something... LIKE HOW TO SELL AND DO THEIR JOBS!!! If you are going to open stores longer and stretch hours, fine, so be it. But understand what it does to the store. We are supposed to do this with the same number of planned hours. No overtime. No over 32 for PT. Either the manager works 55+ hours a week, or the store is stretched very thin on staff and service suffers. What is being implied here is "it must get done", so the manager is getting the hours. Pay managers for the overtime or adjust salaries to reflect a 55 hour workweek. 10% raise would work. Fair is fair. DM's, CMs, reps, corporate, and credit do NOT work on holidays. So at the very least, lets compensate those that do. After all, stores are the backbone of the company, right? And to finish....Thank your people. Very simple, yet goes undone. The words "thank you" at a district meeting or sales convention are obligatory. But that does not do it. Thanks comes from the heart, not because the back side of your P+L looks good. Reward ALL employees - Holiday Party, Fourth of July luncheon, golf, bowling, anything. Remember that most stores are doing a lot more with a lot less and it stresses everyone, especially when there is little praise. Here's one - the definition of "annoyed" is: Your boss coming in and saying "OK sales and margins are up.....but you only logged 1 call and your binder is not completed. You need to do better." Yea, OK, me and what staff??? Seriously??? Enough said.... Sherwin Williams still is a good place to work. But it used to be a great place to work, with a little fun thrown in. Fix it. Not hard really, just remember what it felt like when you ran a store or were a rep. And make the choice that shows that a multi-billion dollar company still cares about its employees.


  2. A company committed to excellance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company is focused on excellance in all areas: quality products, customer satisfaction, prompt and curtious service. They offer great benefits and an excellant manager tranining program. They are located nationwide so relocation opportunities are a possiblity.

    Cons

    Sometimes in large companies, streamlining is enivitable to maintain the bottom line.


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