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Good entry level job

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Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Columbia, SC
Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Columbia, SC

I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than a year

Pros

Good training, good benefits, chance for advancement

Cons

micro management, extending hours, cutting part time hours

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not a good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Decent pay for out of college
    -Benefits were ok

    Cons

    Where to begin...
    -Very unrealistic store expectations. Assistant managers have to make 30 lead generation calls a week while running the store by themselves. Managers have to do weekly "Seal Island" calls where they have to basically stalk potential customers in Home Depot and Lowe's Parking lots...really??
    -The stores are open 7 days a week and only closed 4 days during the year, so expect to work holidays and weekends (including 4th of July, Memorial Day, Christmas Eve, Labor Day, & New Year's Eve). Very bad work/life balance.
    -Understaffed stores, it's typical to work 12 hour shifts by yourself. Part-time hours have been drastically reduced so there is not as much part-time help available. This leaves Managers and Assistant Managers working by themselves most of the time.
    -44 hour work week rather than a typical 40 hour workweek, those extra hours really do add up!
    -Heavy lifting that can consist of 100+ pounds
    -It can take awhile to advance with the company and you have to be willing to move around

    I suggest college graduates to do research before taking an offer as an MTP with this company. You can find something so much better!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management really needs to keep in touch with store level employees. The company only seems to care about profit rather than the employees which has been leading to lower employee morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Terrible company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams full-time

    Pros

    The pay and the benefits are not bad.

    Cons

    Where to begin..Lets start with the unrealistic sales call system. This ties up the store manager and the assistant. The company preaches being proactive but then if any customer gets upset about anything you are supposed to drop everything and respond immediately to appease them. The customers are becoming spoiled and unrealistic but it does not matter even if it stretches your resources to there limits and beyond.

    The attempts at saving money by cutting staff are ridiculous. It is also dangerous to keep one employee running a store by themselves. we climb ladders, operate lifts, handle hazardous chemicals but the numbers suggest that it is still okay to cut back on staff?

    HR appears to be meeting their own quota and seeking to offer opportunities to those that are not Caucasian and male. This is of course just an observation based on opportunities that were offered to some people and not others but is worth mentioning for those looking to move up.

    Companies management seems to promote favorites when not meeting quotas.

    If constant multitasking, stress, taking on huge loads of responsibilities, getting blamed for things you have no control of and remaining bright eyed and bushy tailed through it all is something you enjoy then this is the job for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some hints.

    Assistant managers should be able to focus on real customers who are present in the store and store operations versus meeting a weekly quota which is really a few hours devoted to lying in order to appease someone that is so detached from real store operations that they haven't got a clue. This point is especially true when the only correct answer you want to hear are success stories. Your employees aren't liars in most cases but that is what you are training them to do to succeed in your eyes.

    Your attempts at saving money by cutting staff or by not hiring people to do the minuscule, time consuming tasks is futile. It raises employee stress levels and lowers employee morale. This effect is contagious and ultimately causes you to lose customers and money.

    If this seems like its coming from out of the blue then I am not surprised. I don't think even your dm's and regional managers are honest about the feed back they hear from the grunts. They don't tell you what you don't want to hear.

    The company culture is changing and not for the better. Striving to reach results that executives set without allowing the workers in all districts to offer honest feedback will not give the results you seek. You put such care in the Cleveland district that you seem to miss that things are different everywhere else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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