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Johnson Controls Reviews in Milwaukee, WI

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
774 Reviews
3.2
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance (not true for all projects, depends on position also) (in 21 reviews)

  • Great company, good benefits, high level experience with high level management (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance - need a more flexible vacation schedule (in 24 reviews)

  • Management is treating hourly employees like dirt, harassment from upper management (in 18 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Uninteresting and meaningless job in a big company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Work-life balance is good - provided you enjoy your work.
    - Co-workers are generally nice but aloof.
    - Some good employee discounts.

    Cons

    - Not much scope for lateral movement. You get to see presentations of cool stuff, but will likely never get to work on that. Be prepared to get lectured by HR that they "aren't obligated to create a vacancy just for you".
    - Use of proprietary tools, can be very frustrating and are not transferable skills.
    - Work here for more than 1-2 years, and it can get hard to move to a different company. This is dangerous as the HVAC industry has only 3-4 established players.
    - Building Automation Systems space isn't really control engineering, which is what got interested me in the job in the first place.
    - Management's main concern is share price, don't think otherwise just because the CEO makes it a point to be seen in the same cafeteria as the employees.
    - Just because company is doing well financially doesn't mean you too will do well.
    - Impossible to get worse vacation allotments than what you get here. Also, supervisor might initially allow you to take all vacation days in one go, only to complain later.
    - Expectations increase abruptly and you are expected to know this even though you may not attend as many meetings as your supervisor.
    - This company couldn't even make it to the top 100 workplaces of Milwaukee.
    - No recognition for those who sacrifice being thousands of miles away from their home country to work here. Doesn't matter to Johnson Controls if this caused you to miss the funeral of an immediate family member.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that the jobs you offer aren't as attractive as you'd like to believe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience was like a roller coaster. There were untrusted upper management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shared Service Representative in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Shared Service Representative in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Non-employees view them as a good company.

    Cons

    It is hard to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management should be more understanding and trustworthy with employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    You are just a number

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not many these days. Some great, dedicated, smart and innovative people (which they are losing at an alarming rate). Pay is just ok for what you do. Benefits average.

    Cons

    Shareholders are number one priority. You are part of a headcount and nothing more. Regardless of your ability, talent, dedication and loyalty, you will be terminated if you don't fit in to the latest hare-brained reorganization or if the numbers don't look that good for the quarter. JCI used to be a forward thinking company and invest in its people. Not anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are creating and fostering a culture where people are resentful and constantly in a state of flux. There is a feeling of discontent, distrust and fading respect among your key people--you know, those people that hold the knowledge and the relationships that drive the business. Authority given to certain individuals with no oversight to make some really odd business/realignment/reorg decisions. You have lost some really good people because of it (forced and voluntary, I might add). You don't do what's best or right anymore and that's sad to see.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Global Workplace Solution - Horrible place to work - was

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Work Place Solutions - Mid-senior Position in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Global Work Place Solutions - Mid-senior Position in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits. Mid level people can be great despite terrible managers. Learned a lot because of survivor-like atmosphere.

    Cons

    No work life balance, lack of growth opportunities, no resources -- sink or swim. No one is accountable but want to micromanage and then point fingers if anything goes wrong. No training. Expect more layoffs if Management above GWS does not take an interest and fix the systemic problems in the operating model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No appreciation of its people. Seen as arrogant in FM marketplace. Senior management will throw you under the bus after not supporting on tough to impossible assignments. GWS has lost its focus - too much overhead, internal bureaucracy, no accountability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    If you don't make any decisions, you will prosper

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Johnson Controls

    Pros

    BEnefits are good and there are plenty of problems to solve.

    Cons

    Senior management is clueless about real issues and professional level employees challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and work in government.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Needs to seriously reconsider its people development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Glendale campus is VERY nice
    - Coworkers are generally very friendly
    - There are lots of volunteer events and charity work that JCI puts on

    Cons

    - Mid-level management is totally misaligned with Corporate, specifically regarding performance appraisal
    - Work is not well controlled or defined.
    - Ethical issues: overheard managers screaming, swearing, intimidating/harassing suppliers and coworkers. Additionally, I've noticed lots of inaction on parts of management for serious issues.
    - We joke JCI is called "Just Change It"
    - Everyone thinks the CEO is full of bologna

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on people and developing people, as opposed to hiring managers from the outside

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ruthless

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big company with lots of opportunities. Because they are a $40B organization, they have opportunities for all functions and levels.

    Cons

    The company is ruthless and will cut people to make short terms results. They average one restructuring per year where the eliminate roles in an attempt to deliver the short terms results promised to the street.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize people are assets and not expenses. They drive the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Great Products, Poor Leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are pockets of hard working, bright, ethical employees.
    The product offerings are solid across all three business units.
    My 401k

    Cons

    Expect to work long hours no matter the role. If you are in a non-revenue generating role (non-sales) expect to do the work of several people at a normal company. An example: Our Human Resources Generalists were responsible for up to 700 employees. The Fortune 500 average is closer to 250.
    Leadership at the Director level and above are concerned about stock options and disappointing Wall Street and little else.
    The CEO is also Chairman of the Board. This is not a common arrangement among Fortune 500's. He is his own boss so anything goes. The CEO has been in the news recently for non-business reasons which has hurt morale.
    Large layoffs are made on the spur of the moment when the quarterly numbers are in jeopardy. Edicts from the top like "We need to cut $5 million in wages by the end of the week or we might miss our numbers; start cutting!" are a very common practice in the Building Efficiency and Power Solutions units. In three years, I saw thousands of reactionary layoffs to met short-term financial objectives with no thought given to long term impact. Human Resources Managers get 24 hours notice, a packet of names to terminate, and an airline ticket a few times a year near the quarter end. When HR isn't at the Corporate Office, everyone knows there are executions taking place in the field.
    The red tape to do even simple tasks is severe. Simple decisions can take months while to flows through committees and closed door meetings. This is common in Fortune 500's but I found it even beyond those norms. It took me 17 days (my coworkers knew this would be a "Welcome to JCI!" moment and tracked it) to get a tape dispenser and my boss and boss's boss weighed in, along with Procurement. An $8 tape dispenser.
    Advancement is highly political. The yearly review process claims to be metrics based but it is not. It comes down to who you know. Yearly increases range from 2-4%. You will need a promotion every 2-3 years to keep up with market wages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think long term.
    Consider extending the no firearm policy off campus as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company Policies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have marginally good products

    Cons

    This company does not follow their own company policy and guidelines. Supervisors, Managers, Directors, VPs are not held to the standards detailed in the policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad if you can handle the stress.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company absolutely allows room for promotion and growth. There's definitely a culture of inclusion and diversity among the team at Johnson Controls.

    Cons

    Employees are often placed under so much pressure to hit goals and deadlines that they take out frustrations on coworkers. The day to day operation seems bogged down with meetings and focus groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a breath and relax. Everyone on the team is motivated and willing to work. It's not necessary to breathe down the necks of employees to accomplish tasks that are recognized as high priority. It's not a sustainable environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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