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Johnson Controls Reviews in Milwaukee, WI

Updated Jul 28, 2014
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3.4 80 reviews

94% Approve of the CEO

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Alex A. Molinaroli

(18 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great company, good benefits, high level experience with high level management (in 32 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance (not true for all projects, depends on position also) (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is good if you are not traveling much (in 22 reviews)

  • Numerous levels of upper management with people or structure changing every 1 to 2 years (in 16 reviews)

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Uninteresting and meaningless job in a big company

    Engineer (Former Employee) Milwaukee, WI

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Shared Service Representative (Former Employee) Milwaukee, WI

    ProsNon-employees view them as a good company.

    ConsIt is hard to advance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper Management should be more understanding and trustworthy with employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    You are just a number

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Milwaukee, WI

    ProsNot 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.

    ConsShareholders 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Global Workplace Solution - Horrible place to work - was

    Global Work Place Solutions - Mid-senior Position (Former Employee) Milwaukee, WI

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

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementNo 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Milwaukee, WI

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit and work in government.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Old Boys Club

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Milwaukee, WI

    ProsDecent pay, good benefits. Company values and leadership expectations are clearly communicated to employees. Good career paths for established disciplines.

    ConsVery difficult to advance if you are a woman. Extremely traditional culture where men advance regardless of merit or skill, and women are expected to admire them. Women must navigate a cultural minefield where they must be smart and and productive, but not threatening or aggressive.

    Rigid managerial hierarchy. Non-performers are kept in leadership positions if they have good political connections.

    Advice to Senior ManagementForget all the diversity groups, be more inclusive to women and minorities in everyday work. Join the modern era.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Chaos Abounds at the Milwaukee Business Center!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Milwaukee, WI

    ProsLots of great people who will never get ahead because of office politics.

    ConsI am sure other divisions and departments are great but the cut-throat atmosphere at the MBC is exhausting and discouraging. It is a black hole of negativity. Managers are out of touch and phoney. If you are not part of the 'in-crowd' you will go nowhere. Worse than high-school!

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention....you are part of the problem.............

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No diversity and extreme inequality

    CREDIT & COLLECTIONS (Former Employee) Milwaukee, WI

    ProsCompany pays fair wages and helps the community.

    ConsCompany states that they believe in diversity and inclusion but these are lies! People of different races are placed in "expect position". An example is a person from India placed in IT department and not allowed to move to other departments because they are perceived as technical talent only by upper management. This example shows that the company is not allowing diversity to exist! Johnson Controls allows inequality within its company. A perfect example is when they allow recent college grads to enter a department and move into a higher position regardless of experience. This is unfair to experienced employees that current work in the department. These recent grads are allow to move into higher positions even though they have not been employed in the company a year! JCI policy states that you must be in a position for a year before being considered for a promotion. These examples are allowed within the company because managers change the rules to fit their agenda.....not the company's goals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are chasing away talent! The company has rules and policies that are not being followed. You are creating a hostile environment within the organization and allowing less experienced employees to hold positions that they are not qualified to handle!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mediocre management, business units locked in silos, no collaboration

    Management (Former Employee) Milwaukee, WI

    ProsPleasant working environment (in Milwaukee), great benefits, you can learn from both the positive and not so pleasant

    ConsConstant behind the scenes territory grabbing by managers, good old boy network, not able to focus on growth markets

    Advice to Senior ManagementShake the tree

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Zero Direction

    Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Milwaukee, WI

    ProsFantastic campus and great co-workers. Get to work with people from all over the globe. Great work / life balance.

    ConsZero challenges. Continual reorganization plans. Constantly spinning your tires as management changes their mind on a month to month basis on what they think is important and what they want to see. Feel like you're consistently doing busy work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide some consistent direction.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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