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Johnson Controls Reviews in Milwaukee, WI

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
739 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.  

    Johnson is a great company to work for. They are always offering on going training.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great team work, always willing to assist when needed.

    Cons

    They offer no overtime for contract employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job. Keep up the good work .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ruthless

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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 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rollercoaster ride...

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    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls

    Pros

    The pay is very good!
    Ability to work remotely was a nice perk!

    Cons

    When I was worked at JCI there was a huge lack of leadership! The direction we were supposed to keep heading in continually changed.
    Professional development didn't really seem to be a focus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Large, decent company

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Every one who doesn't work at JCI thinks it is a very good company to work for

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are only average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people other than upper management for advice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good pay, lack of structure

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

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company pays well and benefits are better than most.

    Cons

    Most managers are more interested in networking up and preparing for their next job than they are in coaching/developing their employees. Of course, there are the rare exceptions. Constantly shifting priorities make it hard to focus and understand where how to measure impact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to coach and develop your employees and make sure your manager values that contribution to the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great Products, Poor Leadership

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, collaborative culture, very engaged in the local community.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Most managers support flexibility in terms of work location as long as you get your work done. There are definitely opportunities for career growth if you are inclined to seek them out.

    Cons

    Change and ambiguity are constant. Very little stability in organizational structure in the 4 years I've been here and people are tired. Decisions take a long time and bureaucracy weighs us down. Employee communications could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent about decision-making processes.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company Policies

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    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
  10.  

    Great Place

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Post Grad Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Post Grad Intern in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Laid back for interns. Involvement with the team. Big place to switch around departments

    Cons

    Not many full-time opportunities for interns who are graduating, but the experience is still worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep interns around

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Need more vision and meritocracy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategy Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Strategy Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly culture
    Have multiple business segments to work on different opportunities

    Cons

    Most managers do not care about your career path
    Not much workplace diversity
    Too short-term focused. Hurts long term innovation and growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be truly strategic in seeing how mega-trends are going to change the markets. Drive innovation that delight the customers. Build stronger foundation and invest for talent in order to compete with our competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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