Johnson Controls Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 Management

    Be more transparent about decision-making processes.

  2. IT Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Will have opportunity to learn a lot and work with cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Company Politics, Hard to motivate people to work in faster pace.

    Advice to Management

    Show employee recognition, you will see the company moving forward way faster than it is now.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Need more vision and meritocracy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Johnson Controls legal

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Legal in Milwaukee, WI

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart and passionate people from all over the world combined with a truly global footprint provides a wide variety of interesting opportunities for both vertical and horizontal career growth. The combination of three related industries (building, auto, power), all linked by a common focus on efficiency, promotes innovation.

    Cons

    Excessive focus on short term numbers and performance tends to favor unethical employees who are willing to massage numbers and game the system. It also hurts these employees who tell it like it is. The result is that problems can be swept under the rug to come back and haunt the company later.

    Advice to Management

    As much as possible, shift focus away from quarterly results and instead encourage innovation, quality, integrity and long term customer satisfaction. Study after study has shown that bonuses for performance leads to focus on numbers (and encourages fudging. It does not drive innovation or quality. It rewards employees who are good at gaming the system. Rather than being addressed head-on, problems tend to get swept under the rug.
    Make use of the great people you have. Encourage collaboration, not just competition, among business units and regions.

  6. Review of JCI

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Payroll Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Payroll Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large organization, lots going on, many projects, great exposure

    Cons

    not enough staff to complete work thoughtfully, no time for reflection, no outside training

    Advice to Management

    listen to the employees who actually do the work - they understand what needs to be done and what it takes to get it done

  7. Helpful (1)

    Good environment, a lot to learn, not so good management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

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

    Pros

    A lot to learn, coworkers are awesome, good compensation

    Cons

    managers only care about themselves, play favorite

  8. Johnson Controls provides multiple opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Milwaukee, WI

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

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

    Pros

    You can direct your own career path because of the multitude job positions within the company. Managers encourage innovation and continual learning.

    Cons

    Since the company is so large you must be comfortable with networking and connecting with departments within the company.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunity, poor work life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Because of the size of JCI, there are a lot of opportunities to develop yourself and your career in a lot of different directions. They are a large company that is on the forefront of creating sustainable environments and products & that is an exciting thing to be a part of. There is access to a lot of technology to get your job done effectively.

    Cons

    Once you're salaried, the expectation is that you work a good bit of OT and are available evenings & weekends frequently. They pay is lower than what you can get for the same work at other organizations and pay raises are minimal. While the company supports personal development & most managers do as well, each manager determines if they are going to spend time or money on development.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on customers first & profit will come. The hyper-obsessive focus on forecasting every week & squeezing every dollar out of every transactions IS felt by customers.

  10. Great company, but layoff cycle leaves everyone uncomfortable.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, global environment, good benefits.

    Cons

    Difficult career path unless you get the the right "club". Layoffs often with % slashes with no regard for knowledge lost.

    Advice to Management

    Make job opportunites fairer for all.

  11. Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Intern - Intern in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Johnson Controls as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Open to new ideas. Employee empowerment seemed to be something they value. The work environment/layout is flexible.

    Cons

    The main con I noticed was the integration of communication/organization, or the lack thereof. It seems to be too many ideas not thought out or fully communicated among all departments that may be affected.

    Advice to Management

    Strive to become more integrated and organized with the planning and implementation of new operations.

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