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S.C. Johnson Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2014
S.C. Johnson – Waxdale – “SCJ Windmill”

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.5 122 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

S.C. Johnson Chairman and CEO H. Fisk Johnson

H. Fisk Johnson

(82 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Friendly work environment, good work-life balance, talented individuals(in 21 reviews)

  • good compensation and good benefits(in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Low tolerance for risk, lack of clear decision making tree, and many times slow to move(in 9 reviews)

  • No work life balance (meetings are done during the night as counterparts are not flexible with time)(in 3 reviews)

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    Summer Internship

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat family company culture, people are all super-friendly and easy to work with

    ConsNot on cutting edge, slow moving with some supply chain practices, very meeting focused sometimes can have too many

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    Awesome company to work !!!

    Manager (Current Employee) Racine, WI

    ProsGreat benefits & good compensation. Great brands make an stable company to work. Private company so they do not need to worry about dividends for Wall Street.

    ConsHeadquarters located in Midwest (you must like cold weather). Company going under reorganization so lot of changes on their way that could modify the old company values.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCertain HR modifications will have to happen if you want to Lean out the organization.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Family company, welcoming culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork/life balance, values and ethics, opportunity to grow and gain exposure, management very approachable

    ConsA lot of tenure and set way of doing things, analysis based rather than gut based, little empowerment beneath upper management levels

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent company to work for

    Senior Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Racine, WI

    ProsFriendly work environment, good work-life balance, talented individuals

    ConsNeed patience when looking for promotions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    SCJ problems do not seem to be getting better

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-Decent pay

    -Sales perks: bonus, company car, ipad, cell phone reimbursement, field sales has flexible work hours and environment

    -Most people at corporate are very friendly - it's easy to find a group of people to get along with and that have similar interests to you

    -Nice recent upgrades to corporate campus

    -Company makes an effort to reduce waste, energy used and protect the environment

    -While not every function receives a bonus, all do receive profit sharing twice a year

    -Milwaukee and Chicago are nice options for living if you don't want to live in Racine, WI (there's nothing there)

    -Sales account management jobs are pretty easy, especially for the money and level of education required (bachelor's degree from any school will do and you do not have to be too smart, just a good talker)

    Cons-Entitlement and laziness rampant in sales - no one thinks they are compensated enough and everyone wants less work to do - people need a reality check that they are getting paid very well for the work they are doing

    -Dysfunctional relationship between sales account management and category analysts - unnecessary tension on teams because Category Analysts are directed by their upper management to not interact with the sales team even though they are working with the same retailer in the same office

    -Category analysts appear to have no flexibility to make their own decisions and are very controlled, many seem unhappy in this environment but scared to speak up about their concerns

    -Account Managers have goals, but there isn't much punishment for not achieving objectives, it takes years for the company to fire someone who is clearly under performing - if a manager likes you and you are not hitting your objectives you can still be promoted - very relationship based company

    -There are people getting paid six figures in sales that manage a budget that can't do basic math - as basic as calculating margin or being able to find the divide sign on the keyboard - this leads to a very frustrating work environment

    -Many people 35 and older are resistant to technology changes being implemented - instead of being required to adapt or learn new skills, these older employees are being given younger employees to do their work for them

    -Majority of promotions, recognition, etc are based on politics - lots and lots of company politics - if you don't play the "political game" you won't get anywhere

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople with loudest voices are often the most praised and promoted (in sales). For a realistic view on people's performance, try getting peer, cross functional and upward feedback on employees, you'll likely find that "high potential" employees who talk a lot lack real substance and there are other people getting their work done behind the scenes. This is probably one of the main reasons why so many talented, smart people are constantly quitting.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a good company anymore

    Senior Management (Former Employee) Racine, WI

    Proscompany store
    Summer Hours
    not much else

    ConsCult like - want you to buy into "great company"...drink the kool aid
    Only hire from outside for key positions
    Clueless on how to run a large multi-national
    Promotions based on who you know not what you know
    Long term employees no longer valued

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember what got you to great companies to work for...long term dedicated employees. Not VP's passing by

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

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    Used to be better

    Middle Management (Current Employee) Racine, WI

    ProsFriendly work environment, management is very committed to the objectives

    ConsLack of innovation, career plan doesn't work at senior executive level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork life balance is fine on paper, it's needs to have actions to support business growth targets

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not Top 100 Anymore

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStill a family company for the employees that are valued

    ConsCannot say that ALL employees are seen as valuable or treated according to core principles (TWB)

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop - Replacing Executive Leadership with external hires who have no long-term interest in SCJ
    Start - Getting back to your core principles (TWB) and employees first
    Continue - To pursue innovation and alternative markets to drive profit margins

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No process. All informal and relationship based. Cultish and hypocritical. Fear is the only rule.

    Engineering (Current Employee) Racine, WI

    ProsDon't have to do any leading edge or hard stuff. Just hang out and shop at the company store. Remember to say yes and be average and you'll be fine. I was duped into coming here. At least I've figured out how to get by.

    ConsClaim to be a nice place but its hypocritical. Best advise is keep your head down, do as you're told, don't take any initiative or you'll be knocked down. Mgmt is not transparent at all to employees. The all hands meetings are just full of corp fluff talk with positive spin. When it really matters employees are treated like children and told only enough to keep them quiet. Not a great brand name on your résumé. You won't get head hunted because you work here unfortunately. The longer you stay you lose your edge and forget how to excel in the outside world.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReally clue in to how damaging the culture is to company growth. Stop being so insular. Get rid of HR. they are nothing more than police goons and execution robots. Wake up to the fact the next generation may not want anything to do with you. Invest more in developing your people. Cut the handcuffs and let people make some decisions. Not everything needs to run all the way up the pole. Trust people more.

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

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    Great company with great corporate values and global brands

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood internal work environment, believes in and drives new product innovation, is passionate and proactive in commitment to sustainability initiatives and is ahead of the industry in this area.

    ConsToo centralized & many people involved; hence slow in decision making; not an empowered work culture, only initiatives that emanate from the top get resources; processes are behind peer companies, low on rewards and recognition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to build an empowering culture to leverage the potential of people within the organization. Need to be more aggressive in rewards and recognition & invest in training and building people capability.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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