S.C. Johnson Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
141 Reviews
3.4
141 Reviews
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S.C. Johnson Chairman and CEO H. Fisk Johnson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is about right for married folks (in 25 reviews)

  • good compensation and good benefits (in 12 reviews)


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

  • Company is going through huge changes that are significantly impacting morale in a very negative way (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to develop breadth of experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at S.C. Johnson full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    SCJ has great brands and benchmarks itself to offer competitive benefits. Some, like cash profit sharing, are not common in public CPG companies. The company is learning to operate globally so international travel and relocation are possible, depending on business function.

    Cons

    A recent transformation has made the organization much more slim and flat, so there aren't many upward advancement opportunities (still are many lateral possibilities however). Also there is much more "do more with less" mentality that is causing some burnout. World class business doesn't always have world class tools or people. Finally, most new leadership has come in from outside so the company is losing some of its family feel to stay competitive. This could be a pro or a con, still to be determined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the "little people"

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

    Pretty good, but not as good as it used to be.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer/Scientist in Racine, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer/Scientist in Racine, WI

    I worked at S.C. Johnson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pretty stable company, though lots of unrest lately. Seems committed to staying in the community there, not relocating or going public.

    Wisconsin location is typical for Upper Midwest. Don't knock it. There are many activities and things to do in Racine, also easy access to Milwaukee & Chicago.

    Cons

    Some poor managers drive away good employees by being inconsistent, not coaching staff, micromanaging, etc. Some make unilateral decisions, such as banning telecommuting (working 1 day a week from home, a benefit that has been an option for years) for their entire division, even though that is touted as a company benefit in Best Company lists and used as a recruiting enticement.
    In recent restructuring, some people got generous layoff packages, though that's not much consolation for those who didn't want to retire or leave the company. Others who offered to take a package were denied, so some just retired or left anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees and their abilities. Coach them to use their strengths. Middle managers should manage the people & budgets, don't micromanage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    In transition from "Great Place to Work" to ????

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Racine, WI
    Current Employee - Director in Racine, WI

    I have been working at S.C. Johnson full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good, but changing. Very good work life balance.
    Great collegues and culture of helping each other.

    Cons

    Currently undergoing restructuring, and company culture is being seriously impacted. Not the same place to work as in the past. Very little structure, seems that work get done by whom you know. Some leaders are going from 30,000 ft level to -10 ft, which paralyzes the organization and results in trust issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro management, allow leaders to lead and delegate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Work Life Balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Racine, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Racine, WI

    I have been working at S.C. Johnson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -great work life balance (telcommuting, summer hours, sabbatical program, etc)
    -Opportunities for career advancement - you manage your own career and it's important to be recognized as a high performer, build relationships, and assert yourself. If you do this, there are great opportunities
    -good perks for employees

    Cons

    -location (Racine, WI) - you may want to live in Milwaukee or Chicago, in which case you'll have a minimum of 45 minute commute
    -risk-averse culture (this is getting better, but there is a long way to go)
    -salaries are average, bonus structure is less than competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A great, friendly, and slightly quirky privately held company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Racine, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Racine, WI

    I have been working at S.C. Johnson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is competitive. Environment is supportive, informal, friendly. Management accepts a broad range of work styles. Lots of opportunities to be recognized and to make an impact on the business. Work-life balance is about right for married folks. Supportive of volunteer work in the community. Great and interesting campus buildings. Extensive employee extracurricular activities available.

    Cons

    Slow promotion progression is the usual with somewhat limited opportunities. Quality of management, long range planning, and sharing is spotty. Culture is significantly tribal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work if you know the right people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Racine, WI
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Racine, WI

    I worked at S.C. Johnson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Telecommuting, flex-scheduling, summer hours, vacation buy-back

    Cons

    "type-casting"...once you excel at something it's near impossible to break out of that role
    Management does little to hold people accountable. They just let people slide because they have worked there a long time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company going through a bad phase for employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at S.C. Johnson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Summer Hours
    Flexible Time
    Holiday shutdown
    Discounted products

    Cons

    The company is going through a transformation which is not being managed well so internal quality of service has been decreasing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not let new hires make all decisions without involving current/older employees. These are valuable resources who know the business well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    No longer best place to work :(

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

    I have been working at S.C. Johnson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable well known brands make up this company's core portfolio. They are privately held. Convenient location for those in south eastern Wisconsin. Flexible hours and okay pay for this area. The daycare is pricey but the services they provide are a life saver to working parents.

    Cons

    Currently going through downsizing and 300+ people will be let go in Racine alone. Headquarters are located in a city with the highest unemployment rate in Wisconsin. Benefits are being sacrificed to save money. Employees used to be valued but this mindset has changed dramatically in the past 10 months. It is not about what you know but who you know. It is no longer the family company of their tagline. The mighty dollar is more important than employees and the community. Right now the company is in disorganization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the core values of This We Believe. You should have worked on leaning the organization and cutting staff after implementing changes to make the organization more efficient. Instead heads are being cut to cut heads and charging those remaining with figuring out how to make it work in the aftermath. The employees make a company great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Different Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Racine, WI
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Racine, WI

    I have been working at S.C. Johnson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brand driven company with many smart business people. Good compensation and benefits. Good office space and top quality facilities.

    Cons

    Company is going through huge changes that are significantly impacting morale in a very negative way. Product innovation and advertising are at all time lows. Lack of strategic direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    company that cares

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Racine, WI
    Current Employee - Vice President in Racine, WI

    I have been working at S.C. Johnson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    it's a company that cares about the planet and the people that work there

    Cons

    company is going though a lot of change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't lose what is important to making this company so unique

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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