S.C. Johnson Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    A great company turning into a good company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at S.C. Johnson

    Pros

    Fantastic work life balance. Lots of perks. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Recent large layoffs. A quota rating systems. A system that ensures someone is always getting forced out.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2. 7 people found this helpful

    A crumbling consumer products giant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at S.C. Johnson

    Pros

    The pay is good especially for longer term employees. Cash profit sharing is a very nice benefit.

    New senior management that's been brought in over the last several years is completely changing this company - decreasing costs and benefits and increasing profitably (presumably).

    Cons

    New senior management that's been brought in over the last several years is completely changing this company - slashing jobs. Replacing SCJ US jobs with contract positions in India and elsewhere. They see very little value in the skills and experience of the existing workforce.

    The prior senior and middle managers have no ability or power to drive existing projects. Their mandate is to enforce the restructuring driven from above. Long term employees have been abandoned and driven from the company.

    No career advancement opportunities for younger, less costly, employees. Little future as an employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grab a copy of 'This We Believe' and give it a read. It doesn't appear to be required reading for Sr mgmt.

  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Great roots at infliction point.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Racine, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Racine, WI

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

    Pros

    SCJ is a great place to work for people seeking balance in their lives. Especially for people who are commuting 25 minutes or less. The work life infrastructure provided by SCJ (gyms on most campuses, childcare, summer hours, some telecommuting, etc.) allows employees an opportunity to seek balance.

    Cons

    Transformation in the past year has sucked the life out of good people. Lot of brain capital leaving voluntarily or involuntarily. Lot of uncertainty continues even after transformation has concluded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't underestimate the knowledge of the employees who have been with the company. Consider the line between cost savings and quality with a magnifying glass.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    corporation in transition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Strong benefits program for Racine based employees which includes recreation facility, child care services, and off site meeting space for business and personal use.

    Cons

    Culture is changing to very aggressive performance based with short term business objectives.
    Leaders are in a state of flux due to a lack of actionable consumer insights and product innovation which meets today's consumer needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Base business needs significant news to reverse declining sales trends in mature categories with consumers looking to alternate methods for cleaning their homes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Penny wise, dollar foolish

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Get experience at a Large global CPG company

    Cons

    Since "transformation" implemented f
    In past year, they gave laid off a record # employees. Result is many people doing jobs of what uses to be handled by multiple people. The title refers to fact that they are spending a significant amount of money on consultants & agencies while actual employees are extremely overworked and stressed. Very silioed and bureaucratic company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support and recognize those employees working harder and smarter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Lots of change taking place, uncertain future

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Strong brands, good place to learn the industry and if you're young and MOBILE in sales then there are opportunities for you here.

    The company is going through a lot of change right now, I think it will take several years for all the kinks to be to be worked out from the last restructure but I do believe SCJ will be in a better place moving forward as a result of the changes.

    Cons

    Taking away work from home benefits unless you live over 20 miles from office. Taking away company cars for lower level employees (analyst level). Recently demoted several positions along with a restructure.

    If you're experienced in sales and come here it's going to be tough to grow - there is not much movement for upper level account management because people don't want to move. Company is trying to change this but it's tough. Beware of joining customer marketing with the promise to be promoted out of the category sales management position. There is POTENTIAL to be promoted out of that role, but I think too many people join the company and think that it's a guarantee they will be promoted in a few years. In reality, very few people get promoted out of that job, you'll most likely take a lateral move to an account team once something opens up (which is not often). I see lots of people get "stuck" in customer marketing for years longer than they intend to. Also many external employees join the company in sales first through customer marketing, that's because not many internal candidates want to join the department....

    Moving toward "open work space" environment - could be a pro or con depending on your work style.

    Upper management does not understand workload levels of employees - sales teams are unbalanced with some teams having way too many people without much work to do and other teams barely able to get by with a team of 2.

    Management hiring a lot of external talent which gives the impression that management does not think current employees have strong capabilities.

    Company going through a culture change after a restructure - employee morale is very low. It appears management knows morale is low, but isn't doing much about it?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Good company overall, hope changes will result in a stronger company

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    Current Employee - Lead in Racine, WI
    Current Employee - Lead in Racine, WI

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

    Pros

    This is a family company in its 5th generation of family leadership. The company is really committed to the community and all the communities where it does business. I think the company still really cares about its employees and treats employees with consideration and respect.

    Cons

    Things are changing that will eventually make the company stronger, but it's been a difficult ride over the last year or so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a clear strategy for the product portfolio.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    A great family company that people USED to love to work at.... not so much now

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The pay and profit sharing is about all that remains at this company that is good. Staff that works days and management get unlimited sick time.
    If you enjoy being constantly hounded to do more everyday and be put on projects that need to be completed in an amount of time that is not really feasible, love paperwork and forms, like to spend time in meetings, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    New "Lean" program is killing this company. Moral is at its lowest in 20 years. Since the lean "transformation" this company is losing excellent, experienced people because of all the extra, and senseless work they are demanding from its employees.
    Slow to hire people in key positions so constantly running short is a big problem causing big time burn out. Management does not care about its employees anymore. Since Sam died, the company has been on a downward spiral. Work life balance may exist if you are a day staff person, or management but if you are in manufacturing plant, forget it.
    Between all the "lean" tools that are supposed to make our job easier, you have loaded your staff with so much "garbage" to do and paperwork that we have no time to concentrate on the job we were hired to do.

    Unless you have a degree, forget moving up in this company. They won't even look at you for a promotion to even the most menial day position unless you have a degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to listen to the "little people" who are on the floor and know the machinery, who know what may work and what may not. Just because something looks good on paper does not mean its going to work on the aging equipment that we have to work with. Managers need to stop treating employees like little kids and more like adults with a brain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Good compaby with product to make your life better.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply & Logistics Business Liaison Manager in San Juan, PR
    Current Employee - Supply & Logistics Business Liaison Manager in San Juan, PR

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

    Pros

    Good culture and values for people and customers

    Cons

    Need more development for professionals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good leaders

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to develop breadth of experience

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    • 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

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