S.C. Johnson Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (12)

    A dysfunctional "Family Company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Racine, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Racine, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a former employee of more than 10 years I was proud to be a part of the organization at least for the first 7 years. The company culture was supportive, relationship based, strong ethical values and beliefs that included employee benefits, work-live balance and profit sharing.

    Cons

    The last 3 years the company has gone through significant transformation in my opinion for the strengthening of profits. Plant closures, relocation of work force from the US to lower paying Asian and South American shared service centers. Large workforce reductions and outsourcing of labor which prior to the current CEO never occurred at this company, even during the depression era. Vast amounts of knowledge walking out the door, either by choice or not for other opportunities with good companies. The "transformation" of the company creating an almost hostile and corrosive culture and not one I would work in long term. Work-life balance went out the door as well with the expectation of US resources to work and be available 24/7 to support the less flexible other global regions.

    Advice to Management

    Believing that there is no knowledge or capability internally where you have to hire senior management externally at an alarming rate is a serious mistake and one you will regret long-term. The loyalty that the "family" workforce had is quickly fading and not something that can be restored.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Senior Account Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Family Owned, good brands, opportunity to grow

    Cons

    transformation, overworked, underpaid, departments are not aligned.,


  3. Compensation was outstanding

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well-compensated, beautiful facilities, great benefits, exercise facilities, gorgeous cafeterias, great daycare center, medical center, etc.

    Cons

    Everyone wants to stay there so turn-over is low and when there are staffing cuts; it can become quite competitive

    Advice to Management

    Help people better prepare for staffing changes


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Company is approaching a tipping point

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Strong brands in some categories. Pockets of sound visionary leadership who can handle the truth and who can develop the business AND people.

    Cons

    Promoting people in sales and marketing beyond their experience and potential to add value beyond the "yes man" role for senior leaders. Difficult culture and company to on-board with - no clear on-boarding or training commitment.

    Advice to Management

    Have the courage to review nameless resumes. A lot of talent and industry knowledge/experience is walking out the door. Have the courage to surround yourself with people who challenge status quo vs those who tell you what you want to hear.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Awesome, and then they said Goodbye

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at S.C. Johnson full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, great people, good work, seemingly stable

    Cons

    layoffs happen, location limits options when they do. Advice for others - - treat this like any other large CPG, don't buy the 'family company' line, you are a cog in the machine, I got fooled.


  7. Helpful (7)

    When Profits and Greed exceeds employees well being

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Senior Leader in Racine, WI
    Former Employee - Human Resources Senior Leader in Racine, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    1. Great and capable people 2. Company's history

    Cons

    For five generations SC Johnson has been kept as private enterprise. Every generation has made personal sacrifices in the name of the keeping the Company a family household. From the entrepreneurship of Samuel Curtis, to the innovation of HF Johnson and the business savviness of Samuel C. Johnson. Unfortunately, the current generation has lost his direction. Excessive greed and needs for profits have derailed the spirit of this once Great Company to work. I was privileged to see the great work of people that take it to top 10 Companies to work for 10 years in a row. For the last 7 years, the Company has slide out of the rank. Talented people left for fighting a transformation to shrink value in exchange for short term profits. If you want to transform a Company, replace its management. And so they did. In the process, they have lost engagement, discretionary effort and trust. I do appreciate all 15 years I spent at SCJ. I learned from great leaders, I traveled the word and I did my best to contribute. Unfortunately, that's not the Company SCJ is anymore.


  8. Review

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at S.C. Johnson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Culture Team Work Environment

    Cons

    Slow Decision Making Location is Outdated


  9. Great group of people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Category Sales Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Category Sales Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is well respected in the industry and has good benefits

    Cons

    Operates very much like old school. You can advance in your career only if you move to Racine Wisconsin for a rotation

    Advice to Management

    Speed, Speed and Speed


  10. Helpful (5)

    Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and brands but things are changing drastically and many people are now leaving the company for other opportunities.

    Cons

    Significant layoffs in Racine impacting the ability to get things done. With additional folks leaving, resources are stretched too thin and those of us remaining are overwhelmed.

    Advice to Management

    Go out and talk to customers to see how changes are impacting the business


  11. Helpful (1)

    great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Racine, WI
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Racine, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great bennies, and pay. Good time off schedule.

    Cons

    Lack of budget for facilities operations, outsourcing to much.

    Advice to Management

    Stop outsourcing jobs and start bringing this back in house.



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