Sherwin-Williams

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Sherwin-Williams Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
810 Reviews

3.5
810 Reviews
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Sherwin-Williams Chairman and CEO Christopher M. Connor
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunities for advancement as far as you want to go (in 39 reviews)

  • Sherwin Williams is a growing company and has great benefits (in 70 reviews)


Cons
  • no work/life balance, upper management out of touch with store level (in 38 reviews)

  • Upper management can be tough depending on the stores sales and profit (in 75 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    am

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Miami, FL

    Pros

    easy people to work with. relaxed environment. distant from upper management.

    Cons

    mandatory overtime. doesn't pay for additional hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Be ready to produce

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

    Pros

    good 401k plan and decent benefits, along with competitive salaries for full-time workers and adequate bonus programs when individuals are able to produce.

    Cons

    Culture varies greatly from area to area and even within areas, as with most places, it is as good as the people you work with. However, many times a culture of hyper-competitiveness to a fault is present, which leaves individuals at the mercy of middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on incentivizing individuals throughout the organization to go to business more effectively by fostering competitive team environments as opposed to just competitive environments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company, but be prepared to do much on your own.

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Nice managers
    Good hours, most stores close at 7
    Customer relationships over time
    Learn a lot
    Feel like you're part of something important

    Cons

    Scheduling: you will be working by yourself much of the time. In fact, all of the time. Upper mgmt sees no problem with this.
    Hours: with part-time, they can promise you the world but when it comes down to it, if budget is not met it affects you directly in that your hours will be severely cut.
    No scheduled breaks: if you're busy, you're busy. Sometimes no time to eat or go to the bathroom.
    Picking colors: you have to no matter what position you hold. Fun, mostly, except if you're alone in the store and four people come in at once and you're in the middle of helping someone with this. Then it becomes a huge headache.
    Cold-Calling: Personally, I don't mind doing this since I've been in sales for a long time, but I would imagine someone new would not be comfortable at all with this. This is expected of everyone to do no matter what your position is.
    Growth: Difficult because they would rather hire people fresh out of college for their MTP program instead of promoting a part-timer or third key holder. I've seen much movement in the company because of this which is not necessarily a good thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is a huge HR issue when someone is scheduled for 10.5 hours alone in the store and they can't eat or go to the bathroom due to lack of proper staffing. It is wrong and is a lack of integrity. Also, the schedule should be fair in that someone shouldn't always get stuck working weekends by themselves. There should be a fair rotation between the assistant manager and third key holder concerning weekends.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Tough

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Texas  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Texas in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Only if you are starting from the Manager in Training Program do you get the best out of Sherwin Williams.

    Cons

    Starting off from the bottom the pay is pretty mediocre. Most of your pay is gone by the time taxes and your insurance kicks in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider other employee's opinions valuable not just the Store Managers. We are a big part of what helps this company grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Assistant Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pay, nature of the job and Co-workers

    Cons

    Working weekends, evenings, and 44+ hour each week.

  7.  

    great benefits and pretty decent salary but be prepared to work hard and deal with a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Tampa, FL

    Pros

    fantastic benefits, as long as you have a degree you start as an assistant manager, can go anywhere in the united states, great management training program, decent starting salary. bonuses available.

    Cons

    long hours minimum of 44 hours a week must be worked. every store is understaffed so be prepared to work. late closing hours stores close at 7pm and open at 7 am so not much time to have a life. hard work a lot of lifting and constant standing and working in warehouses with no heat or a/c. majority of stores are in bad condition as far as the warehouse goes. every year you expected to do atleast 10% more in sales than previous year if you don't you get put on probation and cant get raise or promotion or transfer until the next year if you do go over 10%. all day long you get to deal with complaining customers and contractors who all complain about the exact same thing pricing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    decrease he 44 hours for assistant managers to 40. decrease store hours from closing at 7pm to 5 pm for all stores NO ONE COMES IN AFTER 5PM ANYWAY and if they do it isn't worth the extra to hours you have to pay an employee. THIS WOULD GO VERY FAR IN EMPLOYEE MORAL. SUNDAYS STORES SHOULD BE CLOSED OR ATLEAST CLOSE AT 4PM AT THE LATEST NOT 6PM. STAFF the stores never should it be just a manager and assistant manager and that's it all day. LET ASSISTANT MANAGERS DO AN EVALUATION OF THERE MANAGERS SO THAT THERES A SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Summer Intern

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, experience, culture, values

    Cons

    Understaffed stores, hours, training, stressful at times,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The stores are often very understaffed and new employee training isn't very good if the prospect has no previous product knowledge. By the end of the internship I still felt like I was wondering around the store not sure how to help the customers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Too many policies

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

    Pros

    Good coworkers to be around

    Cons

    Too many steps that don't involve sales

  10.  

    This company has jumped the shark

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Pocatello, ID

    Pros

    High barrier of entry cost into the industry, and most competition died during the great recession. Many Sherwin-Williams stores have almost no competition. The company also offers benefits and bonuses if you are in management. Some benefits for full time employees, but they are doing away with that position for the most part.

    Cons

    During the great recession staff was cut down to the minimum. I distinctly remember going to meeting about this issue. The idea was to cut as much as possible while still remaining efficient. We were told that when the recession was over we would come out of it smelling like a rose, owning half our competition while the other half died off. Then we would staff the stores again. Half of this was true. The stores where never staffed again. Upper management must have thought we did such a good job being understaffed there was little reason to bring on more men. Now many employees are beginning to leave and the ones still around are worn out bad.

    The company also use to employ from within. They valued experience over everything else. Now they almost only hire people right out of college. These college kids do not know anything for the first year. This angers the old time employees looked over. They are told they do not get the promotion, but then asked to train their new boss. The college kids only end up angering customers who see the injustice. Then after a year or two, with a college degree and some work experience they leave the company.

    I was originally an employee for a company that Sherwin-Williams acquired. I watched over 7 years as they cut full time employees, looked over loyal employees, and mocked good men who worked for other companies. Upper management has a real pride issue they need to deal with. They feel they are invincible and no one can take them out. They treat employees like office supplies, to be used and then replaced. I remember working for the small paint company before the buyout. I guess I stuck around so long because I couldn’t make myself believe it was gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire Upper management. Bring back the paint store feel for customers and employees. You are not competing with home depot no matter how much you wish you were. Your real competition is the small paint companies that are rebuilding from the crash. They will be back, they will gain market share, and they will outperform you. Most of all, they do have better service then you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    They work with school schedule, but then again most part time employers do!

    Cons

    The pay is very minimal, and the upper management doesn't do much to help or work with employees. Your very much just a pawn in a chess game!

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