Sherwin-Williams Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Part time job in high school and through college

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Key Holder
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Key Holder

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Was lucky enough to work with a great group of people. Never work nights, they're not open that late. Once I moved up within the store I experienced more freedom and say in things (as well as added responsibility).

    Cons

    It's retail. But extremely specialized knowledge is needed. Takes a long time to feel comfortable. At a more industrial focused location it can be a quite physically exhausting job. Though you don't work nights, tend to work rather long shifts, much of which might be alone or only with one other person. If it's busy, there are no breaks, no lunch. Just have to eat when you can. Winter months can be the opposite, can go hours without seeing anyone and have really nothing to do (which can be good or bad depending on your view). Have to work ~10 hour weekend days regularly. Cold calls.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Split long shifts across more people more effectively, to reduce the load on one person. For the level of work higher pay is really needed. Some stores could use more bodies to take the load/stress off others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall a great company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    The pay is fairly decent, especially for a recent college graduate with 0 experience in the industry. They value education and allow stores to make their own decisions. The hours are decent, 44 hours a week but most stores close at 7pm the latest which is not to bad. Sherwin-Williams employees are more loyal than any I have seen. Most of the people I have met have been with the company many years and are not complaining about it. Finally, they have excellent training programs, they are not cheap. They really do invest in their employees and they really believe in promoting from within.

    Cons

    You will likely have to relocate. They are not shy about letting you know. It's probably the second question they ask you... maybe the first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more information to employees about open positions that are not just in sales.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    A very positive working environment. A lot of room for moving up in the company. One of only a few companies that offers pension plus 401k.

    Cons

    Many of the starting positions entail working out of one of their stores (retail). Lots of people working for them, a little harder to make a name for yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No specific advice for management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. They pay there employees peanuts.

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    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    You start out at more than minimum wage. Working hours aren't too shabby. You do get a yearly pay increase.

    Cons

    $0.32 raise every year. No benefits to part time workers. Don't hire enough employees for the amount of work that needs to be done. Overtime is highly discouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees better. Consider allowing overtime work. Each store should have a delivery driver to run small deliveries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Good company, rough hours but expected with retail

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    Compensation , benefits, management, sales development

    Cons

    Hours, part-time employees, retail, no free time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better expectations and hours for store management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Sales Associate - Part Time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Lafayette, LA
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Lafayette, LA

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    All part-time jobs are not created equal, this is a very good place for college-age/young adult worker interested in retail sales. Good in-store training trickled down from knowledgeable managers will get you comfortable and confident with the commercial/residential painting industry.

    Cons

    Can be under-staffed and busy during busy seasons, and a bit of micro-managing from the Regional Level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course in regards to employee training and have more realistic expectations of individual stores rather than trying to cut-down in hopes of challenging growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. It's great. The work environment is amazing and the people are too.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    Sherwin-Williams has a flexible work schedule

    Cons

    The pay is just okay for part-timers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Poor middle management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    Great pay and room for advancement if willing to relocate. You do get good training when starting in the manager training program out of college.

    Cons

    Middle and upper management are out of touch. They tell you to sell this product but don't always look at the geographical location of each store and what the demographics are. Middle management can be very irate and disrespectful when numbers aren't better than 100%. They are very short staffed in the stores and managers must always pick up those hours. You are way over worked for even the good salary. They also don't listen to what you have to say about things. Everything is seen as an excuse of why you didn't hit a target.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. This isn't a family valued business. Quit trying to keep up with Lowes and Home Depot by trying to get 7 & 8 pm paint sales. Look at your employees and what is best for them, not just the numbers on the P&L.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great company, raise process needs to be more fair

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    flexible hours and good people

    Cons

    Don't get rewarded for hard work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Another corporate giant with easy entry, unlimited earning potential.

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

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    Bonus structure, ease of entry, training, opportunities if you're willing to move.

    Cons

    Hours, corporate oversight on everything you do, may not be many opportunities locally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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