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  1. i met him and hes a regular stand out guy

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits, people, hours, product, company

    Cons

    communication weaknesses, great place to work

    Advice to Management

    work through these hard times while maintaining employee moral


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great for part-time job but look no further

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility for college students or someone who needs a second job. Pay for part-time is very competitive. Small store, less employees = great comradery. Doing deliveries gets you out of the store for awhile. Your paint knowledge will expand 10 fold while working here. It is knowledge you can take with you. Employee discount is great; 40% to 50%. 401K was good until the economy took a dump.

    Cons

    Customers can be demanding. Self-important Contractors treat you badly and think they are the only people on Earth who paint and need deliveries. Contractors should tip more! DIY customers can stress out the best of us. Upper management needs to support subordinate managers much better, especially the ones that actually do their job. Upper management needs to come off their Schaumburg HQ tower and observe the front line more than 1 to 2 times a year. I saw my DM once last year...hmmm...and stop with the favoritism in certain employees who are no more capable than anyone else.

    Advice to Management

    Look more closely at Store Managers. Many take advantage of their salaried position by leaving early almost everyday. Hold the accountable. Think about promoting within a little more. Many excellent part-timers are lost due to the fact they are overlooked as possible full timers and/or Assistant Managers. Wouldn't it be more beneficial to move up an experienced part-time Sales Associate than to hire and train a college graduate who has never dealt with paint in their life? Come to the stores more often and see the progress of your stores, sometimes its good to get to the front lines once in awhile. Get to know your employees better. Promote from within, promote from within, promote from within. Invest some time into forming positive relationships with your subordinates. it seems social skills are not as sharp as the way they look at numbers.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great Benefits, Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Washington, NJ
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Washington, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    401k, Benefits, and movement inside the company. Each and every position is based on merit and how well you perform. It also has a very extensive training program that keeps all the management/store staff on the same page. The incentive plan is amazing too. Once you start hitting your budget the company strongly rewards you. Its is very nice getting an extra $11,000 per year. Overall I would recommend getting involved with the Management Training Program(MTP).

    Cons

    Long hours, customer complaints. Sometimes requires alot of patience. There are some days which I do not get many breaks but thats how the painting business goes. The bonus money is taxed 40% though which is kinda bad, but that is not this companies fault.

    Advice to Management

    I like the way everything works and I would like to continue moving forward even in this tough ecomony.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Sherwin-Williams: Great place to start a career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training program for entry level sales people. Most promoting comes from within. It really depends on what district you work in, but I love working in the Washington DC area. Great flow of information from management to employees. As a sales rep, I have a lot of freedom to run my territory the way I choose as long as my numbers are good. Good base pay with uncapped earning potential. Even in this tough economy, SW still takes great care of their employees. A lot of the competition are laying off employees, while SW is giving raises and paying dividends.

    Cons

    Districts often compete with each other for business. Male dominated industry.

    Advice to Management

    I have truly enjoyed working with the management team in my district. They provide guidance and support without breathing down your neck.


  6. Helpful (1)

    A great place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job security, opportunity for advancement, benefits are among the best in the industry. Time off is relatively easy to get when needed. SW is generally receptive to new ideas and continually updates its systems and processes.

    Cons

    Very large corporation - so rules and regulations are very general and can be frustrating to work around in certain circumstances.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to take some finacial risk in helping stores succeed. Cutbacks are understandable in this current climate - but be aware of customer needs. Wait in line or go to the competition? Think about more Sales Reps instead of fewer. Go after their customers!


  7. Helpful (1)

    a good entry level position...but then what...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemist in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Chemist in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good entry level job, and they advertise that. however, once you get out of the "entry level" range i feel there is a disconnect in career advancement, and a disconnect in salary. i guess that is part of the problem of working with big companies in general.

    Cons

    as mentioned above, career advancement/development is lacking. Employees are not rewarded for obtaining advanced degrees either by promotion or pay increase. lateral moves are the norm

    Advice to Management

    work on helping to advance people careers...don't pigeon hole them into their position. SW is a massive company and cross-functionalization and diverse backgrounds are a benefit to a company. Also, reward people for having an advanced degree, even if you don't have one yourself.


  8. Good Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment, products are very solid so most sell themselves. mostly quality people come into the store, DIY or contractor. Managers give time off if you give them the heads up. I like the business.

    Cons

    Retail, open on weekends, company isn't doing well so cutting hours. Manager isn't as solid as others. not much opportunity for growth in the near future. Working with DIY can be very stressful at times. working with some contractors can be awful because of how some treat you and think they are better than you. training is basically watching training cds and getting onto the sales floor, which is the best way to learn, but is very uncomfortable for the first few weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to price certain products better. there is too many overpriced primers, paints that we sell. They need to do this to market more of the DIY market, which is very low compared to the big box companies.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Company having some growing pains.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New challenges every day. Great place to hone your skills before moving on into the real world.

    Cons

    Lack of communication with Upper to lower management. Upper management does not give concise job details of job duties but rather dictate the expectations. This is fine for the military but when employees are not trained properly how can they be expected to perform properly.

    Advice to Management

    Have better communivation standards for you middle management. Make sure that the field level managers know what is expected of them. Create and publish both a Mission and Vision statement.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Glass ceiling stalls SW's opportunity for growth and sustainability in a troubled market.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lower/Middle Management in Richmond, KY
    Current Employee - Lower/Middle Management in Richmond, KY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Coworkers, ability to work independently

    Cons

    Glass Ceiling for women. Managers who don't want you to get ahead for fear it would be at their expense. Managements desire to promote MEN to power positions, because they have a higher risk of losing them then women. Managements indifference or flat out ignorance of who works for them and what they do. Managements inability to utilize technology and inability to mandate that their employees utilize technology, either because they don't know or don't care. Inability to use the correct resources.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in Training. Invest in Employee growth. Invest in Female Employee growth. Keep promises.


  11. Great company to work for even through these tough times.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Pembroke Pines, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Pembroke Pines, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits in a retail field. Are praised for what you accomplish not what recognition your boss takes from you. Career opportunities are wide open for you, if you are looking for a different job with in the company it can be easily obtained. Sherwin Williams has a online job posting system and anywhere in the country a job opens up that job will be posted online for you to apply to.

    Cons

    Hours can be long at the management level, can sometimes be hard to get days you want off. People are traded fairly but some managers can be difficult to work along side with.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing keep it up.


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