Sherwin-Williams

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Sherwin-Williams Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
794 Reviews
3.5
794 Reviews
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Sherwin-Williams Chairman and CEO Christopher M. Connor
Christopher M. Connor
515 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Summer Intern

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

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams as an intern for less than a year

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Assistant Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    Pay, nature of the job and Co-workers

    Cons

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

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many policies

    • 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

    Good coworkers to be around

    Cons

    Too many steps that don't involve sales

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    This company has jumped the shark

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Pocatello, ID

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than 8 years

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sales Associate

    • 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

    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!

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    My experience with the company has been pretty good overall.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    Time off is good. That's about all you get for being par-time.
    Co-workers are pretty friendly people for the most part.

    Cons

    Customers can be difficult and without much backing from corporate they can usually walk away with whatever they want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to smaller stores. Just because we may not rake in as much money for you as bigger stores, we are still your employees and want to know we aren't forgotten about.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Third Key

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Third Key  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Third Key in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay
    No long hours

    Cons

    Upper management promotes only those with college degree

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value all your employees and allow them opportunities to advance

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

    An incredible company that I am proud to be a part of.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hybrid Sales Specialist  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Hybrid Sales Specialist in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You are challenged everyday and are taught how to run a business. They are very employee oriented and promote mostly from within. They treat their employees very well.

    Cons

    Positions are not always available for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am not in their shoes but I feel they could become more involved with the smaller stores. I was only in a small store for two months but i felt the time strain on the managers. Maybe consider allowing three full time employees per store. I realize the financial burden that would be soldered because of this though i believe it would result in a decrease in manager turnover and a happier work environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    good if willing to relocate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    Easy work laid back job

    Cons

    44 hours a week instead of 40, weekends and nights mandatory sometimes

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sherwin-Williams has many opportunities for recent graduates to move up in the company. They also provide great benefit.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Benefits: 401K, Pension, Higher Education Reimbursement, etc.
    - Opportunities to move up and advance your career
    - Ability to transfer almost anywhere

    Cons

    Product knowledge can be very challenging, but it's important to know that there are many resources to help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees in lower positions, but who have a great deal of experience, on things that can be improved at the store level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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