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"Company Destined to Fail"

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Former Employee - Director in Milwaukee, WI
Former Employee - Director in Milwaukee, WI
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Strong brand in the market
Nice people who think about work/life balance
Pockets of excellence
Fair compensation for the amount of work that is expected

Cons

Senior leadership in building efficiency very weak. In fact most of them should be replaced, but more likely they will move the deck chairs around again. CEO/CFO pay themselves a ton while the company continues to underperform and be forced to lay off workers. Unable to leverage scale to deliver superior product to end customers, instead act more like a slow moving glacier. Innovation a talking point, not a part of culture.

Advice to Management

My advice is to the board. Replace the senior leaders. In fact you should question why you have three divisions, the company would have more value broken apart. There is no benefit having all the divisions under one roof. All attempts to shift expertise between divisions fails, and investors cannot invest in a pure play business.

Other Employee Reviews for Johnson Controls

  1. "Exciting, Good work-personal life balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Design Engineer in Holland, MI
    Current Employee - Product Design Engineer in Holland, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good facilities and set up available for learning
    Challenging and fun place to work
    Upper management is transparent and approachable
    Excellent work culture and work pressures are manageable enough to maintain work-life balance

    Cons

    Since organization is tied to the fortune of the auto-industry, at times the pace of the organization is sluggish.
    Top heavy management and hence few opportunities for growth

    Advice to Management

    Diversification by adding related product lines can create necessary opportunities


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Tough, resilient company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in Norman, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time

    Pros

    . Very determined and committed leadership
    . Forward thinking business approach
    . History of impactful innovation
    . Insistent on financial results

    Cons

    . Too focused on metrics, often at the expense of people
    . Dogged determination to make the numbers, almost at any cost
    . Runs way too lean; most people doing 2-3 jobs after RIF's with no title or pay adjustments
    . Overworking people; sometimes run production people 7 days/week
    . Overly structured; not enough flexibility about roles
    . Too many decisions made at Corporate for field or plant locations by people who do not know the businesses or the people
    . Really bad at change management, especially after M&A's (Attitude is "we bought you, so just do what we say.")
    . Many fake processes in place (like a global employee survey that people lie on)
    . Johnson Controls really c-o-n-t-r-o-l-s.
    . Seems very willing to cut people or change their roles without their notification or buy-in.

    Advice to Management

    . Give people the recognition and opportunities they deserve.
    . Don't put all the best jobs in Milwaukee if they don't have to be there.
    . Stop micromanaging. Let people do their jobs.

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