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Johnson Controls Milwaukee Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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Johnson Controls Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Alex A. Molinaroli
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Pros
  • Work life balance has been taken care by the Management (in 63 reviews)

  • Good Benefits - Family like organization (in 102 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance, always changing (in 62 reviews)

  • Upper management need to be improved (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Tripping Over Themselves"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Software Engineering Team Lead in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Contractor - Software Engineering Team Lead in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Johnson Controls as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some interesting technologies, tries to encourage employee inventiveness

    Cons

    exceptionally poor management and pay grades

    Advice to Management

    leadership is not interested in listening to consultants who are genuinely trying to help the company


  2. "Highly Political"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice facilities. Multi-culture environment.

    Cons

    Highly political. Tug-of-wars between senior managers affecting subordinates. Should be cunning and equally political to survive in JCI.

    Advice to Management

    Exhale some old air and inhale some fresh air. Intentionally eradicate the corruption of "politics" and "filthy politicians" among employees.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Can be nice"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    had many good years and a good boss good work and good coworkers

    Cons

    when corporate lack of vision overrules all with capricious and arbitrary policies and layoffs

    Advice to Management

    question upper management, and their golden parachutes.


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  5. "COSC Biller"

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    Current Employee - COSC BILLING in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - COSC BILLING in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company has nice benefits. The position itself no trills. Nothing changes often. You sit a lot.

    Free lunch on the last day of the month.

    Cons

    The concept of the job is to blast out as many bills as possible. Then you are graded based on your accuracy and speed monthly. You can only have one mistake for the whole month. Management is negative. You have a monthly 1 on 1 and after any comments you make during the meeting your manager will email you an summary with negative comments after what you said. You work at cafeteria style tables and for it being a HVAC company the temperature is boiling hot from spring to fall. Almost nothing is ever scheduled everything is just winged.

    You have to compete for work. You are REQUIRED to continuously click refresh until work shows up. Then claim it fast as possible. This was called the Hungry Hungry Hippo method. If you don't do this you will fail to reach their quota. This was explained to me after I was put on a Performance Improvement Plan.

    There's a point tier system youre reviewed with. If you miss a goal by .05 they talk to you like you critically need help. That .05 can cost you 20% on your review.

    There is zero thinking ahead. This is a 'not a problem until it's a problem' environment.

    Advice to Management

    Use critical thinking. Manage employees. Understand different employee skill sets. Try to reduce down time. Actually talk or walk near by your employees. Maybe spend some time looking internally and using some self improvement skills you mindlessly recite.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of direction and inconsistent leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    With the legacy of over 100 years in manufacturing, the potentials to embrace technology and innovations is huge. A few bright minds within the company, when encountered with, foster that belief often.

    Cons

    Shift in priorities too often, Lack of thought leadership, Very old school career building model, funds being mis-utilized across programs/projects, quite a few of the leaders are more active building and maintaining relationships instead of driving innovations and promote business values, moderate compensation and benefit package, very very challenging atmosphere top plan for immediate, mid and long term career.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Tyco Merger had a negative impact on Johnson Controls IT"

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

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary + bonus are good for the Midwest region.

    Cons

    Tyco has taken over the leadership of Johnson Controls (post-merger). The Tyco CIO's strategy is based upon a decentralized, keep-the-lights-on minimum investment It approach with over 100 ERP legacy systems and thousands of other applications.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Constant MAJOR Changes"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I had autonomy and was allowed to do my job.

    Cons

    When the decision was made to spin off it's automotive business, everything about JCI changed. And it's been constant change ever since. Now with the merger with Tyco, org changes are being kept under wraps causing constant anxiety for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    COMMUNICATE


  9. "Lead tech"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits..plenty of work..great people..advancement within company

    Cons

    New contract..more family outtings..rptating shifts

    Advice to Management

    Continue being fair


  10. Helpful (8)

    "It used to be great...."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people make it worth coming in.
    The office space is nice

    Cons

    There is no work life balance
    Leaders don't know how to lead
    Constant RIF's - hire people and rif a couple of months later, poor planning
    Tons of uncertainty
    Good Ole Boys Club
    Lack of accountability by leaders
    Bad Behavior - people yell at one another in meetings

    Advice to Management

    Start to value your employees again. Don't just say you value employees, actually demonstrate it. Use contractors if the intent is to cut additional headcount.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Can be great, depending who you are"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Johnson Controls is made for two types of people:
    1. People who are from the Midwest or specifically Milwaukee and want to stay there. The company has the same benefits most large companies in the area have and the pay is decent. You can join and just coast for as long as you want.
    2. People who play the conservative political game hard. Want to climb the corporate ladder? Don't care what you have to do to get there? JCI is the place for you. It's conservative, it's incredibly political so come play the game.

    Cons

    JCI is not looking to be competitive with benefits cause they really don't have to. Consider 10 days of vacation generous. The bad to good people ratio is way off for a company this size. There are good people, but you gotta work to find them. It's a huge company, that is rather volatile, incredibly conservative, especially for millennials, and really they're just cost cutting to make money at this point.


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