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Johnson Controls Milwaukee Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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  • You might be working on a project from different time zones(like USA & etc) which sometimes makes work-life balance poor (in 77 reviews)

  • Upper management need to be improved (in 42 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Outsource Outsource Outsource!"

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    The co-workers were amazing most of the time. Company matching 401k but that is slowly decreasing. 3 weeks paid vacation starting.

    Cons

    Lack of communication too many managers that lie and then later promoted. Managers in positions they have no experience in and lack the Education. Management is out of touch with day-to-day operations. Do as I say rather than lead by example attitudes. Outsourcing is their biggest accomplishment. CEO seems clueless.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in leadership programs for your management staff. Effectively communicate your vision or lack there of. Just because someone has a plaque from the FBI training academy doesn't make them a great leader. Invest in your current employees and not an Outsource company!


  2. Helpful (6)

    "unstable work environment"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, pay, and company recognition

    Cons

    There have been layoffs and reorganizations every 6 months for what seems like years. While there are initiatives to be "an innovator" and come up with the next great idea, it's been challenging to stay focused when people in the cubicles next to me are being let for and their jobs are transferred to Ireland or Mexico. Management is very top-heavy. Because of this, they often lack the understanding or appreciate the effort of their own employees. Communications between project and product groups are also lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciation and communication go a long way.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Be sure to negotiate exit terms on way into JCI"

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    Former Employee - Director in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Director in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Making some headway on upgrading executive leadership

    Cons

    Lack overarching corporate strategy (sill need to figure what kind of portfolio company they are, and want to be)
    Buy distressed companies and then don't invest to improve
    Whipsaw employees - hire then RIF within a year, standard model for past 3 years
    Extremely weak HR and Talent Acquisition resources and capabilities ( jobs posted but actually on hold or canceled)
    Does not invest in people development at the at the level that moves the needle on stable growth and profitability

    Advice to Management

    Focus on long term positioning and viability of the company (look 12 months out and beyond)
    Focus on the customer issues that impact top line revenue and allocate your best resources to fix them within 3 months!
    You have an opportunity to transform the company don't procrastinate on making change happen


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Quality Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays very well. There are some good people in the company

    Cons

    JCI focuses on looking good and not on being successful. Corporate profits often times come from selling off a JCI owned company that was destroyed after it became too top-heavy from JCI and can no longer be profitable.
    People use buzzwords extensively when they demand someone do their work for them, but those same people have no idea what those buzzwords mean. Nothing ever gets done.
    VP's and Directors come and go and leave behind end-trails of initiatives they installed in order to make names for themselves. These initiatives result in bog down systems further preventing anyone from accomplishing anything of value.

    Advice to Management

    Use programs like SAP only for areas like Finance and Accounting. Stop forcing these systems into areas where they don't belong and completely shut down progress.
    Stop adding bureaucratic layers for approvals so changes can get done


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Unprecedented Change"

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

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

    Pros

    Global company that provides great work experience, co-workers and environment.

    Cons

    Constant change and lots of unknowns with merger and leadership changes. Unprecedented change and more is anticipated to come. It's the new norm and everyone is determining what it means for them and if they want to stay in this chaotic environment.

    Advice to Management

    Employees have change fatigue and there is a need for Sr. Leaders to be better at Change Management. We say that we are doing change management but it's not happening across the company.


  6. "Tripping Over Themselves"

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    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Can be nice"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of direction and inconsistent leadership"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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