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Johnson Controls Milwaukee Reviews

Updated March 30, 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 60 reviews)

  • Good Benefits - Family like organization (in 99 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance, always changing (in 61 reviews)

  • Upper management doesn't know how to manage a Circle K much less a Manufacturing Company (in 35 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "If you don't make any decisions, you will prosper"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    BEnefits are good and there are plenty of problems to solve.

    Cons

    Senior management is clueless about real issues and professional level employees challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Quit and work in government.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Global Workplace Solution - Horrible place to work - was"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Work Place Solutions - Mid-senior Position in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Global Work Place Solutions - Mid-senior Position in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits. Mid level people can be great despite terrible managers. Learned a lot because of survivor-like atmosphere.

    Cons

    No work life balance, lack of growth opportunities, no resources -- sink or swim. No one is accountable but want to micromanage and then point fingers if anything goes wrong. No training. Expect more layoffs if Management above GWS does not take an interest and fix the systemic problems in the operating model.

    Advice to Management

    No appreciation of its people. Seen as arrogant in FM marketplace. Senior management will throw you under the bus after not supporting on tough to impossible assignments. GWS has lost its focus - too much overhead, internal bureaucracy, no accountability.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "You are just a number"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not many these days. Some great, dedicated, smart and innovative people (which they are losing at an alarming rate). Pay is just ok for what you do. Benefits average.

    Cons

    Shareholders are number one priority. You are part of a headcount and nothing more. Regardless of your ability, talent, dedication and loyalty, you will be terminated if you don't fit in to the latest hare-brained reorganization or if the numbers don't look that good for the quarter. JCI used to be a forward thinking company and invest in its people. Not anymore.

    Advice to Management

    You are creating and fostering a culture where people are resentful and constantly in a state of flux. There is a feeling of discontent, distrust and fading respect among your key people--you know, those people that hold the knowledge and the relationships that drive the business. Authority given to certain individuals with no oversight to make some really odd business/realignment/reorg decisions. You have lost some really good people because of it (forced and voluntary, I might add). You don't do what's best or right anymore and that's sad to see.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "My experience was like a roller coaster. There were untrusted upper management."

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    Former Employee - Shared Service Representative in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Shared Service Representative in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Non-employees view them as a good company.

    Cons

    It is hard to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management should be more understanding and trustworthy with employees.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Poorly run company (Building Efficiency in Milwaukee - Engineering)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time

    Pros

    * Decent health care benefits.
    * Some good people to work with.
    * Excellent work/life balance. I have never been asked to work more than 40 hours.

    Cons

    * Extremely poor management. A lot of time is spent talking about why things can't be done. People have left because of their manager, and nothing substantial is done about it. For some of the resource managers, it seems to be all about collecting people, not about organizing the business effectively. (There are a few good managers if you are lucky enough to get one of them.)
    * Very poor product management (with exceptions) in general. They usually don't have real business cases and often over complicate problems. Can be difficult to talk to.
    * Vacation policy is stingy.
    * No matter how exceptional you are, you are getting a mediocre raise. This year's raise was even delayed (demonstrating how little they value employees). Even if you take on a new position with more responsibility, you aren't going to get a raise.
    * Some employees that are toxic to the work environment are not let go.
    * No one has the guts to address what's wrong, instead we keep letting our good people leave.
    * Company talks a big talk about ethics, but if you search the internet for news about our CEO, you'll see why it's hard to take it seriously.

    Advice to Management

    * Get rid of bad employees.
    * Hire talent and pay for it.
    * Reward excellence.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Highly political environment with incompetent managers hired from personal contacts"

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

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

    Pros

    Pays above average salaries
    Good facilities and perks
    Opportunity to work in leading technologies
    Opportunity to work with industry specialists

    Cons

    Highly disorganized. Teams/departments sets their own rules
    Senior managers do not follow corporate policies.
    Hire from personal contacts bypassing formal interviews
    Fire if one doesn't fit the personal interest of the managers

    Advice to Management

    Pay close attention to whom you promote to managerial positions. Conduct reverse performance reviews (I.e. Let subordinates rate their managers) and ensure management adherence to corporate policies.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Same Trailer Different Park"

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

    I have been working at Johnson Controls (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None - it's like junior high

    Cons

    Unbelievably unprofessional and behind the times


  9. Helpful (3)

    "listen to your workers not management"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits were fairly good

    Cons

    Too many chiefs not enough indians.

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees instead of the managers


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Representative"

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    Current Employee - Senior Representative in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Representative in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    At this time I can not provide a "Pro" to working at Johnson Control, Inc, Milwaukee Business Service Center

    Cons

    The Milwaukee Business Service Center will off-shore all accounting and finance position as of January 22, 2016.


  11. "Billing Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Billing Coordinator in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Billing Coordinator in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Johnson Controls (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There aren't any pros to this position. Don't ever get hung up on the name of a company it's over rated.

    Cons

    Make less when you get hired on and if they hire you on. Parking absolutely sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Temps have to work harder than permanent employees. Even though a temp may be a high producer, your still on the bottom of the list for being hired on and getting a schedule that helps with your home life. It's impossible to make what your actually worth.


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