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Johnson Controls Milwaukee Reviews

Updated May 18, 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 37 reviews)

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  1. "Good company overall"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefit is decent: 401k match, 15 days PTO + 3 elective holidays, on-site gym and fitness programs.

    Global company, lots of opportunities.

    Friendly work culture.

    Cons

    Most people in the Milwaukee offices are local, and mid west is not the most cutting edge. There could be a culture shock for people moving from elsewhere.

    Too many M&A activities and reorgs, good talents are laid off because of it.

    Part of the leadership does not make result-driven decisions, very political.

    Profits are driven by cost control, not innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in new technology and innovation, hire more people nationally/globally, encourage learning and trying new things. Be more cutting edge.

    Easy on the reorg, we are losing many real talents.


  2. "Tripping Over Themselves"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  3. "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.


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  5. 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.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "OK work experience but very political and bureaucratic"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Director in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    JCI is ordinary large company organization

    Cons

    very political and bureaucratic. to keep financial targets will hire / release contractors quarter by quarter

    Advice to Management

    Focus on objectives and taking care of employees


  8. 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.


  9. "Johnson Controls UPG Marketing Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Marketing Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Intern - Marketing Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very fast paced and innovative company to work for.

    Cons

    Projects that were given to me were very spaced out.


  10. "Growth Opportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    JCI is an outstanding global company with a strong people growth culture. If you are looking for an opportunity to advance and experience new challenges then JCI is a good company to explore.

    Cons

    JCI is currently going through a merger and shedding layers of managers so there is a great deal of uncertainty in terms of employment.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on execution of existing strategy and be careful of letting talent go that you will be rehiring the next year.


  11. "Good Company with respectful environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - SAP Security (GRC) Team Lead in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Contractor - SAP Security (GRC) Team Lead in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    > Mutual respect between coworkers
    > Work life balance has been taken care by the Management

    Cons

    > Few of the senior managers were focused on the personal gain than Organisation.
    > Winter is hard


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