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Updated August 17, 2017
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Johnson Controls Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Alex A. Molinaroli
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  • No work life balance as areas that need more people cannot get them (in 68 reviews)

  • Upper management need to be improved (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Johnson Controls - leading the way to a sustainable future"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    JCI is a solid company with a long history of excellent growth, innovation, and stability. JCI has a distinguished past, beginning with its foundation in the late 1800s by Prof. Warren Johnson, inventor of the thermostat. JCI is well positioned for the future with its involvement in batteries for hybrid cars, automation of green buildings and energy reduction programs, and emphasis on sustainability. It has a diverse workforce, taking diversity very seriously. It also has a terrific set of core values and its senior management is stable with a solid vision of where they want to take the company in the future. It has excellent benefits, competitive salary, a good 401K plan, and its stock has out-performed the market and has split several times over the last 20 years.

    Cons

    JCI is a fairly conservative company. As such, it is slower to adapt to evolving workplace concepts such as flexibility in working hours, dress, tele-commuting, hiring of partially retired seniors, and so on.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management at JCI has done an outstanding job over the life of the company (over 100 years). They have kept the company current, avoiding the "buggy whip" phenomenon of other rust belt companies that have gone the way of the Model T during the same period in history. My only suggestion is simply to continue re-inventing the company and its businesses and products, to allow it to continue to thrive for the next 100 years.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "JCI is an empowering, growth-oriented employer!"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    JCI encourages personal and professional growth- if a promotion or lateral move opportunity is available within the organization, internal candidates are seriously considered. JCI empowers its employees to pursue opportunities within the organization- and to reach out above and beyond one's own job description to accomplish tasks in the best way possible.

    Cons

    As with any large, multi functional, multi-location organization, it takes a little extra effort/digging to determine who would be the appropriate point of contact for questions and assistance...but someone will always point you in the right direction to find the answer!

    Advice to Management

    Employee engagement and morale is high- continue to focus on positive and constant feedback to maintain this employee satisfaction!

  3. "Great company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good solid company with respect for their workforce. Our core values include sustainability and JCI is acting (not just talking) in support of their core values. The fiscals are very good for an automotive company.

    Cons

    Becoming a bit top heavy as we expand globally. It probably is necessary, but there are more layers than ever before between the floor worker and the top dogs. A good portion of our business is also impacted by the downturn of the american automotive market. That is hurting many plants.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the office and talk with the "average joe". Buy them a drink, get them talking about what they really think. Most people will probably speak positive about the state of the business, but it never hurts to get those barriers down.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "JOHNSON CONTROLS IN A NUTSHELL"

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    Former Employee - Too Small of A Department in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Too Small of A Department in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They offer you a lot of potential to grow.

    Cons

    They have no formal review structure and promotes people who do not manage employees well because they do not have a formal upward feedback program. While it is challenging and the growth possibilities are there, in order to grow you have to be driven. I was driven, but other companies actually wanted me for this, while Johnson sat on the sidelines and felt like they were just good enough to keep me. I feel if you are a good employee and you work for a good company, they they should show you that they actually want to keep you a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Start an upward feedback program and MAKE HR ensure that ALL EMPLOYEES get annual reviews. During my time there I actually had to ask HR in order to get a review.


  5. "Great company. Great career opportunities."

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Milwaukee, WI
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding career and development opportunities. There are regular strategic talent reviews. Employees get promoted fast, even if just recently hired. Outstanding leadership performance by Power Solutions and Johnson Controls corporate management. Great vision and strategic planning (Hybrid batteries strategy, production footprint). Senior management is very experienced and skilled, yet approachable. Great employee morale in Power Solutions headquarter. Regular employee feedback.

    Cons

    Management is very demanding. Frequent overtime work and weekend. Quick turnaround time is always required. Johnson Controls has a history of production footprint changes to be best-in-class and the lowest cost producer. In certain areas Johnson Controls is using outdated IT systems..

    Advice to Management

    Great performance!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "JCI is a good place to work."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager - New Product Development in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager - New Product Development in Plymouth, MI
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    JCI is well managed. They are aggressive in controlling costs and quick to pull the plug on unsuccessful programs. Lots of advancement potential within the various divisions. The auto division is very well thought of throughout the industry and is considered a very tough competitor. JCI is a tough negotiator with the OEMs and will readily walk away from unprofitable business.

    Cons

    The bottom line is extremely important, be aware of potential layoffs even during good times. JCI has lots of alliances with minority suppliers that were great in getting them contracts in the past but will probably be a drag on their growth in the future.

    Advice to Management

    JCI needs to beef up its interior and seating new product development if it wants to maintain is leadership position.


  7. "JCI fosters development, and "ingenuity", and in return gives outgoing employees very good wages, benefits and praise."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends

    Pros

    JCI provides an opportunity to grow and develop both within the company and with secular education compensation. The Building Efficiency portion of the company is divided into two close but individual parts, service and systems. The service portion of the division is aimed at providing specialized solutions to customers problems - whatever they may be. As in the rest of the industry, things move more slowly. On the other hand, the Systems side, the installation side, the side I work for, the work is by far faster paced, and exciting. Well deserved praise and recognition flows freely, and within the branch organization, one feels like they are part of a family. This is one of the best parts of working for JCI. Coworkers are friendly, and are quick with support in most any way one needs it. Support from Corporate, is easily accessible, and the voices on the other end of the phone are, for lack of a better description, happy.

    Cons

    As long as employees are performing, they are allowed to continuing to do things the way they always have. Training on new products and tools is required, but often difficult to foster once the training session is over, unless an employee is self motivated. Employees are expected to execute installation projects on schedule, and much of the time an employee can succeed in different ways, many prefer the "work smarter" ethos, others still, prefer the "work harder" way. The unfortunate fact is that the latter are often easier to come by, and with a company continually striving to grow and dominate, people reluctant to change would be better off somewhere else. Employees are kept happy, often to complacency. Future employees should consider that the company is a living thing, and is moving quickly, be expecting change. A motto often heard is: If you don't like something, wait, it will change.

    Advice to Management

    My co-workers and supervisors are really the best group of people I have ever worked with, anywhere. The work keeps me challenged. I am actually proud to work for Johnson Controls, even if most people I talk to have no idea what Johnson Controls does.

  8. "Excellent company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Account Representative in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Miami, FL
    Recommends

    Pros

    There is tremendous room for advancement and excellent training opportunities. The people are good to work with and the management is fair in their decisions.
    Safety program is excellent, benefits and salary is above average.

    Cons

    Being it is a large company, changes are slow to occur. Sometimes systems that work well are changed and then time will go by and the system is brought back into the company.

    Advice to Management

    To get out into the front line once in a while with the people to know what is going on at this level. This will help them in their leadership ability


  9. "Recommended"

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    Current Employee - Bsos in Fayetteville, AR
    Current Employee - Bsos in Fayetteville, AR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensations, Benefits, Community Involvement, Dedication to Employees and Customers

    Cons

    Metrics can be set a bit out of reach based on Region rather than localized.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to everyone on every level.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good People, Smart Management, High Standards, Smart Employees"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy, freedom to make best decisions for the job.Excellent pay, good benefits inc. health, dental, vision, and matching 401K. Many opptys for advancement and lateral moves. Interesting work - they get involved in all things related to controls, HVAC, energy, water, power. Learned a tremendous amount about business and money.

    Cons

    High accountability is the other side of the coin. Some very aggressive co-workers. Revolving door of people who cannot handle the responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communications to the field open and direct. Rein in the expected margin growth year over year. Improve the quality of York Centrifugals. Bring manufacturing back to the states. Focus on the customer more, JCI metrics and bureaucrazy less.


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