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Johnson Controls Reviews

Updated 13 December, 2014
Updated 13 December, 2014
738 Reviews
3.2
738 Reviews
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Alex A. Molinaroli
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance (not true for all projects, depends on position also) (in 21 reviews)

  • Great company, good benefits, high level experience with high level management (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance - need a more flexible vacation schedule (in 24 reviews)

  • Management is treating hourly employees like dirt, harassment from upper management (in 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    JCI was a great company to work for until the layoffs

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager Service in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager Service in Montreal, QC

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great collaborative management team, great work environment with a nice Work/Life Balance.
    Multiple Projects were challenging but there was a wealth of experience to draw from.

    Cons

    Due to layoffs I was not there long enough to discover any cons. I would return if the opportunity presented its self

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Do your diligence and make really sure before accepting an offer of employment here; ask the right questions.

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    Former Employee - Operations Support in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Operations Support in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Vacation Time is three weeks.
    There is some Flexibility with working from home but it depends on the department and Manager.

    Cons

    Do what I say not what I do type attitude.
    Head Office (Milwaukee, WI, USA) needs to completely overall the structure of the Canadian Service, Equipment and Controls Divisions (including both people and technology) and not continually reorganize every few years using models that were attempted 7-10 years past.
    All Canadian processes need to be reviewed in detail for efficiency, fluidity and how they impact peripheral departments (both ones that are engaged in the process directly/indirectly and ones that just "feel" the results).
    There needs to be serious, extensive and continued ethics and professional development training starting with Management and then cascading down, including front line employees. Not just watching a video and doing some online multiple choice type of training, but bringing in an outside company whose expertise is teaching building better teams, relationships, and contributors with integrity as the main foundation. HR should also participate in the training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All of Management needs extensive, all around Management and Leadership development training in every area. They should not only walk away with only the skills and tools but specifically a solid game plan on how to implement these new tools with everyone, so the culture and attitudes can be improved.
    Do not continually rotate High Level Management every few years. Give them the opportunity to truly implement change (with the current organizational structure it can take up to 3+ years) and then see how it goes so the same person can then adjust and modify anything implemented with some consistent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Major Project Account Executive in Hamilton, ON
    Current Employee - Major Project Account Executive in Hamilton, ON

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Technology Leader, Great Benefits, Lots of training.

    Cons

    Finding more talent to work for the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It Was a Mistake to Work There

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Whitby, ON
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Whitby, ON

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Good Salary to start with.
    - Good Health & Benefits plans.
    - Good as a start for someone who needs a solid base to move to a better career in the near future.

    Cons

    - There is a "Glass Ceiling" for people from different background.
    - Qualifications do not mean anything, because it is matter of "Who You Know, NOT What You Know"......!, that was the hiring process for the last few years.
    - You should plan a short term working with JCI, otherwise you will stuck at the same level forever.
    - No salary increase for the last three years.
    - Cutting lots of benefits from the lower level, however the upper level still enjoying the same benefits; such shirts and T-Shirts.
    - Cutting all kinds of vacations, sick-leaves, and emergency time off from the lower levels.
    - It is normal to see someone with MBA, Six Sigma, SAP and PMP certificates and working online because of the different culture and does not no someone inside,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be Fair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great culture, Good work, lack of management

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Brampton, ON
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Brampton, ON

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

    Pros

    Great culture, company is always trying to be innovative and to expand product offerings

    Cons

    a lot of paperwork, not enough leadership/direction from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    job execution is a problem, not enough expertise on the operations side

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Sales

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Fast, dynamic, always-on-the-goi life style. Rewarding if you close sales. Constant training offers employees growth opportunities. Managers push you hard.

    Cons

    Sometimes a bit unorganized. dont fall behind, there's lots of work to be done. Work seems to never stop.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Systems Tech 2

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    Current Employee - Systems Technician II in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Systems Technician II in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1) online learning material available
    2) decent benefits: milage, RSP incentives, health plan,
    3) can work from home/office (15% of time)

    Cons

    1) Not in union
    2) traveling required
    3) small wage increases (unless role advancement)
    4) work alone most of time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    The worst career move I ever made.

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    Former Employee - Management in Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Management in Markham, ON

    I worked at Johnson Controls

    Pros

    I had to do alot of reflection inorder to find anyting that I would classify as a pro to working at Johnson controls. The only aspects of the job that wer epositive was a good benefit package and 3 weeks vacation.

    Cons

    I worked for johnson Controls for under two years. I would never recommend this company to anyone seeking employment regardless of how badly they needed a job. In my experience there is absolutely no regard for respectable and fai treatment of employees. The culture is completely preoccupied with assigning blame and accountibility of mistakes with little emphasis on how to move forward towards productive processes and effectiveness. The Canadian division and head office in Milwaukee are world's apart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Milwaukee leadership needs to completely overhaul the Canadian leadership team and change the reporting hierarchy. Canadian systems and Service is doing very well. However the solutions division is operating at a 1/10th effectiveness and productivity of where they should be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    work in several pharmaceutical plants and see the different ways of working of each

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Puerto Rico (Chile)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Puerto Rico (Chile)

    I worked at Johnson Controls

    Pros

    offer my expertise as a professional and learn new challenges at work

    Cons

    be as productive as possible for the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    motivate and maintain teamwork

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent opportunity to learn multiple building systems and service industry.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Can be very lucrative and always ability to move up the ladder.

    Cons

    Large corporate machine with red tape and challenges of ever shifting strategies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the customers feedback and challenges.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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