Johnson Controls

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Johnson Controls Reviews

Updated 21 October, 2014
Updated 21 October, 2014
696 Reviews
3.3
696 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance (not true for all projects, depends on position also) (in 20 reviews)

  • Great company, good benefits, high level experience with high level management (in 34 reviews)


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

  • Numerous levels of upper management with people or structure changing every 1 to 2 years (in 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    JCI was a great company to work for until the layoffs

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    It Was a Mistake to Work There

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5.  

    Great culture, Good work, lack of management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Systems Tech 2

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    The worst career move I ever made.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, but very silo'd

    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Milwaukee, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Milwaukee, WI (US)

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

    Pros

    Huge company with great benefits and very friendly and personable coworkers. Company consistently grew year over year and it was exciting to be a part of it.

    Cons

    For how big a company it is, JCI operates in silos - that is to say that the different divisions don't talk to one another and it is very hard to transfer into another group. Stress can be high at times during the year, especially around Aug/Sept right before the close of the fiscal year. Variable pay (bonuses) don't start until you are at Sr Manager level, which is a very small % of the employee population...and even then the bonus % aren't very high and seldom get paid out at 100%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more across the enterprise - between divisions. There should be a "One JCI" atmosphere instead of a division first attitude.

  10.  

    It gives you the opportunity to develop your skills and capability.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There is online and offsite location training for both technical and non technical. It is improvement compared to when I first started.
    There is opportunity to work with people from diverse culture and background.

    Cons

    Sometimes you get people who don't know what they are doing but they had the opportunity to be in a leadership position.
    Not everyone takes the internal review seriously. They don't even bother to provide feedback until annual review.
    There can be high turnover of staff at certain locations and the replacement may not know what happened. They get frustrated and leave. This cause the vicious cycle to repeat itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look objectively at the people that are labelled high potential. Not all of them are at that level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Project manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Johnson Controls

    Pros

    International company and lots of training

    Cons

    none at this time for cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

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