Sherwin-Williams Reviews

Updated 25 April, 2015
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Pros
  • Many opportunities for advancement (in 44 reviews)

  • Great benefits, opportunity for advancement if willing to move (in 67 reviews)

Cons
  • no work/life balance, upper management out of touch with store level (in 43 reviews)

  • Upper management keep putting the wrong people in leadership positions (in 84 reviews)

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  1. Great people, hard work, limited growth opportunities

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    Former Intern - Intern in Vancouver, BC
    Former Intern - Intern in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams as an intern (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - All the people I worked with were very friendly.
    From store staff to district managers and top level executives (division presidents), I've never been treated with disrespect or been ignored due to my low-level position. Due to the seniority and internal hiring system, even the leaders usually started their careers in retail stores and are therefore very approachable.

    - Entry-level salaries for Management Trainee is competitive (~C$43k, translates to roughly $20/hr)
    Considering that there are enough positions for fresh uni/college graduates that pay well below $40k, Sherwin offers a good opportunity to earn good money right after college. If you become a store manager or sales rep 2-3 years later, you can earn over $50k.

    Cons

    - Limited career advancement opportunities
    After becoming a management trainee, you will quickly advance to become an assistant manager. Eventually, there will be a promotion to Store Manager or Sales Rep - but then what? From what I've seen, it's quite tough to advance from this stage unless you are willing to change location quite drastically. While there are dozens of Store Managers/Sales Reps in Western Canada, only a small handful of District (Sales) Managers are employed and these jobs are always based on experience and seniority. I met Sales Reps and Store Managers who really know their stuff, but since there are very limited district manager positions in Canada it seems they simply cannot advance.

    - Not enough appreciation of workers
    Depending on your store, the goals given by your superiors can be unrealistic. You still get rewards, but it won't feel as good because it's usually never a "You did it, awesome" but rather along the lines of "You achieved 65% of our unrealistic expectations, which is what we thought you could do, so that's good." With some people just coming in randomly to buy a $1.40 foam brush, they still expect to sign 90% of them up for an account incl. email address.
    In the end, bonuses for assistant managers are much lower than for managers despite almost equal work and only 4 hours less.
    I also missed the absence of any type of award, Christmas parties or other types of gratification considering that the store staff and reps are the ones that do all the sales work. They ARE the company. Yet simply because there are lots of them, the company would rather grow share price and never invest in their people. Sure, there are benefits and all that, but aforementioned "awards", parties and other small motivational gestures are very common and nice practices in other large corporations, e.g. any major bank. Why not here?

    - Hard physical work and long hours
    Even though Sherwin will highlight the entrepreneurial and managerial components aspects of the job, make sure you realize that you will spent a big chunk of your hours tinting paint, doing inventory and physically carrying products around the store. With gallons weighing 10 pounds and pails weighing 50 pounds, this job is physically demanding. Depending on your store demographic, orders of 100 gallons (20 pails, that means moving around half a ton (~1150lbs) of paint) can be common and occur multiple times a day.
    Store Managers will work 48hrs a week, but usually do less physical labour. Trainees will work 44hrs and do lots of physical labour (putting away stock, tinting paint). Be prepared to go home exhausted until you are promoted to at least assistant manager, and even then hours are still long.

    - Extremely vertical structure
    Despite low power distance, the company is organized extremely vertical. This means that you can not decide on anything if you are the store manager or even district manager. If management in the US tells you to do something, you have to do it. They won't even tell you in advance, sometimes expensive orders of hard to sell products just show up on your doorstep because some guy thought it would be a good idea that you try to sell it.

    Advice to Management

    - Reward your employees with motivational gestures. Last Christmas, we got to spend $20 per employee on a "Christmas party". That's about the same as the profit for selling one gallon of Emerald... very stingy. We ended up having no Christmas party at all because how the heck would we with a budget of $100 for the entire team. Sad.

  2. Proud of their success and business model in the USA and feel this is also the best model for business in Canada.

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A fortune 500 company. Top 5 in the paint and coatings industry worldwide. Good opportunity to build wealth as part of a strong company. Leading edge technology.

    Cons

    work / life balance is nonexistent. The American ways don't work well in Canada with employees or customers but upper management, American ex-pats, fail to see or understand this. People are moved into management roles before they are ready or capable.

    Advice to Management

    To avoid an exodus of staff and customers, should really listen to what people want before forcing new company culture on everyone.

  3. Excellent people to work with. Very helpful and willing to offer help at any time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Distribution Supervisor in Brampton, ON
    Former Employee - Distribution Supervisor in Brampton, ON

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very health and safety conscious

    Cons

    Some attention should be paid to work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you are doing

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  5. They were not prepared for business in Canada, I would stay clear until they figure it out.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They stress safety, lots of opportunity for training and self betterment. They will spend money to make money, it is not a cheap organization.

    Cons

    Too rigid in their business practices, they seem unwilling or unable to adapt to situations. Their culture seems a little cult like. They do lots of things which just don't make sense.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the islands and have different facets of the company work together.

  6. My experience at Sherwin Williams

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a seasonal business so half the year is not as rushed.

    Cons

    Generally most stores are understaffed and the learning curve for information is steep.

  7. Great if you love retail

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams as an intern

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Overall, they're a good Company who's growing and expanding in Canada but are short on Talent. They've been around for years and are leaders in their industry now and in the foreseeable future.
    - laid back atmosphere, good people
    - constant learning and development

    Cons

    - heavy lifting, on your feet all day
    - Unorganized internship program
    - subjective performance evaluations

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade software

  8. Inter

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in St. Catharines, ON
    Current Intern - Intern in St. Catharines, ON

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good hours, decent wage, but the work was dull

    Cons

    Good culture, but youre selling paint wasn't for me

  9. a lot of work for low pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Milton, ON
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Milton, ON

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    slow periods allow you to do nothing and just chill on your phone

    Cons

    the pay is too low
    retail customers can be very rude
    long weekend hours or very early hours

    Advice to Management

    pay higher
    make forty hour work week standard

  10. Good Work Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in London, ON
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in London, ON

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of social communication.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to learn.

  11. Management Trainee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Trainee in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Management Trainee in Edmonton, AB

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good chance to get a job at the company, you have to show little effort to show your value.They really want young people.

    Cons

    Too many responsibilities for one person. Not much of a pay

    Advice to Management

    Keep working fair, not much to critique.

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