Johnson Controls Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
642 Reviews

3.3
642 Reviews
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Alex A. Molinaroli
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great company, good benefits, high level experience with high level management (in 32 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance (not true for all projects, depends on position also) (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is good if you are not traveling much (in 22 reviews)

  • Numerous levels of upper management with people or structure changing every 1 to 2 years (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    chiller tech

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    Current Employee - Chiller Technician  in  Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Chiller Technician in Birmingham, England

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

    Pros

    Reasonable work load, good salary, good manager

    Cons

    Too much red tape. Not enough investment. Behind the times with regards to electronic reporting or lack of it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    low pay company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johnson Controls

    Pros

    a nice group of people

    Cons

    very low pay
    no overtime
    no opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Johnson Controls Global Workplace Solutions - An Uncertain Future?

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Aldershot, England
    Former Employee - Manager in Aldershot, England

    I worked at Johnson Controls for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The biggest "pro" is the people within the GWS group. In my time I met some really amazing people, many of whom I now regard as friends rather than colleagues, and due to the international nature of the business these connections are truly worldwide.

    Pay and conditions are pretty good and there are ample opportunities for training and development for all employees. People joining in one role can often move into other business roles, activities or locations, and move up through the management structure.

    The nature of the business, which is all about meeting the expectations of a diverse customer base, means that working here is always interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    The GWS business provides Facilities Management services at Customer-owned premises. Therefore there is a tendency for employees to view their own location in isolation from the Head Office. This is often exacerbated by the fact that those employees have been transferred from the Customer when the FM services were outsourced.

    Management seems to be driven by the "the next big thing" principle. What is flavour of the month this week, is soon yesterday’s news. If you find yourself working on one of these initiatives, remember to keep a look out for the warning signs that signal a change in direction. If you do find yourself at risk, it is also a good idea to remember that GWS are all about Talent Acquisition and very little about Talent Retention.

    There has also been a tendency to create excessive layers of management. The over-use of the title Director, especially for managers with only one or two employees or minimal Departmental responsibility is a symptom of this. When it comes for efficiencies to me made it is notable that the "Directors" are rarely on the target list.

    Despite being keen to be seen as a conscientious and ethical employer, who retain and recognize their employees. they are quite capable of putting these values to one side when required and the exit process for those chosen for "right-sizing" is very efficient and fairly ruthless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking about the Cost of your employees & focus on the Value they provide. GWS is a "people provider" business only, yet you value employees very lightly. Most managers would be horrified that their major rivals are reaping the benefits of the skills and experience gained and paid for by GWS, However JCI GWS seems content to drive more and more of them out the door and into their rivals' organization.

    The decision to move away from Soft Services and specialize in Technical services, seems to be based solely on the fact that GWS can't compete in with their rivals, rather than any pro-active business rationale. With the Quality of staff that you employ/did employ in these fields a better approach would be to work on innovation and efficiencies to fix the problem rather than run away from it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Dissapointing

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Engineer in Manchester, England

    I have been working at Johnson Controls full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    After 8 months, none so far.

    Cons

    Poor employee recognition, slow to respond to key employee related issues. HR has passive stance with regard to UK employment law. No bonus scheme. Regular failures to act on promises (training/recognition). Failure to understand and properly implement UK TUPE regulations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognise employee expertise, value them. Learn more about the account at the proposal stage, listen to the experts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good global presence in the FM sector. Not sure they are the best in the UK.

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    Current Employee - Human Resources  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources in London, England

    I have been working at Johnson Controls as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great training and development opportunities.

    Cons

    Onboarding is long and drawn out. Limited career progression and UK grade structure at management level does not always include performance bonus so no matter how much extra effort is put into achieving targets the reward system is not very rewarding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    JCI a company for your future

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    Current Employee - Business Development  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Business Development in London, England

    I have been working at Johnson Controls

    Pros

    JCI Culture is very positive and that's the reason I work there and have done fro more than ten years.
    Whilst not perfect I have been lucky in working in small dynamic environments in challenging situations.
    My colleugues are almost without exception positive people and in my part fo teh business there is very little politics...

    Cons

    They are foucsed on quarterly results to plan and will take tough decisions early to ensure ongoing performance.
    This is good as many companies bury their heads and take too long to make difficult decisions. But it can be hard on individuals whoa re asked to leave.
    In the UK they will only pay just above the statutory minimum should you be made redunant..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees fairly globally, we work globally, we talk global solutions, global customers therefore we should treat people equally on a global basis.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Join Johnson Controls but research carefully before signing !!!

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    Former Employee - Senior Management  in  Coventry, England
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Coventry, England

    I worked at Johnson Controls

    Pros

    If you relish very large global company environments then Johnson Controls is for you. The higher up the Management chain you are then the more rewarded you are. The treatment of women however is far from ideal and women in Europe hit a ceiling at mid executive level.

    Cons

    The lack of communications and lack of ability and capability of European HR departments is appalling. Employees at bottom end of scale tend to be overworked and underpaid but remain intensely loyal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look at the capabilities of your Senior executives. You seem to promote people without the necessary skills up the management hierarchy as this tends to be less stressful than placing on poor performance or just plain getting rid of. You have lots of loyal people at mid management level who are very loyal and are the workhorses of your company. Please try treating them with a little more respect and less focused on financial targets. Without your employees you are nothing.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A great company to work for long term

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Johnson Controls

    Pros

    Great People, Good Leadership, Large company resources with flexible & sound business approach. I am paid well but always feel (as everyone does) they are worth more.

    Cons

    Auto industry is a challenge in terms of customers and general market conditions. Overall not many downsides with JCI I have been here more than ten years and its better than the other 4 companies I have worked for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very little. One of the best aspects of this company is the Leadership. They are very capable and broad minded people with a great track record and consistancy of approach. The culture is good and whilst leadership can be misunderstood at working levels its very sound.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    JCI was a great company to work for until the layoffs

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager Service  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager Service in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time for more than a 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
  11.  

    Customer appreciation

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Fort Worth, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Company provided good opportunity for success and recognition

    Cons

    A lot of work with a lot of responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communications Communications Communications. Being in the same industry we could do better working together. the best product, good installations, poor service solutions after the sale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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