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Johnson Controls Reviews

Updated 18 April 2015
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Alex A. Molinaroli
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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. Great Company trying to do all the right things

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

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

    Pros

    The great things about JC is it's history, focus on customer and the people who all work together to get things done. Great collaboration and team work across business units, countries and teams.

    Cons

    Tend to adopt a 'one size fits all' approach to Employee Benefits when people really would appreciate the opportunity of tailoring their own benefits package to suit their individual circumstances. Legacy IT systems do not interface and business processes tend to be cumbersome. It's getting better though.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure key communication messages really do reach down to all levels and don't get stuck with middle management.

  2. Helpful (1)

    This was a great company that forgot the people that made them great.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England

    I worked at Johnson Controls

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

    Pros

    The people you work with and the customers. Lots of good ideas.Good benefits, risk adverse. Well structured good tools.

    Cons

    Not enough resource to deliver the good ideas. To many strategies. Poor communication . People are not valued other than effect on bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication and employee engagement. Stop trying to be something your not and focus on your employees and the local market. Recognise opinions and take a reality check you may not be as good as you think you are.

  3. Good, but changing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johnson Controls

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

    Pros

    A positive group of people.

    Cons

    My development has suffered here.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Bad leadership, bullying culture, senior management appalling, no ethics to the client

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    Former Employee - Facilities in London, England
    Former Employee - Facilities in London, England

    I worked at Johnson Controls full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    none that the I can think of

    Cons

    lack of direction for new employees, nepotism is rife, you can only achieve promotion if you know someone, the managers are incompetent and liars

    Advice to Management

    go and get a job that you are fit for, or maybe just consider that new staff might need guidance mentoring in a new job or at least a hello in the morning might be nice

  6. junior controller

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johnson Controls

    Pros

    salary work collegues coffee for free

    Cons

    work life balance leader ship

  7. Helpful (2)

    JCI leadership values its share price above all else

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    The chaos leads to exposure to many types of problem: great learning curve...

    Cons

    No strategic thinking passed down: a cost driven organisation with a very short term focus

    Advice to Management

    Old boys club

  8. low pay company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johnson Controls

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    a nice group of people

    Cons

    very low pay
    no overtime
    no opportunities

  9. Helpful (2)

    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 (more than 10 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  10. 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 (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Human Resources in London, England
    Current Contractor - Human Resources in London, England

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

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

    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.

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