Sherwin-Williams

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Sherwin-Williams Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
797 Reviews
3.5
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Sherwin-Williams Chairman and CEO Christopher M. Connor
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunities for advancement as far as you want to go (in 39 reviews)

  • Sherwin Williams is a growing company and has great benefits (in 70 reviews)


Cons
  • no work/life balance, upper management out of touch with store level (in 38 reviews)

  • Upper management can be tough depending on the stores sales and profit (in 75 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Solid company, good work life balance, started on the lower end of avg for college grad with engineering degree

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

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    very solid company with good outlook. work life balance was good. There were some 60 hr weeks but thats not unheard of most of the time 45 - 50 hr weeks. Office culture was a little older and conservative but employees had been there for 10+ years so thats to be expected. (This was at manufacturing facility)

    Cons

    starting salary was lower end of the spectrum for their new hires. following this model pay raises etc will be below industry standard moving forward in your career. best to try to negotiate a higher starting salary. HR can be petty at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide more training to shift management in order to help develop.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sherwin-Williams treats me well, providing reliable pay and merit based raises and a challenging, rewarding environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Butler, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Butler, PA (US)

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As a key holding Sales-Associate, you rapidly gain knowledge of how to perform basic retail tasks and develop good phone skills, organization, and customer relations abilities. The responsibilities involved with the paint stores group are more than a typical retail environment and involve being able to reliably modify the product (tint paint, color match, etc) and with this extra responsibility comes a great learning opportunity for household skills that are helpful no matter your future plans. In addition to this, the company's nature allows them to be flexible with hours and location, and there is plenty of opportunity for advancement, as a very large majority of employees at the management level and above are hired from within the company. Even as a part time employee, I still receive 40 vacation hours per year to be used at my discretion; I'm also usually able to take any day off provided I give around 2 weeks notice so that my absence can be scheduled around.

    Cons

    The number one challenge of working in a Sherwin-Williams store is the large learning curve associated with the type of products sold. Don't expect to work for less than six months before becoming accustomed to and comfortable with product knowledge and conveying the necessary information to customers to sell them the products they need. Serving painters and DIYers can be challenging as well: Most complain about pricing of products, many of them assume that you don't know what you're talking about and will ask your advice on a project, only to immediately write it off and go with what they think they know instead.
    Aside from that, the stores are understaffed due to strict budgeting at the corporate level, so it's not uncommon to have to deal with many tasks and customers while being assisted by only 1 or 2 other employees. Along the same lines as the corporatization, it takes a long time to get anything processed within the company. For example, I received a yearly appraisal on May 26th that included a pay raise, but I have yet to receive the back-dated pay that the company has promised me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Assistant Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams

    Pros

    No later than 7pm on the weekday. Good benefits. Solid Pay

    Cons

    Weekends, Heavy Lifting, Politics, pay is not as much as the work you put into managment. solid company

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work at

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Nashville, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Nashville, TN (US)

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay for the work required. Not too physically demanding

    Cons

    Work weekends and some holidays by yourself

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent Company... Lacks International Experience

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people, products and work environment. Great Stock plan & benefits.

    Cons

    US based Exec team fails to trust subsidiaries. Pay below market average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    USA success dies not guarantee international success...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Is good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Driver  in  Brandon, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Driver in Brandon, FL (US)

    I worked at Sherwin-Williams part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    u do your work they are real good

    Cons

    I needed more hours, full time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    SW is great company and has excellent benefits for its employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Orlando, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Orlando, FL (US)

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Many long term tenured employees and excellent pension and 401k matching.

    Cons

    Too many programs that the employees all have to buy into. Also, not enough FT employees and would rather hire PT to save on paying benefit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many sales programs that get lost between trying to just do the normal job. The mgmt needs to understand that the people in the store have a lot to do. Management teams tend to be be very different depending on what area of the country you may work in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunities for those willing to move

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    opportunities, compensation, training, personal growth, benefits

    Cons

    if you are not willing to move opportunities are limited, long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand this is a business, but it can feel like upper management does not understand we have other obligations outside of our jobs. We have good people working in our company, & sometimes the work/life balance is uneven. It varies by location, but longer hours when part-time & assistant managers' hours are capped means store manager has to man the store alone longer. It can create a lot of stress, overall.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good company to work for, company seems to really care about employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager

    I have been working at Sherwin-Williams full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good working environment, plenty of opportunities to learn decent pay.

    Cons

    Depending on district, can be very difficult to move up unless you are willing to relocate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    World Class Coatings Company

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    benefits, access to upper mgmt, resources

    Cons

    wages, promotion opportunities, glass ceiling, lack of diversity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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