Really Dependent on Location
Full Time Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 30 May 2017
Extremely corporate culture, which may turn some people off. The location I worked at had a really awesome crew, but not all stores are built the same.
Pay is typically lower than competitors, and they are not very concerned about retaining/paying for talent. But there are opportunities for growth, as long as you are open to moving to new locations (sometimes in the middle of nowhere).
There can be infighting across stores for the same pool of contractors, as bonuses for the managers/assistant managers are not co-operative friendly, leading to embarrassing moments of customers getting caught between the bickering of two locations!
Even though it's retail, it doesn't feel like the kind of retail you find in a mall. You will be seeing the same contractors almost every day, so you have opportunities to build connections and relationships, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on the contractor. In Canada, Sherwin is still tiny compared to the competition, so most locations are contractor heavy (more than 90%). Sherwin is much bigger in the States, so this may not apply there.
Overall, if you want to work for Sherwin in the long term, you have to be very sales focused, as working your way up the chain is all about being a salesman.