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At a Glance

Uppers

One of the most stable companies in the United States; no layoffs employees in its 125-year history

A recognized name that is an asset to employee résumés

Plenty of training, mentoring programs, and opportunities for advancement

Downers

Upper management sometimes fails to communicate company goals and news to rank-and-file employees

Even hard-working employees can sometimes fail to get noticed at this large employer

Management sometimes resists new ideas or initiatives

The Bottom Line

Those looking for a stable company should look to land a job at SC Johnson.

About S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

S.C. Johnson & Son may not be a household name, but its offerings certainly are. One of the world's largest makers of consumer chemical products, the company boasts big brands such as Raid, OFF!, Pledge, KIWI, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout, Windex, and Ziploc. Its products, which cover home cleaning, air care, home storage, and pest control, among other areas, are available to consumers and professionals through distributors and suppliers worldwide. S.C. Johnson is still owned by the family that founded it in 1886

Operations

S.C. Johnson groups its products in eight general categories: air care, auto care, home cleaning, home storage, lifestyle, pest control, professional products, and shoe care. Its leading US brands include Glade, Kiwi, OFF!, Pledge, Raid, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout, Windex, and Ziploc. Outside the US, primary brands include Autan, Baygon, Brise, Kabikiller, Klear, Mr Muscle, and Ridsect.

Geographic Reach

Headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin, S.C. Johnson has operations in more than 70 countries and markets its products in almost every country across the globe.

Strategy

As part of its commitment to help address ocean plastic pollution, SC Johnson, an industry-leading manufacturer of household cleaning brands, today announced a new line of Mr Muscle Platinum Window & Glass cleaner featuring 100% recycled ocean-bound plastic bottles. The bottles are an everyday offering available in the UK and Ireland, and are the first of their kind in the UK made entirely of recycled ocean-bound plastic. 

The new product offering is part of SC Johnson's global partnership with Plastic Bank to reduce the amount of plastic waste entering the ocean, while also helping to alleviate poverty. The partnership includes the opening of 509 collection points across several countries, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam – four of the five countries that contribute most to ocean plastic – and Brazil. Plastic Bank plans to collect 15,000 metric tons of plastic waste per year that would otherwise have ended up in the ocean. This recycling ecosystem offers collectors a premium for the plastic they collect, which helps them afford household necessities and improve their quality of life.

In April 2020, responding to a shortage of hand sanitizer nationally that is leaving those on the front lines at risk for COVID-19 infection, SC Johnson is building new capacity to manufacture up to 75,000 bottles of hand sanitizer per month. One hundred percent of the hand sanitizer produced will be donated to health workers, first responders and the company's own production employees. SC Johnson has converted a line typically reserved for testing new products to produce hand sanitizer. The line is at Waxdale, the company's largest global manufacturing facility, located in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.   

Mergers and Acquisitions

In late 2019, SC Johnson has acquired US-based Stasher, a fast-growing line of high-quality, reusable silicone storage bags. Stasher bags are made from silicone and are durable, versatile and designed to be used across a wide range of temperatures for uses including freezing and cooking. Stasher bags are resealable and can be used thousands of times. Stasher bags are an excellent complement to SC Johnson's portfolio of trusted, quality brands. As a private company, SC Johnson does not disclose details regarding financial or business transactions.

In mid-2019, SC Johnson has signed an agreement to California-based acquire Sun Bum, a fast-growing brand that makes quality personal care products including sun protection, hair care and lip care products. The acquisition also includes the Baby Bum brand of sun protection and baby care products.  It expands SC Johnson's robust selection of fast-growing, on-trend. SC Johnson does not disclose details regarding financial or business transactions. 

Company Background

Samuel Curtis Johnson bought a flooring business and founded his own company in 1886; his son joined the business 6 years later. It took the name S.C. Johnson & Son in 1906. The company expanded significantly from the 1950s through the 1990s, ending the century selling products in more than 100 countries.

S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

1525 Howe St
Racine, WI 53403-2237
Phone: 1 (262) 260-2000

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer: Mark H. Eckhardt
Chairman and CEO: H. Fisk Johnson
Vice Chairman: Michael W. Wright
Employees (This Location): 1,400
Employees (All Locations): 12,037

Major Office Locations

Racine, WI

Other Locations

Rogers, AR
Washington, DC
Louisville, KY
Silver Spring, MD
Bay City, MI
Troy, MI
Minneapolis, MN
Cincinnati, OH
Minocqua, WI
Racine, WI
Sturtevant, WI
Beijing, China
Guangzhou, China
Wuhan, China
Yokohama, Japan
Makati, Philippines
Seoul, South Korea