Frequently Asked Questions

If you’d like more information about the Sherwin-Williams Management/Sales Training Program, the questions addressed below may help.

Are you hiring for your Management/Sales Training Program now?
Yes!  Sherwin-Williams has grown — and continues to grow — at an impressive rate both domestically and internationally. We are always looking for solid candidates to join our Fortune 400 company, which has been named one of America’s 100 Best Places to Work by Fortune magazine for 2005, 2006, and 2008. Start your journey with us today!

Who should apply? What characteristics are you looking for?

Candidates are required to have a bachelor's degree and a desire to work in a sales and management environment. The ideal candidate is ambitious, creative, personable, resourceful and hard-working — a leader adept at decision-making, problem-solving and multi-tasking.

Why do I need a bachelor’s degree to sell paint?

The Management/Sales Training Program is about much more than selling paint. It's about running your own profit center, developing solutions to customer challenges, building lasting relationships with customers and making strategic business decisions.

How does the hiring process work, and how long does it take?

A dedicated Sherwin-Williams recruiter will work with you throughout the hiring process, which includes interviewing, visiting a Sherwin-Williams store and meeting with one of our District Managers. Our recruiters work closely with each candidate, ensuring that the hiring process goes smoothly and affords you the opportunity to become more familiar with our company and our culture.

How long does it take to be promoted?

That’s in your hands. Once you start as a management trainee, you set the pace for your career growth. Our promote-from-within philosophy opens a world of career opportunities to you. You could be operating your own store within a year and earning an income in two or three years that might take 10 years to earn at another organization.

How much money will I make? What does the benefits package include?

Sherwin-Williams offers competitive salaries, which are determined by the market in which you’ll be working, as well as a competitive benefits package. Eligible employees may be entitled to overtime compensation, incentive pay and a variety of additional benefits your HR representative can explain to you.

How many hours a day will I work?

Management Trainees and Assistant Managers typically work 44 hours a week, with occasional overtime. Overtime is only when necessary, and you are compensated for it.

Is Sherwin-Williams involved in any philanthropic activities?

In addition to the donations made by the Sherwin-Williams Foundation, our employees and managers are involved in a variety of community and charitable activities. For example, our employees have worked on Habitat for Humanity projects across the United States and mounted a major drive in response to Hurricane Katrina. We donate our time and money to support numerous charities — United Way, Juvenile Diabetes, the Susan G. Koman Foundation and The City of Hope just to name a few. We believe strongly in giving back to the communities in which we live and work.

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