Whirlpool Reviews

Updated 13 September, 2014
Updated 13 September, 2014
413 Reviews
3.5
413 Reviews
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Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • In general, the work-life balance is above average compared to other large companies (in 26 reviews)

  • Whirlpool is a great place to be in marketing or finance (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance except for those who are part of the inner circle of cronies (in 16 reviews)

  • Wish that upper management was more open to flexible work arrangements (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Treats People Poorly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Some brands are terrific. Some excellent people there as well.

    Cons

    If you are in the "crony circle" or in HR, you can trade favors easily...Certain folks in HR give each other special privileges, stocks, promotion etc...
    All their talk about "Straight talk", Values...is ONLY lip service. Corporate culture sucks. They worry more about who to please than they worry about the business itself. Get on the wrong side, offer criticism your career is finished there. They will label you and stack you for getting out of the door.
    YOU DON't have a career there if you are not a part of the inner white boys club. They really treat older people, women and other races poorly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your VP's( the ones that have been there over 10 years), they are trying to save their the jobs by holding back good people. They practice implicit discrimination and have become very good at suck UP.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mandatory employee turnover from upper management is puzzling.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free stand mixers and immersion blenders.

    Cons

    Firings are many and often. If you do not have a family you are fair game for sacrifice to save the lives of others' children. Pay is much lower than anything auto or aero in the area. Product integrity is extremely low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chill out and stop thinking you are the greatest company in the world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Fearful of Truth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time

    Pros

    100 year old company with many brands.

    Cons

    They do not want to hear the truth. They are quick to react toward those speaking their mind and being truthful, and it is not a positive outcome for the individual. Anyone with knowledge and skills are the first ones they look at when they are financially challenged, which is about every three years. Additionally, they love to recruit and hire right out of college. These individuals are made to believe that they will be sitting in a nice office in short time. They do not let these young people learn and grow; they just promote them to silence them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not promote your new recruits so quickly. Do not put individuals in managerial positions when they do not have the necessary skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible, unfair, no work life balance

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    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Comerio, PR (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing in Comerio, PR (US)

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

    Pros

    Suggestive location and canteen, sadly there is nothing else i can say of positive regarding this company

    Cons

    you can be as qualified as you wish, but there are only 2 possibilities to do any career in Whirlpool

    - you know someone important in the company
    - you are a very pretty/sly woman without conscience (you will need it to kill the possible competition)

    Work-life balance? here they do not even know what that is, you can start work at 6 in the morning and finish in the middle of the night, the only recognition you will get is a call from security asking you to go badge because the insurance can not cover us staying in the office for work (so not only you will work for free with your boss complaining because you are not fast enough but you will also not have any insurance against accidents etc). and of course Holiday and Home time do not exist, people will reprimand you because during the night or during your holidays you did not answer to some emails or did some work.

    there is no life while you work in Whirlpool but only WORK and zero recognition.

    do the smart thing and stay away

    all you will find in Whirlpool is pain, anger, hate and disappointment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the current HR, they are the main reason why people go away from Whirlpool

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wasted 27 yrs of my life

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembler  in  Fort Smith, AR (US)
    Former Employee - Assembler in Fort Smith, AR (US)

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The pay and hours were good when I started. Meet some of the best people I ever worked with.

    Cons

    The company only cares about the profit, not about the employees. They started making us work every Saturday of the month with only 1 weekend off. They offer insurance for the employees but it doesn't pay anything towards the bill. Was told by a employee at the dentist office that Whirlpool's dental was the worst they had ever seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some classes on people skills & ethics. And start treating your employees better. Because without them you wouldn't have a job or the BIG bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK but not great

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    Former Employee - GIS Lead Analyst  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Former Employee - GIS Lead Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent pay for the location, training

    Cons

    IT leadership does not embrace the CEO's work life balance. You are expected to be available 24hrs a day. I have never been on vacation without having to help fix a crisis. Recognition and reward has nothing to do with hard work, it's politics. I got tired of being taken advantage of and left. To show how much Whirlpool cared when I left, I got a 15 question Survey monkey, not even an exit interview, they just don't care

     I now work for a company that respects and rewards me, it was a good decision to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop listening to GIS leadership and go "undercover boss" to understand what really goes on. Most LDP are feed up with the lack of leadership as well as many other employees, but they endure because there are few options to remain in the area. If there were local options for employment, 20% of IT would leave, if not more.

    I would replace 60% of the GIS managers and leadership because they really don't know what being a leader is about, they are nothing but people who have attained a position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Terrible terrible management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Factory Worker  in  Norrköping (Sweden)
    Former Employee - Factory Worker in Norrköping (Sweden)

    I worked at Whirlpool as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    No overtime and no pressure when your shift is over - you're done for the day.

    Cons

    The people are not very educated and unhappy since the job is so unfulfilling, dull and not stimulating at all. This makes them try to escape work assignments in every possible way when not seen by the upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    awful

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Operator  in  Clyde, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Clyde, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    insurance benefits and 401(k) for those with hired in the right time frame.

    Cons

    Does not follow the employee handbook guidelines. Favoritism. If you dress a certain way (showing a lot of skin, etc.) you are treated better and get the job you want over those with seniority. Doesn't offer 401(k) opportunities to newer employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investigate the reasons for new and temporary employees getting promotions. Check into the fact that the people getting these jobs are dating other advisors or are relatives (by marriage or otherwise).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    In 3 years I found this place to work to be all about politics, and very little for employees

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    Former Employee - Electrician  in  Amana, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Electrician in Amana, IA (US)

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Its a job that if you can survive long enough, you might make enough money to put some food on the table

    Cons

    Management always looks for way to discipline or terminate their employees while dragging them under the short bus so to speak. You are supposed to work to live, not live to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your facts straight, stop trying to pull the discriminatory card, and remember that the employees work for you. If you want a good company, then treat the employees good. Otherwise you will get negative feedback, unhappy workers, and less of a work force to push your product out the door. Which in turn, will mean you will lose your job. If you don't want to lose your job, then get your act together, and treat the employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Logistics Senior Manager at Embraco (Whirlpool´s Compressors division)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Logistics Senior Manager  in  Joinville (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Logistics Senior Manager in Joinville (Brazil)

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Good annual bonus, despite frequent reduction on normal White collar salaries to reach annual targets.
    - Good opportunity to live on a quiet and organized city as Joinville (Brazil)

    Cons

    - company is going through a difficult moment with no product innovation and strong competition from China

    - Top Management is only able to analyze the current quarter, not able to think and make decisions for the long term.

    - company not able to create talented people from inside, people rotation is huge in comparison to other industrial companies

    - 60% of trainees leave before 12 months. 85% leave before 2 years

    - Top Management hires people from outside with complete different backgrounds and corporation culture, creating an even more difficult working environment

    - Salaries are constantly reduced in 5% with the excuse of reaching the annual targets. That creates a terrible internal working climate

    - Serious internal competition among internal employees for promotions, resulting in no internal collaboration among departments (e.g. 1) sales vs. logistics on delivery dates, although customers do not follow sales procedures, e.g. 2) logistics vs. R&D on managing thousands of SKUs created without checking with supply chain first).

    - Conflict of interests from Whirlpool corporation: most important client (Whirlpool itself) does not respect logistics procedures (frozen period, changes on forecast, etc...) creating mess and losses for Embraco logistics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop fighting among yourselves and create a coherent and sincere speech for internal collaboration.
    Do not fire skilled and competent people only because of political alignment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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