Whirlpool Reviews

Updated 31 March, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Don't count on retiring from this position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK (US)

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Stable work, overtime sometimes, health insurance, even though it is at an outrageous cost and doesn't cover much.

    Cons

    My job turned into a three man job and I could not keep up with it. The bosses "listened" to my complaints when they would write me up over it, but they did nothing to ease the workload. When I took over the position, there was 75% less work to be done. The job either needs 2 or 3 men working daily, or two shifts working it daily. When one of the main managers went on medical leave, the department ran much more efficiently with the substitute, and that gentleman actually listened.

    I was a good employee but apparently they didn't want me to hit retirement age, and I was let go after 3 weeks shy of hitting 19 years of service. My wife cannot work at this time because she is recovering from back surgery, so this job loss has completely devastated us.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, and when they tell you the job requires more help, don't add more work to them that is for you, then fire them when you decide they're not keeping up.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Very disatisfied

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting in Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Accounting in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If your department has fun people, you can make many friends to hang out with outside of work. I came from a small company background, so I also learned a lot about how big companies work.

    Cons

    They have layoffs at a moment's notice -- without warning. I know someone who was working for over a year, gladly worked overtime or on weekends, and they called him at home one Saturday and said "you're laid off" (This same call was received by 10-15 others in his department). His personal stuff was packed up (some things were missing), and he stopped by a few days later and picked it up. Job security IS NOT a priority at this company.

    The world headquarters are located in an area with 30,000 people. Bigger towns (100,000 people) are 45 minutes away. Chicago is 2 hours away. If you're used to a lot of activity, you wont' find it close by.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are people -- they have lives, families, bills to pay. Employees are your most important asset, but you seem to forget this over and over.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Anyone curious of working for Whirlpool. Please reconsider. Not worth your time. Work home balance is not there.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is decent. Bonus structure is better than most. Shutdown around the holidays are nice.

    Cons

    Ridiculously long hours. If you are salary they expect you to have no life. The company is nothing but marketing driven no matter how difficult or stupid it is to actually manufacture. A lot of clueless leadership. Seems to be a lot of cheerleading. Have to figure out how to play the game and play nice instead of straight talk.

    Advice to Management

    Personal growth isnt really happening. Have to sugar coat everything and accomplish nothing. Time expected to be at work is just dumb. There is no work home balance. Corporate is nothing but 9-5 and Benton Harbor gets priority over everything even though they have no clue about the actual assembly lines and how any of the product goes together.

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  5. I am good worker

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Fort Smith, AR (US)
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Fort Smith, AR (US)

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I am always on time for work and never miss work. I like working outdoors. I would like to learn the job .

    Cons

    Whirlpool doesn't care about their employees

  6. Does not value it's employees.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clyde, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clyde, OH (US)

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The only pro I see at this company is that they pay according to the cost of living.

    Cons

    Newly hired even temporary employees are promoted immediately for no reason except that they become good friends with management and with the way they dress.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so quick to fire and promote. Speak to everyone before doing so. Not only to a line leader who likes that becomes friends with that person, or that they are married or dating another Advisor. Really find out the way a person really performs their jobs. This company absolutely DOES NOT value it's employees. They are only concerned about the bonus money they receive.

  7. Helpful (1)

    This place got worse each year, the community of workers are the best part of the place, and they are leaving.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Specialist in Amana, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Electrical Specialist in Amana, IA (US)

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    This is a great place to learn fast, sink or swim learning curve,

    Cons

    Pay is too low for the surrounding area, managment makes excuses instead of proposing a wage increase. Management is out of loop with workers, expectations of skeleton crew is very demanding, work is not divided well among the employees. Too many cons to count.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the pay for the trades to match the area's wages, stop making excuses, pay attention when people are dissatasfied.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Treats People Poorly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Mandatory employee turnover from upper management is puzzling.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Fearful of Truth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (1)

    Horrible, unfair, no work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Comerio, PR (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing in Comerio, PR (US)

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time (More than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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