Whirlpool Reviews

Updated 19 August, 2014
Updated 19 August, 2014
398 Reviews

3.5
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive experience except for parent company's forced directives which restricted available talent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Dealer Services Representative  in  Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Dealer Services Representative in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    Colleagues worked together to achieve results
    Great cooperation and team building

    Cons

    Upper management/ Parent company decided that only university education was minimum prerequisite regardless of proven documented performance of dedicated employees resulting in massive layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support employees with proven track records over blind directives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    ok place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    good work environment modern work facility

    Cons

    very litte opportunity for career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to provide growth opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    To fit or not to fit

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

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

    Pros

    The company is very large so many different departments, focusing on different aspects, involved with all parts of the globe.

    Cons

    Whirlpool is a company that if you don't fit they don't make much accommodations. They are a midwest company and very old boys club. I found there yearly performance review process to be too rigid and if you excelled at things beyond your job scope they were not valued well. Finally i did not find it a very open place for new ideas or a place where leadership was willing to listen to employees. They talk a lot about best practices, process improvement, engagement, and other buzzwords but it feels like all it was is talk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to look at look at cross training your people, engineers are just engineers, sales only do sales, your people do not know how to talk to each other nor the roadblocks in each other day to day jobs. You have siloed your self and are too focused on just following processes instead of following core goals. Also you are too focused on rolling out models every year, consumers don't watch appliances like cars. Wait till you have a well tested good feature improvement on a machine and then roll that out. It will improve your production at the factory and help reduce warehousing issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Too much complex organization and still below the line in Europe. Continuously in crisis.

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Wrocław (Poland)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Wrocław (Poland)

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Relatively ensures stability of employment
    - Good for interns

    Cons

    - Poor and frozen salaries comparing to the local competitors
    - Lot of "low performers" among managers and leaders
    - No benefits
    - Very complex organization and no transparency
    - Moving management
    - Unclear career path
    - Company doesn't take care about its competencies. Well skilled employee have been leaving company because of the lack of possibility to update the salary to todays market realities
    - Focused on interns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review what company offers comparing to other competitors. There is lot too improve. Stop to sweep all the problems under carpet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing lack of leadership, except in cronyism

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you're a new graduate (especially from Purdue), and this is your first job, you'll do great, probably enjoy the company, and have plenty of opportunity.

    Cons

    If you're coming to the company with experience, you're going to be disappointed. You'll be expected to know the Whirlpool processes without training, and denigrated when you don't pick them up through osmosis.

    If you like a company where your performance is judged not just by how you perform vs your goals, but how you are compared to your peers, you'll love Whirlpool. In order for your performance to be "above average", your co-workers performance must be "below average". This doesn't exactly contribute to an environment of teamwork.

    The quality of the company's products is so poor, that's it's an ongoing internal joke that employees can't even recommend their products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to manage by slogan. Try providing subordinates with what they need to do their jobs and make the company successful, instead of just expecting them to perform.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Competitive, back stabbing, typical corporate environment

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    Former Employee - Trade Partner Support Specialist  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Trade Partner Support Specialist in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nice buildings. That is about it. A pretty view doesn't mean it's a nice place to work.

    Cons

    Just because someone says they want to be a manager does not mean they will make a good manager. Need to implement management training before they hand out the badge. Horrible low level management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor leadership and "relationships" . It is all about who you know. If your manager does not like the way your nose sits on your face you will not further your career at this company. Benton Harbor MI is a horrible place to put an $85 million dollar corporate campus. Some people will do okay in this work environment but if your not comfortable throwing your co workers under a bus, this company is not for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Don't expect to have a life anymore if you work here.You wont have managers ; they are all judgemental micro managers.

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Saint Joseph, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Saint Joseph, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good; small city - being a whirlpool employee has its perks hence.

    Cons

    Lot of empty talk ; engineering has taken a steep fall & innovation is as good as dead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at consumer before looking at competition .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Positive

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    You will grow as a manager quickly. You will learn budgeting, people management and will be empowered.

    Cons

    Politics and it continues to get worse and worse. It holds most people from speaking freely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over the past years the upper management at WHR has moved to intimidation to get their way. The result is a bunch of yes men in various positions. Start encouraging and rewarding those who contribute honestly and professionally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of sheep, not many wolves

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Manager  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Manager in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Decent pay. New Facilities. Good Brands.

    Cons

    Too process oriented. Benefits - insurance is not good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Uncaring no support of medical issues

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great business for area, offers job opportunities in distressed area. Career opportunities and advancement in education is a benefit for employees.

    Cons

    No support to employees with medical problems, development of health issue means bye bye job...whirlpool don't deal with that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more caring, supportive of great employees that love to work , not fire them because of health issue time off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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