Kohler Reviews

Updated 14 October, 2014
Updated 14 October, 2014
166 Reviews
3.3
166 Reviews
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Kohler Chairman and CEO Herbert V. Kohler Jr.
Herbert V. Kohler Jr.
112 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and flexible working time (in 9 reviews)

  • Work environment is much better than a few years ago (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • very little training or advice from upper management (in 11 reviews)

  • Not much analysis goes into decision making in strategic sourcing (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Mix feelings about this company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kohler

    Pros

    A lot of autonomy if you don't work at HQ

    Cons

    Not being at HQ limits your career experiences

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some risk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good working environment

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

    I worked at Kohler

    Pros

    The company is big global company and has several business lines.

    Cons

    The location is one hour from Milwaukee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Internship Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Industrial Design Intern in Kohler, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Industrial Design Intern in Kohler, WI (US)

    I worked at Kohler as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Great Focus on Design
    - A lot of support and resources
    - Mentoring and stewardship for Interns
    - A lot of fun company events and picnics

    Cons

    The work pace can be a little slow if you are used to a fast paced environment. The designers there are very knowledgeable and experienced, may not be the best place for young designers first starting off.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    An overall "Gracious Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Kohler, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Kohler, WI (US)

    I have been working at Kohler full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly and professional staff. Teams work to integrate new associates into the culture.There are opportunities for growth and development within the organization. In the near future with the change of leadership, hopefully the culture will shift to be less formal.

    Cons

    Kohler's compensation structure is one that is unique, complicated, and dictated by a quintile system. The quintiles can limit the compensation advancement of workers. Management is slow to act and move on critical issues. The Oz principle of accountability is stressed but management does not always hold their members accountable. Old and stuffy management style. Corporate office attire is strictly business professional and the atmosphere is "thick". The environment is not a cool and fun as the products we produce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold associates accountable.Work on making Kohler to be an employer of choice for both professional, administrative, and manufacturing associates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Kohler has been a good employer to me.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kohler

    Pros

    Kohler has allowed me to switch careers and still stay at Kohler. Note that I had to take the initiative, but for those who do, doors become open.

    Cons

    Capital appropriations require many approvals to proceed. The hiring process is VERY slow, as a number of approvals are required AFTER a candidate is verbally offered a position. Many manufacturing processes remain very manual. Many reporting processes remain Excel-based, or worse, paper based.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue implementing executive management systems, to make more transparent and real-time the reporting of metrics. Automate, automate, automate manufacturing processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Kohler, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Finance in Kohler, WI (US)

    I worked at Kohler full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good time off, great place to work

    Cons

    dislike living in sheboygan area

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Professional but personal differences can affect performance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Purchasing Specialist in Kohler, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Purchasing Specialist in Kohler, WI (US)

    I have been working at Kohler full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Management supports employee development and encourages thinking outside the box. Schedule can be flexible if needed. Salary and benefits are competitive for area.

    Cons

    Best to take new skills and training to another company. Little opportunity for internal promotion. Micromanagement of travel and spend. HR is ineffective regarding handling of employee/management differences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your people and listen to their concerns. Lots of grumbling just below the surface.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A Massive, Dysfunctional Corporate Dinosaur Bound for Extinction

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kohler full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay was good, and the benefits were pretty good as well. There is always some form of training taking place and there appears, within some divisions, to be some commitment to, or reinvestment in, employees.

    Cons

    A soul-crushing, morale-killing wasteful behemoth of corporate bureaucracy and nepotism; A culture where everyone works in fear of chairman Herbert V Kohler, and in so doing refuse to challenge old ideas,or embrace new ones, and where employee trust and empowerment is checked at the door when you join the company, regardless of what you are disingenuously promised by their HR staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The dysfunction and hubris within this organization is so entrenched, there is really nothing that one can say or do to address it. It's astounding a company so old and so large functions the way that it does.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    High hopes....low outcome.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hospitality in Kohler, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Hospitality in Kohler, WI (US)

    I worked at Kohler part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Outstanding two day orientation
    Free lunch daily
    Engaging with the heart
    Provide an outstanding guest experience
    Resort rewards
    Encouraged to visit and learn all areas of resort
    Employees are engaged and give from the heart
    Gorgeous work environment

    Cons

    Poor training....employees so busy
    Lack of empowerment
    Uneven workload
    Some employees so busy ....others not so much
    Lack of technology....housekeeping room status...should /could b virtual...lots of manual tedious tasks on room status management
    Unstable work hours
    The largest work load and multitask operation I have ever experienced in all my work history, with low pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    It was a rewarding experience learning how to disturbute toilets seats and household supplies.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sheridan, AR (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sheridan, AR (US)

    I worked at Kohler full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You are allowed to make as much money as you can.

    Cons

    Trying not to step on anyone toes. Everybody is trying to get ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employee needs to be completely trained before turning him or her on the job along.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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