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Whirlpool Reviews

Updated 18 August, 2014
Updated 18 August, 2014
395 Reviews

3.5
395 Reviews
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Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig
Jeff M. Fettig
257 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I was empolyed there for 1 year in sales, the company was very innovative and provided its employees withj all the tools

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    global company, upper mgmt interacted with people, sales conferences were a way to learn about people product and services, laid back work environment, innovative company, room for growth if you are willing to relocate

    Cons

    The sales plans were skewed, hard to make sales goals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Whirlpool good place to work

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    Pros

    Great potential, good incentive and perks

    Cons

    Self motivation is key, it is about who you know not how well you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aggressive, managing people is not all about task delegation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great environment people and values

    Cons

    too small place where to live

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, Great Products, Mediocre Leadership in Consumer Care, Improving Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some of the best people ever:
    * Dedicated
    * Hard-working and gifted
    * Trade customer and consumer centric
    * Best corporate values (on paper) in the industry

    Products one can really believe in:
    * Pursuit of quality, performance, reliability was genuine and actualized
    * Pride in many products being American made
    * Brands really differentiate the customer base in a meaningful manner

    Work environment
    * Some new buildings and remodeling of older buildings is better late than never
    * Open floor concept is great for interpersonal communication - not so much for meetings.
    * Performance based rewards with an improving quarterly and annual review process
    * One of best compensation and benefits for the area, but lower in the industry

    Cons

    Leadership from the top down is mediocre at best (from some one with 47 years of work/leadership experience)
    * Undistinguished compensation packages - always felt like company was doing you a favor to reward performance - not a celebration of mutual success
    * Poor work/life balance except for those who are part of the inner circle of cronies
    * Some of the worst mid-level management ever experienced because lack of training and compassion
    * HR is disingenuous and more concerned about pleasing top management than building people
    * Poor career patching due to lack of clarity of job roles and poor communication
    * Antiquated computer systems, telephones, software but attempts at improvement were being made

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Live the Whirlpool values before all else - even before the need of quarterly profit
    * Train managers and make them responsible for the group performance and work environment.
    * Do not be so fiscally conservative with investing in the education/training, work environment and tools for employees at all levels. Actually require time-off for education/training annually with a required plan for implementation of new ideas, concepts and success measures for all employee. Share the load of success.

    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    One Team, One Target...

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager  in  Norrköping (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Norrköping (Sweden)

    Pros

    Whirlpool provides a good multi cultural environment for personal and professional growth if you want, and are willing to move to a different location.

    Cons

    Since the business is down and the results not where they should be, benefits in general are being subject to scrutiny and down prioritization. The PMP system is a good tool with the right intention but is not always realized in a fair manner due to central doctrines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Alignment of targets between functions are an important factor to success... To often targets between functions are conflicting, leading to sub-optimization and short term wins. Such behaviors does not drive team work and and the aspired cultural change needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pay is great if you can stand the politics

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Cleveland, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cleveland, TN (US)

    Pros

    They pay you enough to consider ignoring your morel compass when it comes losing your sense of team work and exploiting your individuality

    Cons

    Everyone is out to make themselves look better, even at the expense of others. This is a result of the promoted culture through the Personal Metrics of Performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everyone thinks, acts and feels the same way. If you really want to preach diversity and inclusion, you should understand this is not strictly race and sexual preference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Family oriented company but lacks opportunities for women and minorities

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    Pros

    Career opportunities are abundant up to the manager level. Many lateral opportunities. Ethical company that is family oriented. Good employee discounts and developmental opportunities. Excellent bonus system.

    Cons

    Women and minorities are under-represented at the Director and above levels of the organization and we don't see intentional actions by the company to address this. We target women as our primary customer - why wouldn't we have more women running the company? Performance reviews are a game - balance out the ratings for the distribution curve and hope you are not one of the bottom rankings this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You want to be seen as progressive you have to look, act, sound, and feel like you and thus the company are progressive. Wishing one thing and acting another will not get you seen as contemporary as your competitors.

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

    Good Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Joseph, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Joseph, MI (US)

    Pros

    Very laid back and friendly. Lots of changes to be more lean and to eliminate the old-school mentality with respect to work hours, work attire, years vs. company instead of performance-based promotions, etc. Very short commute unless you decide to make it longer. In general, the work-life balance is above average compared to other large companies. Very diverse workforce and lots of international opportunities, if you are interested in that. Many career path opportunities.

    Cons

    Can be VERY slow to promote its people, especially in the tech center for fabric care (laundry) engineers. Smaller town == no other major employers in the area. Bonus is not guaranteed to be a specific amount; it fluctuates based on company performance == on bad years, salaries are not competitive. Housing prices are higher than normal in the area due to tourism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want top talent to remain, then get rid of the forced ranking system. If you only hire top talent, none of those people want to hear that they are just "ok" or "average". If they are above average, they should be told so, not forced into a bucket so your numbers work out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is a great deal of opportunity and challenge available throughout the company, wonderful people to work with, and products to be proud of.

    Cons

    Living in a small town is not ideal for everyone, though I enjoy it thoroughly.

  11.  

    contract designer

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer - PTC Creo Parametric 2 0 & Windchill 10 0  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer - PTC Creo Parametric 2 0 & Windchill 10 0 in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    Pros

    I perceived the Whirlpool management as the best of thirty companies in my career.
    Very well defined company standards. Well managed part naming conventions.
    Well defined engineering roles: engineers; designers; drafters

    Cons

    migrating software packages (Going Google; WMCS -> SAP) = short-term pain
    modelers should model and manage upper level assemblies, not spin wheels learning EN writing processes and company specs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not promote a long-term opportunity 6-18 months and then not renew the extendable contract for (3 of 3) contractors after four months. Economy shifts, horizons only allow to forecast work load just so far...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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