Whirlpool Reviews

Updated 14 September, 2014
Updated 14 September, 2014
408 Reviews
3.5
408 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Employees but lots of pressure

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    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Management is very friendly an really wants to see employees do well. Company also invests a lot of time into the Benton Harbor, MI.

    Cons

    Lots of work expected of those in field positions. Somedays you may work 12 days straight with extra compensation for this. Increased requirements are constantly being added to our work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really listen to the suggestions and concerns of those in field.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time

    Pros

    great environment people and values

    Cons

    too small place where to live

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Initially, I was only hired for a part-time position. However, I put in a lot of effort during training and was moved to a full-time position. Hard work is definitely noticed.

    Cons

    It can be monotonous, but what work isn't?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The upper management allowed their employees to be apart of decisions concerning quality and safety.

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    Former Employee - Coordinator for Service and Production  in  Fort Smith, AR (US)
    Former Employee - Coordinator for Service and Production in Fort Smith, AR (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and paid vacations. Most of the higher management were very good to work with and for; the people were great as well. The pay was good.

    Cons

    A lot of responsibilities for some and non for others. The plant was very hot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always be honest and kind to your employees, for they are the reason you have your job. Allow them to express their thoughts on issues that may help the company grow.

    Recommends
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    No right way to do a wrong thing

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

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company rich with top talent. Whirlpool has every opportunity to excel and grow and even dominate the industry. It is flush with top talent and those willing to put forth the right efforts to drive the company towards their every goal. You'll find the greatest talent still within the company, while it continues to farm out through attrition the rest of their talent to their competitors and ancillary industries.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is weighing down all the potential. The company feels rotten within itself with cronyism and nepotism awarding positions to people unproven and people who have never stayed within position long enough to actually have delivered against an objective, and yet they thrive with their naive opinions. Too slow to act

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up to the talent loss, clarify the steps and assessment for individual growth. In this industry, you'll need people willing to take risk and management not so eager to hand out punishment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company that values loyalty.

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

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

    Pros

    It is located in a small town so if you wan't to live in a rural location it is a great option. They really do value development and loyalty so there are opportunities available to develop and in certain cases switch functions.

    Cons

    Can be somewhat cliquey. If you enter through a rotational program you will have an easier path to growth than as a direct hire. backfilling and promotions are done more on a "who do you know?" basis than by utilizing HR to actively determine who is the best fit. Employees that work in functions outside of Sales, Mktg and Engineering will find it harder to advance. Support functions like finance, supply chain, IT, procurement, etc are much flatter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a more robust HR department that can better identify and promote talent.

    Recommends
    Positive 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)

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

    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.  

    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

    I worked at Whirlpool

    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
  11.  

    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)

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

    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

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