Whirlpool
3.2 of 5 348 reviews
www.whirlpoolcorp.com Benton Harbor, MI 5000+ Employees

Whirlpool Reviews

Updated Apr 08, 2014
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3.2 348 reviews

                             

64% Approve of the CEO

Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig

Jeff M. Fettig

(226 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Deputy Manager (Current Employee)
Pune

I have been working at Whirlpool

Prosgood hr practices - on paper

ConsOnly extra late stay is improtant , not fair environment

Advice to Senior ManagementWe are not aggressive in our stategies , no work life balance for employees , things are prdictable

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Uncaring no support of medical issues

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

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

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

ConsNo support to employees with medical problems, development of health issue means bye bye job...whirlpool don't deal with that

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Manufacturing Leadership Development Program (Former Employee)
Greenville, OH (US)

I worked at Whirlpool as an intern for less than a year

ProsCompetitive salaries, flexible hours in non-manufacuring roles. Good people for the most part.

ConsHuman resources is unresponsive and difficult to work with. They are reluctant to communicate through documented means which can become difficult in the end. The plant locations are all in very small midwestern towns which is not for everyone.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on implementing modern manufacturing techniques and build more collaborative working environments within the plants.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
Amana, IA (US)

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

ProsSmart people to work with

Consmisguided top down management style. No job satisfaction. Review system has everyone scared to due anything truly innovative or fun.

Advice to Senior ManagementBack off on the review system. Have smaller teams make decisions on projects. Eliminate top down management style and you may keep good employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Whirlpool

ProsThere are several International opportunities

ConsPeople not motivated, lack of meritocracy

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Stay away from it if you are an engineer interested in technical career

Project Leader (Former Employee)
Benton Harbor, MI (US)

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

Proswork life balance (if you are in the right areas like sales, mktg or finance) allowing to go home at noon on Fridays during spring and summer (not true in all areas though) and leave the office at 5 most of the time

can easily game the review system to get raises and quick promotions (network, sell yourself, follow directions blindly, use the leadership jargon "product leadership", "lean", "winning"...)

Some projects are big and technically interesting. The industry dynamic with the competition from new players (LG/Samsung) is driving change.

A lot of great people across the organization. Can easily build friendship with colleagues and have fun day-to-day (if one can cope with Sr leadership - see below)

Consno value for expertise especially if you are a technical person (mfg or engineering). Be ready to get an MBA. no organizational learning - people move all the time without building any learning

poor coaching - little real personal growth - a lot of leaders get promoted before they are ready and thus cannot coach effectively even when they would like to

arrogant management ("we are the best") despite very poor strategic vision ("cut costs and launch good products")

bureaucracy and micro management: little autonomy to make any decision, including hiring to staff a team. must have VP approval for many things

many promotions due to networking/personal relationships not results despite the claim of results-based promotion system (example: poor quality, poor cost, 6-month delay project resulted in a promotion for the project Engineering Director)

Very poor analytics - a lot of decisions are judgment calls. Bringing analytics is looked upon as "being slow" and therefore impacts negatively your rating.

Advice to Senior ManagementBring diversity in your management: people with industrial background and not just sales/mktg/finance. Your competition is now too good to ignore.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very constructive in the beginning and declining over time. People's value is based on behaviour not on capabilities

Operations Director (Current Employee)
Trento (Italy)

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

Pros#1 in our industry worldwide with lot of resources available.
Very challenging environment that force you to develop and to grow day in day out

ConsToo many temporary and/or generalist managers but poor specific knowledge and skills at high level.
In Europe shrinking and leaving less and less opportunities

Advice to Senior ManagementYour manager level feels that there is no more space for long lasting carriers in Whirlpool

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great boss... but that was about all that was good...

Engineering (Former Employee)
Benton Harbor, MI (US)

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

ProsGood location and cost of living. Open, friendly people deeper in the organization

ConsBad CEO who is only focused on short term gain and a disfunctional executive team who cannot seem to work togther.

Advice to Senior ManagementCorporate culture starts at the top. Set a better example.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Project Manager (Current Employee)

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

ProsVery good in assessing people performance

ConsBureaucratic company, to take a decision need to go through 10000 meetings

Advice to Senior Managementmake it happen

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fair but obsolete

Fiancé Analyst (Current Employee)
Benton Harbor, MI (US)

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

Pros401k and great schools for kids
Nice people
Good work life balance

ConsReviewed system is flawed forced distribution, forces a lowly ranked person based not on results but politics.
Promotion is not based on skills but on politics, much more then any other company I have seen.
Whirlpool is the "GM" of appliances too big too many silos that don't communicate to each other

Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the ranks of management by 50 percent

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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