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.
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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.  

    Learned a lot of things!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Aurangābād, Maharashtra
    Former Employee - Intern in Aurangābād, Maharashtra

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

    Pros

    Flexible environment, friendly people. Down to earth leaders leading the company makes it easy to work out things that are in your an company's favor.

    Cons

    Time constraint and quality work is expected from all the companies but here you have to deliver those thing in very framed way, as company focuses on those things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hrd in New Delhi
    Current Employee - Hrd in New Delhi

    I have been working at Kohler full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Truly global company
    Manage change well
    HR processes

    Cons

    Policy administration
    Slow decision making
    yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speeden the India story

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Much more to learning, great/friendly colleagues, very bad HR department

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Bharūch
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Bharūch

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

    Pros

    Learning, inovative work, responsibility, great friendly colleagues

    Cons

    HR policies, incentives, work culture, politics, HR department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more employee friendly HR policies, better incentives & benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Other than Salary Its work environment Sucks!

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

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

    Pros

    Salary on time, upraise and appreciation in time
    Atleast for the first 2 years !!

    Cons

    - Bad work environment
    - Too much work due to miss-management
    - Less involvement of top management and Top management does not give authority of making decisions
    - Managers trying to be local boss in each department.
    - No upgrade in post unless u put resign.
    - Cannot bypass just above boss and inform his seniors that my boss is doing some stupidity !!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solve all the Cons I know its not easy but let it start
    STOP THROWING PRESSURE ON LOWER LEVEL WORKING PEOPLE

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  7.  

    Great Internship Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Kohler has been a good employer to me.

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    • 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
  10.  

    Professional but personal differences can affect performance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  11.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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