Kohler Reviews

Updated 21 August 2014
Updated 21 August 2014
164 Reviews

3.2
164 Reviews
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Kohler Chairman and CEO Herbert V. Kohler Jr.
Herbert V. Kohler Jr.
111 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Friendly and helpful co-workers (in 3 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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Employee 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 for less than a 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 for 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 for more than a 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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    • 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 for more than a 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.  

    Greta place to work and learn

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

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

    Pros

    Lot of great people work there. Good in house learning.

    Cons

    Distance from home was over 40 miles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Intern

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

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

    Pros

    Well known brand and a lot of opportunity

    Cons

    Company is very compartmentalized and difficult to navigate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Purchasing specialist

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

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers. Career growth is available if you do above and beyond.

    Cons

    Pay. Work hard and benefits not competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More balance and career progression

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great people. Senior executive dysfunction.

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

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

    Pros

    Colleagues, products, history, some elements of culture.

    Cons

    CEO, management by fear, weak HR function, pay and rewards need an overhaul. If yiuvare not family, you are "the help".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resolve your succession issue. Treat your execs with dignity and respect, rather than as slaves or cult members. The environment in the 2 levels below CEO is toxic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    So close to being a great employer

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

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

    Pros

    Brand recognition and pride. High caliber of employees with a strong work ethic and energy. Clear and well known core competencies that are pervasive from one business unit to another.

    Cons

    The Human Resources organization is lead by a family member who does not understand employee engagement. Decisions and policies are based on "how things look" rather than doing the right things. There is no accountability. The Kohler Learning Organization's turnover in the past decade is a testament to the cultural collision between wanting to do the right thing, and the HR leadership's insistence on the contrary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great products and chances to develop, but management is from the Stone Age.

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

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

    Pros

    Highly respected company in the market.
    Well-designed products.
    People in the trenches work hard.
    You can be proud of the work you do here (if you ignore the petty politics).

    Cons

    Top-down management style creates an atmosphere of distrust that filters down into teams and affects attitudes and productivity.
    Managers have their own secret agendas and actively compete with each other.
    Decisions are made by management in a vacuum with very little feedback or input from those affected.
    Employee development messaging is off-kilter from reality. We're trained to "own it" and take responsibility, but then aren't allowed to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk. Trust the people you hire and practice what you preach about valuing emotional intelligence and other progressive workplace philosophies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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