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Whirlpool Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.2 387 reviews

65% Approve of the CEO

Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig

Jeff M. Fettig

(252 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSome 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

    ConsLeadership 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 Senior Management* 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.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pay is great if you can stand the politics

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

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

    ConsEveryone 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 Senior ManagementNot 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.

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

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    Family oriented company but lacks opportunities for women and minorities

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

    ProsCareer 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.

    ConsWomen 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No right way to do a wrong thing

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

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsBureaucracy 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 Senior ManagementWake 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Place to Work

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

    ProsVery 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.

    ConsCan 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 Senior ManagementIf 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.

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

     

    A great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

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

    ProsI 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

    Consmigrating 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 Senior ManagementDo 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...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work!!!

    Lead Engineer (Current Employee) Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    ProsWell established processes, great people to work with, takes good care of employees.

    ConsNone so far, except is is too cold in Michigan

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing the good work you are doing!

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

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    Good Company, small town

    Operations Manager (Current Employee) Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    ProsGreat company, treats employees well, good advancement options

    ConsVacation town of St. Joseph is nice in summer months, but the lack of city amenities gets old after a few years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep unleashing talent.

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

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    Mandatory employee turnover from upper management is puzzling.

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsFree stand mixers and immersion blenders.

    ConsFirings are many and often. If you do not have a family you are fair game for sacrifice to save the lives of others' children. Pay is much lower than anything auto or aero in the area. Product integrity is extremely low.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChill out and stop thinking you are the greatest company in the world.

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

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