Whirlpool Reviews

Updated 28 September 2014
Updated 28 September 2014
417 Reviews
3.5
417 Reviews
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Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig
Jeff M. Fettig
269 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • In general, the work-life balance is above average compared to other large companies (in 27 reviews)

  • The employees of Whirlpool are what make it a great place to work (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance except for those who are part of the inner circle of cronies (in 17 reviews)

  • Wish that upper management was more open to flexible work arrangements (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people, Great brands. Poor treatment of employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    Whirlpool is the caretaker of some of America's greatest brands in appliances. They make so e excellent products.

    Cons

    The quarter end pushes for volume are endless and almost harassing. Whirlpool also treats older employees like trash, something to be discarded. I have seen time and again high quality people around me disposed of. The latest guy had 13 years of excellent t reviews. 5 weeks ago he was put on a performance plan and now he's gone. No severance nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The EEOC will get you guys some day.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    This is not easy money.

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    Current Employee - Assembler  in  Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Assembler in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

    Pros

    The starting pay for someone with no experience in anythins is pretty good.

    Cons

    It gets really hot in the summer and you have very short breaks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would have liked if they had more company activities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunity; lots of work; tons of politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are pockets of amazing people in Whirlpool. Amazing people who encourage, inspire and do great work that is connected to a higher order purpose. There are some really outstanding leaders here.

    Cons

    There are pockets of highly political, self serving, egocentric and demoralizing leaders that are unfortunately very highly placed within the company. These leaders say the right words, but their behavior doesn't match the company's values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flush the politics and ego trips from the highest levels of the organization. Enable, empower and trust your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Following the path of the auto industry in the 80's.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    I cannot really think of any except good for people who have no global visions, but stuck in their own Midwestern backwardness.

    Cons

    The culture is full of cronies and those yes men and women!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Straight talk starts from the top.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun minus a few bad apples

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

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

    Pros

    Great people in engineering and the plants. Worked with many talented and friendly technical folks. Teamwork existed, but not anymore.

    Cons

    Slowly turning into a show -off contest where egos and networking control and true value added work comes second. If you want a technical career, do not apply. Engineering isn't valued and eventually all the fun engineering will be done in India

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop managing and start looking for a real job. Don't promote only your friends,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Trying to catch up with Sumsung and LG.

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    Current Employee - Master Black Belt  in  Saint Joseph, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Master Black Belt in Saint Joseph, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    The culture is under slow change looking forward to satisfy customer with new demands. Almost nothing to worry after 8 hours. Product safety is a great concepts ahead of others, but also a disadvantage to hold up the speed of projects to deliver. A good learning environment for students from school as too much training programs would be provided. Personal growth is strongly limited after 5+ workings.

    Cons

    Still under thinking of how to move up with previous Maytag leftover mfg and tech centers. Engineering knowledge is limited due to many reasons, like management inability to handle resource, bureaucratic culture accumulated so much in its headquarter, loosen control for organizations, unclear definition of advance development and product development, political groups in tech centers based on countries, etc,.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open eyes to Sumsung and LG, learn how to speed up a project development and product delivery with balance of resource and incentives. Fire people who are unable to finish the mission and who can't adapt to culture change for a fast moving company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Mediocre

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    Former Employee - Production Worker  in  Greenville, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Production Worker in Greenville, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    The people were pretty friendly, and after a few months they wanted to hire me ( I was a temp at the time)

    Cons

    It's a dangerous environment. I got into an accident there a rack fell on my head and they sent me to get a tetanus shot and told me to come back the very same day. They didn't care. I gave them 2 weeks notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think my advice to management would be to care for your employees better

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, good products, horrible leadership

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    Former Employee - Corporate Finance  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Corporate Finance in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    It is easy to feel good about the products you are making. Everything you could want in terms of a diversified business career opportunity as a finance professional.
    Middle management has some really promising people...assuming they last.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment which is fed by utter lack of leadership from CEO and other senior leaders. Jeff Fettig has no idea what real leadership is, so he has decided to make his mark in "cost leadership". This translates to slashed benefits, hiring freezes and failure to fill vacant positions even as stock price soars. The company grinds employees into the ground and expects they won't complain because there are so few opportunities in SW Michigan. Some senior business leaders are unprofessional and borderline unethical in their treatment of employees, but FOJs (friends of Jeff) are exempt from scrutiny. I could go on but why bother.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the difference between leadership and management. Don't take advantage of employees' loyalty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Good, The Bad, and the Plain Ugly

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    Former Employee - Numerous
    Former Employee - Numerous

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

    Pros

    The employees of Whirlpool are what make it a great place to work. People are generally friendly and ready to help as needed. I had some very good mentors at Whirlpool and was able to move throughout different departments.

    Cons

    One supervisor was found guilty of sexual harassment by the EEOC and Whirlpool made a settlement with the victim, yet kept the supervisor on in the same capacity. Also, it seemed like the bigger jerk you were the higher up in the company you moved. The worst was that with its employee appraisal system since it had a percentage of employees who had to be at the bottom, the people (such as me) who resigned to take a position elsewhere got the worst performance reviews at his/her exit. This was proven by going through HR files at the branch I worked at and again, nothing was done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some real supervisors who are hands-on and helpful. Revise your employee appraisal system because even though I won a national award from the company, when I resigned I was given a "needs to improve" final appraisal. You talk values but you don't walk values - it's all about the share holder and the bottom line!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was an Assembly line worker moving around in various areas to learn assembly there, and worked there for two months..

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    Current Employee - Rotating Assembly Line Worker  in  Marion, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Rotating Assembly Line Worker in Marion, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    This was a job that was available through the Marion County Ohio Department of human Resources (public hiring) and they were interested in hiring all kinds of people they said because they had a large number of people priory fired who were part of a large abusive gang. About the only requirement for this job was to be physically fit and teachable.

    Cons

    Someone was playing games and I could not get paid every week like I was supposed to. Going to Human Resources did no good. They kept shorting employees of money owed overall. Then, there was an accident within the facility and a woman removed on a gurney. The, someone meddled with me car and accused black smoke to come out of the tailpipe. I do not like industrial workers anyhow and the job became to high risk and too mean.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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