Whirlpool Reviews

Updated 28 September 2014
Updated 28 September 2014
417 Reviews
3.5
417 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Experience depends on who you meet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Whirlpool can be great and can offer someone who is being tracked a wonderful opportunity. In fact, the chosen ones get so many wonderful opportunities it is not possible to handle them all. Fortunately for the chosen ones Whirlpool furnishes many minions.

    Cons

    They rate on a curve and you cannot get more than your share of high ratings regardless of performance. Their talent pool rating system is a force fit and for many employees this is not done at all or it is done as a check box at hiring. This is important as it either slams shut or opens doors for promotion or lateral moves. Job descriptions and responsibilities vary wildly as to whether they exist, are followed or are ironclad. Whatever you are hired to do could be entirely fictional from actual job duties. They are shedding over-50s and locals in order to provide a hip "campus" and younger culture. They are not worried about appliance experience and have populated senior mgmt. with car, CPG and other industries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Import Specialist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Import Specialist  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Import Specialist in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    I have been working at Whirlpool as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Company really cares about it employees and strive to keep everyone happy.

    Cons

    A lot of issues always seem to pop up at random times. A person can easily get lost doing all the dirty work that needs to be done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing Company Culture

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

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    Whirlpool has an amazing culture. I have never felt like I couldn't continue to grow at the company!

    Cons

    Personally, I don't see any negative's associated with Whirlpool. Great place!

  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

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

    Pros

    Family oriented company based in midwest

    Cons

    Procurement advancement opportunities are limited.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great industry leader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Director  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    Vision and strategy - clear in North America and Latin America. Not so clear in Europe and Asia.
    Consumer focus - reason why it is still the industry leader.
    Innovation - able to keep revenues.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic culture.
    Leadership power structure.
    Importance to titles and status.
    Poor alignment globally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Treats People Poorly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Some brands are terrific. Some excellent people there as well.

    Cons

    If you are in the "crony circle" or in HR, you can trade favors easily...Certain folks in HR give each other special privileges, stocks, promotion etc...
    All their talk about "Straight talk", Values...is ONLY lip service. Corporate culture sucks. They worry more about who to please than they worry about the business itself. Get on the wrong side, offer criticism your career is finished there. They will label you and stack you for getting out of the door.
    YOU DON't have a career there if you are not a part of the inner white boys club. They really treat older people, women and other races poorly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your VP's( the ones that have been there over 10 years), they are trying to save their the jobs by holding back good people. They practice implicit discrimination and have become very good at suck UP.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company culture.

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

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements, changing culture with new collaborative, open office concepts.

    Cons

    Like all companies there are some poor people leaders that essentially can change the dynamics of an entire organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    assembly safety functional leader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler  in  Cleveland, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Assembler in Cleveland, TN (US)

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

    Pros

    great company and good benefits

    Cons

    they take too long to convert to full time over 15 months.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    To fit or not to fit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    The company is very large so many different departments, focusing on different aspects, involved with all parts of the globe.

    Cons

    Whirlpool is a company that if you don't fit they don't make much accommodations. They are a midwest company and very old boys club. I found there yearly performance review process to be too rigid and if you excelled at things beyond your job scope they were not valued well. Finally i did not find it a very open place for new ideas or a place where leadership was willing to listen to employees. They talk a lot about best practices, process improvement, engagement, and other buzzwords but it feels like all it was is talk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to look at look at cross training your people, engineers are just engineers, sales only do sales, your people do not know how to talk to each other nor the roadblocks in each other day to day jobs. You have siloed your self and are too focused on just following processes instead of following core goals. Also you are too focused on rolling out models every year, consumers don't watch appliances like cars. Wait till you have a well tested good feature improvement on a machine and then roll that out. It will improve your production at the factory and help reduce warehousing issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Promising at first but lack luster in the end- and very poor pay for the work expected.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trade Customer Support
    Current Employee - Trade Customer Support

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

    Pros

    Raising a family and you have a 2 family income - good location for families.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, badly executed upgrades and system changes, low pay for non-executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You get what you pay for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Worked for Whirlpool? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.