Whirlpool Reviews

Updated 14 September 2014
Updated 14 September 2014
408 Reviews
3.5
408 Reviews
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Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig
Jeff M. Fettig
263 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Whirlpool Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    This is a Great company

    Cons

    They push me to the limits of my abilities

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    To fit or not to fit

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
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    Great Employees but lots of pressure

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    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Management is very friendly an really wants to see employees do well. Company also invests a lot of time into the Benton Harbor, MI.

    Cons

    Lots of work expected of those in field positions. Somedays you may work 12 days straight with extra compensation for this. Increased requirements are constantly being added to our work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really listen to the suggestions and concerns of those in field.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Too much complex organization and still below the line in Europe. Continuously in crisis.

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Wrocław (Poland)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Wrocław (Poland)

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

    Pros

    - Relatively ensures stability of employment
    - Good for interns

    Cons

    - Poor and frozen salaries comparing to the local competitors
    - Lot of "low performers" among managers and leaders
    - No benefits
    - Very complex organization and no transparency
    - Moving management
    - Unclear career path
    - Company doesn't take care about its competencies. Well skilled employee have been leaving company because of the lack of possibility to update the salary to todays market realities
    - Focused on interns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review what company offers comparing to other competitors. There is lot too improve. Stop to sweep all the problems under carpet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time

    Pros

    great environment people and values

    Cons

    too small place where to live

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Initially, I was only hired for a part-time position. However, I put in a lot of effort during training and was moved to a full-time position. Hard work is definitely noticed.

    Cons

    It can be monotonous, but what work isn't?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The upper management allowed their employees to be apart of decisions concerning quality and safety.

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    Former Employee - Coordinator for Service and Production  in  Fort Smith, AR (US)
    Former Employee - Coordinator for Service and Production in Fort Smith, AR (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and paid vacations. Most of the higher management were very good to work with and for; the people were great as well. The pay was good.

    Cons

    A lot of responsibilities for some and non for others. The plant was very hot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always be honest and kind to your employees, for they are the reason you have your job. Allow them to express their thoughts on issues that may help the company grow.

    Recommends
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    No right way to do a wrong thing

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

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy 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 ManagementAdvice

    Wake 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company that values loyalty.

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    It is located in a small town so if you wan't to live in a rural location it is a great option. They really do value development and loyalty so there are opportunities available to develop and in certain cases switch functions.

    Cons

    Can be somewhat cliquey. If you enter through a rotational program you will have an easier path to growth than as a direct hire. backfilling and promotions are done more on a "who do you know?" basis than by utilizing HR to actively determine who is the best fit. Employees that work in functions outside of Sales, Mktg and Engineering will find it harder to advance. Support functions like finance, supply chain, IT, procurement, etc are much flatter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a more robust HR department that can better identify and promote talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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