Kohler Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Good benefits and flexible working time (in 9 reviews)

  • great product offering and breadth of line (in 7 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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  1. Kohler Hospitality is good for a side job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kohler, WI

    I have been working at Kohler part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good perks and discounts. Good for people who just need another job on the side for extra cash.

    Cons

    To much work for small pay. No benefits. Understaffed. Poor management. No or Rear recognition. No opportunities to grow, unless you came as a coordinator/manager. Casual worker stay in their positions for years without growth.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize more staff (especially front line workers, who get all the heat), Provide more coverage on busy days.


  2. ok

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Sheridan, AR
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Sheridan, AR

    I have been working at Kohler (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Machine Operator; some of the employees are cool...they make it worth coming to work

    Cons

    Too many chiefs & not enough indians if you kno what I mean...Sheridan...lives up to its name and long time story


  3. Helpful (2)

    Good fit for the right person, definitely not for everyone

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kohler

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

    Pros

    Kohler is a great place to work if your specialty is in art, hospitality, marketing/account management, or ceramic design and engineering. You will be given opportunities to go well above and beyond your current job role (but will not be compensated for it).

    Cons

    They target salaries at the median regardless of the position, but expect top-level performance and do not discourage using or pushing colleagues out of the way for personal gain. Management attitudes eventually cause employees to question themselves and their self-confidence, which makes leaving the company that much harder. The expectation is that employees will continue to grow skills and capability without a reward of additional compensation or benefits, and then those increased skills and capability become the expected normal.

    Advice to Management

    You get what you tolerate, and this company tolerates negative people and backstabbing. Set a higher standard that lives up to the "gracious living" espoused in your product marketing and encourage employees to support and encourage each other.


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  5. High hopes....low outcome.

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    Former Employee - Hospitality in Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Hospitality in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Outstanding two day orientation Free lunch daily Engaging with the heart Provide an outstanding guest experience Resort rewards Encouraged to visit and learn all areas of resort Employees are engaged and give from the heart Gorgeous work environment

    Cons

    Poor training....employees so busy Lack of empowerment Uneven workload Some employees so busy ....others not so much Lack of technology....housekeeping room status...should /could b virtual...lots of manual tedious tasks on room status management Unstable work hours The largest work load and multitask operation I have ever experienced in all my work history, with low pay.


  6. It was a rewarding experience learning how to disturbute toilets seats and household supplies. I

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sheridan, AR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sheridan, AR

    I worked at Kohler full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You are allowed to make as much money as you can.

    Cons

    Trying not to step on anyone toes. Everybody is trying to get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    The employee needs to be completely trained before turning him or her on the job along.


  7. Helpful (1)

    So close to being a great employer

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    Former Employee - Leader in Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Leader in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kohler, WI

    I have been working at Kohler full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. kohler experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spartanburg, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spartanburg, SC

    I have been working at Kohler full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    interesting moving machinery and starting new line

    Cons

    very little training or advice from upper management

    Advice to Management

    more training, more communication


  10. Politically Eye Opening

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hattiesburg, MS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hattiesburg, MS

    I worked at Kohler full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great exposure to a national company with opportunity to learn. Enjoyed working with all the co-workers.

    Cons

    Policies were enforced for some but not all. Corporate office doesn't understand the culture in a small town and assumes that what works well in other locations would work the same in MS. Human Resource Department is very inefficient has had great turnover and Corporate HR is lacking in leadership. Their are some in your face discrimination that occurs but the vast majority of the discrimination is masked and condoned by upper management. I found it to be a very racist place to work for if you are a female or a person of color. I would not recommend this company to anyone solely because of the underhanded dirty politics that I saw first hand. The overall vibe just isn't a good one and most people would like to enjoy the environment they work in.

    Advice to Management

    Do some self assessment and listen to your employees because without them there would be NO Kohler.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Great stepping stone

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kohler, WI

    I have been working at Kohler full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large multinational privately held company with a good brand reputation. Good benefits: medical, dental, vision, 401k with match, pension. iverse cross functional and cross industry experience opportunities

    Cons

    - Businesses and functions operate in Silos - High turn-over rates - Pay is below average to average with limited opportunity to advance. - Engrained culture, change is slow - Management lacks functional/business knowledge and managerial competencies

    Advice to Management

    Work to eliminate silos within and challenge known truths. Acknowledging and compensating employees will improve poor retention rates.



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