Kohler Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
164 Reviews

3.2
164 Reviews
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Kohler Chairman and CEO Herbert V. Kohler Jr.
Herbert V. Kohler Jr.
111 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and flexible working time (in 9 reviews)

  • Friendly and helpful co-workers (in 3 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.  

    Purchasing specialist

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Specialist  in  Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Purchasing Specialist in Kohler, WI

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers. Career growth is available if you do above and beyond.

    Cons

    Pay. Work hard and benefits not competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More balance and career progression

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people. Senior executive dysfunction.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Colleagues, products, history, some elements of culture.

    Cons

    CEO, management by fear, weak HR function, pay and rewards need an overhaul. If yiuvare not family, you are "the help".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resolve your succession issue. Treat your execs with dignity and respect, rather than as slaves or cult members. The environment in the 2 levels below CEO is toxic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Highly diversified and innovative company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Private, international, well-known, innovative, respected.

    Cons

    Compensation, decision making process, collabration isn't as strong as it should be.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Getting Better, But Long Way to Go

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Manager in Kohler, WI

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

    Pros

    Work environment is much better than a few years ago. Solid company, great products, friendly co-workers. Benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Top down management. Entrepreneurial thinking is encouraged, but then not accepted. Personal development opportunities, but little upward growth options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people to help you grow the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    House keeping, Cleaning, stocking.

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    Current Employee - House Keeping  in  Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - House Keeping in Kohler, WI

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

    Pros

    getting the hands on expierance.

    Cons

    I am looking for more hours to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am looking for a higher pay with more hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed Reviews

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kohler full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Good hours. Beautiful, quality furniture.

    Cons

    Doesn't completely understand Interior Designers or the furniture business. Only valued opinions of "super salesmen". Work harder for less money. Draw against commission.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a good job, but not a good career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kohler

    Pros

    You generally know what is expected of you but there isn't any motivation for doing anything more than that.

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities unless you are in on the politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage your employees, and treat them fairly. Don't take away benefits and then say you had record profits. That definitely doesn't make for loyal employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kohler as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Did not offer internship and i don't know what went wrong

    Cons

    Asked for projects related to Safety ergonomics

    Recommends
  10.  

    Machine bowl spray operator

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    Current Employee - Machine Bowl Spray Operator  in  Brownwood, TX
    Current Employee - Machine Bowl Spray Operator in Brownwood, TX

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

    Pros

    its neutral pay, insurance, 41K and secured job

    Cons

    Im not full time yet and the pay is not what i'am looking for

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

    A valuable learning experience working with good people, but the system has its issues.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op  in  Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I was surrounded by good people and treated well. The environment was positive. There was also good growth and a positive future outlook.

    Cons

    The HR and management do not value having average compensation. There is also a lot of subjective engineering work done but I suppose that is par for the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate at an average level and accept that associates in the modern age are not going to stay with the company. Invest more in your company, product, and people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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