Kohler Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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Kohler Chairman and CEO Herbert V. Kohler Jr.
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  1. Kohler knows nothing about

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Egypt, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Egypt, ME

    I have been working at Kohler

    Pros

    multinational
    good exposure
    good pay
    ethics

    Cons

    very bad management
    no respect for rules
    they seek lawyers to deprive their employees from their rights

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no one can take a decision everybody are afraid of taking decisions and that makes kohler very centralized and the decision process takes ages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Solid place to work

    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

    I worked at Kohler full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people
    Opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects, so the workday never felt repetitive
    Good access to upper management

    Cons

    Decision-making can be slow
    Things sometimes get bogged down in process
    Location isn't ideal if you aren't from the area

  3. Without an MBA, don't count on upward mobility

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    Former Employee - Communications
    Former Employee - Communications

    I worked at Kohler full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great brand
    Wonderful coworkers
    Everyone is strongly invested in the success of the brand
    Talent level is excellent, very smart and capable employees

    Cons

    - If you don't have an MBA, you have very little to no chance of a manager in your title.
    - Lots of positions open, very hard to move into them due to overwhelming number of candidates and unrealistic standards.
    - Work/life balance is often non-existent if you plan to move up. Kohler is your new family.
    - If you start at entry level, don't expect to be paid similar to your peers as you move up. Only certain percentage increases allowed, new higher a at your experience level will make considerably more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the incredible profits and give the employees more reason to want to stay. Free gym, free lunch (look at Northwestern Mutual as a template) something to show you care about those below you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Retail Channel Marketing

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    Former Intern - Retail Channel Marketing in Kohler, WI
    Former Intern - Retail Channel Marketing in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler as an intern

    Pros

    Larger company with many opportunities, great team members

    Cons

    long hours, minimum team collaboration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to make interns part of the team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Current employee

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    Current Employee - Purchasing Specialist
    Current Employee - Purchasing Specialist

    I have been working at Kohler

    Pros

    Great benefits and vacation. Associates are very friendly and great work environment

    Cons

    Below average salaries. Difficult to increase unless you come from the outside

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Must go with the flow in order to survive

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kohler

    Pros

    great product offering and breadth of line

    Cons

    exhausting bureaucracy gets in the way of making progress

  8. Professional but personal differences can affect performance

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

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

    Pros

    Management supports employee development and encourages thinking outside the box. Schedule can be flexible if needed. Salary and benefits are competitive for area.

    Cons

    Best to take new skills and training to another company. Little opportunity for internal promotion. Micromanagement of travel and spend. HR is ineffective regarding handling of employee/management differences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your people and listen to their concerns. Lots of grumbling just below the surface.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great company for someone just out of college

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kohler full-time

    Pros

    great resume builder for anyone

    Cons

    no growth possible at all

  10. 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 (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
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    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 (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

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