Whirlpool
3.2 of 5 383 reviews
www.whirlpoolcorp.com Benton Harbor, MI 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 9, 2014
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65% Approve of the CEO

Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig

Jeff M. Fettig

(251 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great People, Great Products, Mediocre Leadership in Consumer Care, Improving Work Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSome of the best people ever:
    * Dedicated
    * Hard-working and gifted
    * Trade customer and consumer centric
    * Best corporate values (on paper) in the industry

    Products one can really believe in:
    * Pursuit of quality, performance, reliability was genuine and actualized
    * Pride in many products being American made
    * Brands really differentiate the customer base in a meaningful manner

    Work environment
    * Some new buildings and remodeling of older buildings is better late than never
    * Open floor concept is great for interpersonal communication - not so much for meetings.
    * Performance based rewards with an improving quarterly and annual review process
    * One of best compensation and benefits for the area, but lower in the industry

    ConsLeadership from the top down is mediocre at best (from some one with 47 years of work/leadership experience)
    * Undistinguished compensation packages - always felt like company was doing you a favor to reward performance - not a celebration of mutual success
    * Poor work/life balance except for those who are part of the inner circle of cronies
    * Some of the worst mid-level management ever experienced because lack of training and compassion
    * HR is disingenuous and more concerned about pleasing top management than building people
    * Poor career patching due to lack of clarity of job roles and poor communication
    * Antiquated computer systems, telephones, software but attempts at improvement were being made

    Advice to Senior Management* Live the Whirlpool values before all else - even before the need of quarterly profit
    * Train managers and make them responsible for the group performance and work environment.
    * Do not be so fiscally conservative with investing in the education/training, work environment and tools for employees at all levels. Actually require time-off for education/training annually with a required plan for implementation of new ideas, concepts and success measures for all employee. Share the load of success.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pay is great if you can stand the politics

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
    Cleveland, TN

    ProsThey pay you enough to consider ignoring your morel compass when it comes losing your sense of team work and exploiting your individuality

    ConsEveryone is out to make themselves look better, even at the expense of others. This is a result of the promoted culture through the Personal Metrics of Performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot everyone thinks, acts and feels the same way. If you really want to preach diversity and inclusion, you should understand this is not strictly race and sexual preference.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Family oriented company but lacks opportunities for women and minorities

    Director (Current Employee)
    Benton Harbor, MI

    ProsCareer opportunities are abundant up to the manager level. Many lateral opportunities. Ethical company that is family oriented. Good employee discounts and developmental opportunities. Excellent bonus system.

    ConsWomen and minorities are under-represented at the Director and above levels of the organization and we don't see intentional actions by the company to address this. We target women as our primary customer - why wouldn't we have more women running the company? Performance reviews are a game - balance out the ratings for the distribution curve and hope you are not one of the bottom rankings this time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou want to be seen as progressive you have to look, act, sound, and feel like you and thus the company are progressive. Wishing one thing and acting another will not get you seen as contemporary as your competitors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    You Suck

    Assembler (Current Employee)
    Marion, OH

    Prosit's a paycheck, good money. Thats all i can say about that.

    Consincompetent management. how they treat their employees. Forced overtime all the time, They don't care if their employees get hurt. Work them like dogs so they can get rich. They allow bulling to go on even if it means the health of others.

    Advice to Senior Managementdo your job, protect your people instead of walking on them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company but feels like continuous work in progress!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFantastic company with great people, passionate about what they do. The company makes you feel like you can drive change.

    ConsAlthough people feel like they can drive change, there's a feel that there is some questionable follow-through by leadership and it felt like what is said is not what is done!

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeading companies have their ups and downs and when down need to recognize and listen to the recommendations from people with their ear to the ground

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Where good ideas go to die, but you can make a killing at killing them.

    Project Engineer (Current Employee)
    Amana, IA

    ProsThere are a lot of opportunities for advancement and internal development. Whirlpool is a great place to be in marketing or finance. Iowa is a lovely state and this is a great area to raise a family.

    ConsA typical, political, corporate ladder climbers environment. If you are good at spin and getting other people to do what you need you can go far fast. Very task oriented work vs process oriented. Continuous improvement on the manufacturing floor gets little more than lip service and is measured in "heads" reduced. Culture is stuck in the 80's. Innovation is feared and risk is not tolerated. Poor strategy deployment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a lot of opportunity left on the table by treating manufacturing facilities as contract manufacturers for the marketing organization instead of a partner.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    challenging environment and culture

    Category Manager (Current Employee)
    Benton Harbor, MI

    ProsNew product launches and emerging market

    Consspeed and agility to launch

    Advice to Senior ManagementBreak silo's, be agile and faster to launch product and to out perform the competition and provide quality that meets customer expectations without any complaints

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company

    IT Lead Analyst (Current Employee)
    Benton Harbor, MI

    Pros100 year old company lots of investment and evolution in IT

    ConsHard to advance. Not a lot of professional growth oppertunity for SR individual contributors

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease opportunities for career advancement

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    Good company to start your career with but difficult to stay with long term

    Sales Development Representative (Current Employee)

    Prosgood company culture, "no wrong way to do a right thing". HQ is in SW Michigan which is a tough place to attract talent from around the country. Most employees there hail from that part of the country and don't mind the lack of a big city and cold winters but outsiders resist moving there.

    Consslow to innovate and keep up with challenging competition at times. Top level leadership is still a good old boys club if you look around despite existing in an industry where customers are primarily women.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecruit from outside the SW Michigan, Ohio, Indiana area and diversify the workforce.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun products to work on with great people.

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsFun products with a great sense of urgency to get them to market. Headquartered in a excellent small community right next to some of the best beaches in the country.

    ConsLong hours are expected for a promotion. Pay is average at best. Lots of last minute requests from management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShorten the time to advance people amd prioritize life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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