Whirlpool

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Whirlpool Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.2 387 reviews

65% Approve of the CEO

Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig

Jeff M. Fettig

(252 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Great!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsInitially, 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company that values loyalty.

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Benton Harbor, MI

    ProsIt 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.

    ConsCan 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 Senior Managementcreate a more robust HR department that can better identify and promote talent.

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

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    No right way to do a wrong thing

    Sales Director (Current Employee) Benton Harbor, MI

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsBureaucracy 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 Senior ManagementWake 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Saint Joseph, MI

    ProsVery laid back and friendly. Lots of changes to be more lean and to eliminate the old-school mentality with respect to work hours, work attire, years vs. company instead of performance-based promotions, etc. Very short commute unless you decide to make it longer. In general, the work-life balance is above average compared to other large companies. Very diverse workforce and lots of international opportunities, if you are interested in that. Many career path opportunities.

    ConsCan be VERY slow to promote its people, especially in the tech center for fabric care (laundry) engineers. Smaller town == no other major employers in the area. Bonus is not guaranteed to be a specific amount; it fluctuates based on company performance == on bad years, salaries are not competitive. Housing prices are higher than normal in the area due to tourism.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want top talent to remain, then get rid of the forced ranking system. If you only hire top talent, none of those people want to hear that they are just "ok" or "average". If they are above average, they should be told so, not forced into a bucket so your numbers work out.

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

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    Good Company, small town

    Operations Manager (Current Employee) Benton Harbor, MI

    ProsGreat company, treats employees well, good advancement options

    ConsVacation town of St. Joseph is nice in summer months, but the lack of city amenities gets old after a few years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep unleashing talent.

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

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    Learning culture

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Saint Joseph, MI

    ProsGood working environment and you can find people that really lives the company values. Company care about people.

    ConsStarting to allow more employee movements among different groups inside organization.. however the process is still slow and burocratic, that sometime makes it easier go to a different company rather than staying inside. Still possible to find cases where leadership dont practive 'walk to talk'.

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

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    Strong corporate values and culture continuing to move in the right direction

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Benton Harbor, MI

    Pros- Rebounding Industry, competitive compensation, good work/life balance, training opportunities

    Cons- Locations (corporate and mfg.), HR practices, slow moving

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    engineering internship

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosbig company , global, good payment , 401k plan, nice supervisor

    Consa little boring because the city is pretty small.

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    The grass is always greener on the other side

    Marketing Director (Current Employee) Benton Harbor, MI

    ProsStill a solid global player driving good business results through scale and muscle. The recent changes in working culture have helped create a better environment despite a cut-throat management culture. Good values and still a decent culture.

    ConsMoving too slow to keep up with competition - hard to believe the strategy will hold in the long run. If you are not in the inner circle no chance to move up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange from a "who knows you" to a "real results-based, values oriented" talent management system. Share the wealth with employees.

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

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    A good place to work

    Project Engineer (Former Employee) Benton Harbor, MI

    ProsThey did a good job respecting work-life balance, The location of the tech center was a short walk to Lake Michigan

    ConsI had a long drive because I chose not to relocated to Benton Harbor. The working environment depends on the manager. The first manager I had was great. The second drove me out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe careful of who you choose for middle managers. They make or break (in my case) the workforce.

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

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