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Whirlpool Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
394 Reviews

3.5
394 Reviews
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Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig
Jeff M. Fettig
257 Ratings

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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Promising at first but lack luster in the end- and very poor pay for the work expected.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trade Customer Support
    Current Employee - Trade Customer Support

    Pros

    Raising a family and you have a 2 family income - good location for families.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, badly executed upgrades and system changes, low pay for non-executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You get what you pay for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Employees but lots of pressure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Management is very friendly an really wants to see employees do well. Company also invests a lot of time into the Benton Harbor, MI.

    Cons

    Lots of work expected of those in field positions. Somedays you may work 12 days straight with extra compensation for this. Increased requirements are constantly being added to our work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really listen to the suggestions and concerns of those in field.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great environment people and values

    Cons

    too small place where to live

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    One Team, One Target...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager  in  Norrköping (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Norrköping (Sweden)

    Pros

    Whirlpool provides a good multi cultural environment for personal and professional growth if you want, and are willing to move to a different location.

    Cons

    Since the business is down and the results not where they should be, benefits in general are being subject to scrutiny and down prioritization. The PMP system is a good tool with the right intention but is not always realized in a fair manner due to central doctrines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Alignment of targets between functions are an important factor to success... To often targets between functions are conflicting, leading to sub-optimization and short term wins. Such behaviors does not drive team work and and the aspired cultural change needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, Great Products, Mediocre Leadership in Consumer Care, Improving Work Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some 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

    Cons

    Leadership 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 ManagementAdvice

    * 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.

    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pay is great if you can stand the politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Cleveland, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cleveland, TN

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Everyone 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 ManagementAdvice

    Not 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Family oriented company but lacks opportunities for women and minorities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Benton Harbor, MI
    Current Employee - Director in Benton Harbor, MI

    Pros

    Career 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.

    Cons

    Women 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great People, terrible leadership, product quality not great.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer  in  Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico)

    Pros

    Work environment is very good in general, people and coworkers are kind and cooperative. There's a lot of technical training available for employees. Relative good life/work balance but depending on position. Great for people starting their careers.

    Cons

    For a global company whirlpool has limited resources in what counts, starting with labs and simulation resources all the way up to poor computers and available tools. In general leadership is terrible, there are some good leaders but there are people occupying high responsibility positions that lack technical people skills and don't set fair goals. Some of the good leaders are going away to work somewhere else. Employee 1 to 5 rating system is outdated, its perception-based to a great extend and labels people with mediocre 3's or bad boy 4's, even the 1's don't get much benefit anyway so it does not make a big difference... in the rating meetings people you don't worth with have a say according to what the perceive of you on your rating, this impacts bonuses and morale, etc . . . Staying after hours and excessive load burden upon employees in north america and mexico is not uncommon. What was once a great american company is now disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A complete turn around to your outdated 1 to 5, perception based rating system and goal settings for yours employee is needed if you want to retain talent. Make sure you focus on improving leadership -especially in Mexico- with specific goals, and renew when necessary , bad leaders create a big impact in peoples performance. Separate plant operations support from product development for an efficient work environment. Provide employees with GREAT computers and laptops in Mexico and NAR, lenovo laptops are a shame, I never saw a global company with so poor working resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    You Suck

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler  in  Marion, OH
    Current Employee - Assembler in Marion, OH

    Pros

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

    Cons

    incompetent 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 ManagementAdvice

    do your job, protect your people instead of walking on them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, good salary and benefits

    Cons

    Poor inside communication, too many position changes in all levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on improve the process, rather than only on the results, it may help.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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