Whirlpool Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
405 Reviews
3.5
405 Reviews
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Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig
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262 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people, Great brands. Poor treatment of employees.

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

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    Whirlpool is the caretaker of some of America's greatest brands in appliances. They make so e excellent products.

    Cons

    The quarter end pushes for volume are endless and almost harassing. Whirlpool also treats older employees like trash, something to be discarded. I have seen time and again high quality people around me disposed of. The latest guy had 13 years of excellent t reviews. 5 weeks ago he was put on a performance plan and now he's gone. No severance nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The EEOC will get you guys some day.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was an Assembly line worker moving around in various areas to learn assembly there, and worked there for two months..

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Rotating Assembly Line Worker  in  Marion, OH
    Current Employee - Rotating Assembly Line Worker in Marion, OH

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This was a job that was available through the Marion County Ohio Department of human Resources (public hiring) and they were interested in hiring all kinds of people they said because they had a large number of people priory fired who were part of a large abusive gang. About the only requirement for this job was to be physically fit and teachable.

    Cons

    Someone was playing games and I could not get paid every week like I was supposed to. Going to Human Resources did no good. They kept shorting employees of money owed overall. Then, there was an accident within the facility and a woman removed on a gurney. The, someone meddled with me car and accused black smoke to come out of the tailpipe. I do not like industrial workers anyhow and the job became to high risk and too mean.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Good, The Bad, and the Plain Ugly

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Numerous
    Former Employee - Numerous

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

    Pros

    The employees of Whirlpool are what make it a great place to work. People are generally friendly and ready to help as needed. I had some very good mentors at Whirlpool and was able to move throughout different departments.

    Cons

    One supervisor was found guilty of sexual harassment by the EEOC and Whirlpool made a settlement with the victim, yet kept the supervisor on in the same capacity. Also, it seemed like the bigger jerk you were the higher up in the company you moved. The worst was that with its employee appraisal system since it had a percentage of employees who had to be at the bottom, the people (such as me) who resigned to take a position elsewhere got the worst performance reviews at his/her exit. This was proven by going through HR files at the branch I worked at and again, nothing was done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some real supervisors who are hands-on and helpful. Revise your employee appraisal system because even though I won a national award from the company, when I resigned I was given a "needs to improve" final appraisal. You talk values but you don't walk values - it's all about the share holder and the bottom line!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    assembly safety functional leader

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    Current Employee - Assembler  in  Cleveland, TN
    Current Employee - Assembler in Cleveland, TN

    I have been working at Whirlpool part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great company and good benefits

    Cons

    they take too long to convert to full time over 15 months.

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

    Great company culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements, changing culture with new collaborative, open office concepts.

    Cons

    Like all companies there are some poor people leaders that essentially can change the dynamics of an entire organization.

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

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trade Customer Support
    Current Employee - Trade Customer Support

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

    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
  8.  

    Great Employees but lots of pressure

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for more than a year

    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
  9.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time

    Pros

    great environment people and values

    Cons

    too small place where to live

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    One Team, One Target...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager  in  Norrköping (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Norrköping (Sweden)

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for more than 10 years

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Whirlpool

    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

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