Whirlpool Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig
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Pros
  • Very interested in maintaining a good work/life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • The employees of Whirlpool are what make it a great place to work (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is hard to achieve during heavy new product introductions (in 17 reviews)

  • Small town, sometimes expectations are not clear (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Senior Marketing Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    Nothing good but money. Pays very well

    Cons

    Everything. Zero work life balance


  2. Worst Leadership

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Designer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at Whirlpool (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work only from a brand perspective, being an American MNC and a trusted brand globally, the organisation carries a lot of weightage on your CV.

    Cons

    - Worst senior management I have ever experienced
    - No clear plan or end goal
    - Career growth is a joke at Whirlpool
    - Redefines office politics and takes it to a whole new level of of unfairness
    - Senior leadership either has no clue or is totally apathetic to the wromg doings at mid-level management
    - Poor pay package, not even close to industry standards
    - HR is completely in different to complaints about mid-level management
    - Unethical practices very often go unnoticed
    - They are constantly hiring the wrong people for the wrong job
    - Bell curve and Employee Feedback is a joke

    Advice to Management

    - Every year senior leadership needs to thoroughly review and assess the mid-level management
    - Employee feedback should be used to sincerely assess GMs and SMs
    - Each department should be authentically audited and serious action should be taken against malpractices
    - Paypackets need to be revised according to industry standards


  3. Helpful (2)

    Managing out aging workforce

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Benton Harbor, MI

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible work schedules for many

    Cons

    Cronyism and nepotism run rampant
    No job security
    Managers using scripted performance reviews to manage out aging workforce

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within
    Recognize the knowledge base being lost from forcing out aging workforce


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Don't count on retiring from this position

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Stable work, overtime sometimes, health insurance, even though it is at an outrageous cost and doesn't cover much.

    Cons

    My job turned into a three man job and I could not keep up with it. The bosses "listened" to my complaints when they would write me up over it, but they did nothing to ease the workload. When I took over the position, there was 75% less work to be done. The job either needs 2 or 3 men working daily, or two shifts working it daily. When one of the main managers went on medical leave, the department ran much more efficiently with the substitute, and that gentleman actually listened.

    I was a good employee but apparently they didn't want me to hit retirement age, and I was let go after 3 weeks shy of hitting 19 years of service. My wife cannot work at this time because she is recovering from back surgery, so this job loss has completely devastated us.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, and when they tell you the job requires more help, don't add more work to them that is for you, then fire them when you decide they're not keeping up.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Very disatisfied

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting in Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Accounting in Benton Harbor, MI

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If your department has fun people, you can make many friends to hang out with outside of work. I came from a small company background, so I also learned a lot about how big companies work.

    Cons

    They have layoffs at a moment's notice -- without warning. I know someone who was working for over a year, gladly worked overtime or on weekends, and they called him at home one Saturday and said "you're laid off" (This same call was received by 10-15 others in his department). His personal stuff was packed up (some things were missing), and he stopped by a few days later and picked it up. Job security IS NOT a priority at this company.

    The world headquarters are located in an area with 30,000 people. Bigger towns (100,000 people) are 45 minutes away. Chicago is 2 hours away. If you're used to a lot of activity, you wont' find it close by.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are people -- they have lives, families, bills to pay. Employees are your most important asset, but you seem to forget this over and over.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Anyone curious of working for Whirlpool. Please reconsider. Not worth your time. Work home balance is not there.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is decent. Bonus structure is better than most. Shutdown around the holidays are nice.

    Cons

    Ridiculously long hours. If you are salary they expect you to have no life. The company is nothing but marketing driven no matter how difficult or stupid it is to actually manufacture. A lot of clueless leadership. Seems to be a lot of cheerleading. Have to figure out how to play the game and play nice instead of straight talk.

    Advice to Management

    Personal growth isnt really happening. Have to sugar coat everything and accomplish nothing. Time expected to be at work is just dumb. There is no work home balance. Corporate is nothing but 9-5 and Benton Harbor gets priority over everything even though they have no clue about the actual assembly lines and how any of the product goes together.


  8. I am good worker

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Fort Smith, AR
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Fort Smith, AR

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I am always on time for work and never miss work. I like working outdoors. I would like to learn the job .

    Cons

    Whirlpool doesn't care about their employees


  9. Does not value it's employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clyde, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clyde, OH

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The only pro I see at this company is that they pay according to the cost of living.

    Cons

    Newly hired even temporary employees are promoted immediately for no reason except that they become good friends with management and with the way they dress.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so quick to fire and promote. Speak to everyone before doing so. Not only to a line leader who likes that becomes friends with that person, or that they are married or dating another Advisor. Really find out the way a person really performs their jobs. This company absolutely DOES NOT value it's employees. They are only concerned about the bonus money they receive.


  10. Helpful (1)

    This place got worse each year, the community of workers are the best part of the place, and they are leaving.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Specialist in Amana, IA
    Current Employee - Electrical Specialist in Amana, IA

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    This is a great place to learn fast, sink or swim learning curve,

    Cons

    Pay is too low for the surrounding area, managment makes excuses instead of proposing a wage increase. Management is out of loop with workers, expectations of skeleton crew is very demanding, work is not divided well among the employees. Too many cons to count.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the pay for the trades to match the area's wages, stop making excuses, pay attention when people are dissatasfied.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Mandatory employee turnover from upper management is puzzling.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free stand mixers and immersion blenders.

    Cons

    Firings are many and often. If you do not have a family you are fair game for sacrifice to save the lives of others' children. Pay is much lower than anything auto or aero in the area. Product integrity is extremely low.

    Advice to Management

    Chill out and stop thinking you are the greatest company in the world.



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