Whirlpool Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig
Jeff M. Fettig
54 Ratings

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. Chaotic Mangement and lack of resources

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern Trade Marketing in Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Intern - Intern Trade Marketing in Brussels (Belgium)

    I have been working at Whirlpool as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Strong brand. good ethical code

    Cons

    Lots of history, and you need a good network to succeed. Very chaotic management with a lack of planning and organization. Not enough staff to keep up with workload. Important issues have to be neglected.

    Advice to Management

    Dont use KitchenAid as Whirlpools cash cow


  2. Helpful (1)

    Your Mileage May Vary

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    Former Employee - Procurement in Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Procurement in Benton Harbor, MI

    I worked at Whirlpool

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to many areas of a global enterprise
    Good pay & benefits
    Great brand recognition
    Experience looks good on a resume

    Cons

    Major power struggle going on in procurement....leadership needs to decide who's in charge, give clear direction to employees, then let those folks do their job and support their business partners.

    Advice to Management

    VP's constantly micro-managing projects is not an efficient use of resources.


  3. Whirlpool

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

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Carrer management, carrer opportunities, values

    Cons

    Leadership confused, low priorization, bad work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Better guide lines


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not job recognized

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

    I worked at Whirlpool

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

    Pros

    Big company and procedures quite well organized

    Cons

    Lack of strategy from EMEA leaders


  6. Helpful (2)

    GIS is an underfunded, poorly lead, ignorant place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time

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

    Pros

    Low cost of living at HQ
    Some good products
    Some emphasis on leadership training

    Cons

    - This is a leadership team from the Paleolithic period. They are so ignorant. They think by living in a well their world is the well.
    - Zero desire to integrate with the world
    - Poor value placed for industry knowledge, technical expertise and true leadership
    - Value placed on looking good, schmoozing with CxO's and VP's, attending the same places of worship as the bosses. Just plain poor substance.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on substance, focus on technology and fire your CIO.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good company, but needs stronger people leadership

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Benton Harbor, MI
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Benton Harbor, MI

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to grow laterally and vertically, high bonus target potential and genuinely are concerned for the overall well-being of employees.

    Cons

    There are too many poor people leaders, especially in HR. Hopefully things will improve so HR can better reflect and do what it tells other managers to do. There is a lot of change happening, it's touted as good for everyone but it often feels it's mostly just helping Whirlpool's bottom line, there's not enough balance.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on hiring the best leaders of people, not just the manager the senior executive really likes. Book smarts DOES NOT EQUAL managerial smarts! Poor managers need help or need to be shown the door before an unneeded number of talented people leave.


  8. Production

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Whirlpool as a contractor

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

    Pros

    High tempo atmosphere - nice co-workers

    Cons

    little positive management interaction -- stuck on job by myself with little training. The supervisor would just call the phone by my work area and tell me what to do for the night


  9. Helpful (1)

    Interesting experience, challenge level not too high

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Global company, good as a starting workplace. Young people working environment. If lucky you to work with experienced leaders you are able to learn a lot and grow.

    Cons

    High level of stress, due to lack of planning most of the tasks are executing at last minute, management with low focus on employees development.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Self Absorbed and Internally Focused

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

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The ability to move into completely different jobs but still work at the same company
    A global company which values different cultures and people
    A strong commitment to thier values

    Cons

    Whirlpool has so many brands that a significant amount of resources are wasted so Whirlpool can compete with itself rather than the competition
    The PMP rating system destroys teamwork and drives the organization to penalize 20% of the work force every year......... even if an employee doesn't deserve a poor rating.
    Age discrimination is rampant within the organization and the PMP system is used to penalize the experienced older employees to cover the 20% poor rating objective.
    Whirlpool is a change fanatic, we are constantly changing everything weather we need to or not, which tends to break what is working well and the things we need fixed never get resolved.

    Advice to Management

    Whirlpool has some intelligent leaders, but unfortunately, are so out of touch with how things get done they don't know what to change to make us smarter/faster, and even if they did, I don't see them having the true leadership skills required to make the difficult decisions to truly make us better, which is why Whirlpool will always be a reactionary company rather than a leader of the industry until that changes.


  11. Chef de secteur

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whirlpool

    Pros

    Expérience terrain, conditions de travail ( voiture de fonction, logement le temps de s'installer sur le terrain).

    Cons

    Sur le déclin, poste de chef de secteur tendant vers la promotion des ventes. Rachat d'un concurrent entrainant une ambiance tendue.



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