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Whirlpool Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
445 Reviews
3.5
445 Reviews
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Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • In general, the work-life balance is above average compared to other large companies (in 30 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance except for those who are part of the inner circle of cronies (in 17 reviews)

  • Position was located in a small town so local attractions/things to do, were low (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Positive

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

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

    Pros

    You will grow as a manager quickly. You will learn budgeting, people management and will be empowered.

    Cons

    Politics and it continues to get worse and worse. It holds most people from speaking freely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over the past years the upper management at WHR has moved to intimidation to get their way. The result is a bunch of yes men in various positions. Start encouraging and rewarding those who contribute honestly and professionally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of sheep, not many wolves

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

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

    Pros

    Decent pay. New Facilities. Good Brands.

    Cons

    Too process oriented. Benefits - insurance is not good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Uncaring no support of medical issues

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

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great business for area, offers job opportunities in distressed area. Career opportunities and advancement in education is a benefit for employees.

    Cons

    No support to employees with medical problems, development of health issue means bye bye job...whirlpool don't deal with that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more caring, supportive of great employees that love to work , not fire them because of health issue time off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    MLDP Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Leadership Development Program in Greenville, OH
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Leadership Development Program in Greenville, OH

    I worked at Whirlpool as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries, flexible hours in non-manufacuring roles. Good people for the most part.

    Cons

    Human resources is unresponsive and difficult to work with. They are reluctant to communicate through documented means which can become difficult in the end. The plant locations are all in very small midwestern towns which is not for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on implementing modern manufacturing techniques and build more collaborative working environments within the plants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Cog in the Wheel

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Amana, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Amana, IA

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart people to work with

    Cons

    misguided top down management style. No job satisfaction. Review system has everyone scared to due anything truly innovative or fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back off on the review system. Have smaller teams make decisions on projects. Eliminate top down management style and you may keep good employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from it if you are an engineer interested in technical career

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

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    work life balance (if you are in the right areas like sales, mktg or finance) allowing to go home at noon on Fridays during spring and summer (not true in all areas though) and leave the office at 5 most of the time

    can easily game the review system to get raises and quick promotions (network, sell yourself, follow directions blindly, use the leadership jargon "product leadership", "lean", "winning"...)

    Some projects are big and technically interesting. The industry dynamic with the competition from new players (LG/Samsung) is driving change.

    A lot of great people across the organization. Can easily build friendship with colleagues and have fun day-to-day (if one can cope with Sr leadership - see below)

    Cons

    no value for expertise especially if you are a technical person (mfg or engineering). Be ready to get an MBA. no organizational learning - people move all the time without building any learning

    poor coaching - little real personal growth - a lot of leaders get promoted before they are ready and thus cannot coach effectively even when they would like to

    arrogant management ("we are the best") despite very poor strategic vision ("cut costs and launch good products")

    bureaucracy and micro management: little autonomy to make any decision, including hiring to staff a team. must have VP approval for many things

    many promotions due to networking/personal relationships not results despite the claim of results-based promotion system (example: poor quality, poor cost, 6-month delay project resulted in a promotion for the project Engineering Director)

    Very poor analytics - a lot of decisions are judgment calls. Bringing analytics is looked upon as "being slow" and therefore impacts negatively your rating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring diversity in your management: people with industrial background and not just sales/mktg/finance. Your competition is now too good to ignore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great boss... but that was about all that was good...

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

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

    Pros

    Good location and cost of living. Open, friendly people deeper in the organization

    Cons

    Bad CEO who is only focused on short term gain and a disfunctional executive team who cannot seem to work togther.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate culture starts at the top. Set a better example.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture

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

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very good in assessing people performance

    Cons

    Bureaucratic company, to take a decision need to go through 10000 meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make it happen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fair but obsolete

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

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

    Pros

    401k and great schools for kids
    Nice people
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Reviewed system is flawed forced distribution, forces a lowly ranked person based not on results but politics.
    Promotion is not based on skills but on politics, much more then any other company I have seen.
    Whirlpool is the "GM" of appliances too big too many silos that don't communicate to each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the ranks of management by 50 percent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Work here to build your résumé.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Development Manager in Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Product Development Manager in Benton Harbor, MI

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They are many different career areas in which to gain experience and build your resume.

    Cons

    The forced rating system means 20% of employees are rated poorly every year. That leads to employees being dragged into meaningless politics and contributes heavily to employee dissatisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop wasting the talent you work so hard to recruit -- change the way you rate employees and learn how to really connect with and reward them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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