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Whirlpool Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
440 Reviews
3.5
440 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 28 reviews)

  • The employees of Whirlpool are what make it a great place to work (in 17 reviews)


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

  • Wish that upper management was more open to flexible work arrangements (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to start and learn

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whirlpool

    Pros

    A lot of transverse job opportunities, tied relationships, human workplace

    Cons

    More and more directed by european headquarters where real power stands

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Training and opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Whirlpool is moving in the right direction with their "Straight Talk" philosophy. The management does a good job of rewarding most for their contributions.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is hard to achieve during heavy new product introductions. Major corporation and they go through cost cutting measures that includes job eliminations for some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give clear direction and make sure all factories management are aligned with corporate management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company that tries to do things the right way.

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

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

    Pros

    - Lots of smart, motivated employees
    - Company-wide policies and initiatives that promote positive work environment and culture

    Cons

    - some areas (like procurement) are not up to speed with the rest of the org, slows things down
    - too much focus on moving people around too quickly. Let them accomplish something first!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Import Specialist

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

    I have been working at Whirlpool as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company really cares about it employees and strive to keep everyone happy.

    Cons

    A lot of issues always seem to pop up at random times. A person can easily get lost doing all the dirty work that needs to be done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Family oriented company based in midwest

    Cons

    Procurement advancement opportunities are limited.

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

    Great industry leader

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

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

    Pros

    Vision and strategy - clear in North America and Latin America. Not so clear in Europe and Asia.
    Consumer focus - reason why it is still the industry leader.
    Innovation - able to keep revenues.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic culture.
    Leadership power structure.
    Importance to titles and status.
    Poor alignment globally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great!

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

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

    Pros

    Initially, I was only hired for a part-time position. However, I put in a lot of effort during training and was moved to a full-time position. Hard work is definitely noticed.

    Cons

    It can be monotonous, but what work isn't?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    No right way to do a wrong thing

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

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

    Pros

    Great company rich with top talent. Whirlpool has every opportunity to excel and grow and even dominate the industry. It is flush with top talent and those willing to put forth the right efforts to drive the company towards their every goal. You'll find the greatest talent still within the company, while it continues to farm out through attrition the rest of their talent to their competitors and ancillary industries.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is weighing down all the potential. The company feels rotten within itself with cronyism and nepotism awarding positions to people unproven and people who have never stayed within position long enough to actually have delivered against an objective, and yet they thrive with their naive opinions. Too slow to act

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up to the talent loss, clarify the steps and assessment for individual growth. In this industry, you'll need people willing to take risk and management not so eager to hand out punishment.

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

    Great company that values loyalty.

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

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

    Pros

    It is located in a small town so if you wan't to live in a rural location it is a great option. They really do value development and loyalty so there are opportunities available to develop and in certain cases switch functions.

    Cons

    Can be somewhat cliquey. If you enter through a rotational program you will have an easier path to growth than as a direct hire. backfilling and promotions are done more on a "who do you know?" basis than by utilizing HR to actively determine who is the best fit. Employees that work in functions outside of Sales, Mktg and Engineering will find it harder to advance. Support functions like finance, supply chain, IT, procurement, etc are much flatter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a more robust HR department that can better identify and promote talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Joseph, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Joseph, MI

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

    Pros

    Very laid back and friendly. Lots of changes to be more lean and to eliminate the old-school mentality with respect to work hours, work attire, years vs. company instead of performance-based promotions, etc. Very short commute unless you decide to make it longer. In general, the work-life balance is above average compared to other large companies. Very diverse workforce and lots of international opportunities, if you are interested in that. Many career path opportunities.

    Cons

    Can be VERY slow to promote its people, especially in the tech center for fabric care (laundry) engineers. Smaller town == no other major employers in the area. Bonus is not guaranteed to be a specific amount; it fluctuates based on company performance == on bad years, salaries are not competitive. Housing prices are higher than normal in the area due to tourism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want top talent to remain, then get rid of the forced ranking system. If you only hire top talent, none of those people want to hear that they are just "ok" or "average". If they are above average, they should be told so, not forced into a bucket so your numbers work out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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