Whirlpool Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
401 Reviews

3.5
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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 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.  

    engineering internship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    big company , global, good payment , 401k plan, nice supervisor

    Cons

    a little boring because the city is pretty small.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    The grass is always greener on the other side

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    Current Employee - Marketing Director  in  Benton Harbor, MI
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Benton Harbor, MI

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

    Pros

    Still a solid global player driving good business results through scale and muscle. The recent changes in working culture have helped create a better environment despite a cut-throat management culture. Good values and still a decent culture.

    Cons

    Moving too slow to keep up with competition - hard to believe the strategy will hold in the long run. If you are not in the inner circle no chance to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change from a "who knows you" to a "real results-based, values oriented" talent management system. Share the wealth with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Benton Harbor, MI

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They did a good job respecting work-life balance, The location of the tech center was a short walk to Lake Michigan

    Cons

    I had a long drive because I chose not to relocated to Benton Harbor. The working environment depends on the manager. The first manager I had was great. The second drove me out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful of who you choose for middle managers. They make or break (in my case) the workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company for a Large Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whirlpool

    Pros

    Change, stability, competitive, brands, opportunity

    Cons

    Slow making decisions, good ole boy system

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Good company Values, especially for such a large organization

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Stability, long term job potential. Leadership is trying to unite entire organization, As a whole they are trying to be a leader in everything they do.

    Cons

    Many Corporate projects have too many Chiefs and not enough Indians. Although it is being worked on- there are still a lot of separate "companies" under the Whirlpool Umbrella with limited communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that projects that are for one division (i.e. Finance) is communicated with others (Service and Sales) so that Whirlpool can give the feeling of a united front to customers, investors, and competitors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Whirlpool - Corporate Headquarters

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Benton Harbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Benton Harbor, MI

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

    Pros

    The work-life balance at Whirlpool is great and the pay is good. Leaders are flexible regarding family needs, illness, etc. There is a lot of opportunity to move within the company, both within your job function and into other business areas. The work is interesting and I enjoy working for a company that produces the vast majority of product they sell in the U.S., in the U.S.

    Cons

    Corporate headquarters is in a small town, if your spouse also works there is not much opportunity here for them. During my interview process, Whirlpool touted that they have many employees whose spouses also work at Whirlpool, talked about how they help spouses, and stated there would be great opportunities for my spouse. Once I was here, they have done nothing to help my spouse get a job. My spouse is even willing to change careers or take a step down, to get a foot in the door and contribute income to the family. My spouse never even makes it past the "rejected by outsourced recruiting company based on resume without even a call" stage. Make sure you both have a job offer before you move here. I will probably end up moving eventually so that my spouse can contribute income to the family, too. I wish I didn't have to, because I really love my job and the opportunities for me are great. But, we need two incomes long term. I understand each hiring manager wants the perfect fit, and I was naive in believing the puffing from HR during the interview process. Also, annual raises are less than the increase in the cost of living. Housing and food costs in the area are high. Company is very concerned about local community relations and supporting local businesses, so they don't put fitness centers or child care centers onsite as amenities for employees (although they have a "culture of health").

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Senior manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    Great new facilities and flexible working environment. Summer with the lake are great.

    Cons

    Need work life balance improvements. Would like to see them promote from within verse going outside so much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on driving new business and product leadership so we can be ready for the next downturn.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Be sure to take the lead in everything.

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    Current Employee - Design Leader
    Current Employee - Design Leader

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

    Pros

    Driven and enthusiast environment to work in.

    Cons

    Corporate mis-alignments on strategy. Lacking clear direction from senior leadership by overload of messages.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time

    Pros

    Friendly employees and great training programs. This company is very committed to providing the very best to customers.

    Cons

    No much to do in Benton Harbor. Everyone in this city works for the company. Closest major cities are South Bend and Chicago.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great company, great brands, limited leadership.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Benton Harbor, MI

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good discipline, solid performance, recognition for performance.

    Cons

    Promote wrong people to leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for true leadership principles when you hire leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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