Whirlpool Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    Reduce the ranks of management by 50 percent

  2. Helpful (4)

    Work here to build your résumé.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  3. Helpful (4)

    Worst job I've ever had

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    None. It's an awful place to work.

    Cons

    Many. Too many to list.

    Advice to Management

    Die.

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  5. Brought in new talent from outside the Cleveland TN area to help in transformation...Most have left or will leave...Why?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, TN

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time

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

    Pros

    Stable company, pay and benefits were great for the area. Great community presence in volunteer work. New Plant.

    Cons

    Quality of life and work life balance were not fair depending in which department you worked in. Receiving help was not timely or non existent.
    Upper management had favorites...

    Advice to Management

    Look at all departments and review the balance between management staffing compared to the total areas of responsibility.

    New people are brought in to help transform but hit road blocks from current employees that are only protecting their interest instead of looking out for the productivity and success of the company as a whole.

  6. For people in technical fields, this was a good company years ago, but has been going steadily downhill

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a good place for manager types and non-technical people.
    When it's a good year (housing market is up because Whirlpool's performance is dependent on it), your bonus will be bigger than those from most companies.

    Cons

    For truly technical people in engineering and science roles, there are too many to list. If you are an engineer or scientist and are a truly technically focused one, stay away. It was once an exciting and engaging place to work for technical minded people in engineering or science fields. Over the last 5 years or so it has gotten progressively worse. They say they value technical knowledge and offer a "Y" career ladder with business and technical paths for engineers starting at lead engineer, but that is just lip service and there extremely few examples of people on that ladder, and they are not the ones evaluating your progress on the technical ladder anyway, it's the non-technical people.
    The people who get ahead at Whirlpool are those who do everything but what they are supposed to do in their role, focusing on activities that are non-value added that make them seem like "leaders." The vast majority of these leaders in the technology organization at Whirlpool were not champions of product knowledge or got to their positions by true technical excellence, they were more interested in their careers and only did the things that they thought would make them look good to get there.

  7. Age discrimination and caustic culture

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

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

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

    Pros

    Whirlpool offers employee discounts on products which is a good benefit. The South West Michigan area is a great place to live. Lake Michigan beaches are awesome. The people are great.

    Cons

    The performance review process creates a culture were people undermine each other and don't work as a team. Whirlpool fires people as soon as they reach the age of 55. This is age discrimination of course but there is no recourse.

    Advice to Management

    Stop firing older people. You are loosing knowledge and talent which will reduce product quality. Eliminate the current review process.

  8. Current

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Evansville, IN
    Current Employee - Manager in Evansville, IN

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

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

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume. Forces you to deal with multiple processes, some of which are completely useless, and contradictory to success

    Cons

    No work life balance, expected to work 12 hours a day

    Advice to Management

    Come down and see how the real world is working

  9. Helpful (6)

    Another American business tragedy now in the final stages of self-destruction.

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

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

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

    Pros

    1.) Most non-management employees are a pleasure to work with and very supportive.

    2.) A few very good internal processes.

    3.) Stable during economic downturn.

    4.) Very busy, no boredom, much to learn.

    5.) Several opportunities to move around within company.

    Cons

    1.) Performance Management system (Whirlpool PMP) force ranks all employees into a normal distribution with employee ratings of 1-5. 1's are top performers and receive large raises and bonuses. 5's are terminated. Each category has set percentages and must be filled. Utopia concept is that the performance bar is raised every year and eventually everyone is terminated at some point in time. CEO has been told repeatedly by Human Resources that the company forced ranking performance management system is not working.

    2.) Incredibly unhealthy, stressful, political, and "blame game" culture with high turnover. Company endorses the high turnover. but does sponsor a very small number of employees that are deemed worthy of the "Stepford Wives" culture that you feel day 1 of employment. Fortunately, many new employees do not waste their career at this company and leave on their own due to unhealthy culture.

    3.) Focus, funding, and value is placed on Sales & Marketing and not R&D, Engineering, and Quality. Typical failing American big three automotive model Whirlpool even hires top management from the automotive industry and brings in automotive philosophies.

    4.) Age discrimination practices are truly ludicrous. There are literally daily discussions on this subject. Employees that have not been promoted by early 30s and within a few years of being hired are considered expendable and are usually ranked low on the company performance scale.

    5.) Managers are forced to manage up and not down. Never experienced anything like this before.

    6.) Several managers have no direct reports, reflecting a culture that places little value on employee mentoring, coaching, development, and growth.

    7.) Bullies are promoted.

    8.) Company focus is mostly on short term goals to met quarterly financial numbers.

  10. Helpful (2)

    director

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

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

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

    Pros

    great products, strong Manufacturing and Technology company

    Cons

    weak leadership, poor vision at the top, only focused on cost reduction.... not brands and growth

    Advice to Management

    value your people....... experience does matter

  11. Helpful (1)

    Quality has gone way down due to the new managements ideas. Very sad for the consumer and frustrating for employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, OH

    I have been working 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

    Hourly wages are reasonable. Great benefits to salary employees including the newly hired ones. Not a long drive to and from work.

    Cons

    Company convenience. Job bidding and seniority mean nothing. No rights or respect for employees by management or HR.

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