Whirlpool Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
427 Reviews
3.4
427 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.  

    challenging environment and culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Benton Harbor, MI
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Benton Harbor, MI

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

    Pros

    New product launches and emerging market

    Cons

    speed and agility to launch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break silo's, be agile and faster to launch product and to out perform the competition and provide quality that meets customer expectations without any complaints

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Lead Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI
    Current Employee - IT Lead Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI

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

    Pros

    100 year old company lots of investment and evolution in IT

    Cons

    Hard to advance. Not a lot of professional growth oppertunity for SR individual contributors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase opportunities for career advancement

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to start your career with but difficult to stay with long term

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

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

    Pros

    good company culture, "no wrong way to do a right thing". HQ is in SW Michigan which is a tough place to attract talent from around the country. Most employees there hail from that part of the country and don't mind the lack of a big city and cold winters but outsiders resist moving there.

    Cons

    slow to innovate and keep up with challenging competition at times. Top level leadership is still a good old boys club if you look around despite existing in an industry where customers are primarily women.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit from outside the SW Michigan, Ohio, Indiana area and diversify the workforce.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun products to work on with great people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Fun products with a great sense of urgency to get them to market. Headquartered in a excellent small community right next to some of the best beaches in the country.

    Cons

    Long hours are expected for a promotion. Pay is average at best. Lots of last minute requests from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shorten the time to advance people amd prioritize life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall, Whirlpool is a good place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    You get the chance to work on great, meaningful projects with a team of pretty great people. St. Joseph/Benton Harbor is a wonderful place to raise a family and the weather is great (in the summer!)

    Cons

    Wish that upper management was more open to flexible work arrangements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement some really robust HR policies that support employees who want to work in a more flexible way. Right now it has to be done "under the table" and there seems to be no support for the top.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Senior Global Director, implementing large scale apps dev, network eng, and end user computing programs, globally.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Senior Director - Global Business Solutions in Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Global Senior Director - Global Business Solutions in Benton Harbor, MI

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

    Pros

    Global program management opportunities, tremendous individual skills growth opportunities.

    Cons

    "Mom and Pop" feel, Vs Corporate Industry Leader. Both advantageous, and disadvantageous, depending on your level and role within the firm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Company is performing well now, but red tape continues to hold back top performers

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sourcing Specialist
    Current Employee - Sourcing Specialist

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

    Pros

    The culture is relaxed with a great work/life balance. The pay is competitive and the bonus for the last two years has been great.

    Cons

    HR continues to hold top performers back ensuring their pay does not exceed their salary bands. This creates little incentive to perform well from a salary perspective, when your merit increase is larger than your promotion salary increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the people you've hired do their job. There is no reason a director should be signing $1M contracts when you're a $20B company! Look outside of corporate headquarters for talent and continue to push for solutions to allow global connectivity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company but many issues

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Great career advancement opportunities but paid a price for it. Fortunate to have some bright and cutting edge bosses who helped me advance quite far in a short period of time. I learned a tremendous amount during my 8 years there and had some memorable experiences.

    Cons

    Nasty office politics with fighting among departments. Me first attitude among senior execs rather than team first. Borderline unethical quarter-end pushes that never end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow people to make mistakes without compromising their career. I saw way too many good people lose their career for taking a risk. Fix the fighting among departments as it kills the underlying team's morale. Stop the quarter-end pushes. It is a great company if you are fortunate enough to hitch your wagon to a star but life is miserable if you are unlucky and have boss who is not a star.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    LDP program

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    Good exposure to the leadership. Business oriented experience. Travel to international locations.

    Cons

    Smaller area of location. Not good if you are a young person who likes to hang out with friends. Relationship based company and too old school in many ways.

  11.  

    Great product. Great People. Bad coffee in the lunch room.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Findlay, OH
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Findlay, OH

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

    Pros

    Worldwide manufacturing operations of consumer goods.

    Cons

    Majority of Northamerican plants are in small midwest towns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your facilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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