Whirlpool Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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  1. Incompetent senior management that lacks innovation.

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Saint Joseph, MI
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Saint Joseph, MI

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    Whirlpool is a very moral company with good values. They pay reasonably and the area that the company is located in is quaint.

    Cons

    Management is incredibly short sighted and not very bright. Always looking at reducing cost while doing idiotic things to hit their goals. There was some good talent at the director level but most of it left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to get a better picture of the whole company strategy and think about innovation. Also, we see through all their "turn it on" initiatives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Management out of touch with reality

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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

    Pros

    Diverse workforce - many highly educated individuals with interesting perspective

    Cons

    Little consistent upper management executable strategy - flavor of the month mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the people you hire do their jobs - they are the experts in their field - no wonder the Asians are taking over the appliance world

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Get experience and get out

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI

    I worked at Whirlpool

    Pros

    Corporate culture and the active lifestyle events they offer outside of work. They attempt to foster a culture of inclusivity...they fail.

    Cons

    Very hard to move up in the company. The bonus structure is terrible. I received an exceeds expectations two years in a row and was never promoted. It just depends on who your manager is. The HR department really does not assist when you come to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees the way you would like to be treated. I realize that times are tough but the morale of the people is what will get this company over the hump. We all have families to take care of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    A corporate giant that does not seek change

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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

    Pros

    - Salary is competitive if you negotiate your starting salary well
    - The company is large enough to allow experience in many different areas if you move within the corporation
    - If you like living in a small town, the area is great, beach is beautiful, and the people are kind

    Cons

    - This company is one of the most competitive ones I've seen if you are trying to move up the ladder quickly
    - This is still a company driven by middle-aged and older caucasian men.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Vision is nothing without strategy and execution
    - Reduce the number of non-value added meetings
    - Find a way to show employees they are valued - like the company picnic?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Tons of $$$$, not much else

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    Former Employee - Finance Director
    Former Employee - Finance Director

    I worked at Whirlpool

    Pros

    You are paid very well.

    As a Director, my total compensation was about $225,000. 2/3 of this was in base, the balance in bonus and other comp.

    Cons

    - Poor work-life balance
    - Terrible management
    - Rampant cronyism
    - Lots and lots and lots of meetings.. you'd better love meetings with no discernable action items
    - VERY poor opportunities for skills development.. you'll be doing things that you did 5 years earlier in your career, albeit for much more money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kill the meetings, the inbred "we're the best" mentality, the silos and the complete lack of internal controls around executive success metrics. Focus on bottom-line profitability, take accountability when things go wrong (they always will) and DELEGATE instead of withholding key assignments and critical information.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    competition has passed them by

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

    I worked at Whirlpool

    Pros

    nice folks to work with - friendly, trustworthy - nice town to work in for families - everyone knows each other - it's really a close-knit community

    Cons

    no/low tolerance for outsiders - the company has really become inbred over time - real aversion/fear of new thinking and ideas - the market and competition have passed them by and they don't even know it

    the company is completely inwardly focused - there is no real connection to the marketplace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the game has completely changed - you have to recognized that what has worked in the past is not going to work now - you must be open to new people and new ideas - you have to be willing to hear bad news and believe it

    also, "work harder" is not a strategy - the company needs a clear new direction instead of grinding away at the same old tired ideas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Whirlpool Marion. A Typical American Company.

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in Marion, OH
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in Marion, OH

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    It is one of the better paying jobs in the area. We have a 401k match program that is nice not great but nice. Whirlpool has a lot of help programs for employees financial workshops, smoking cessation program, Stress management help, a nurse help line and a company doctor on site. We have a plant emergency team on all three shifts. helth and safety are very important here. We have a new DVP who seems to have a good head on his shoulders. We are working hard on lean events to make us more cost effective. There are a lot of great people here to work with.

    Cons

    They cut the education reimbursement program. Health benefits have been cut in the last ten years to minimum or almost minimum coverage. Management has not taken the advice from engineers to the line worker on worn out machines and dies. We are now forced to deal with all the problems that come from years of neglect. Some of our skilled trades areas are not given tools or machines to preform there daily tasks efficiently or in a timely mannor. Some of the skilled trades areas are under staffed to complete the work necessary to keep the shop running. There are a lot of little problems that could be fixed to help the prosses run more efficiently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe we should do a lean event in the Senior Management area to see if we can cut cost here. It seems very lopsided when we have to cut out jobs on the line 35k - 40k each and have someone working for more than 10 times that giving all of our products non-value added expence. NAR is much like Ford and GM very top heavy. We should do lean acrossed the board.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. small cog in a big machine

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    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing in Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing in Benton Harbor, MI

    I worked at Whirlpool

    Pros

    business acument, good training programs, insight into corporate america, springboard for next career, colleagues. Good learning grounds for future jobs.

    Cons

    Poor management communication, lack of concern for the little guys, lack of vision, lack of openness to new ideas, new concepts, innovation. Poor communication among all the different divisions throughout the world: There are certainly interesting career opportunities in different countries, but good employees leave because these positions are either not known nor well communicated. Among They don't provide enough incentive to keep good people in such an uninteresting, small little community like Benton Harbor, Saint Joseph. There is too little investment in the people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more attentive to customers, listen to employees, take more stock in employee skills before their gone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Great work experience and opportunities, but very closed culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Benton Harbor, MI
    Current Employee - Marketing in Benton Harbor, MI

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    If you are going to work in the appliance industry, you should work for the leader. Great work experience and resume builder. You get excellent opportunities to work on important projects very early in your career. For the right person, you can get exposure to senior leaders very early. You learn a lot about a very complex business and get exposure to a wide variety of functional areas. You work with some very smart people.

    Cons

    Tough industry that is an experiencing a multi-year decline. Old boy culture. Extremely matrixed culture makes decision making very complex and difficult to hold to a strategy/decision. Although people a very smart and driven, they often use these talents to get ahead in a very political environment. The HR strategy is very divisive and does not help focus people on the common good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on transparency and fairness. Promotions seem like a popularity contest rather than delivering results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Not good for fresh college grads.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    There's some opportunity for international travel so you get those bragging rights.

    Cons

    baby boomers everywhere! it doesn't help being the fresh college grad among them; not only do they give you a hard time but they don't have any training programs to get people on board.

    My biggest pet peeve was that no one seemed to have a decent college degree there except for the executives. Most of the people got their Bachelor's degrees only when the company began funding it. Even managers and directors have come from the most remote / unheard-of colleges. And it still feels like a company that's being run by 5th graders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that you and your people get proper training. It seems like the only thing management can do is to count on consultants to make all the real decisions. The only thing I've seen senior management do is to make the payments and sign whatever comes in from the consultants. Incompetent management is ruling whirlpool and the company going to be eaten alive!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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