Whirlpool Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sourcing Specialist
    Current Employee - Sourcing Specialist

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Good company but many issues

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

    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

    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 Management

    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.

  6. 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.

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Worldwide manufacturing operations of consumer goods.

    Cons

    Majority of Northamerican plants are in small midwest towns.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your facilities

  8. Excellent foundation of values, but not followed by every department.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Whirlpool has an excellent set of values. Salaries and benefits are overall competitive. Whirlpool as a whole is a solid company with longevity in the market place.

    Cons

    Whirlpool's values are not followed by every department, causing a negative impact to morale and productivity. Some departments/positions are given less value than others and are provided poor and/or inefficient tools to perform duties. This causes a severe "slow down" in completing tasks within required time parameters.

    Advice to Management

    I suggest that upper management take a closer look at how the "lower" levels of positions are being valued and the tools that they are provided to the employees. There is a lot of waste caused by not providing the right tools to employees to perform their duties. Many excellent employees are being overwhelmed because the tools they have do not support the job requirements they are accountable for. Ultimately, our customers suffer because of lengthy delays to resolved issues.

  9. The job is easy, It's the higher up's that need to learn how to talk.

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

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Job is simple, Hours are great, Overtime available, Not strenuous.

    Cons

    The people, Management, the food in the cafeteria and vending machines.

    Advice to Management

    Take classes on how to talk.

  10. Mixed messages from management

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

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    HR seems like they want to develop you as an employee. Good pay and bonus structure.

    Cons

    Mixed messages from management, something that wasn't acceptable yesterday, is now acceptable. Not a lot of communication from management about changes or plans for the company. Rating scale for performance reviews. Line supervisors are difficult to work with. Not much of a "teamwork" mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from the auto industry and implement key fundamental quality controls and procedures. Get rid of the bell curve rating scale for performance reviews and actually rate people on their performance. Provide a more clear direction to employees.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Typical corporate environment

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

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

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

    Pros

    Decent opportunity to learn a wide range of business and technical skills. Good place to start a career.

    Cons

    Talent evaluation process is very over engineered. I have seen way too many great people passed over simply because we have to fulfill a ridiculous HR distribution. It's like "Corporate Hunger Games"

    Advice to Management

    You're a midwestern manufacturer - stop pretending that you're in Silicon valley. Instead of trying to force fit talent inside the constraints of a text book curve, try having some faith in your managers and their ability to keep/grow talent and weed out under performers.

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