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Whirlpool Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.2 388 reviews

65% Approve of the CEO

Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig

Jeff M. Fettig

(253 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    A stressful environment in which the brown-nosers get the best treatment.

    Senior Credit Representative (Former Employee) Knoxville, TN

    ProsDecent benefits & physical working conditions.

    ConsThe HR department is a complete waste of time; save time & just quit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop taking advantage of your employees and assuming they'll always be there to abuse.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    People are walking out of the door...and management thinks after hour drinks will help

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Benton Harbor, MI

    Pros- Great work that is truly challenging!
    - The opportunity to obtain knowledge in many areas and not just your "job description"
    - Unbelievable colleagues at the mid management to lower management levels who really care about you as an individual and your growth and success. (they are the reason I stayed for so long)

    Cons- Engagement is bad (really bad) and management believes that drinks after work will help solve the problem. We need to do a root cause analysis on the actual issues plaguing our company...with many of them start with a lack of confidence in our NAR president.
    - Our CEO is not an in the public kind of individual and right now as we fight International competitors hard, we need a VERY public figure to garner support for our company, our products, and the innovation we keep talking about us delivering
    - The Saint Joe Tech Center needs to be overhauled. We have too many Lead Engineers and Managers doing a job that an engineer two years out of school could do (at the Project Engineer level).

    Advice to Senior Management1) Our CEO needs to be more of a public figure (explore undercover boss, 60 minutes expose on the trade dumping case, the fact that we are trying to do big business in a "small business" government, etc)
    2) Figure out a way to overhaul the St. Joe Tech Center and the scope of work people are given...it's ridiculous that it takes so many engineers to produce a product two years late whereas cooking has a model of half the engineers on the team and produces things on time and under cost. Let's figure out what's making cooking engineering work so well.
    3) In a majority of our organizations it is very difficult for a Band 6 & 7 to break through and get noticed (especially in engineering) we're going to continue to lose great talent if managers and leaders are holding people back because they haven't served their "time" or are nervous about this individual some day being their boss (jealous). We have a lot of that and I don't think management is currently aware.
    4) A task force needs to be put together to truly have cart blanche in figuring out what is behind our engagement issues. Allow them to start at the top b/c many of our behaviors and poor decisions, and poor behaviors are being led from there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Historically very good people culture, but under decline

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Benton Harbor, MI

    ProsBreadth of accountabilities
    Many opportunities to impact the company
    International exposure
    Fortune 500 pay and growth possibilities
    Dynamic environment

    ConsGrowing silos
    Lack of teamwork
    Focus on core products, lack of innovation
    Top leadership does not encourage debate and exchange

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a way to create more open dialogue
    Provide vision for growth beyond core categories
    Encourage teaming, move away from individual achievement culture

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    Tough times have minimized the enjoyment of work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Benton Harbor, MI

    ProsPeople, community, and area is great. Good family values and great schools.

    ConsTough financial times have changed the work environment for the worse. More hours and less bonus.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck. Whirlpool is certainly in a dynamic time. Must react with great leadership.

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    Up's and downs

    Sourcing Specialist (Current Employee) Saint Joseph, MI

    ProsDecent Salary; Non management people are good people to work with.

    ConsVery Political; Medical insurance sucks & is expensive;

    Advice to Senior ManagementAbandon talent pool and forced rank, good people are leaving. The housing market isn't coming back, get a plan!

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    Average place to work, nice area, but poor management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Benton Harbor, MI

    ProsNice area to raise a family, good pay, average benefits

    ConsPoor management, advancement for those who "kiss up", employees don't feel valued

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    Usually no problems

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Yakima, WA

    Prosemployee discounts were a definite bonus

    Consnot enough communication between corporate and line workers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent place to work

    Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Benton Harbor, MI

    ProsGreat people with wonderful great experiences (ex-Consulting, great professionals)

    ConsLots of organizational and people churning roles every 6 to 12 months

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce organizational churn

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    As a long term employee, many recent changes have taken place may leave them in a less competitive environment

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) Benton Harbor, MI

    ProsNice local community. Good schools.

    ConsIf you have a spouse, you may wish to make sure she/he finds a job in the area before accepting a position. There are few other companies in the area.

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    Opportunities for promotion, but frustrating work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Benton Harbor, MI

    Pros- Opportunities for promotion
    - Leadership visibility for top performers
    - Competitive pay for local area

    Cons- 'Consensus culture'... very slow to make critical decisions
    - Strong focus on outsourcing of knowledge positions creates knowledge gaps
    - Rural area
    - Failure of leadership to remove poor performers

    Advice to Senior Management- "Cut the fat" by removing poor performers... not outsourcing whole departments
    - Embrace experimentation and change
    - Make decisions quickly... own the decision... consensus is not always required.

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