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Old Boys Club

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Former Employee - Finance in Kohler, WI
Former Employee - Finance in Kohler, WI

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

Pros

Large company & opportunity for career change/advancement to the right employees. Many get stuck in a positon and are unable to move.

Cons

Too much upper management and management that is not qualified (golden boys). The company management is very heavily lopsided towards the male side, and many of those males are still operating with the mindset of the 50s. Don't expect to excel to far too quickly if you are a female.
The company is also stong on favorites, regardless of your intellectual ability and career track record. It's more of a WHO you know, rather than WHAT you know kind of place.
They will wine and dine you as an intern, tell you all kinds of great things about career opportunity, travel, etc. Then after about 1-2 years, the reality sets in and you find out that it's all a bunch of lies to lure you in. Most people don't stick around for lthe long haul here, many get some experience for their resume and then move on.
You are JUST a number here, they really don't care about you as a person.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Remove a few layers of upper management, hire some managers with great people skills, show that you actually care about your employees.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Dishonest and corrupt. Just a horrible place to be.

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Kohler, WI

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

    Pros

    Not many. Products are well crafted.

    Cons

    Management is just awful. At all levels of the company. Everybody operates in fear (HVK) and if you are not the "chosen employee" your career will go nowhere. Management excels at labeling employees and putting them in a box. Never moving anybody up the ladder because they have determined that you are not capable of doing anything other than your current position. HR is bloated and causes too many barriers to real success. HR is not employee friendly. If you confide in them they will notify your supervisor immediately and tell them everything.
    WARNING: If you value your career, this is not the place for you. Better think twice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not that this advice matters becuase Kohler will never change but here you go. The people you have working for you matter. Turnover is very high for a reason. People do not like being treated poorly and they will leave. You can replace them but consider the cost. It is now a culture of contempt. Wakeup and drop the ego.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely fast and demanding environment

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Marketing in Kohler, WI

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

    Pros

    Exceptional creative environment with a total focus on quality and the Kohler brand.

    Cons

    A lot is expected out of executives and burnout can occur if personal life is not managed well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the heritage and uniqueness of the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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