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Kohler's missed opportunity in a southern state. [Searcy Arkansas]

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Former Employee - Non-scab, Due Payer  in  Searcy, AR
Former Employee - Non-scab, Due Payer in Searcy, AR

I worked at Kohler full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Good Company, with a solid product. The only company I've ever worked for, with which I consider myself their customer. Very reasonable with Organized labor.

Cons

They allowed a clique majority of production workers, - polishers - at UAW local 100; to create the widest range of incomes I've ever seen, even in non-union shops: 27K - 90K. Had that money been spread out more evenly, strikes would have not happened. My Father and Uncles were UAW, and I was a member as well - Searcy's Local 100 was NOT how organized labor Works. Those of you failed the People of Searcy Arkansas; whatever you're doing now, do it over in baldknob.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Follow the Japanese model for setting up shop in the south. They don't compete with your products.

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great experience. Would not go back.

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Project Engineer  in  Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Mechanical Project Engineer in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Diverser cross functional experience. Ability to work in high level position very early in career. International experience. Nice new offie for engines engineering. The Sheboygan area is a decent place to live and close enough to visit Milwaukee for a splash of culture. Lots of genuine and nice people at the working levels.

    Cons

    Cash compensation only slightly better than low end contract firms. My total cash compensation grew 90% when I moved on. Very disorganized and not clearly process driven. Training and development opportunities could stand to be better organized. HVK makes every important decision, so middle management indecision is rampent and progress can grind to a hault. Who you know being more important than what you know is more prevalent than most corporate environments. Nepotism is a term you need to be very comfortable with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees an average wage based on the industry and responsibility. Adopt some kind of formal continuous improvement process: A3, Six Sigma, Lean Process, anything. Become publicly traded or oust Herb, though David is not much better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    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 for 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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