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Helpful (1)

Great company, global focus, and good opportunities for growth.

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kohler, WI
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kohler, WI

I have been working at Kohler full-time (more than 10 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Vast opportunity for position changes due to diversity of brands owned. There are many opportunities for switching after 18 months in a position. This helps to continue growth within the same company.

Cons

Too many decisions have to be approved by the CEO.

Advice to Management

If you hire the best, trust the best.

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  1. Helpful (7)

    Great experience. Would not go back.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Project Engineer in Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Mechanical Project Engineer in Kohler, WI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Helpful (7)

    Old Boys Club

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Finance in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler 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

    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 Management

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

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