Whirlpool

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Good, safe place to work, but red tape grows on trees

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Current Employee - GIS Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI
Current Employee - GIS Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI

I have been working at Whirlpool

Pros

Whirlpool is a company thats also a familly. Most that work here feal like a familly working towards common goals. Executive management is fairly relaxed, and will listen to employees. Since Whirlpool is a very large company, there is always oportunities for growth. Whirlpool is also a fairly solid company, and you know that the company as a whole will make it through the hard times in tact, adapting as needed.

Cons

Whirlpool is very beurocratic. Red tape is a common commodity here. In addition, Whirlpool IT is very disorganized and siloed, making it very inefficient.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Foster a culture of cooperation and simplicity. Look at a company with a culture that is working for them, such as Microsoft, and focus management objectives to match,

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Can be a decent place to work, but may be in for some rough times if some self appraisal doesn't take place

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Saint Joseph, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Saint Joseph, MI

    I worked at Whirlpool

    Pros

    Large company with resources in many areas. *Potential* to work on interesting products for the consumer market. Certain aspects of Whirlpool systems could be considered a best practice-for instance the Product Safety process. If you wish to learn, there is a great wealth of product knowledge relevant to the appliance industry. Benefits are on par with most companies in the industry. If you have a family, the Saint Joseph location is a nice place to raise your kids. There are opportunities to move around within the company.

    Cons

    Certain areas of the company are top heavy, with more chiefs and less indians.
    There is a lot of company politics-managers seem to be making decisions based on where they are heading next rather than the business at hand. This has resulted in some morale issues by those pulling the weight, and also in a lot of non-value added activity that may look good to the next higher level of management without adding productivity or improving morale.
    Additionally, there seems to be a lack of decisiveness in direction. This may be a disconnect between senior management and mid-management that may prove hazardous in the competitive environment of household appliances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management is going to have to carefully evaluate the mid-management levels. While the salaried non-management people are generally productive and eager to put out good products, mid-management seems to be pursuing self-interest rather than contributing to the bottom line. Some of the behaviors on display may be walking an ethical tightrope. This is sapping morale and creating a lack of direction for employees.
    It might be time to clean house and flatten out the corporate structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Conservative, old-fashioned, baby-boomer haven

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    Current Employee - IT Lead Analyst in Saint Joseph, MI
    Current Employee - IT Lead Analyst in Saint Joseph, MI

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    Friendly people, lots of potential for improvement, #1 home appliances company in the world. This is a good place to work if you have a family and don't need a lot of professional growth. If you are young and ambitious, this probably isn't the right place for you.

    Cons

    Conservative environment, poor innovation, IT staff are way behind the curve, could become the next GM if they don't change their ways. Oh and did I mention they are extremely conservative and hate change like cats hate water? Well, they are.
    A common theme is "this is how we've always done it. why change? what's the value? what's the benefit? change is going to be hard... blah blah blah"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is inevitable. Either embrace it or find someone else that can. This isn't the 1950's anymore. Think 5-10 years ahead, not how it was in the past.

    Approves of CEO
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