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Helpful (2)

Tough Industry in a tough economy equals short-sightedness and unfortunately an aversion to risk.

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Former Employee - Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI
Former Employee - Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI

I worked at Whirlpool

Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

Southwest Michigan is a great place to raise a family.
St. Joseph is beautiful in summer although workload prevent nearly any time to enjoy it except weekends.
Very easy to get a good business education at Whirlpool.

Cons

Extreme emphasis on making monthly and quarterly numbers often causes very short-sighted decisions to be made at the expense of longer-term opportunities.
Employees, especially at lower levels, are seldom encouraged to take risk or pursue ideas that might fail, and failure is looked upon very negatively.
LOTS of warm bodies filling seats and carrying out orders by the higher-ups. Culture is such that challenging management is a good way to eventually be on the outside looking in.
Very few true leaders in middle and upper mgmt ranks. It was very hard to find a mentor that embodied qualities I was looking for.

Advice to Management

Take risk, embrace failure, and change quickly--the same qualities that enabled Whirlpool to become the behemoth it is today. In the business environment you're currently in, a top priority should be figuring out how to get everyone at all levels in the company working in unison toward the same goals.
Look for legitimate top talent and promote and incent those individuals as soon as possible. Most are leaving or looking to leave soon.

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  1. Constant change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Benton Harbor, MI

    I worked at Whirlpool

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is excellent
    People are great
    Top Company/Brands in Industry

    Cons

    Constant leadership changes made it difficult to fully follow through with strategies. Direction kept changing.
    Middle of nowhere in Michigan. Chicago isn't that close, 2 hours to get to a major airport.

    Advice to Management

    Give better direction and support with decision making.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Management looks at the "big picture," but misses the forest for the trees

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    Current Employee - Trade Partner Support Specialist in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Trade Partner Support Specialist in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees have decent benefits, and some of the ongoing projects are making it easier for us to serve our trade partners effectively. Communication is improving, and immediate leadership (team Leads and Operations Advisors) are effective and competent in their positions.

    Cons

    There are gross discrepancies between how employees and contractors are treated, even though contractors are expected to meet the same standards of productivity and quality as employees. Hiring freezes and arbitrary policies are pushing out contractors who are handlers of key accounts, which is having a detrimental effect on overall employee morale as well as turnover rates.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop the double standards; hire the contractors who do some of the key work with the company. Remember that a focus on quantitative data needs to be balanced with qualitative data.

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