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Opportunities for promotion, but frustrating work environment

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Benton Harbor, MI
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Benton Harbor, MI
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

- Opportunities for promotion - Leadership visibility for top performers - Competitive pay for local area

Cons

- 'Consensus culture'... very slow to make critical decisions - Strong focus on outsourcing of knowledge positions creates knowledge gaps - Rural area - Failure of leadership to remove poor performers

Advice to Management

- "Cut the fat" by removing poor performers... not outsourcing whole departments - Embrace experimentation and change - Make decisions quickly... own the decision... consensus is not always required.

Other Employee Reviews for Whirlpool

  1. Helpful (1)

    Great company, great people, good location (in the summer.)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Benton Harbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Benton Harbor, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great location to raise a family - family oriented culture. Abundant career opportunities and an openness to move across functions. Very ethical company. Low cost living. Great beaches in the summer.

    Cons

    People are allowed to move too quickly from role to role with no accountability for what they leave behind. Small town can be limiting for single colleagues looking for an active life. Work is dependent on relationships and not processes which hinders effectiveness and ability to transition roles effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Explore a better talent system to identify, develop and engage talent from day 1. It isn't enough to recruit talent and leave them to fend for themselves.


  2. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI
    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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