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Great place for high performing employees. Sucky place for mediocre performers

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Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Saint Joseph, MI
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Saint Joseph, MI

Pros

Lots of room to grow both upwardly and/or into different areas. In one town we have different product groups, functions(procurement, lab engineering, new platform development, existing platform improvement, finance, marketing, etc).

Cons

A lot of hard work is expected. And Whirlpool seems committed to doing what it takes to survive. I am convinced they will let more people go if the economic times get tougher.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus more on the "doers" and less on powerpoint summaries of other people's work. Slim down the number of leaders director and above. Focus on the development of internal talent, and keep investing in innovation.

Recommends
Approves of CEO

Other reviews for Whirlpool

  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company's health deteriorates under the guidance of CEO Jeff Fettig.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Benton Harbor, MI

    Pros

    It looks good on a resume and Whirlpool's benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Lack of stability. A requirement that you hold a position a minimum of 18 months before moving across departments. Managers are often promoted because there are no other options. Managers are incredibly incompetent. The pattern seems to be promote if successful within 3 months, thereby never acheiving a thorough knowledge of a position in such a way that you can champion it. The work spaces themselves are very small -- for example, a cube about 4 X 5. Lower level employees with absolutely no compunction to do an excellent job -- just whatever is required to get by. The use of software that really doesn't fit the application, but having spent an incredible amount on the software, they feel compelled to use it. And the biggest downside is that upper level managers seem to think that decision making is best without the input of the individual contributors -- those people at the bottom that actually do the work. Amazingly they don't even think to solicit the input of the contributor who can provide the very best information to make the most informed decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Crack the mold for the people you are looking for. Next time you lay people off, lay off 20% more so that you can add back employees who have never crossed a Whirlpool threshold. And keep those fresh, non-Whirlpool bred people on the payroll long enough to let them bring new life to your company. You are dying a quick death and you've lost touch with reality. Apart from that recommendation, how about taking VP's and having them schedule random, weekly lunches with individual contributors -- to find out what is really going on in the trenches.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    small cog in a big machine

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing  in  Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing in Benton Harbor, MI

    Pros

    business acument, good training programs, insight into corporate america, springboard for next career, colleagues. Good learning grounds for future jobs.

    Cons

    Poor management communication, lack of concern for the little guys, lack of vision, lack of openness to new ideas, new concepts, innovation. Poor communication among all the different divisions throughout the world: There are certainly interesting career opportunities in different countries, but good employees leave because these positions are either not known nor well communicated. Among They don't provide enough incentive to keep good people in such an uninteresting, small little community like Benton Harbor, Saint Joseph. There is too little investment in the people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more attentive to customers, listen to employees, take more stock in employee skills before their gone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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