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

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

I worked at Whirlpool

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

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  1.  

    small cog in a big machine

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    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing  in  Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing in Benton Harbor, MI

    I worked at Whirlpool

    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
  2.  

    Great work experience and opportunities, but very closed culture.

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    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Benton Harbor, MI
    Current Employee - Marketing in Benton Harbor, MI

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    If you are going to work in the appliance industry, you should work for the leader. Great work experience and resume builder. You get excellent opportunities to work on important projects very early in your career. For the right person, you can get exposure to senior leaders very early. You learn a lot about a very complex business and get exposure to a wide variety of functional areas. You work with some very smart people.

    Cons

    Tough industry that is an experiencing a multi-year decline. Old boy culture. Extremely matrixed culture makes decision making very complex and difficult to hold to a strategy/decision. Although people a very smart and driven, they often use these talents to get ahead in a very political environment. The HR strategy is very divisive and does not help focus people on the common good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on transparency and fairness. Promotions seem like a popularity contest rather than delivering results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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