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For people in technical fields, this was a good company years ago, but has been going steadily downhill

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Whirlpool full-time

Pros

It's a good place for manager types and non-technical people.
When it's a good year (housing market is up because Whirlpool's performance is dependent on it), your bonus will be bigger than those from most companies.

Cons

For truly technical people in engineering and science roles, there are too many to list. If you are an engineer or scientist and are a truly technically focused one, stay away. It was once an exciting and engaging place to work for technical minded people in engineering or science fields. Over the last 5 years or so it has gotten progressively worse. They say they value technical knowledge and offer a "Y" career ladder with business and technical paths for engineers starting at lead engineer, but that is just lip service and there extremely few examples of people on that ladder, and they are not the ones evaluating your progress on the technical ladder anyway, it's the non-technical people.
The people who get ahead at Whirlpool are those who do everything but what they are supposed to do in their role, focusing on activities that are non-value added that make them seem like "leaders." The vast majority of these leaders in the technology organization at Whirlpool were not champions of product knowledge or got to their positions by true technical excellence, they were more interested in their careers and only did the things that they thought would make them look good to get there.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overall, good company with added focus on employee growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sourcing Specialist in Saint Joseph, MI
    Current Employee - Sourcing Specialist in Saint Joseph, MI

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Good internal career growth program
    2. Challenging and rewarding experiences
    3. Good compensation packages
    4. Nice, small close knit community
    5. Many opportunities to expand life experiences through volunteering

    Cons

    Managers do have some power to deny an employee the opportunity to take on a new role if they determine that they need that employee for the next 3-6 months which can delay promotion or move to a new position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Basically a good company with wide Variety of leadership positions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing and Sales Manager/Director in Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Marketing and Sales Manager/Director in Benton Harbor, MI

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Diverse, mostly use data for decision making, in general they invest in people and are well structured. They are pretty true to their values and for the most part have a lot of good people. Location is nice if you enjoy a small town and 4 seasons. Products are interesting.

    Cons

    WHR tends to run through vice presidents a lot, especially in brand and product marketing; so if you are going there as a director or VP or in their MBA or engineering management development program, be sure to ask questions on this point. if you are being recruited at a senior level. There are a lot of back politics and unique customs, like "socializing the documents before you present at a meeting"--so pay attention to the politics and who has informal power. Town is very small, so if you like city life and lots of choice, live in South Bend or closer to Chicago and commute. Company is overly structured in assessment of talent and it is nearly impossible to be considered a top talent, so many great people leave mid career, unnecessarily. Industry is a tough one and margins are thin, so don't expect a lot of perks.and expect some strange cost cutting behavior if the numbers come in light

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rely less on Consultants--you already have a lot of smart people, use them and quit wasting the money,; If you only knew how many "BCG" slides were actually created by Whirlpool people and just formatted by BCG, you would be embarrassed. Look at all the people that have left over the past 10 years and see how many CEO's and VP's are at really good companies, that have former Whirlpool experience and ask yourself if you missed something or if something is wrong in the talent assessment process. You lose a disproportionate amount of women and diverse talent...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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