Whirlpool

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Great product. Great People. Bad coffee in the lunch room.

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Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Findlay, OH
Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Findlay, OH

I have been working at Whirlpool full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Worldwide manufacturing operations of consumer goods.

Cons

Majority of Northamerican plants are in small midwest towns.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take better care of your facilities

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Stay away from it if you are an engineer interested in technical career

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    Former Employee - Project Leader in Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Benton Harbor, MI

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    work life balance (if you are in the right areas like sales, mktg or finance) allowing to go home at noon on Fridays during spring and summer (not true in all areas though) and leave the office at 5 most of the time

    can easily game the review system to get raises and quick promotions (network, sell yourself, follow directions blindly, use the leadership jargon "product leadership", "lean", "winning"...)

    Some projects are big and technically interesting. The industry dynamic with the competition from new players (LG/Samsung) is driving change.

    A lot of great people across the organization. Can easily build friendship with colleagues and have fun day-to-day (if one can cope with Sr leadership - see below)

    Cons

    no value for expertise especially if you are a technical person (mfg or engineering). Be ready to get an MBA. no organizational learning - people move all the time without building any learning

    poor coaching - little real personal growth - a lot of leaders get promoted before they are ready and thus cannot coach effectively even when they would like to

    arrogant management ("we are the best") despite very poor strategic vision ("cut costs and launch good products")

    bureaucracy and micro management: little autonomy to make any decision, including hiring to staff a team. must have VP approval for many things

    many promotions due to networking/personal relationships not results despite the claim of results-based promotion system (example: poor quality, poor cost, 6-month delay project resulted in a promotion for the project Engineering Director)

    Very poor analytics - a lot of decisions are judgment calls. Bringing analytics is looked upon as "being slow" and therefore impacts negatively your rating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring diversity in your management: people with industrial background and not just sales/mktg/finance. Your competition is now too good to ignore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent foundation of values, but not followed by every department.

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

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

    Pros

    Whirlpool has an excellent set of values. Salaries and benefits are overall competitive. Whirlpool as a whole is a solid company with longevity in the market place.

    Cons

    Whirlpool's values are not followed by every department, causing a negative impact to morale and productivity. Some departments/positions are given less value than others and are provided poor and/or inefficient tools to perform duties. This causes a severe "slow down" in completing tasks within required time parameters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I suggest that upper management take a closer look at how the "lower" levels of positions are being valued and the tools that they are provided to the employees. There is a lot of waste caused by not providing the right tools to employees to perform their duties. Many excellent employees are being overwhelmed because the tools they have do not support the job requirements they are accountable for. Ultimately, our customers suffer because of lengthy delays to resolved issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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