Kohler Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Better than most

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kohler full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are smart, not chasing quarterly earnings

    Cons

    politics like most companies, still traditional expectations but improving

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent

  2. Great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Grounds Crew in Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Grounds Crew in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and close to home.

    Cons

    Seasonal employment with no chance of full time

  3. Went downhill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kohler (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company offers great Benefits, good beginner pay, gain a lot of experience, hours, they give inexperienced people a chance to build some experience in the manufacturing world.

    Cons

    Company has a lot of Backstabbing both from lower and upper employees. weak company structure, VERY hard to get the raises you deserve, always switching plant managers, you take the classes....don't get paid for them,and Most likely there won't be a job offered for it. Waste of time because it gets you nowhere and they aren't valid outside the company

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to instill and build company moral

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  5. Great Internship Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Industrial Design Intern in Kohler, WI
    Former Intern - Industrial Design Intern in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great Focus on Design
    - A lot of support and resources
    - Mentoring and stewardship for Interns
    - A lot of fun company events and picnics

    Cons

    The work pace can be a little slow if you are used to a fast paced environment. The designers there are very knowledgeable and experienced, may not be the best place for young designers first starting off.

  6. Must go with the flow in order to survive

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kohler

    Pros

    great product offering and breadth of line

    Cons

    exhausting bureaucracy gets in the way of making progress

  7. Good working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kohler

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is big global company and has several business lines.

    Cons

    The location is one hour from Milwaukee.

  8. An overall "Gracious Experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Kohler, WI

    I have been working at Kohler full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly and professional staff. Teams work to integrate new associates into the culture.There are opportunities for growth and development within the organization. In the near future with the change of leadership, hopefully the culture will shift to be less formal.

    Cons

    Kohler's compensation structure is one that is unique, complicated, and dictated by a quintile system. The quintiles can limit the compensation advancement of workers. Management is slow to act and move on critical issues. The Oz principle of accountability is stressed but management does not always hold their members accountable. Old and stuffy management style. Corporate office attire is strictly business professional and the atmosphere is "thick". The environment is not a cool and fun as the products we produce

    Advice to Management

    Hold associates accountable.Work on making Kohler to be an employer of choice for both professional, administrative, and manufacturing associates.

  9. Kohler has been a good employer to me.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kohler

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Kohler has allowed me to switch careers and still stay at Kohler. Note that I had to take the initiative, but for those who do, doors become open.

    Cons

    Capital appropriations require many approvals to proceed. The hiring process is VERY slow, as a number of approvals are required AFTER a candidate is verbally offered a position. Many manufacturing processes remain very manual. Many reporting processes remain Excel-based, or worse, paper based.

    Advice to Management

    Continue implementing executive management systems, to make more transparent and real-time the reporting of metrics. Automate, automate, automate manufacturing processes.

  10. Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Finance in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good time off, great place to work

    Cons

    dislike living in sheboygan area

  11. Professional but personal differences can affect performance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Purchasing Specialist in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Purchasing Specialist in Kohler, WI

    I have been working at Kohler full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management supports employee development and encourages thinking outside the box. Schedule can be flexible if needed. Salary and benefits are competitive for area.

    Cons

    Best to take new skills and training to another company. Little opportunity for internal promotion. Micromanagement of travel and spend. HR is ineffective regarding handling of employee/management differences.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your people and listen to their concerns. Lots of grumbling just below the surface.

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