Kohler

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Kohler Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
176 Reviews
3.3
176 Reviews
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Kohler Chairman and CEO Herbert V. Kohler Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and flexible working time (in 9 reviews)

  • Kohler is a great product and the relationships built are incredible (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • very little training or advice from upper management (in 11 reviews)

  • Not much analysis goes into decision making in strategic sourcing (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Brown City, MI
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Brown City, MI

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

    Pros

    Flexible, family and community oriented, suppotive. Very willing to allow employee to work independently and make decisions as necessary. Family friendly company. Supportive of local businesses and schools. Very generous with time and resources. Great bosses.

    Cons

    No standard benefits such as holiday and vacation pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider adding some paid time off.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Getting Better, But Long Way to Go

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

    I worked at Kohler full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work environment is much better than a few years ago. Solid company, great products, friendly co-workers. Benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Top down management. Entrepreneurial thinking is encouraged, but then not accepted. Personal development opportunities, but little upward growth options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people to help you grow the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Very happy here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Kohler full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I've been at Kohler for several years and I've been very happy here. The benefits are great - pension plan with 401k contributions - a holiday break - job security. Kohler is a great product and the relationships built are incredible.

    Cons

    If you want to move up, you have to move to Wisconsin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More clarity about how to advance without moving to Kohler.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    House keeping, Cleaning, stocking.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - House Keeping in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - House Keeping in Kohler, WI

    I have been working at Kohler part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    getting the hands on expierance.

    Cons

    I am looking for more hours to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am looking for a higher pay with more hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    kohler experience

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

    I have been working at Kohler full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    interesting moving machinery and starting new line

    Cons

    very little training or advice from upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more training, more communication

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed Reviews

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Good hours. Beautiful, quality furniture.

    Cons

    Doesn't completely understand Interior Designers or the furniture business. Only valued opinions of "super salesmen". Work harder for less money. Draw against commission.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Politically Eye Opening

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hattiesburg, MS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hattiesburg, MS

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

    Pros

    Great exposure to a national company with opportunity to learn. Enjoyed working with all the co-workers.

    Cons

    Policies were enforced for some but not all. Corporate office doesn't understand the culture in a small town and assumes that what works well in other locations would work the same in MS. Human Resource Department is very inefficient has had great turnover and Corporate HR is lacking in leadership. Their are some in your face discrimination that occurs but the vast majority of the discrimination is masked and condoned by upper management. I found it to be a very racist place to work for if you are a female or a person of color. I would not recommend this company to anyone solely because of the underhanded dirty politics that I saw first hand. The overall vibe just isn't a good one and most people would like to enjoy the environment they work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do some self assessment and listen to your employees because without them there would be NO Kohler.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a good job, but not a good career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kohler

    Pros

    You generally know what is expected of you but there isn't any motivation for doing anything more than that.

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities unless you are in on the politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage your employees, and treat them fairly. Don't take away benefits and then say you had record profits. That definitely doesn't make for loyal employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great stepping stone

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kohler, WI

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

    Pros

    Large multinational privately held company with a good brand reputation. Good benefits: medical, dental, vision, 401k with match, pension. iverse cross functional and cross industry experience opportunities

    Cons

    - Businesses and functions operate in Silos
    - High turn-over rates
    - Pay is below average to average with limited opportunity to advance.
    - Engrained culture, change is slow
    - Management lacks functional/business knowledge and managerial competencies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to eliminate silos within and challenge known truths. Acknowledging and compensating employees will improve poor retention rates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good experience

    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Did not offer internship and i don't know what went wrong

    Cons

    Asked for projects related to Safety ergonomics

    Recommends

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