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Kohler Reviews in Sheboygan, WI

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
171 Reviews
3.3
171 Reviews
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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.  

    An excellent experience tucked away in a small town

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Sheboygan, WI
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Sheboygan, WI

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

    Pros

    I worked as a co-op for 7 months, gaining invaluable experience in product development.
    - excellent, passionate co-workers
    - strong team environment
    - superb company golf discounts

    Cons

    - being family owned, projects are typically forward thinking and therefore slow-paced
    - business sets over-ambitious goals for sales, therefore significant improvement is still marred
    - stuck in the not-so-bustling metropolis of Sheboygan, WI

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Express more interest in hearing from project teams, not just their project leads, or leaders of project leads.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and close to home.

    Cons

    Seasonal employment with no chance of full time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Internship Experience

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

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    An overall "Gracious Experience"

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    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Professional but personal differences can affect performance

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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)

    Pros

    good time off, great place to work

    Cons

    dislike living in sheboygan area

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    High hopes....low outcome.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hospitality in Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Hospitality in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Outstanding two day orientation
    Free lunch daily
    Engaging with the heart
    Provide an outstanding guest experience
    Resort rewards
    Encouraged to visit and learn all areas of resort
    Employees are engaged and give from the heart
    Gorgeous work environment

    Cons

    Poor training....employees so busy
    Lack of empowerment
    Uneven workload
    Some employees so busy ....others not so much
    Lack of technology....housekeeping room status...should /could b virtual...lots of manual tedious tasks on room status management
    Unstable work hours
    The largest work load and multitask operation I have ever experienced in all my work history, with low pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Greta place to work and learn

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Analyst in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Engineering Analyst in Kohler, WI

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

    Pros

    Lot of great people work there. Good in house learning.

    Cons

    Distance from home was over 40 miles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great people. Senior executive dysfunction.

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

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

    Pros

    Colleagues, products, history, some elements of culture.

    Cons

    CEO, management by fear, weak HR function, pay and rewards need an overhaul. If yiuvare not family, you are "the help".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resolve your succession issue. Treat your execs with dignity and respect, rather than as slaves or cult members. The environment in the 2 levels below CEO is toxic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Purchasing specialist

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

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers. Career growth is available if you do above and beyond.

    Cons

    Pay. Work hard and benefits not competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More balance and career progression

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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