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Kohler Reviews in Sheboygan, WI

Updated February 18, 2015
Updated February 18, 2015
86 Reviews
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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.  

    Friendly and support culture, really good place to start a career, can learn a lot and consolidate the basic principles

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer Co-Op in Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer Co-Op in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler

    Pros

    flexible hours, supportive culture, friendly people, cheap housing

    Cons

    location, closet major city is Milwawkee,

  2.  

    Good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Senior Supplier Quality Engineer in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Supplier Quality Engineer in Kohler, WI

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, good team...

    Cons

    Because it is a good company to work for, turn over is low and your chance to go up in the ladder gets lower.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities to grow without becoming managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Retail Channel Marketing

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    Former Intern - Retail Channel Marketing in Kohler, WI
    Former Intern - Retail Channel Marketing in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler as an intern

    Pros

    Larger company with many opportunities, great team members

    Cons

    long hours, minimum team collaboration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to make interns part of the team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall OK

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Technician in Kohler, WI

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

    Pros

    Decent Benefits
    Decent vacation and time off plans. Some opportunities to move within the company.
    Culture varies depending on area, some businesses are better to be in than others.

    Cons

    Location (No other similar employer nearby, kind of stuck)
    Wages are OK, not great
    Top heavy, lots of managers.
    Education benefits aren't as good as they used to be

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    An excellent experience tucked away in a small town

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Product Development Engineer in Sheboygan, WI
    Former Intern - Product Development Engineer in Sheboygan, WI

    I worked at Kohler as an intern (less than a 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
  7.  

    Great people

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    Former Employee - Grounds Crew in Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Grounds Crew in Kohler, WI

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and close to home.

    Cons

    Seasonal employment with no chance of full time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Internship Experience

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    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)

    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
  9.  

    An overall "Gracious Experience"

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    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)

    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
  10.  

    Good place to work

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    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
  11.  

    Professional but personal differences can affect performance

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    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

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