Kohler Reviews in Wisconsin

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
161 Reviews
3.2
161 Reviews
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Kohler Chairman and CEO Herbert V. Kohler Jr.
Herbert V. Kohler Jr.
106 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Friendly and helpful co-workers (in 3 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.  

    Greta place to work and learn

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    Current Employee - Engineering Analyst  in  Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Engineering Analyst in Kohler, WI

    I have been working at Kohler full-time for 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
  2.  

    High hopes....low outcome.

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    Former Employee - Hospitality  in  Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Hospitality in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler part-time for less than a 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
  3.  

    Purchasing specialist

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Specialist  in  Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Purchasing Specialist in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler full-time for 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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people. Senior executive dysfunction.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler full-time for 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
  6.  

    Good platform to set sail for all fields

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer Co-Op  in  Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Engineer Co-Op in Kohler, WI

    I have been working at Kohler as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Co-workers all willing to help and answer questions. Good benefits and flexible working time. Big company for those seeking for good opportunities and improvement

    Cons

    Management need to be changed or optimized. Efficiency is low between communications in teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    So close to being a great employer

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    Former Employee - Leader  in  Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Leader in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Brand recognition and pride. High caliber of employees with a strong work ethic and energy. Clear and well known core competencies that are pervasive from one business unit to another.

    Cons

    The Human Resources organization is lead by a family member who does not understand employee engagement. Decisions and policies are based on "how things look" rather than doing the right things. There is no accountability. The Kohler Learning Organization's turnover in the past decade is a testament to the cultural collision between wanting to do the right thing, and the HR leadership's insistence on the contrary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great products and chances to develop, but management is from the Stone Age.

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

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

    Pros

    Highly respected company in the market.
    Well-designed products.
    People in the trenches work hard.
    You can be proud of the work you do here (if you ignore the petty politics).

    Cons

    Top-down management style creates an atmosphere of distrust that filters down into teams and affects attitudes and productivity.
    Managers have their own secret agendas and actively compete with each other.
    Decisions are made by management in a vacuum with very little feedback or input from those affected.
    Employee development messaging is off-kilter from reality. We're trained to "own it" and take responsibility, but then aren't allowed to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk. Trust the people you hire and practice what you preach about valuing emotional intelligence and other progressive workplace philosophies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Engineering decisions based on fear of being reported to HR not DATA

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

    I worked at Kohler full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Colleagues & great benefits.

    Cons

    Engineering decisions based on fear of being reported to HR not by thorough DATA analysis. I worked on a project and after thorough analysis of the quality data & flawed customer service data there appeared not to be a problem the product quality manager was reporting. Customer service data that they were in charge of was 65% wrong & after actually reading the complaint logs, which they FAILED to do, there were minimal issues and only due to customer installation errors. I was asked to make the change any way because they "felt" they were correct. The design engineer told me, "do what they say otherwise they will report you to HR". My manager told me to, "just do what she says otherwise she will cause problems".

    I stood my ground and made a case that by data analysis this is my decision and I dismissed the reported issues and included my very detailed report. I made suggestions to correct the issues and did further studies on the failure of the customer service reporting. I was reported to HR.......

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do some analysis on how many time people are reported to HR and by who. Making the hard decisions for the business sometimes will not make everyone happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    No problem at all

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager  in  Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager in Kohler, WI

    I have been working at Kohler full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Benefits-as a private company, you can not beat the medical, dental, vision offered. 401k matching, pension(which is a thing of the past to many companies) Vacation, sick, holidays.
    -Great reputation as a company
    -Great product
    -Good pay...I find it interesting people saying below average pay...For the the area, as good if not better. Stop trying to compare the salaries to large cities with higher COL

    Cons

    HR decisions can and do take forever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take notice of who is really doing the work being accredited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Getting Better, But Long Way to Go

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Manager in Kohler, WI

    I worked at Kohler full-time for 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

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