Whirlpool
3.2 of 5 383 reviews
www.whirlpoolcorp.com Benton Harbor, MI 5000+ Employees

Whirlpool Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.2 383 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig

Jeff M. Fettig

(251 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Very interested in maintaining a good work/life balance"
    in 24 reviews
  • "Whirlpool is a great place to be in marketing or finance"
    in 16 reviews
Cons:
  • "The company doesn't support work-life balance idea - you must be prepared for overtime working"
    in 15 reviews
  • "Wish that upper management was more open to flexible work arrangements"
    in 10 reviews
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    Great company but feels like continuous work in progress!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFantastic company with great people, passionate about what they do. The company makes you feel like you can drive change.

    ConsAlthough people feel like they can drive change, there's a feel that there is some questionable follow-through by leadership and it felt like what is said is not what is done!

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeading companies have their ups and downs and when down need to recognize and listen to the recommendations from people with their ear to the ground

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Positive

    Senior Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
    Benton Harbor, MI

    ProsYou will grow as a manager quickly. You will learn budgeting, people management and will be empowered.

    ConsPolitics and it continues to get worse and worse. It holds most people from speaking freely.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOver the past years the upper management at WHR has moved to intimidation to get their way. The result is a bunch of yes men in various positions. Start encouraging and rewarding those who contribute honestly and professionally.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of sheep, not many wolves

    Senior Sales Manager (Current Employee)
    Benton Harbor, MI

    ProsDecent pay. New Facilities. Good Brands.

    ConsToo process oriented. Benefits - insurance is not good.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Where good ideas go to die, but you can make a killing at killing them.

    Project Engineer (Current Employee)
    Amana, IA

    ProsThere are a lot of opportunities for advancement and internal development. Whirlpool is a great place to be in marketing or finance. Iowa is a lovely state and this is a great area to raise a family.

    ConsA typical, political, corporate ladder climbers environment. If you are good at spin and getting other people to do what you need you can go far fast. Very task oriented work vs process oriented. Continuous improvement on the manufacturing floor gets little more than lip service and is measured in "heads" reduced. Culture is stuck in the 80's. Innovation is feared and risk is not tolerated. Poor strategy deployment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a lot of opportunity left on the table by treating manufacturing facilities as contract manufacturers for the marketing organization instead of a partner.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Strong corporate values and culture continuing to move in the right direction

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Benton Harbor, MI

    Pros- Rebounding Industry, competitive compensation, good work/life balance, training opportunities

    Cons- Locations (corporate and mfg.), HR practices, slow moving

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The grass is always greener on the other side

    Marketing Director (Current Employee)
    Benton Harbor, MI

    ProsStill a solid global player driving good business results through scale and muscle. The recent changes in working culture have helped create a better environment despite a cut-throat management culture. Good values and still a decent culture.

    ConsMoving too slow to keep up with competition - hard to believe the strategy will hold in the long run. If you are not in the inner circle no chance to move up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange from a "who knows you" to a "real results-based, values oriented" talent management system. Share the wealth with employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good place to work

    Project Engineer (Former Employee)
    Benton Harbor, MI

    ProsThey did a good job respecting work-life balance, The location of the tech center was a short walk to Lake Michigan

    ConsI had a long drive because I chose not to relocated to Benton Harbor. The working environment depends on the manager. The first manager I had was great. The second drove me out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe careful of who you choose for middle managers. They make or break (in my case) the workforce.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fearful of Truth

    Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    Pros100 year old company with many brands.

    ConsThey do not want to hear the truth. They are quick to react toward those speaking their mind and being truthful, and it is not a positive outcome for the individual. Anyone with knowledge and skills are the first ones they look at when they are financially challenged, which is about every three years. Additionally, they love to recruit and hire right out of college. These individuals are made to believe that they will be sitting in a nice office in short time. They do not let these young people learn and grow; they just promote them to silence them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not promote your new recruits so quickly. Do not put individuals in managerial positions when they do not have the necessary skills.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    challenging environment and culture

    Category Manager (Current Employee)
    Benton Harbor, MI

    ProsNew product launches and emerging market

    Consspeed and agility to launch

    Advice to Senior ManagementBreak silo's, be agile and faster to launch product and to out perform the competition and provide quality that meets customer expectations without any complaints

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company

    IT Lead Analyst (Current Employee)
    Benton Harbor, MI

    Pros100 year old company lots of investment and evolution in IT

    ConsHard to advance. Not a lot of professional growth oppertunity for SR individual contributors

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease opportunities for career advancement

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