Whirlpool Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig
Jeff M. Fettig
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Pros
  • Very interested in maintaining a good work/life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • The employees of Whirlpool are what make it a great place to work (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is hard to achieve during heavy new product introductions (in 17 reviews)

  • Small town, sometimes expectations are not clear (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Great Place to Work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Benton Harbor, MI
    Current Employee - Vice President in Benton Harbor, MI

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big, meaningful work objectives & high quality, committed colleagues. Great values-driven,high-performance work environment. Excellent place to grow leadership skills.

    Cons

    Large, global, matrixed organization can take time to learn how to navigate. Continually improving facilities, technology, and policies and practices to enhance employee experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep setting ambitious goals. Continue to make intentional investments to equip employees to achieve high expectations and produce differentiated results.

    Whirlpool Response

    May 7, 2015 – Sr. Mgr. Corporate Reputation & Interactive Communications

    I've found Whirlpool Corporation to be a great place to work as well. I've had many opportunities and challenges throughout my career.


  2. Both good and bad aspects

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    Company is very supportive of the LGBT community and employees, right up to the CEO. Global and North American headquarters are located in a beautiful place to live, right on the shores of Lake Michigan.

    Cons

    Pay is low, as the company targets paying just below the mid-point of the market. CEO gets huge bonuses, even when employees have bonuses slashed. In the past 7 years, employees have received their target bonus only 3 times. Senior Management, including the CEO, do not see the Law Department as creating value.


  3. Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Benton Harbor, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Benton Harbor, MI

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Able to conduct research in a friendly environment. Opportunities to expand knowledge beyond the core.

    Cons

    Opportunities are mostly limited to mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep up the good work.


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  5. Network, network, network

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Project Engineer

    I worked at Whirlpool

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Heavy focus on innovation and integration of the newest academic philosophies

    Cons

    Hires only a specific personality, people with communicative leadership... but, sometimes we just need some qualified "do-ers" Not everyone can lead. Good ability to grow if you have the right friends and are willing to move to a small town in Michigan.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to balance your team and don't just hire clones of yourself.


  6. good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    great with engagement and team work

    Cons

    takes time to move up


  7. Sourcing Specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to move around within company to different functions. Training and development. Values and community involvement and support.

    Cons

    Forced ranking system (rank and yank). Fear of losing job every year. Some good managers and some awful ones. Too much focus on short term quarterly number and not enough long term.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people leaders/managers who can actually lead and manage not just a subject mattter experts. Get rid of ranking system pitting coworkers against each other will always hold this company back from full potential. Innovation needs to imrpove and speed up.


  8. The Good and The Bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is what it is because of its people, culture, and values. The different diversity networks is an example of how much the company values having diversity in the workplace. The company also offers flexibility on different functions & positions, though the best opportunities are within the business function (merchandising, product development, sales).

    Cons

    -Bonus: miserable. The company broke financial records two consecutive years yet the bonus was very low. Management claims that this was due to profit plan miss. -Location (Benton Harbor, MI). If you're young and single and appreciate what a big city has to offer then this is not your place. If you want to take on leadership roles you will have to go through the HQ no matter what. On the other hand, if you're looking to raise a family then it's a good place to be.

    Advice to Management

    1) Expand offices into Chicago. Not only you will attract more talent, but you will also lose less young talent. 2) Provide decent bonuses. The company has never been healthier financially yet for two consecutive years the bonus payout was miserable.


  9. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great values, extraordinarily smart people, awesome product. Also great development opportunities. It is a fun and exciting place to grow your career.

    Cons

    Can be a little too siloed


  10. Helpful (1)

    Where are the female and diverse leaders?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Benton Harbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Benton Harbor, MI

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Whirlpool offers flexible hours, summer hours in Michigan, and career opportunities for professionals looking for a variety of work experiences in one company. Can build a great resume especially if you are senior manager and below.

    Cons

    Mass exodus of female leaders in the past year - really question what management is doing to retain female and diverse leaders. Hiring female/diverse individuals is not the problem but retaining is a huge problem. If you are identified as a person with potential and your white and male you will get all types of coaching, mentoring, and support to grow your career. If you are not, this is a great resume building company then you move on to get your career going because it isn't going to happen with this primarily 50+ year old white male led company.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. Don't wait for a class action discrimination lawsuit before you take action. Just because you cannot relate to a person (who is female, in 40-50's, and didn't have a career path like you) doesn't make your female/diverse talent irrelevant. They are just not that into you and will leave and not sue, if you're lucky.


  11. Supply Chain Lead Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Whirlpool is a good company, making good products (mostly in the United States). I is good to work for a company that has products that are quality and are good for the environment. Whirlpool is constantly trying to reduce water and electricity usage in their products. For someone starting in HR, this is a wonderful company to work for.

    Cons

    There are a lot of silos in the company. Goals are setup based on function, not what is best for the company. Groups do not like to share talent. High performers that don't fit the stated culture are still promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the silos. Create common corporate goals that everyone can buy into. Don't promote people who don't deserve it.



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