Whirlpool Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
410 Reviews
3.5
410 Reviews
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Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig
Jeff M. Fettig
264 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • In general, the work-life balance is above average compared to other large companies (in 26 reviews)

  • Whirlpool is a great place to be in marketing or finance (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance except for those who are part of the inner circle of cronies (in 16 reviews)

  • Wish that upper management was more open to flexible work arrangements (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Experience depends on who you meet

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Whirlpool can be great and can offer someone who is being tracked a wonderful opportunity. In fact, the chosen ones get so many wonderful opportunities it is not possible to handle them all. Fortunately for the chosen ones Whirlpool furnishes many minions.

    Cons

    They rate on a curve and you cannot get more than your share of high ratings regardless of performance. Their talent pool rating system is a force fit and for many employees this is not done at all or it is done as a check box at hiring. This is important as it either slams shut or opens doors for promotion or lateral moves. Job descriptions and responsibilities vary wildly as to whether they exist, are followed or are ironclad. Whatever you are hired to do could be entirely fictional from actual job duties. They are shedding over-50s and locals in order to provide a hip "campus" and younger culture. They are not worried about appliance experience and have populated senior mgmt. with car, CPG and other industries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good people, good products, horrible leadership

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    Former Employee - Corporate Finance  in  Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Corporate Finance in Benton Harbor, MI

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

    Pros

    It is easy to feel good about the products you are making. Everything you could want in terms of a diversified business career opportunity as a finance professional.
    Middle management has some really promising people...assuming they last.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment which is fed by utter lack of leadership from CEO and other senior leaders. Jeff Fettig has no idea what real leadership is, so he has decided to make his mark in "cost leadership". This translates to slashed benefits, hiring freezes and failure to fill vacant positions even as stock price soars. The company grinds employees into the ground and expects they won't complain because there are so few opportunities in SW Michigan. Some senior business leaders are unprofessional and borderline unethical in their treatment of employees, but FOJs (friends of Jeff) are exempt from scrutiny. I could go on but why bother.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the difference between leadership and management. Don't take advantage of employees' loyalty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    assembly safety functional leader

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    Current Employee - Assembler  in  Cleveland, TN
    Current Employee - Assembler in Cleveland, TN

    I have been working at Whirlpool part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great company and good benefits

    Cons

    they take too long to convert to full time over 15 months.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great company culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements, changing culture with new collaborative, open office concepts.

    Cons

    Like all companies there are some poor people leaders that essentially can change the dynamics of an entire organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing Company Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    Whirlpool has an amazing culture. I have never felt like I couldn't continue to grow at the company!

    Cons

    Personally, I don't see any negative's associated with Whirlpool. Great place!

  7.  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

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

    Pros

    Family oriented company based in midwest

    Cons

    Procurement advancement opportunities are limited.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great industry leader

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    Former Employee - Engineering Director  in  Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Benton Harbor, MI

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Vision and strategy - clear in North America and Latin America. Not so clear in Europe and Asia.
    Consumer focus - reason why it is still the industry leader.
    Innovation - able to keep revenues.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic culture.
    Leadership power structure.
    Importance to titles and status.
    Poor alignment globally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great co-workers but upper level management needs to change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time

    Pros

    People, salary, bonus, work life balance

    Cons

    Upper management is too hands on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Treats People Poorly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Some brands are terrific. Some excellent people there as well.

    Cons

    If you are in the "crony circle" or in HR, you can trade favors easily...Certain folks in HR give each other special privileges, stocks, promotion etc...
    All their talk about "Straight talk", Values...is ONLY lip service. Corporate culture sucks. They worry more about who to please than they worry about the business itself. Get on the wrong side, offer criticism your career is finished there. They will label you and stack you for getting out of the door.
    YOU DON't have a career there if you are not a part of the inner white boys club. They really treat older people, women and other races poorly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your VP's( the ones that have been there over 10 years), they are trying to save their the jobs by holding back good people. They practice implicit discrimination and have become very good at suck UP.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Whirlpool Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    This is a Great company

    Cons

    They push me to the limits of my abilities

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