Whirlpool Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
408 Reviews
3.5
408 Reviews
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Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig
Jeff M. Fettig
263 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, Great Products, Mediocre Leadership in Consumer Care, Improving Work Environment

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

    I worked at Whirlpool

    Pros

    Some of the best people ever:
    * Dedicated
    * Hard-working and gifted
    * Trade customer and consumer centric
    * Best corporate values (on paper) in the industry

    Products one can really believe in:
    * Pursuit of quality, performance, reliability was genuine and actualized
    * Pride in many products being American made
    * Brands really differentiate the customer base in a meaningful manner

    Work environment
    * Some new buildings and remodeling of older buildings is better late than never
    * Open floor concept is great for interpersonal communication - not so much for meetings.
    * Performance based rewards with an improving quarterly and annual review process
    * One of best compensation and benefits for the area, but lower in the industry

    Cons

    Leadership from the top down is mediocre at best (from some one with 47 years of work/leadership experience)
    * Undistinguished compensation packages - always felt like company was doing you a favor to reward performance - not a celebration of mutual success
    * Poor work/life balance except for those who are part of the inner circle of cronies
    * Some of the worst mid-level management ever experienced because lack of training and compassion
    * HR is disingenuous and more concerned about pleasing top management than building people
    * Poor career patching due to lack of clarity of job roles and poor communication
    * Antiquated computer systems, telephones, software but attempts at improvement were being made

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Live the Whirlpool values before all else - even before the need of quarterly profit
    * Train managers and make them responsible for the group performance and work environment.
    * Do not be so fiscally conservative with investing in the education/training, work environment and tools for employees at all levels. Actually require time-off for education/training annually with a required plan for implementation of new ideas, concepts and success measures for all employee. Share the load of success.

    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pay is great if you can stand the politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Cleveland, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cleveland, TN

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

    Pros

    They pay you enough to consider ignoring your morel compass when it comes losing your sense of team work and exploiting your individuality

    Cons

    Everyone is out to make themselves look better, even at the expense of others. This is a result of the promoted culture through the Personal Metrics of Performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everyone thinks, acts and feels the same way. If you really want to preach diversity and inclusion, you should understand this is not strictly race and sexual preference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Family oriented company but lacks opportunities for women and minorities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Benton Harbor, MI
    Current Employee - Director in Benton Harbor, MI

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Career opportunities are abundant up to the manager level. Many lateral opportunities. Ethical company that is family oriented. Good employee discounts and developmental opportunities. Excellent bonus system.

    Cons

    Women and minorities are under-represented at the Director and above levels of the organization and we don't see intentional actions by the company to address this. We target women as our primary customer - why wouldn't we have more women running the company? Performance reviews are a game - balance out the ratings for the distribution curve and hope you are not one of the bottom rankings this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You want to be seen as progressive you have to look, act, sound, and feel like you and thus the company are progressive. Wishing one thing and acting another will not get you seen as contemporary as your competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    You Suck

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler  in  Marion, OH
    Current Employee - Assembler in Marion, OH

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    it's a paycheck, good money. Thats all i can say about that.

    Cons

    incompetent management. how they treat their employees. Forced overtime all the time, They don't care if their employees get hurt. Work them like dogs so they can get rich. They allow bulling to go on even if it means the health of others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do your job, protect your people instead of walking on them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    There is a great deal of opportunity and challenge available throughout the company, wonderful people to work with, and products to be proud of.

    Cons

    Living in a small town is not ideal for everyone, though I enjoy it thoroughly.

  7.  

    contract designer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer - PTC Creo Parametric 2 0 & Windchill 10 0  in  Benton Harbor, MI
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer - PTC Creo Parametric 2 0 & Windchill 10 0 in Benton Harbor, MI

    I have been working at Whirlpool as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    I perceived the Whirlpool management as the best of thirty companies in my career.
    Very well defined company standards. Well managed part naming conventions.
    Well defined engineering roles: engineers; designers; drafters

    Cons

    migrating software packages (Going Google; WMCS -> SAP) = short-term pain
    modelers should model and manage upper level assemblies, not spin wheels learning EN writing processes and company specs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not promote a long-term opportunity 6-18 months and then not renew the extendable contract for (3 of 3) contractors after four months. Economy shifts, horizons only allow to forecast work load just so far...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work!!!

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

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

    Pros

    Well established processes, great people to work with, takes good care of employees.

    Cons

    None so far, except is is too cold in Michigan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing the good work you are doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company, small town

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Benton Harbor, MI
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Benton Harbor, MI

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

    Pros

    Great company, treats employees well, good advancement options

    Cons

    Vacation town of St. Joseph is nice in summer months, but the lack of city amenities gets old after a few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep unleashing talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Competitive, back stabbing, typical corporate environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trade Partner Support Specialist  in  Benton Harbor, MI
    Former Employee - Trade Partner Support Specialist in Benton Harbor, MI

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

    Pros

    Nice buildings. That is about it. A pretty view doesn't mean it's a nice place to work.

    Cons

    Just because someone says they want to be a manager does not mean they will make a good manager. Need to implement management training before they hand out the badge. Horrible low level management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor leadership and "relationships" . It is all about who you know. If your manager does not like the way your nose sits on your face you will not further your career at this company. Benton Harbor MI is a horrible place to put an $85 million dollar corporate campus. Some people will do okay in this work environment but if your not comfortable throwing your co workers under a bus, this company is not for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing lack of leadership, except in cronyism

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

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

    Pros

    If you're a new graduate (especially from Purdue), and this is your first job, you'll do great, probably enjoy the company, and have plenty of opportunity.

    Cons

    If you're coming to the company with experience, you're going to be disappointed. You'll be expected to know the Whirlpool processes without training, and denigrated when you don't pick them up through osmosis.

    If you like a company where your performance is judged not just by how you perform vs your goals, but how you are compared to your peers, you'll love Whirlpool. In order for your performance to be "above average", your co-workers performance must be "below average". This doesn't exactly contribute to an environment of teamwork.

    The quality of the company's products is so poor, that's it's an ongoing internal joke that employees can't even recommend their products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to manage by slogan. Try providing subordinates with what they need to do their jobs and make the company successful, instead of just expecting them to perform.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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