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Whirlpool Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
447 Reviews
3.5
447 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • In general, the work-life balance is above average compared to other large companies (in 30 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance except for those who are part of the inner circle of cronies (in 17 reviews)

  • Position was located in a small town so local attractions/things to do, were low (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    No right way to do a wrong thing

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

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

    Pros

    Great company rich with top talent. Whirlpool has every opportunity to excel and grow and even dominate the industry. It is flush with top talent and those willing to put forth the right efforts to drive the company towards their every goal. You'll find the greatest talent still within the company, while it continues to farm out through attrition the rest of their talent to their competitors and ancillary industries.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is weighing down all the potential. The company feels rotten within itself with cronyism and nepotism awarding positions to people unproven and people who have never stayed within position long enough to actually have delivered against an objective, and yet they thrive with their naive opinions. Too slow to act

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up to the talent loss, clarify the steps and assessment for individual growth. In this industry, you'll need people willing to take risk and management not so eager to hand out punishment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company that values loyalty.

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

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is located in a small town so if you wan't to live in a rural location it is a great option. They really do value development and loyalty so there are opportunities available to develop and in certain cases switch functions.

    Cons

    Can be somewhat cliquey. If you enter through a rotational program you will have an easier path to growth than as a direct hire. backfilling and promotions are done more on a "who do you know?" basis than by utilizing HR to actively determine who is the best fit. Employees that work in functions outside of Sales, Mktg and Engineering will find it harder to advance. Support functions like finance, supply chain, IT, procurement, etc are much flatter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a more robust HR department that can better identify and promote talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to Work

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

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

    Pros

    Very laid back and friendly. Lots of changes to be more lean and to eliminate the old-school mentality with respect to work hours, work attire, years vs. company instead of performance-based promotions, etc. Very short commute unless you decide to make it longer. In general, the work-life balance is above average compared to other large companies. Very diverse workforce and lots of international opportunities, if you are interested in that. Many career path opportunities.

    Cons

    Can be VERY slow to promote its people, especially in the tech center for fabric care (laundry) engineers. Smaller town == no other major employers in the area. Bonus is not guaranteed to be a specific amount; it fluctuates based on company performance == on bad years, salaries are not competitive. Housing prices are higher than normal in the area due to tourism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want top talent to remain, then get rid of the forced ranking system. If you only hire top talent, none of those people want to hear that they are just "ok" or "average". If they are above average, they should be told so, not forced into a bucket so your numbers work out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I was empolyed there for 1 year in sales, the company was very innovative and provided its employees withj all the tools

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whirlpool

    Pros

    global company, upper mgmt interacted with people, sales conferences were a way to learn about people product and services, laid back work environment, innovative company, room for growth if you are willing to relocate

    Cons

    The sales plans were skewed, hard to make sales goals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Whirlpool good place to work

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

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great potential, good incentive and perks

    Cons

    Self motivation is key, it is about who you know not how well you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aggressive, managing people is not all about task delegation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    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.

  8.  

    contract designer

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (less than an 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
  9.  

    Great company to work!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than an 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mandatory employee turnover from upper management is puzzling.

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

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free stand mixers and immersion blenders.

    Cons

    Firings are many and often. If you do not have a family you are fair game for sacrifice to save the lives of others' children. Pay is much lower than anything auto or aero in the area. Product integrity is extremely low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chill out and stop thinking you are the greatest company in the world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Company, small town

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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

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