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Whirlpool Corporation Overview

Benton Harbor, MI
10000+ employees
1911
Company - Public (WHR)
Manufacturing
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 93,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2016. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag ... Read more

Mission: Whirlpool's Mission - Create Demand and Earn Trust Every Day

Company Updates

  • A new collaboration with Amazon will usher in a suite of home appliances responsive to voice control. Smart appliances will feature voice control capabilities through Alexa enabled devices.http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQnad

    Whirlpool Corporation & Amazon Team Up to Deliver Next Generation Voice-Controlled Appliances

    Whirlpool Corporation announces a new collaboration with Amazon that will usher in a suite of home appliances responsive to voice control. In early 2017, new smart appliances launching across the company's portfolio of brands will feature voice control capabilities through Alexa enabled devices.[1] By helping families adjust the temperature of their oven or change their wash cycle with their voice, the voice control capabilities through Alexa devices will simplify and improve consumers' busy lives.

  • Introducing the Zera™ Food Recycler, a state-of-the-art kitchen appliance that turns today’s food waste into tomorrow’s fertilizer. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQna5

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Whirlpool Corporation – Why Work For Us?


We’re the #1 global home appliance manufacturer in the world, but we’re still just a small town company in our hearts. We create products that make millions of people’s lives easier every day, and we’re committed to creating those great products and increasing our value though purposeful innovation.

Our products are unique and so is our culture. You may know us from our products, but we’d like for you to know us for who we are. We’re an entrepreneurial company, steeped in traditional values—take a look at our employee value proposition, or our EVP, which defines the characteristics that make us who we are, and gives you a glimpse of what it’s like to work at Whirlpool Corporation.

Why Whirlpool - You know our name and have used our products, but do you know who we really are beyond our great products? Get to know Whirlpool at a deeper level—who we are as a company and a community.

We are proud of our long history of innovation and success, and we know it’s been possible because of our commitment to making the most of moments that matter for our employees and consumers.

Testimonials 

What is your favorite thing about your career at Whirlpool? What do you find most rewarding?

I began working at Whirlpool Corporation as a contractor (Mechanical Designer), went permanent, completed my BSME (via the education program), was then promoted to an Engineer and I am now a Senior Engineering Manager. Whirlpool has always provided for those who wish to improve their skills and career the means to do so. While Whirlpool has many other qualities, this is the quality I appreciate the most. 
 
- Sylvan, Senior Manager - Engineering
 
My favorite thing about my career has been the opportunities to not only be promoted, but to also move laterally.  Lateral moves allow employees to gain valuable experience in a new area while building and expanding your career path so that you become a more well rounded leader.
 
- Mary Jo, Project Manager – Supply Chain

As a Human Resource professional, my role provides a great opportunity to see the entire value chain.  Whirlpool Corporation has done a great job guiding me across those different business units, allowing me to see the connectivity cross functionally.  The different experiences and viewpoints have helped me integrate quickly into new functions and drive our business to work collaboratively.    
 
- Ryan, Senior Manager – Human Resources
 
My favorite thing has been the wide range of opportunities I have had during my career at Whirlpool Corporation.  I started out in a rotational program for Engineers, and then transitioned into a Brand Manager role, followed by a number of roles across the organization, including a Global Innovation role and leading the Cost initiative for North America.  I am currently the General Manager for our North American Cooking business, where I am responsible for leading the team to deliver new products and technologies to market, with the end goal of establishing a leadership position across the industry.  I have been given a number of great opportunities here at Whirlpool, and those roles have enabled me to travel around the world and work with people from all over the globe.  To me the most rewarding thing about what I do at Whirlpool is that I have the opportunity to deliver products to the marketplace that truly make consumers' lives better. We do this by providing more efficient, better performing and faster appliances that make their lives easier each and every day!
 
- Pam, General Manager – North American Cooking Business
 
As a leader I get to enjoy the best of both worlds, developing talent to strengthen our company and drive business through collaborative efforts. As a team we strive to create lean processes, win-win scenarios with our customers and build strong business relationships with all of our contacts. Through this strategy we challenge our competitors to keep pace and better position ourselves for change management. Developing talent with each team member and watching their Whirlpool careers grow as they are promoted throughout the organization is by far the most rewarding part of my Whirlpool career.
 
- Craig – Senior Financial Analyst
 
My favorite thing about my career at Whirlpool Corporation is that I have an opportunity to interact with fellow employees and business partners around the world on a daily basis.  Global collaboration helps me to develop a broader understanding of issues and processes that may have a negative impact on Whirlpool’s ability to meet our customers' needs, and thus provide solutions and suggestions that are locally based and globally inspired.  We all face similar challenges and have different ways of meeting them, but the best solutions are delivered when we get a chance to put our heads together.  Whirlpool provides to me avenues to network, communicate and design solutions with the global customer in mind.  It is truly rewarding to know that, at the end of a day of hard work, my colleagues and I are creating solutions that positively impact our fellow employees, but more importantly, our global customers.
 
- Tom – Manager, GIS
 
Think about and describe one of your most memorable experiences at Whirlpool Corporation. Did you and/or your team have a major success?
 
There have been several memorable experiences during my 6 years so far at Whirlpool Corp, but one of the experiences that stuck with me the most is the Habitat for Humanity build that I was a part of in Dallas, TX. It was so incredible to have Whirlpool employees from all over come together to help families in need and make a house into a home. The colleagues I worked with on the build became my friends and have helped to create memories that will last a lifetime. Since the build I've become an active member with Habitat for Humanity in my local community. I am proud to be an employee of a company who gives back to every Habitat home that is built. Thanks Whirlpool for all that you do.
 
- Honna, Field Training Manager
 
One of my most memorable experiences at Whirlpool Corporation was being a part of the Human Resource Leadership Development Program (HRLDP). This early career development program awarded me several opportunities to support senior leaders and major projects. Specifically I have worked on large change management efforts in Manufacturing, diversity recruiting initiatives within University Relations, awareness building communications and trainings within executive compensation and embedding robust talent management norms within a global IT organization. This program also allowed me to establish great professional relationships with senior HR leaders who have taken the time to mentor and coach me within my role, encouraging me to always be the best I can be!
 
- Alecia, Manager – Human Resources
 

Why did you choose to work at Whirlpool Corporation?

I chose Whirlpool Corporation because I wanted to work for a global company that encompassed strong brands and created products that I could believe in and sell with confidence.

- Jennifer, Key Account Manager/ Field Sales


When my partner and I were exploring career opportunities a few years ago, one of the biggest factors in our decision came down to choosing a company who valued a diverse and inclusive environment. We wanted to feel comfortable being open and “out” at work, and immediately we felt like the Whirlpool family opened their arms to us. Having that sense of inclusiveness has really fostered our ability to contribute our best effort both personally and professionally to the organization.

- Jocelyn, Organizational Development Specialist

Health 

Health Plans

Whirlpool offers two consumer-driven health plan options, including a Health Savings Account and a Rewards Plan.

Wellness Programs

Whirlpool takes your health seriously. The following programs are available to help you get healthy and stay healthy.

  • Yearly health assessments help you identify your current health status
  • Health coaches offer advice on weight management, exercise, stress and other health issues
  • Flu shots
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) offers professional counseling for personal issues, and work/life programs help you deal with the challenges of life’s demands

Vision Plan

The Whirlpool vision plan offers coverage for eye exams, frames, lenses and contacts through the Vision Service Plan (VSP).

Dental Plan

The Whirlpool dental plan offers free preventive care and pays a portion of the cost of other dental expenses, including orthodontia.

Protection

Whirlpool offers a suite of benefits to help protect you and your family financially if the unexpected happens. These plans offer a cost-effective way to benefit from valuable coverage you might not buy on your own during your early working years.

Employee and dependent life insurance, as well as accident insurance, are the central components of our protection plans. Short-term and long-term disability plans round out the program, keeping a paycheck coming if you become ill or injured and cannot work for an extended period of time.

Time Off

We know employees who enjoy the right balance between work life and home life are more productive and effective in both places. That’s why we offer competitive vacation, paid holiday and personal leave policies. Benefits are generally based on years of service with the company. Students beginning their careers with Whirlpool won’t have summers off anymore, but they’ll still have time to pursue hobbies and enjoy time to themselves throughout the year.

401K

Financial experts agree: the best way to be ready for the future is to start saving as soon as you can. Our 401(k) Savings Plan offers a tax-deferred method of setting money aside automatically each month. The company provides an automatic contribution of 3% of eligible pay each year, that may be paid in Whirlpool common stock.  Whirlpool matches 100% of the first 3% of salary deferrals and 50% of the next 2%.    These contributions are pre-tax, and earnings on the investments are tax deferred.


The Whirlpool retirement plan offers a variety of investment fund choices to give your savings earning power. What if you leave Whirlpool down the road? You take with you the full value of your contributions, the portion of Whirlpool contributions you own (based on years of service) and any earnings from all investments through the plan.

Perks

Believe it or not, there’s more to benefits at Whirlpool than insurance, retirement and time off. The following special programs support our employees as they strive to create a healthy balance in their lives.
  • Health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • Educational assistance and leave
  • Scholarship programs for dependents
  • Full-service cafeteria
  • Adoption assistance
  • Employee group fitness activities
  • Fitness and weight loss rebates
  • Employee Purchase Program

Our people build our business, but we build our people.No matter how far down the professional path you may be, whether just starting out or well on your way, Whirlpool offers multiple opportunities for development and growth.

From management and leadership development, Whirlpool University, multiple professional organizations, to global opportunities, we have the support and future you’re looking for. Explore our programs to learn more about what Whirlpool Corporation can offer you.
 
"As a leader I get to enjoy the best of both worlds, developing talent to strengthen our company & drive business thru collaborative efforts. As a team we strive to create lean processes, win-win scenarios with our customers and build strong business relationships with all of our contacts. Through this strategy we challenge our competitors to keep pace & better position ourselves for change management. Developing talent with each team member & watching their Whirlpool careers grow as they are promoted thru out the organization is by far the most rewarding part of my Whirlpool career."
- Craig. Senior Financial Analyst

At Whirlpool Corporation, our people are the cornerstone of our success.  For this reason, we remain committed to filling our talent pipeline with the best and brightest in their fields.  We know that to deliver on our long-term strategy of becoming the leading global consumer products company, we must continue on our path of innovation, quality, customer loyalty, and social responsibility.  To do so means we must also continue to seek new thought leadership and further develop talent within all areas of our business.



We take pride in our ability to make life easier for families around the world.  Now, more than ever, consumers depend on us to help save time, conserve resources, and live healthier.  We put people first, providing relevant solutions that help them in ways they never imagined.  As our product lines and service offerings further expand, we are looking for talented individuals who want to leverage the strongest foundation in the global appliance industry to help provide conveniences to our consumers.  In our Leadership Development Programs, we help you transition your skill set to a global company as we bring the right products to market to grow our business.  Your entry into our Leadership Development Programs will ensure that the work you do enables consumers worldwide to reap the benefits of our powerful portfolio of brands like KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Whirlpool, Maytag, and Amana.

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    Very focused on development and transparent communication. There is a lot of engagement and focus on developing you individually for success.

    Cons

    Nothing that I feel stands out as a weakness. Very relational company, I have seen that become a con for some people who do not work well in that environment.

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Whirlpool Corporation Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Whirlpool Corporation (Cincinnati, OH) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Interviewed by two teams, both consisting of two interviewers, very personable and friendly
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Whirlpool Corporation Awards & Accolades

  • 2017 WorldatWork Seal of Distinction, World At Work, 2017
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, 2016
  • Partner of the Year, Energy Star, 2015
  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • India's Best Companies to Work For, Great Place to Work Institute, 2013
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