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"Great experience. Would not go back."

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Former Employee - Mechanical Project Engineer in Kohler, WI
Former Employee - Mechanical Project Engineer in Kohler, WI
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Kohler full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Diverser cross functional experience. Ability to work in high level position very early in career. International experience. Nice new offie for engines engineering. The Sheboygan area is a decent place to live and close enough to visit Milwaukee for a splash of culture. Lots of genuine and nice people at the working levels.

Cons

Cash compensation only slightly better than low end contract firms. My total cash compensation grew 90% when I moved on. Very disorganized and not clearly process driven. Training and development opportunities could stand to be better organized. HVK makes every important decision, so middle management indecision is rampent and progress can grind to a hault. Who you know being more important than what you know is more prevalent than most corporate environments. Nepotism is a term you need to be very comfortable with.

Advice to Management

Pay your employees an average wage based on the industry and responsibility. Adopt some kind of formal continuous improvement process: A3, Six Sigma, Lean Process, anything. Become publicly traded or oust Herb, though David is not much better.

Other Employee Reviews for Kohler

  1. Helpful (9)

    "Old Boys Club"

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    Former Employee - Finance in Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Finance in Kohler, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kohler full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large company & opportunity for career change/advancement to the right employees. Many get stuck in a positon and are unable to move.

    Cons

    Too much upper management and management that is not qualified (golden boys). The company management is very heavily lopsided towards the male side, and many of those males are still operating with the mindset of the 50s. Don't expect to excel to far too quickly if you are a female.
    The company is also stong on favorites, regardless of your intellectual ability and career track record. It's more of a WHO you know, rather than WHAT you know kind of place.
    They will wine and dine you as an intern, tell you all kinds of great things about career opportunity, travel, etc. Then after about 1-2 years, the reality sets in and you find out that it's all a bunch of lies to lure you in. Most people don't stick around for lthe long haul here, many get some experience for their resume and then move on.
    You are JUST a number here, they really don't care about you as a person.

    Advice to Management

    Remove a few layers of upper management, hire some managers with great people skills, show that you actually care about your employees.


  2. Helpful (13)

    "Dishonest and corrupt. Just a horrible place to be."

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Kohler, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not many. Products are well crafted.

    Cons

    Management is just awful. At all levels of the company. Everybody operates in fear (HVK) and if you are not the "chosen employee" your career will go nowhere. Management excels at labeling employees and putting them in a box. Never moving anybody up the ladder because they have determined that you are not capable of doing anything other than your current position. HR is bloated and causes too many barriers to real success. HR is not employee friendly. If you confide in them they will notify your supervisor immediately and tell them everything.
    WARNING: If you value your career, this is not the place for you. Better think twice.

    Advice to Management

    Not that this advice matters becuase Kohler will never change but here you go. The people you have working for you matter. Turnover is very high for a reason. People do not like being treated poorly and they will leave. You can replace them but consider the cost. It is now a culture of contempt. Wakeup and drop the ego.

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