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"Another American business tragedy now in the final stages of self-destruction."

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Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Joseph, MI
Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Joseph, MI
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Whirlpool Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

1.) Most non-management employees are a pleasure to work with and very supportive.

2.) A few very good internal processes.

3.) Stable during economic downturn.

4.) Very busy, no boredom, much to learn.

5.) Several opportunities to move around within company.

Cons

1.) Performance Management system (Whirlpool PMP) force ranks all employees into a normal distribution with employee ratings of 1-5. 1's are top performers and receive large raises and bonuses. 5's are terminated. Each category has set percentages and must be filled. Utopia concept is that the performance bar is raised every year and eventually everyone is terminated at some point in time. CEO has been told repeatedly by Human Resources that the company forced ranking performance management system is not working.

2.) Incredibly unhealthy, stressful, political, and "blame game" culture with high turnover. Company endorses the high turnover. but does sponsor a very small number of employees that are deemed worthy of the "Stepford Wives" culture that you feel day 1 of employment. Fortunately, many new employees do not waste their career at this company and leave on their own due to unhealthy culture.

3.) Focus, funding, and value is placed on Sales & Marketing and not R&D, Engineering, and Quality. Typical failing American big three automotive model Whirlpool even hires top management from the automotive industry and brings in automotive philosophies.

4.) Age discrimination practices are truly ludicrous. There are literally daily discussions on this subject. Employees that have not been promoted by early 30s and within a few years of being hired are considered expendable and are usually ranked low on the company performance scale.

5.) Managers are forced to manage up and not down. Never experienced anything like this before.

6.) Several managers have no direct reports, reflecting a culture that places little value on employee mentoring, coaching, development, and growth.

7.) Bullies are promoted.

8.) Company focus is mostly on short term goals to met quarterly financial numbers.

Other Employee Reviews for Whirlpool Corporation

  1. "customer relations lead"

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    Current Employee - Customer Relations Lead in Cleveland, TN
    Current Employee - Customer Relations Lead in Cleveland, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good environment, good leaders, good benefits

    Cons

    salary, educational program, raises, bonuses


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    "The more things change the more they stay the same!"

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    Former Employee - I T Person
    Former Employee - I T Person
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Whirlpool Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Good products and great discounts

    Cons

    The I.T department is a joke. They outsource all there infrastructure and they pay for the lowest level of support which makes for very unstable systems. They are more interested in hiring a manager than an actual I.T person. They do not value technical skills at all. If you know too much they will try and get rid of you.

    Forced rankings - they have this system where they basically manage you up or they manage you out. They will literally make up anything they like against you and put it in your employee record. HR will side with management every time. I know someone who was given a poor rating and they didn't receive a single comment as to why.

    Thinking of working in I.T here? Ask the managers about turnover. Find out how long the managers and directors have held their current positions. You'll notice most people are new because the turnover is so high. Ask them what happened to the person who held the position before? Ask them if the person is still with the company?

    Management sticks together - if you're a bully and have no problem giving out bad ratings and reviews you will rise to the top. If you do what's right and fight for your employees you will sink like a rock!

    Are there good people here? Yes but they are few and far between. The new people they seem to be hiring are short term folks who are just passing through. The type of folks who come in an experiment. They ruin people's careers while trying to rise to the level of their own incompetence.

    If you are considering a job (careers don't last here), consider yourself warned!

    Advice to Management

    Ethics....get some!

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