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Kohler Reviews

Updated October 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance with ability for flexible work arrangements (in 17 reviews)

  • I work with some really great people (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • The company runs fairly lean in areas which can swing the work-life balance a bit times (in 15 reviews)

  • Little influence unless you are in upper management (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Great Learning Opportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kohler full-time

    Pros

    Good Team members. Awesome challenges.

    Cons

    The place is very cold


  2. "Senior Event Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Event Manager in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Event Manager in Kohler, WI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kohler full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Invest in employees that invest in them. Many learning opportunities to develop.

    Cons

    Location. Management have favorites. If you are "in" with them, you will get preferred opportunities and raised.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in all your employees to keep everyone engaged. Do not play favorites.

  3. "Cast Iron"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kohler full-time

    Pros

    I work with some really great people.

    Cons

    Sometimes it's too hot, sometimes it's too cold.

    Advice to Management

    All employees should be paid the same as others that get paid more for doing same exact work and a lot of those higher paid employees actually either do a lot less work or don't work near as hard as a lot of employees on tier B pay.


  4. "Purchasing Co-Op"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kohler full-time

    Pros

    Work with great people
    Excellent opportunity to experience many different aspects of purchasing and would highly recommend

    Cons

    No cons, working there was great

    Advice to Management

    Management was great and really cared for me and my development


  5. "Supply chain engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company. Nice people. Good compensation

    Cons

    May not be a good place for young people. Can be a little bored


  6. "sales associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good hours, amazing discounts

    Cons

    the store opens late, work holidays and weekends

    Advice to Management

    Please acknowledge the work of other employees. always be respectful and professional.


  7. "Was a long time employee"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kohler full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good products, great marketing, pretty good benefits, there are also many great people in this organization. Flexible Schedule and a company car.

    Cons

    The pay is well below their competitors, they try to lock you into the position with a ridiculous non compete clause. When the company reorganized in 2016, they moved sales associates around and for many the stress level and work load shot through the roof, but there was no promotion. If you take a jobs with them, negotiate a salary as high as possible. It goes up slowly.

    Advice to Management

    When you reorganized, you had employees take high stress jobs that should have been promotions and you didn't compensate them. This is why your turnover is so high. Provide avenues for advancement that do not go through Wisconsin. Also, be honest.... have honest conversation about where you see your team members careers. Don’t have them beat their heads against a wall for years, then finally get fed up. Also.... when someone leaves, don’t act like it didn’t happen and not tell customers.

  8. "Gracious living is for paying customers only"

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    Current Employee - Industrial Designer in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Industrial Designer in Kohler, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kohler full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Kohler does a great job at hiring good people; the co-workers make some of the cons bearable. A lot of the employees I've had the opportunity to work with are talented and motivated. In addition, the Kohlers (the family owners) care deeply about the quality of the products being produced by their company.

    Cons

    Poor interdepartmental communication and politics. Lots of trudging through middle management to get things accomplished. There's a definite culture of "favorites" in terms of advancement. Kohler prides itself on "gracious living" but doesn't focus that energy inward on culture and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Sort, align, and simplify. There's plenty of dead weight in the company's decision making processes that counteract any call for expediency from the top. I've seen a lot of talented, passionate people become frustrated and leave the company because of mismanagement.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay in one-piece"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - One-Piece Caster in Brownwood, TX
    Current Employee - One-Piece Caster in Brownwood, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kohler full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you've roofed or done concrete, and dont mind some physical labor, one piece casting at Kohler is a better option. The schedule is 5:30 to 2 or 4, depending on if we're on 8 hr or 10 hr shifts. 8's means mandatory Saturdays and 10's means sometimes you can work Saturdays. Nice schedule for a family man.

    Cons

    Incentive to grade well and make a LOT more money is restricted by seniority taking precedence over performance grades and constant new hires. If you stick around awhile until your bunch of new hires leaves or gets the boot, and you are catching on, you can look forward to higher pay within a few years if you can grade well and earn it.


  10. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kohler full-time

    Pros

    I enjoy working here a lot.

    Cons

    Overly challenged on common sense actions


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