Kohler Reviews

Updated February 4, 2016
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David Kohler
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Pros
  • Strong flexibility-able to work from home, good work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good pay, good team (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is often non-existent if you plan to move up (in 10 reviews)

  • Lack of trust re: upper management (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Not Sure Who This Job Is For!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Luxury Furniture Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Luxury Furniture Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kohler (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The product is beautiful. The brand has some recognition.

    Cons

    The pay is bad (you get a draw against commission only). Corporate hates field people and treats you thusly, no room for growth, the product is very expensive even for trade standards. Coworkers are bitter and nasty and encouraged to take you down for their own benefit.

    Advice to Management

    None to the existing management; you should all be replaced.


  2. "Project Designer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great opportunity to learn & grow.

    Cons

    Know how to manage stress, well. Very stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider your audience before feedback.


  3. "Golf Course Maintenance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Golf Course Maintenance III in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Golf Course Maintenance III in Kohler, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work outside everyday, After a lot of years there, the pay is alright, not great, but you still need to work 7 days a week to make a go of it. Did get to work at 3 major golf championships. I will recieve a pension when I retire, which was a nice bonus

    Cons

    They say you get free golf but you really don't, depending on how the pro shop staff deals with you. NO discipline for employees, because since we are short staffed already, afraid the person will quit and very hard to hire new people. Starting pay is not good. You have to work 7 days a week, May-October, to make it through the whole year. I did have benifits, but they were taken away because of the number of hours were increased to maintain them. So, basically, seasonal and maybe causual employees, are unable to get the set amout of hours to get benifits.

    Advice to Management

    Maintenance staff should be treated the same way the pro shop staff. People should be discpline when something is done to the course or equipment.


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  5. "Manager - Advanced Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Manager in Kohler, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kohler full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Decent level of job security 2. Ability to learn new skills 3. Good Work-family balance 4. Management has started to support flexible hours to meet family and education commitments

    Cons

    1. Decision making is slow 2. Starting to hire more than needed workforce


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Kohler cast iron"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Kohler, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    people are great to work with, work varies and there is plenty of opportunity for overtime, with so many people having left there's plenty of jobs to move to

    Cons

    extremely low moral, most skilled workforce gets paid less than unskilled, from a maintenance perspective things are completely backwards(new guys are expected to know everything after about their assigned area after 2 weeks training


  7. "Brand Ambassador"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TSA in Sheboygan, WI
    Current Employee - TSA in Sheboygan, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Empowerment - always able to say yes to a customer End Customer Focus - at least when it comes to product or parts

    Cons

    Aging systems Poor documentation Turnover Service delivery - 7-10 for instock parts delivery? 28 days plus for GP's? Makes every customer service standard a bit of a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Fix parts distribution 7-10 days to fix a faucet is unacceptable to anyone. NDA should be standard Learn to say no and mean it, or don't say no.


  8. "Good work life balance, Salary don't even ask"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Kohler full-time

    Pros

    Good working life balance, good team

    Cons

    - Salary below market rate


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kohler full-time

    Pros

    Very good people to work with. Encourage family environment and safety. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Can't really think of many cons about the job. Go to work do your job and have good attendance you'll be fine

    Advice to Management

    Hire people more directionally fit for the position. Encourage workers for good work and help lift spirits. Be leaders


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Do Career a Favor and Avoid"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Sourcing in Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Strategic Sourcing in Kohler, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    World class products, people and sites. The Kohler name is well-known and well-respected in the industry and outside the industry.

    Cons

    Some of the most inept middle management I've ever encountered. There's a tendency to have people in the roles that cannot make a decision to save their life, and are big on analysis paralysis. The review process is a joke, and punishes taking on large scale projects. I recorded the most savings in the company for three years in a row, and never was permitted to progress, because I went to the wrong college. Oddly, six other companies didn't feel the same way, and offered 40% more to jump ship.

    Advice to Management

    Half of management could be axed tomorrow and not skip a beat. For performers, pay them.


  11. "It appears the Packaging Engineering team is in need of new leadership."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kohler, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Kohler Company overall is a great company to work for. - Competitive pay - Great work/life balance - Discounts on market leading products - Excellent collaboration between all functions - Recognition for you and your project team's contributions. - Executive management are personable and welcoming.

    Cons

    - Unacceptable turnover within the packaging engineering group. Eight engineers have left the group since 2011. - Poor leadership and negativity of senior engineers within the packaging team is creating an unhealthy environment. - If you decide to leave the group expect your reputation to be maliciously tarnished. - Delegation is encouraged and individual contributions are ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Executive leadership needs to extensively review the management within the packaging team before there is no longer a packaging team to manage.



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