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Kohler Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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  • The company runs fairly lean in areas which can swing the work-life balance a bit times (in 13 reviews)

  • Usually employees are afraid of upper management and do not speak up (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Micro managers..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kohler full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed my job and company role

    Cons

    Too many Cheifs and not enough indians

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and accept criticism. The best bosses know they aren't perfect and can accept outside criticism


  2. "Good place to start career but low pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Kohler, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can gain International experience and the interaction with colleagues around the world and traveling outside the United States of America.

    Cons

    Long hours and low pay even with years of experience. Usually employees are afraid of upper management and do not speak up

    Advice to Management

    Dont be afraid of the change


  3. "Good Company, not always the same culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Kohler, WI
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Kohler, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice place to work, friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Some managers are better than others

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees careers, encourage and support their growth.


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  5. "About as transparent as a black hole"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing. It's been a very long time since I was this disengaged at work. Quite honestly I'm shocked the rating is above a 3.

    Cons

    Communication is poor at best up and down the chain. Beware of the bait and switch if you do take a job here. Your reward for being a top performer is more work, and maybe a pat on the back if you are lucky. The raises are less than generous for top performance or promotions. Most companies publish their pay scales on company intranet sites. Not here, it remains a mystery, so when you are applying internally you have no idea where the role you are interested lands in terms of pay or rank. Fringe benefits are non existent, and diversity stinks. Making a big push to promote the average talent inside the company because the high performers leave after a couple years because they can get the respect and pay elsewhere. Too many directors reporting to directors and vice presidents reporting to vice presidents.

    Advice to Management

    Quit micromanaging and flatten the organization. Too many chiefs not enough indians. Bring in more outside talent at higher management levels this place needs a culture change. Too many executives that have been with the company a long time overseeing the same problems year after year.


  6. "Fractured both wrists in a fall. they wanted a drug test before treatment. guess my arms were to hang there."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Greenware in Brownwood, TX
    Former Employee - Greenware in Brownwood, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kohler full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    dependable job with decent salary and benefits

    Cons

    hires mostly native Mexicans and their families. loves numbers not employees or their well being

    Advice to Management

    slow the process down. get better results and less turnover because u wont be killing ur own employeees


  7. "assembling machine opetator,assemblers and fabricators"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spartanburg, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spartanburg, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good work ethic and attitude

    Cons

    its really hot and your going to work for that money.

    Advice to Management

    stay kool


  8. "Summer Hire"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Kohler, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kohler full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pays extremely well to work in the factory

    Cons

    Work sucks, not very clean, some of the people are tough to deal with

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  9. "Kohler Material Handler"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kohler full-time

    Pros

    The company has great benefits and a great hiring process. Most foreman and leaders withing in the departments are competent and are very flexible with employee needs.

    Cons

    Employee training is sub par in their Distribution center. They expect people with little or no experience operating pretty dangerous machinery to be ready in less than a week. This causes new employees to have low confidence in their abilities and is also dangers.

    Advice to Management

    More effort needs to be put into training new employees, also any medical tests that employees are required to perform should be done prior to hiring them. I don't understand why you would hire someone for a machine operator position without doing an eye test or drug test first.


  10. "Good and Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Sheboygan, WI
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Sheboygan, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kohler full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you land in the right department the atmosphere is great. They promote learning and advancement. Culture is getting more progressive. If you are into the outdoors and like a safe, quiet, area to live in, this will fit you. They pay well for the area, but don't try to compare the pay to large urban areas. They will not match that.

    Cons

    They will work you till you drop in some areas. Understaffed, overworked. I pushed back and am no longer there because of it. My department had a high manager turnover. I did not fit well with the last one. The HR people do not have your back. They did not give me time to transfer out.

    Advice to Management

    Place more value on your long time employees, keep improving the culture. Staff up to appropriate levels.


  11. "good place to work/ little stessfull but good place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Sheridan, AR
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Sheridan, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kohler full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    the co-workers are great people

    Cons

    lots of new rules that change frenguently



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