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Kohler Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance with ability for flexible work arrangements (in 16 reviews)

  • Great people, good pay, decent hours (in 18 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 17 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Good Job"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kohler full-time

    Pros

    Good pay good work environment

    Cons

    Not much vacation takes along time to get it. No sick days have to use vacation.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "GSA"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - GSA in Kohler, WI
    Former Employee - GSA in Kohler, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome company, flexible and a great company to add to your resume.

    Cons

    I have no cons to list.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Industrial Design Intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great collaborative environment. People are passionate.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can slow things down


  4. "Brass packing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kohler full-time

    Pros

    Work was easy and got plenty of breaks

    Cons

    Wasn't told of all the overtime in the interview. Going to the Team lead was useless, he brushed off any issues. They need to do a better job of training new employees.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Diverse divisions and opportunities within the company, but manufacturing tech lags."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are opportunities, primarily at the corporate location, to move laterally across different divisions.

    The village of Kohler reflects many ideals from the founding of the company.

    Cons

    Advancing and promotion within satellite manufacturing sites can be difficult-to-impossible to achieve. The corporate image presented to associates is not commonly found at satellite n as nufacturing sites.

    Advice to Management

    Standardization of performance reviews across all locations does not exist.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kohler full-time

    Pros

    Room for growth. You always get the chance to challenge yourself.

    Cons

    Slow and difficult to implement positive change.

    Advice to Management

    Recognition through paths other than more work.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to start career but low pay"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Micro managers..."

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    • 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


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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "About as transparent as a black hole"

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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.


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