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Whirlpool Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.2 388 reviews

65% Approve of the CEO

Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig

Jeff M. Fettig

(253 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • In general, the work-life balance is above average compared to other large companies (in 26 reviews)

  • Whirlpool is a great place to be in marketing or finance (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance except for those who are part of the inner circle of cronies (in 16 reviews)

  • Wish that upper management was more open to flexible work arrangements (in 10 reviews)

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    good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat environment people and values

    Constoo small place where to live

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    One Team, One Target...

    Senior Engineering Manager (Current Employee) Norrköping (Sweden)

    ProsWhirlpool provides a good multi cultural environment for personal and professional growth if you want, and are willing to move to a different location.

    ConsSince the business is down and the results not where they should be, benefits in general are being subject to scrutiny and down prioritization. The PMP system is a good tool with the right intention but is not always realized in a fair manner due to central doctrines.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlignment of targets between functions are an important factor to success... To often targets between functions are conflicting, leading to sub-optimization and short term wins. Such behaviors does not drive team work and and the aspired cultural change needed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great People, Great Products, Mediocre Leadership in Consumer Care, Improving Work Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSome of the best people ever:
    * Dedicated
    * Hard-working and gifted
    * Trade customer and consumer centric
    * Best corporate values (on paper) in the industry

    Products one can really believe in:
    * Pursuit of quality, performance, reliability was genuine and actualized
    * Pride in many products being American made
    * Brands really differentiate the customer base in a meaningful manner

    Work environment
    * Some new buildings and remodeling of older buildings is better late than never
    * Open floor concept is great for interpersonal communication - not so much for meetings.
    * Performance based rewards with an improving quarterly and annual review process
    * One of best compensation and benefits for the area, but lower in the industry

    ConsLeadership from the top down is mediocre at best (from some one with 47 years of work/leadership experience)
    * Undistinguished compensation packages - always felt like company was doing you a favor to reward performance - not a celebration of mutual success
    * Poor work/life balance except for those who are part of the inner circle of cronies
    * Some of the worst mid-level management ever experienced because lack of training and compassion
    * HR is disingenuous and more concerned about pleasing top management than building people
    * Poor career patching due to lack of clarity of job roles and poor communication
    * Antiquated computer systems, telephones, software but attempts at improvement were being made

    Advice to Senior Management* Live the Whirlpool values before all else - even before the need of quarterly profit
    * Train managers and make them responsible for the group performance and work environment.
    * Do not be so fiscally conservative with investing in the education/training, work environment and tools for employees at all levels. Actually require time-off for education/training annually with a required plan for implementation of new ideas, concepts and success measures for all employee. Share the load of success.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pay is great if you can stand the politics

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Cleveland, TN (US)

    ProsThey pay you enough to consider ignoring your morel compass when it comes losing your sense of team work and exploiting your individuality

    ConsEveryone is out to make themselves look better, even at the expense of others. This is a result of the promoted culture through the Personal Metrics of Performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot everyone thinks, acts and feels the same way. If you really want to preach diversity and inclusion, you should understand this is not strictly race and sexual preference.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Family oriented company but lacks opportunities for women and minorities

    Director (Current Employee) Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    ProsCareer opportunities are abundant up to the manager level. Many lateral opportunities. Ethical company that is family oriented. Good employee discounts and developmental opportunities. Excellent bonus system.

    ConsWomen and minorities are under-represented at the Director and above levels of the organization and we don't see intentional actions by the company to address this. We target women as our primary customer - why wouldn't we have more women running the company? Performance reviews are a game - balance out the ratings for the distribution curve and hope you are not one of the bottom rankings this time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou want to be seen as progressive you have to look, act, sound, and feel like you and thus the company are progressive. Wishing one thing and acting another will not get you seen as contemporary as your competitors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great People, terrible leadership, product quality not great.

    Lead Engineer (Former Employee) Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico)

    ProsWork environment is very good in general, people and coworkers are kind and cooperative. There's a lot of technical training available for employees. Relative good life/work balance but depending on position. Great for people starting their careers.

    ConsFor a global company whirlpool has limited resources in what counts, starting with labs and simulation resources all the way up to poor computers and available tools. In general leadership is terrible, there are some good leaders but there are people occupying high responsibility positions that lack technical people skills and don't set fair goals. Some of the good leaders are going away to work somewhere else. Employee 1 to 5 rating system is outdated, its perception-based to a great extend and labels people with mediocre 3's or bad boy 4's, even the 1's don't get much benefit anyway so it does not make a big difference... in the rating meetings people you don't worth with have a say according to what the perceive of you on your rating, this impacts bonuses and morale, etc . . . Staying after hours and excessive load burden upon employees in north america and mexico is not uncommon. What was once a great american company is now disappointing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA complete turn around to your outdated 1 to 5, perception based rating system and goal settings for yours employee is needed if you want to retain talent. Make sure you focus on improving leadership -especially in Mexico- with specific goals, and renew when necessary , bad leaders create a big impact in peoples performance. Separate plant operations support from product development for an efficient work environment. Provide employees with GREAT computers and laptops in Mexico and NAR, lenovo laptops are a shame, I never saw a global company with so poor working resources.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    You Suck

    Assembler (Current Employee) Marion, OH (US)

    Prosit's a paycheck, good money. Thats all i can say about that.

    Consincompetent management. how they treat their employees. Forced overtime all the time, They don't care if their employees get hurt. Work them like dogs so they can get rich. They allow bulling to go on even if it means the health of others.

    Advice to Senior Managementdo your job, protect your people instead of walking on them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico)

    ProsGood work/life balance, good salary and benefits

    ConsPoor inside communication, too many position changes in all levels.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on improve the process, rather than only on the results, it may help.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work if you are looking for a steady job, where you don't have to take work home with you.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsReasonable pay, smaller office allows for more visibility with senior level managment

    ConsVery few opportunities for career advancement, someone has to leave a role to allow for upward movement
    Not very challenging or engaging opportunities, very much the same thing day in day out

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company but feels like continuous work in progress!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFantastic company with great people, passionate about what they do. The company makes you feel like you can drive change.

    ConsAlthough people feel like they can drive change, there's a feel that there is some questionable follow-through by leadership and it felt like what is said is not what is done!

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeading companies have their ups and downs and when down need to recognize and listen to the recommendations from people with their ear to the ground

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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