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Maintenance Guy

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Former Employee - A - Class Maintenance in Cleveland, TN (US)
Former Employee - A - Class Maintenance in Cleveland, TN (US)

I worked at Whirlpool full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Whirlpool (previously Maytag Cleveland Cooking Products) had an apprenticeship program, which allowed anyone who could pass the entrance exam and get through the inteview process to begin a career in maintenance. A four year program (part time) at the local college (Electro-mechanical maintenance certification) ALL EXPENSES PAID !!!!! Concurrently, there was three years of hands-on apprenticeship, with the guys who actually kept the place running and have done so for up to 30 years. WONDERFUL Opportunity !!!!!!

Cons

What can I say, it's ALL about the bottom line. I wish it weren't so, but as the cost of living continued to rise, the pay stagnated. Our annul raises only covered the additional cost of benefits.
UnfortunateIy, I had to leave the company to fnd more gainful employment. 10 + years of experience out the door.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It's ALL about the bottom line, companies have made that all to clear to their employees.
A persons loyalty to their employer is in great part tied to how well that they can supply their families needs. I suggest a quarterly profit sharing bonus structures implementation would help tremendously. Quality, attendance and LOYALTY to the company would soar to new heights.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Nice place to work most of the time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    Good work/life balance most of the time

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in such a large organization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Another American business tragedy now in the final stages of self-destruction.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Joseph, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Joseph, MI (US)

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    1.) Most non-management employees are a pleasure to work with and very supportive.

    2.) A few very good internal processes.

    3.) Stable during economic downturn.

    4.) Very busy, no boredom, much to learn.

    5.) Several opportunities to move around within company.

    Cons

    1.) Performance Management system (Whirlpool PMP) force ranks all employees into a normal distribution with employee ratings of 1-5. 1's are top performers and receive large raises and bonuses. 5's are terminated. Each category has set percentages and must be filled. Utopia concept is that the performance bar is raised every year and eventually everyone is terminated at some point in time. CEO has been told repeatedly by Human Resources that the company forced ranking performance management system is not working.

    2.) Incredibly unhealthy, stressful, political, and "blame game" culture with high turnover. Company endorses the high turnover. but does sponsor a very small number of employees that are deemed worthy of the "Stepford Wives" culture that you feel day 1 of employment. Fortunately, many new employees do not waste their career at this company and leave on their own due to unhealthy culture.

    3.) Focus, funding, and value is placed on Sales & Marketing and not R&D, Engineering, and Quality. Typical failing American big three automotive model Whirlpool even hires top management from the automotive industry and brings in automotive philosophies.

    4.) Age discrimination practices are truly ludicrous. There are literally daily discussions on this subject. Employees that have not been promoted by early 30s and within a few years of being hired are considered expendable and are usually ranked low on the company performance scale.

    5.) Managers are forced to manage up and not down. Never experienced anything like this before.

    6.) Several managers have no direct reports, reflecting a culture that places little value on employee mentoring, coaching, development, and growth.

    7.) Bullies are promoted.

    8.) Company focus is mostly on short term goals to met quarterly financial numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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