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Whirlpool Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
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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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    Disappointing lack of leadership, except in cronyism

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    ProsIf you're a new graduate (especially from Purdue), and this is your first job, you'll do great, probably enjoy the company, and have plenty of opportunity.

    ConsIf you're coming to the company with experience, you're going to be disappointed. You'll be expected to know the Whirlpool processes without training, and denigrated when you don't pick them up through osmosis.

    If you like a company where your performance is judged not just by how you perform vs your goals, but how you are compared to your peers, you'll love Whirlpool. In order for your performance to be "above average", your co-workers performance must be "below average". This doesn't exactly contribute to an environment of teamwork.

    The quality of the company's products is so poor, that's it's an ongoing internal joke that employees can't even recommend their products.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop trying to manage by slogan. Try providing subordinates with what they need to do their jobs and make the company successful, instead of just expecting them to perform.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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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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    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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    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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    Don't expect to have a life anymore if you work here.You wont have managers ; they are all judgemental micro managers.

    Project Engineer (Current Employee) Saint Joseph, MI (US)

    ProsBenefits are good; small city - being a whirlpool employee has its perks hence.

    ConsLot of empty talk ; engineering has taken a steep fall & innovation is as good as dead.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at consumer before looking at competition .

    No, I would not 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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    Positive

    Senior Engineering Manager (Current Employee) Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    ProsYou will grow as a manager quickly. You will learn budgeting, people management and will be empowered.

    ConsPolitics and it continues to get worse and worse. It holds most people from speaking freely.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOver the past years the upper management at WHR has moved to intimidation to get their way. The result is a bunch of yes men in various positions. Start encouraging and rewarding those who contribute honestly and professionally.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I have worked at the Marion,Ohio Plant

    Senior Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Marion, OH (US)

    ProsGreat Management worked for Paul Nicolosi (now deceased) and all management was great

    ConsThey tend to not rehire previous employees that moved away then returned to the area.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRehire great workers from the past, enjoyed every minute of my employment
    Leadership was always being updated

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

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    Learning culture

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Saint Joseph, MI (US)

    ProsGood working environment and you can find people that really lives the company values. Company care about people.

    ConsStarting to allow more employee movements among different groups inside organization.. however the process is still slow and burocratic, that sometime makes it easier go to a different company rather than staying inside. Still possible to find cases where leadership dont practive 'walk to talk'.

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

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    Strong corporate values and culture continuing to move in the right direction

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

    Pros- Rebounding Industry, competitive compensation, good work/life balance, training opportunities

    Cons- Locations (corporate and mfg.), HR practices, slow moving

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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