Whirlpool Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
401 Reviews

3.5
401 Reviews
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Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig
Jeff M. Fettig
260 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very laid back and friendly. Lots of changes to be more lean and to eliminate the old-school mentality with respect to work hours, work attire, years vs. company instead of performance-based promotions, etc. Very short commute unless you decide to make it longer. In general, the work-life balance is above average compared to other large companies. Very diverse workforce and lots of international opportunities, if you are interested in that. Many career path opportunities.

    Cons

    Can be VERY slow to promote its people, especially in the tech center for fabric care (laundry) engineers. Smaller town == no other major employers in the area. Bonus is not guaranteed to be a specific amount; it fluctuates based on company performance == on bad years, salaries are not competitive. Housing prices are higher than normal in the area due to tourism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want top talent to remain, then get rid of the forced ranking system. If you only hire top talent, none of those people want to hear that they are just "ok" or "average". If they are above average, they should be told so, not forced into a bucket so your numbers work out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I was empolyed there for 1 year in sales, the company was very innovative and provided its employees withj all the tools

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whirlpool

    Pros

    global company, upper mgmt interacted with people, sales conferences were a way to learn about people product and services, laid back work environment, innovative company, room for growth if you are willing to relocate

    Cons

    The sales plans were skewed, hard to make sales goals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Whirlpool good place to work

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great potential, good incentive and perks

    Cons

    Self motivation is key, it is about who you know not how well you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aggressive, managing people is not all about task delegation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    A great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

    There is a great deal of opportunity and challenge available throughout the company, wonderful people to work with, and products to be proud of.

    Cons

    Living in a small town is not ideal for everyone, though I enjoy it thoroughly.

  6.  

    contract designer

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer - PTC Creo Parametric 2 0 & Windchill 10 0  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer - PTC Creo Parametric 2 0 & Windchill 10 0 in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    I have been working at Whirlpool as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    I perceived the Whirlpool management as the best of thirty companies in my career.
    Very well defined company standards. Well managed part naming conventions.
    Well defined engineering roles: engineers; designers; drafters

    Cons

    migrating software packages (Going Google; WMCS -> SAP) = short-term pain
    modelers should model and manage upper level assemblies, not spin wheels learning EN writing processes and company specs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not promote a long-term opportunity 6-18 months and then not renew the extendable contract for (3 of 3) contractors after four months. Economy shifts, horizons only allow to forecast work load just so far...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well established processes, great people to work with, takes good care of employees.

    Cons

    None so far, except is is too cold in Michigan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing the good work you are doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mandatory employee turnover from upper management is puzzling.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free stand mixers and immersion blenders.

    Cons

    Firings are many and often. If you do not have a family you are fair game for sacrifice to save the lives of others' children. Pay is much lower than anything auto or aero in the area. Product integrity is extremely low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chill out and stop thinking you are the greatest company in the world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company, small town

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company, treats employees well, good advancement options

    Cons

    Vacation town of St. Joseph is nice in summer months, but the lack of city amenities gets old after a few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep unleashing talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pay is great if you can stand the politics

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

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Everyone 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 ManagementAdvice

    Not 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Family oriented company but lacks opportunities for women and minorities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Career 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.

    Cons

    Women 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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