Whirlpool Reviews

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
410 Reviews
3.5
410 Reviews
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Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig
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264 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.  

    Great company to work!!!

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    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Great People, terrible leadership, product quality not great.

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

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work 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.

    Cons

    For 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 ManagementAdvice

    A 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing lack of leadership, except in cronyism

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

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

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    You Suck

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    Current Employee - Assembler  in  Marion, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Assembler in Marion, OH (US)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    incompetent 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 ManagementAdvice

    do your job, protect your people instead of walking on them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Competitive, back stabbing, typical corporate environment

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    Former Employee - Trade Partner Support Specialist  in  Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Trade Partner Support Specialist in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nice buildings. That is about it. A pretty view doesn't mean it's a nice place to work.

    Cons

    Just because someone says they want to be a manager does not mean they will make a good manager. Need to implement management training before they hand out the badge. Horrible low level management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor leadership and "relationships" . It is all about who you know. If your manager does not like the way your nose sits on your face you will not further your career at this company. Benton Harbor MI is a horrible place to put an $85 million dollar corporate campus. Some people will do okay in this work environment but if your not comfortable throwing your co workers under a bus, this company is not for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, good salary and benefits

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on improve the process, rather than only on the results, it may help.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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

    I have been working at Whirlpool full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at consumer before looking at competition .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whirlpool

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company but feels like continuous work in progress!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whirlpool full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Although 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 ManagementAdvice

    Leading 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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