Whirlpool
3.2 of 5 348 reviews
www.whirlpoolcorp.com Benton Harbor, MI 5000+ Employees

Whirlpool Reviews

Updated Apr 08, 2014
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3.2 348 reviews

                             

64% Approve of the CEO

Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig

Jeff M. Fettig

(226 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Very interested in maintaining a good work/life balance"
    in 22 reviews
  • "Great place to work for someone looking to move up the career ladder"
    in 15 reviews
Cons:
  • "The company doesn't support work-life balance idea - you must be prepared for overtime working"
    in 15 reviews
  • "Wish that upper management was more open to flexible work arrangements"
    in 10 reviews
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Good Company for a Large Company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Whirlpool

ProsChange, stability, competitive, brands, opportunity

ConsSlow making decisions, good ole boy system

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

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interesting work

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

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

Proslots of free training. good pay and benefits , friendly people.

Conslong hours, travel to factories from design center. large workload. people shift positions every year so it's hard to build up expertise. Headquarters town is highly racially divided. Life is good for corporate folks but not so much for other people.

Advice to Senior Managementhire more people to get better quality work. Reduce playing of musical chairs with job positions for people. Otherwise, keep up the emphasis on lean, OpEx and other initiatives.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good company Values, especially for such a large organization

Sales (Current Employee)

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

ProsStability, long term job potential. Leadership is trying to unite entire organization, As a whole they are trying to be a leader in everything they do.

ConsMany Corporate projects have too many Chiefs and not enough Indians. Although it is being worked on- there are still a lot of separate "companies" under the Whirlpool Umbrella with limited communication

Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure that projects that are for one division (i.e. Finance) is communicated with others (Service and Sales) so that Whirlpool can give the feeling of a united front to customers, investors, and competitors

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

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Whirlpool - Corporate Headquarters

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

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

ProsThe work-life balance at Whirlpool is great and the pay is good. Leaders are flexible regarding family needs, illness, etc. There is a lot of opportunity to move within the company, both within your job function and into other business areas. The work is interesting and I enjoy working for a company that produces the vast majority of product they sell in the U.S., in the U.S.

ConsCorporate headquarters is in a small town, if your spouse also works there is not much opportunity here for them. During my interview process, Whirlpool touted that they have many employees whose spouses also work at Whirlpool, talked about how they help spouses, and stated there would be great opportunities for my spouse. Once I was here, they have done nothing to help my spouse get a job. My spouse is even willing to change careers or take a step down, to get a foot in the door and contribute income to the family. My spouse never even makes it past the "rejected by outsourced recruiting company based on resume without even a call" stage. Make sure you both have a job offer before you move here. I will probably end up moving eventually so that my spouse can contribute income to the family, too. I wish I didn't have to, because I really love my job and the opportunities for me are great. But, we need two incomes long term. I understand each hiring manager wants the perfect fit, and I was naive in believing the puffing from HR during the interview process. Also, annual raises are less than the increase in the cost of living. Housing and food costs in the area are high. Company is very concerned about local community relations and supporting local businesses, so they don't put fitness centers or child care centers onsite as amenities for employees (although they have a "culture of health").

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Senior manager

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Whirlpool

ProsGreat new facilities and flexible working environment. Summer with the lake are great.

ConsNeed work life balance improvements. Would like to see them promote from within verse going outside so much.

Advice to Senior ManagementStay focused on driving new business and product leadership so we can be ready for the next downturn.

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

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Good place to work

Senior Engineer (Current Employee)

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

ProsGood work and family balance.
Manufacturing locations management is good

ConsCorporate bosses (they are not not leaders) say one thing and do other.
Corporate management not so good

Advice to Senior ManagementHire or promote real leaders that have proven leadership and not just friends from previous jobs

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Uncaring no support of medical issues

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

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

ProsGreat business for area, offers job opportunities in distressed area. Career opportunities and advancement in education is a benefit for employees.

ConsNo support to employees with medical problems, development of health issue means bye bye job...whirlpool don't deal with that

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more caring, supportive of great employees that love to work , not fire them because of health issue time off.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Overall, Whirlpool is a good place to work.

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

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

ProsYou get the chance to work on great, meaningful projects with a team of pretty great people. St. Joseph/Benton Harbor is a wonderful place to raise a family and the weather is great (in the summer!)

ConsWish that upper management was more open to flexible work arrangements.

Advice to Senior ManagementImplement some really robust HR policies that support employees who want to work in a more flexible way. Right now it has to be done "under the table" and there seems to be no support for the top.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Manufacturing Leadership Development Program (Former Employee)
Greenville, OH (US)

I worked at Whirlpool as an intern for less than a year

ProsCompetitive salaries, flexible hours in non-manufacuring roles. Good people for the most part.

ConsHuman resources is unresponsive and difficult to work with. They are reluctant to communicate through documented means which can become difficult in the end. The plant locations are all in very small midwestern towns which is not for everyone.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on implementing modern manufacturing techniques and build more collaborative working environments within the plants.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Be sure to take the lead in everything.

Design Leader (Current Employee)

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

ProsDriven and enthusiast environment to work in.

ConsCorporate mis-alignments on strategy. Lacking clear direction from senior leadership by overload of messages.

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

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