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Whirlpool Reviews

Updated 23 January 2015
Updated 23 January 2015
461 Reviews
3.5
461 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • In general, the work-life balance is above average compared to other large companies (in 30 reviews)

  • The employees of Whirlpool are what make it a great place to work (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance except for those who are part of the inner circle of cronies (in 17 reviews)

  • Position was located in a small town so local attractions/things to do, were low (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good middle management, growing fast and absorbing lots, including workload

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Category Manager in Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Category Manager in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    lots of freedom to move jobs and functions, new facility upgrades, small town

    Cons

    lower end of pay scale, small town, senior leaders too short term focused

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to refocus on product vs. just financial growth and size. Losing some of the small company feel as well as entrepreneurship and innovation. Need to better balance work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company in small town

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Planner in Saint Joseph, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Production Planner in Saint Joseph, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay with a great work life balance. Focus on development is dependent on managers, so can be a positive or a negative. Culture is evolving to be more open and transparent.

    Cons

    Location is a small town, so you will see many colleagues outside of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great internship!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

    I worked at Whirlpool as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, good guidance, global interaction. My internship was very good and I will recommend it to any engineering student. It will give you a good foundation in engineering as well as understanding business practices.

    Cons

    Location is far away from major cities. Chicago is 1.5 hrs, and Detroit, even further. Restaurant options are limited, and few places of interest for young professionals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Good Company. Small Town.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sourcing Associate in Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Sourcing Associate in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    Unique to have a Fortune 500 in Chicago beach town.
    Lateral and upward mobility.

    Cons

    Town is to small. No cultural options. Winters are terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In source day care, fitness facilities, and be willing to spend more on the cultural changes you are striving for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    A good albeit old-fashioned company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good values
    Good pay for the area
    Friendly people
    Lots of opportunities for career advancement

    Cons

    Old-fashioned view of work structure - poor cafeteria options, less flexible work hours & arrangements
    Relatively boring - not much enthusiasm about anything but work
    Small amount of vacation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Refrigeration needs help. Lots of possibilities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CAD Design Manager in Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - CAD Design Manager in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay for such a small town. Small town with a big city feel. Awesome beaches and PGA golf course nearby. Good young engineers and CAD Designers with tons of potential.

    Cons

    Quality numbers are horrible. Some numbers in refrigeration are above 50% for service calls. We continue to give former maytag plants too much pull. There is a reason why maytag didn't survive and we are being pulled to go down the same path. We have hired a completely new work force for refrigeration but will never reap the rewards of innovation because of the old school thinking still being pushed by Amana.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow our new investments and people to drive the change needed in refrigeration.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I am good worker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Fort Smith, AR (US)
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Fort Smith, AR (US)

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

    Pros

    I am always on time for work and never miss work. I like working outdoors. I would like to learn the job .

    Cons

    Whirlpool doesn't care about their employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for in a terrible location

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Whirlpool is a good company to work for, especially right out of college. You're going to get great experience, excellent pay, and work with some very talented colleagues. This is dependent on which job function you're in but for the most part the work you do will be challenging and rewarding. Work-life balance is great too, I usually work 40-42 hours a week, unless we have something going on then it can creep up near 50 (still not bad). Summer hours are awesome- a lot of people usually around noon on Fridays.

    They also have some nice wineries in the area which I enjoyed a lot!

    Cons

    The biggest con that Whirlpool has going for it is location. It's located in this very small town off the coast of Lake Michigan (I will say the summers are nice) but the winters are awful. It's cloudy every day which in turn makes the town depressing and snows a ton, although this winter it hasn't snowed much. There's not much to do here, especially if you're a young professional, unless you're into winter activities. There's very few young folks within this company (straight from out of college) and that's mostly due to the location and the only reason the few that do decide to come is because of the pay. Good luck finding a nice apartment as well because there's only a couple good apartments in the area and they usually have a waiting list. Most people end up renting a house or apartment house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on the politics, it really hinders progress and productivity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Ok, but slow career steps

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Industrial Designer
    Current Employee - Senior Industrial Designer

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

    Pros

    Good to combine with family life

    Cons

    Slow, complicated and a lot of promises without real action

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Working at Whirlpool has many pros and cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Benton Harbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Benton Harbor, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    The company compensates it's employees well and has great values.

    Cons

    The politic atmosphere at Whirlpool can be toxic. Also, the company doesn't take risks with new ideas and systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the way employees are rated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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