Whirlpool Reviews

Updated 13 September 2014
Updated 13 September 2014
405 Reviews
3.5
405 Reviews
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Whirlpool Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig
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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. 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
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  5.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8. 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
  9.  

    Positive

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of sheep, not many wolves

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

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

    Pros

    Decent pay. New Facilities. Good Brands.

    Cons

    Too process oriented. Benefits - insurance is not good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Where good ideas go to die, but you can make a killing at killing them.

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Amana, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Amana, IA (US)

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities for advancement and internal development. Whirlpool is a great place to be in marketing or finance. Iowa is a lovely state and this is a great area to raise a family.

    Cons

    A typical, political, corporate ladder climbers environment. If you are good at spin and getting other people to do what you need you can go far fast. Very task oriented work vs process oriented. Continuous improvement on the manufacturing floor gets little more than lip service and is measured in "heads" reduced. Culture is stuck in the 80's. Innovation is feared and risk is not tolerated. Poor strategy deployment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lot of opportunity left on the table by treating manufacturing facilities as contract manufacturers for the marketing organization instead of a partner.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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