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Review averages

  • 102 employees say

    Excellent (38)
    37.254901960784%
    Good (26)
    25.490196078431%
    Satisfactory (20)
    19.607843137255%
    Subpar (18)
    17.647058823529%
    3.29
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
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Reviews for Whirlpool Corporation

Reviews - What employees say

3.29 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 25.May 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

Diversity was rammed down our throats over the past 20-25 years. Perception has become much more important than reality. It's not the value you add to the organization, but it's more important to make you manager look good.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Eliminate the Director position entirely - it's nothing more than a facade to promote people. Change the Manager position to have NO supervisor responsibilities. Leadership responsibilities should ONLY be given Supervisors. Supervisors MUST have at least a Bachelor's degree in Management, or some other leadership specific degree.
Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00
  • Company
    Whirlpool Corporation
  • City
    Benton Harbor
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Research/development

What I dislike about the company

You're not allowed to turn fifty.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
  • Company
    Whirlpool Corporation
  • City
    Tierra Amarilla
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Not specified
  • Department
    Legal/tax
  • 30.Apr 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

Shared commitment to quality despite a lot of emphasis on cost. Community involvement is encouraged. Diverse workforce, with one exception - age. Older workers feel more threatened than valued.

Support from management

In a company this size, support from management can vary widely depending on your department.

Teamwork

Engineering, Lab, Marketing, etc. tend to cooperate well to get the job done.

Freedom to work independently

What does this mean? Not being micro-managed? No problem there. Who works independently any more? Everything you do is a group effort.

Internal Communication

Too much reliance on grapevine. Too often, news about the company is seen in external media before it's disseminated internally.

Gender Equality

Whirlpool has more than their share of women in engineering, with many in management roles, but not enough yet at the very top.

Attitude towards older colleagues

There are still some 50+ employees around (fewer after January, 2018 early retirement offer and RIF), but they tend to feel threatened and have no chance of advancement. The only new hires with grey hair are contract people.

Career Development

If you're one of "the chosen", you can have a great career. If not, there are some opportunities, but you're on your own. If you're older, forget it.

Office / Work Environment

Corporate HQ was just extensively renovated and North American headquarters buildings are new, but tech centers are just getting long-overdue renovations to "open office" concept.

Environmental Friendliness

This is a point of some emphasis at Whirlpool.

Work-Life Balance

I had enough vacation and flexibility of work hours to follow all my kids' activities. This may vary with which department you work in.

Job Security

The performance management system is used as a club. If you've had a bad rating, you feel like it's just a matter of time until you're shown the door, especially if you're over 50.

Handicapped Accessibility

St. Joseph Tech Center has enough handicapped parking, but the closest is 100 ft. from an accessible entrance and the rest is across the street from the building.

Challenging Work

No shortage of ambitious projects.

Inclusive / Diverse

As mentioned before, good in all aspects except age diversity. The millenials are taking over.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Change the performance evaluation system to one that's not a zero-sum game. Current system puts people in competition with each other. It's possible to go through a year with no negative feedback until they "calibrate" and year-end and capriciously decide that you didn't stack up well against your colleagues, at which time there's nothing you can do to avoid a bad rating.

What I like about the company

Good corporate citizen. Good benefits and compensation. Located in a tourist area on Lake Michigan.

What I dislike about the company

Review and rating system that discourages teamwork - puts people in competition with each other. Because it's in a tourist area, it's a bit expensive to live there.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

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  • Company
    Whirlpool Corporation
  • City
    Saint Joseph
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Research/development

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Review averages

  • 102 employees say

    Excellent (38)
    37.254901960784%
    Good (26)
    25.490196078431%
    Satisfactory (20)
    19.607843137255%
    Subpar (18)
    17.647058823529%
    3.29
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

kununu score comparisons

Whirlpool Corporation
3.29
102 reviews

Industry average (Manufacturing)
2.99
89,517 reviews

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3.28
2,614,000 reviews