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.
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.
Too much reliance on grapevine. Too often, news about the company is seen in external media before it's disseminated internally.
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.
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.
This is a point of some emphasis at Whirlpool.
I had enough vacation and flexibility of work hours to follow all my kids' activities. This may vary with which department you work in.
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.
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.
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.