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Whirlpool Corporation

Human Resources Intern

May - August 2018 • Benton Harbor, MI

What I liked

Whirlpool is a family-oriented company. I liked the company-wide professional development events. These events made it easier to learn about different aspects of the business. I also enjoyed the event held for the interns halfway through the internship.

What I wish was different

I wish the HR internship were more structured and collaborative. I didn't get the chance to interact with my cohort as much as I would have liked to.

Advice

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet with people cross-functionally and with business leaders.
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Finance intern

June - August 2019 • Benton Harbor, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed the ability to network with leaders from various functions of Finance. We were also paired with a buddy in the full-time program and a mentor who was a senior manager.

What I wish was different

The location doesn’t have many things for young adults, but the company did a great job of planning events for interns.

Advice

Take the first step! Don’t be afraid to ask someone to lunch and learn about their role. The employees truly value interns and view them as future talent.
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Enginering inter

March 2018 - August 2019 • Clyde, OH

What I liked

The people and the culture along with the huge facility.

What I wish was different

The amount of time I got to spend there.

Advice

It was one of the best experiences of my life.
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Supply Chain Analyst Intern

May - August 2019 • Benton Harbor, MI

What I liked

Whirlpool gives interns very impactful projects and the support needed to be successful.

What I wish was different

Obtaining access to certain programs took a while sometimes, which is difficult when trying to complete objectives in a short 12 weeks. I wish interns were either pre-authorized for access to the programs they need, or their requests were expedited.

Advice

Utilize the amazing opportunity to network with senior managers and mentors.
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Corporate Accounting Intern

May - August 2019 • Benton Harbor, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed the breadth of experience I obtained in relation to corporate taxation. I learned a wide variety of concepts and software programs used in the workplace.

What I wish was different

I wish I had approached this internship with more confidence. I was very flighty at the beginning.

Advice

I would come in prepared to work, keep your head down, and always be ready to learn.
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Communications Intern

June 2018 - March 2019 • Benton Harbor, MI

What I liked

I liked the experience of working within a corporate environment and learning from co-workers there. The experience helped illuminate the direction in business I will pursue as well as the environment I would prefer.

What I wish was different

I wish I had the opportunity to present information to a group of employees within my field as that is a skill that I wanted to work on, but due to a couple of time conflicts I never got the chance until the end of my time there.

Advice

The corporate life is not for everyone. I know at first I was starstruck and felt like it was everything I thought it would be. However, as I started to get a greater sense of the month after month lifestyle of colleagues I realized that this environment has a huge impact on overall health. The office is not an ideal space for a person and it showed as a lot of the workers I met were stressed and seeking ways to cope with many problems that had surfaced since working at a desk for a few years. This also began to take a toll on me and became part of the reason I decided to leave and explore more varieties of work that would help build my skill set and get my mind and self back to a healthy state.
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Supply Quality Engineer Co-op

June 2019 • Amana, IA

What I liked

Plenty of opportunities to run your own projects and work on management skills.

What I wish was different

Sometimes my directions were too vague and conflicted with previous directions, but not often.

Advice

This is a great position to take if you are outgoing and willing to talk to plenty of suppliers to solve real world issues. Be prepared to work hard and learn a lot of practical skills you will use for the rest of your career.
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Trade Customer Specialst

May - August 2017 • Benton Harbor, MI

What I liked

Work environment and modern facility

What I wish was different

More opportunities for interns to converse with other employers and higher ups.

Advice

Be prepared to work very hard and learn a lot of information quickly.
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PDx Intern

March - August 2019 • St. Joseph, MI

What I liked

I like how I was able to network a lot and job shadow a different person once a week. I also like how I did real tasks that truly made an impact.

What I wish was different

I wish my boss would have been a little more free, he just had a million other tasks he needed to get done.

Advice

Don’t be scared to speak up and ask a question to anyone you are working with. They all want to help you out and see you succeed.
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Supply Chain Intern

May - August 2019 • St. Joseph, MI

What I liked

Such a great company with an amazing culture. They give you real projects to work on and trust you with a lot. The internship program is very organized and they made sure you were on the best teams in the company. Overall, an amazing summer in Michigan!

What I wish was different

I wish I could have had the opportunity to return, but my situation didn't allow for it.

Advice

Whenever you go somewhere new live like you're never going to be there again! It was so fun to go explore and try new things all around Michigan and surrounding states. Make sure you plan ahead so the weekends can be full of travel and adventures.
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WERLD Intern

May - August 2019 • St. Joseph, MI

What I liked

I loved the culture of Whirlpool; even though I was an intern, I felt like a real engineer and a real part of the team. Everyone was very friendly and always willing to help me learn something new.

What I wish was different

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WERLD Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Benton Harbor, MI

What I liked

Great work environment and culture. High impact project and exposure to leadership

What I wish was different

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Cooling Engineer

January - July 2019 • Amana, IA

What I liked

Large corporate structure but still felt like a small company. Everyone is willing to help out on projects.

What I wish was different

Larger training program to get students up to speed quicker

Advice

Always keep a logbook for your projects
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Supply Chain Intern

May - August 2019 • Benton Harbor, MI

What I liked

I liked the different events scheduled for the interns.

What I wish was different

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Manufacturing Engineer Intern

May - August 2019 • Greenville, OH

What I liked

Whirlpool Corporation invests a lot in their employees and company culture. This is especially true of their leadership development programs. They want you to succeed not only as an engineer, but as a member of a family, a company, and a community. I had many opportunities to learn, network, and lead others at work, as well as opportunities to serve the communities I lived in, such as participating in Habitat for Humanity with other interns. The main project I was involved in at the KitchenAid manufacturing facility was catered to my experience level and interest, making it easier for me to be engaged and happy at work. Whirlpool is an awesome company for which to work!

What I wish was different

Working for a corporation has cons among all the pros. One of the main cons of being in such a large company is that it's easy to be overlooked in the system or not get timely information when you need it. Whirlpool does its best to combat this as an organization, but there is still a lot of slow communication and some potential to get lost in the cracks if you don't learn how to communicate well.

Advice

Learn the company thoroughly. This includes the abbreviations, the company mission and values, the name of the CEO, the proper modes of communication, and any other relevant information. Showing that you understand how the company works makes you stand out as an employee because your focus is broader than just your project and your role.
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Scheduler

February 2012 • Benton Harbor, MI

What I liked

Working in a team environment, but minimal micromanaging.

What I wish was different

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Finance intern

June - August 2019 • Benton Harbor, MI

What I liked

I loved how open people were to meeting with interns and discussing anything from project-based questions to career and life paths. I felt valued and that my work was contributing to solutions for the company.

What I wish was different

Location is definitely not the company’s strongest area, but you get what you put in. I was intentional about spending my weekends in the area and found things to do.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to network! People are genuinely excited about interns and love talking with them. I reached out to multiple people across different functions to hear about what they do and get a sense of where I might want to end up. It was my way of interviewing the company throughout the summer to see if it was a place I would want to return. Doing the work on the front end makes it easier to make a decision at the tail end!
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Noise & Vibration Engineer

June 2016 • Benton Harbor, MI

What I liked

My work contribution in the research & engineering division at Whirlpool gives me a great pleasure to always find that my work directly creates value to millions of consumers around the globe making their daily lives easier. The opportunity to work with a global team placed in 4 continents makes it highly exciting to bring the innovation that can commonly benefit even the cross-cultural interests. At Whirlpool, I was given the freedom to critically think, challenge ideas in a team & thus help towards bringing only the best work to reality on behalf of the company. I like that my insights, comments are always taken into consideration towards eventual decision making. At last, most importantly, managers & peers here push you above your limits while still being helpful with a positive intention to grow together inclusively.

What I wish was different

The fact that the company is huge & is diversified across continents, makes it hard initially, to find & meet the right people to reach out for collaboration as part of cross-functional projects. Although it doesn't result in heavy loss of time,. I wish there was a much seamless process to understand the overall roles, responsibilities & skill sets of employees working at any point of time.

Advice

The biggest take-away so far from my experience is: You can always be confident in demonstrating your work as long as you provide a clear line-of-thought that impacts the end-consumer - the key stakeholders. In this process, especially for fresh graduates, it's okay to make mistakes sometimes when you are new to the work force but what's more important is not to make the same mistake again"
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Tax Intern

May 2018 • Benton Harbor, MI

What I liked

The team was very friendly.

What I wish was different

N/a

Advice

Don’t say no to something because you don’t know the area.
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Global Supply Chain Leadership Development Program Intern

May - August 2018 • Benton Harbor, MI

What I liked

Whirlpool provided a great summer internship program. I was able to grow both personally and professionally from experiences provided to me inside and outside of the office. From participating in different Lunch and Learns with various company leaders, to volunteer opportunities in the community, to 1-1 meetings with people in different business functions - Whirlpool truly provided their interns with the best experience possible.

What I wish was different

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