Whirlpool Corporation

Whirlpool Corp. appears to be aquiring Maytag. Anyone out there know what will be happening to the Maytag ID departments? I’m speculating that they will be uprooted and integrated into Whirlpool global ID design center in Benton Harbor, Michigan…

Very curious to find out what is goin on…

Maytag doesn’t have much of an internal i.d. department, at least they didn’t when they were in Indianapolis. Al Correa from Whirlpool is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, I’m sure he’ll do a great job reviving Maytag designs.

Al Correa no longer works as Design Director at Whirlpool…Left there approx. 4 years ago.

Maytag has 6-8 ID’s at their corporate headquarters in Newton, Iowa, and a few others scattered around at other subsidiary corporate offices.

Too early to tell what will happen there. Cann’t give away houses in Newton, IA these days, so relocation will be tough for them. Maytag had a glimmer of hope around 2000 when Ward became CEO but got crushed-out like a stale Pall Mall by the oppressively conservative management which followed his brief stint. The most recent CEO was with Whirlpool previously. How wierd is that?

What’s a more interesting question is: what’s going to happen to the Whirlpool designers? Matag has had 8 - 15ish people designing for a $5bn company and Whirlpool has 200 designers for a $12Bn company…
The math dont add up!

[quote=“Boxer”]What’s a more interesting question is: what’s going to happen to the Whirlpool designers? Matag has had 8 - 15ish people designing for a $5bn company and Whirlpool has 200 designers for a $12Bn company…
The math dont add up![/quote]

From what I’ve heard, Whirlpool internal department is at about 80 people right now. Around 40 ID’s - the rest are usability specialists, graphic designers, a couple dedicated design engineers, and some model makers.

[quote=“Boxer”]What’s a more interesting question is: what’s going to happen to the Whirlpool designers? Matag has had 8 - 15ish people designing for a $5bn company and Whirlpool has 200 designers for a $12Bn company…
The math dont add up![/quote]


Also, I believe they’ve been hiring a lot of people on a contract basis…

How much are they paying their junior designers?..just curious…

Whirlpool pretty much sticks to what the IDSA compensation study presents. An entry level ID right out of school should expect to start at 40-42k / year + plus whatever bonus plan they have implemented at this point in time…

I do know that they’ve been hiring a lot of contract people. Don’t know what contract length or if it’s a contract to direct hire situation. I’d assume it would be a 2-3 year contract stint. My personal opinion on contract positions - when companies start doing that, they really don’t value their employees. They may be going the contract route just to see if someone can “cut the mustard” If you make it after a couple years, then then it turns into a direct hire job…

I dont think so… i would think they are more in the 45-50k range.

There are quite a few Whirlpool junior ID’s listed in the IDSA directory. I’d phone
them come right out and ask what Whirlpool started them at, and what their bonus package is. Nothing wrong in doing that…

anyone have an update?

they seem to be hiring alot lately…

They have oende uo inIndia & cina also. probably they will opt for internal trnafer… ( anothere way of outsourcing !)


not sure though…

Just to straighten out some facts. Whirlpool is a great place to be…especially if u can make it here right out of school. They have been hiring lately because quite a few people decided to make a career shift last year and not many workers/designers from Maytag migrated over to Michigan.

And the contract situation is mostly to get around the restriction on the number of full time employees that can exist in the company at a given point. The contractors enjoy almost the same benefits as a full time employee.