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Does Whirlpool Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update December 31, 2019
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If Whirlpool isn’t the biggest manufacturer of appliances in the world, it’s certainly pretty close to it. It’s a great opportunity for people that need work, but does Whirlpool hire felons? This type of question always has to be on your mind if you have a criminal record.

At Relaunch Pad, we are well aware of how hard it can be to find work with a record. That is why we make a point of going directly to the source to ask employers about their hiring policies.

We also ensure that the people who work with us are well-suited for the task, employing former felons and job market experts to put out the best possible information.

Other key considerations are also examined, such as:

  • Does Whirlpool do background checks?
  • Do they test for drugs?
  • Does Whirlpool hire people with misdemeanors?

In the article below, you will find the answer to these questions and more.

Does Whirlpool hire felons?

 does Whirlpool hire felons as technicians

Official company policy for hiring felons

While we did reach out to Whirlpool for answers, we haven’t heard back from them yet. Until we hear back, we have our own information to share with you. We took a look at what the internet had to say about their hiring policies.

Based on what we can see, it looks like they are open to hiring former felons.

Has Whirlpool hired felons in the past?

Yes, it looks like they have hired former felons in the past. While we don’t know what criteria they used to make that decision, it at least looks like it is possible to get a job at Whirlpool with a felony.

Does Whirlpool hire people with misdemeanors?

We also looked to see if Whirlpool will hire people with misdemeanors. While we have not found any direct evidence of this, it’s highly probable that they are open to it. Companies that will hire former felons will also usually hire people guilty of lesser offenses.

Is Whirlpool on the Ban the Box list?

The Ban the Box Movement is designed to remove questions about felony convictions from job applications. Unfortunately, when some employers see that a candidate has a felony on their record, they dismiss them without further consideration. The Ban the Box Movement attempts to fix this.

There is also the Fair Chance Business Pledge. Businesses that make this promise swear they won’t discriminate in the hiring process.

Both are great programs, but Whirlpool is not involved in either. It’s not a huge deal — just something to keep in mind.

Does Whirlpool have special programs for hiring felons?

Some businesses aren’t just open to hiring former felons, they actually try to make it easier for them to get hired. For example, you may find programs that streamline the hiring process for parolees.

Unfortunately, though, special programs are very rare and Whirlpool does not have any of them.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

Average likelihood of being hired with a felony

To review, it looks like Whirlpool is open to hiring former felons. While they don’t have any special programs for doing so, they have hired former felons in the past.

We rate your chances as average for getting a job here with a felony record at this time. When we hear from the company, we will update those odds.

What are some entry-level jobs?

While Whirlpool has a wide variety of career opportunities, the majority of their entry-level positions are in the warehouses. These types of jobs involve assembly as well as shipping and handling inventory.

While hours can vary, many factories operate around the clock, seven days a week. This means you will have shifts at odd hours.

How to get hired at Whirlpool with a felony

No matter the company, submitting a good application is always the first step in getting hired. Most Whirlpool jobs take place in a factory setting. If you have appropriate experience, it can go a long way towards helping you get hired. Any skilled factory or assembly jobs you’ve had in the past will look good on your resume.

However, if you can highlight any past experience involving teamwork, that might also help. For example, working in the kitchen of a fast-food restaurant may involve some of the same skills that are in demand at a factory. Multi-tasking, working as part of a team, working under pressure . . . you get the idea!

No matter what skills you decide to display on your resume, get help writing the resume to make them shine. Fortunately, some career centers offer free consultations to help you perfect your resume. When accessible, this is an excellent opportunity to get free help.

Short of that, you may at least want to have a friend or family member look over the application before you send it out.

With any luck, a good application will result in an interview. While this can be nerve-racking for anyone, there are ways you can make it go smoother. Show up in professional attire, for starters. You should also make a point of covering up any tattoos and piercings until you know the policy.

Hopefully, the interview will go well and you will have successfully figured out how to get hired at Whirlpool!

Does Whirlpool do background checks?

Whirlpool does do background checks.

However, where you live may impact what shows up on the background check. 

For example, background checks only go back seven years in the following states:

  •  California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

*Higher salary brackets may experience increased background checks.

Better yet, in some states, Whirlpool won’t learn about crimes you were found guilty of. In these states, only convictions will show up on your background checks:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

Unfortunately, though, many states include everything in their background checks. If you live in any of these places, Whirlpool will learn everything:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

We also wanted to give you a taste of what it is like to work at Whirlpool. To do this, we went to Glassdoor.com to find out about the company ratings.

We found that the company has 3.9 out of 5 stars.

Its lowest score was 3.5 for senior management. Its highest rating was 4 for culture and values.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

Because Whirlpool involves working with machinery drug or alcohol offenses may weigh against you. And, because most of the jobs are collaborative they might also not be interested in candidates with violent or sexual offenses.

 Does Whirlpool drug test?

Online reports say Whirlpool does drug test.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

Does Whirlpool hire felons? If you have experience with this company, we want to hear from you. Anything you tell us may help to directly improve our guide, so don’t be shy! With any luck the content in this guide will help you and others get a job at Visa with a felony!

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Paul is a Reentry Educator with The Relaunch Pad who lives in the midwest. He has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and is dedicated to providing accurate and insightful information to former offenders who are seeking employment.