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Unlike many of the banks, consults and software biggies that come via the Placement Cell, Whirlpool seems to be a less glamorous company from the outside. Add to it the I2 tag, and you’re left wondering ,whether the internship is actually worth it. All said and done, Whirlpool is a household name which I (and probably you too) grew up with and it has “been creating happier homes for over 100 years”. I was looking for a core intern and although I had my share of doubts before joining the company, five weeks into my internship, I feel I’ve made the correct decision.
Whirlpool comes through the PT Cell somewhere in the start of October. They also have a ppt session on the day they come to campus, which explains quite a bit about the company and the internship profile. Most of their projects are based on mechanical engineering, however they do have a handful of projects for chemical engineers as well. As far as the selection process is concerned; they have a technical test which is largely based on mechanical engineering concepts. The test is then followed by a 30-minute technical interview, where they grill you on basic concepts from core courses (mainly involving Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass transfer, Fluid Mechanics for Chemical Engineering students) and projects you might have done. If your fundamentals are clear, you can easily breeze through the interview.
Work @ Whirlpool
Whirlpool hires interns from all IITs so rest assured you know you’ll be meeting “core enthu junta” just like you. Contrary to popular belief, the company does not hire for the factory at Ranjangaon but it hires for the Global Technology and Engineering Centre at Pune. Whirlpool GTEC caters largely to North American and European markets. The projects of couple of interns were being closely monitored by managers from across the globe. Many IIT alums are currently working here and the company culture is very open, in the sense that even an intern can speak to almost anyone for help without much of a hassle. The company recruits many fresh engineering graduates and you always have someone or the other willing to share their enriching experiences with you; most of them being mechanical fresh grads or post-grads. For majority of the intern, you will be working in the office at Viman Nagar (apart from a couple of days maybe at the plant). Viman Nagar is one of the better areas in Pune, so there’s a lot to explore close by! The daily workload and office hours depend on the guide one gets. Guides can vary from being absolutely flexible to being very stringent. Working days are from Monday to Friday.
The company allocates interns to one of its four divisions of home appliances namely Home cleaning, Refrigeration, Fabric cleaning and Cooking. I am in the cooking division and my project is based on modelling and simulation of simultaneous heat and mass transfer. I have also had to conduct experiments and verify the working of my model to give reasonable results. Much of what is required on the intern is picked up during the intern itself. If anything else is required, either the company holds sessions or one can ask employees, who are generally approachable and helpful so the latter is the more preferred option.
The Pune factor
Often referred to as the cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune has parts of Maratha history associated with it. A lot of trekking spots and hill stations are in the close vicinity of the city. The weather is better than Bombay in general. It’s a lot cooler and less humid. Once it starts raining, any bike trip, even to the outskirts of the city, is pretty amazing! There are a lot of places to visit in the city itself for sightseeing, entertainment, and much more. It’s a great place for foodies as well; cheap and good quality food all around the city. Also, Pune is cheaper than Bombay and that is a huge plus!
The sad part is that most of Pune sort of closes down by 11pm! Having been accustomed to Mumbai buses and autos, Pune’s transport is indeed a deal breaker. Most people use two-wheelers for transport. The city has a lot to offer and two months is too short a timespan to explore everything.
On the whole, Pune is a great city, but not as great as Bombay.
The company books turf slots every Friday, so Friday football with people from the company is always fun. Finding new places to hang out, places to visit, is exciting, but the one thing I will miss the most at the end of the intern is the people, both co-interns and company employees. In all, it was a great learning experience. To those who are even slightly interested in the profile, this intern will be a great exposure for you.