Briggs & Stratton

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Briggs & Stratton Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
61 Reviews
2.9
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Briggs & Stratton Chairman, President, and CEO Todd J. Teske
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits if you work in Milwaukee - the Quad medical options are spectacular (in 5 reviews)

  • You can easily achieve a good work/life balance (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • There is a poor management and they do not value their employees (in 3 reviews)

  • Senior management seems very good and knowledgeable but middle management is weak (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Once great, struggling to find identity in new economy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton

    Pros

    Great company for engineering disciplines, if you are into engines and power equipment, the place to be. Some selected pockets of extraordinary talent and true commitment to the organization.

    Cons

    Products business has antagonized the core engine business. Clear separation on how things are done in products vs engine business. Basic things around retail market are an incredible challenge to the organization as the company simply does not know how to serve this market. Struggling market share with too many people waiting to retire and not willing to drive the change the organization needs to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope there's enough time to make the necessary changes to stop the market share shrinking and taking the organization back to growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free truck and the Upper management was so out of touch they had no idea what was going on in the field

    Cons

    The follow of information was awful. There was no training for anyone. Everyday was something different. One time I was given 1,500.00 dollars to spend for expenses in the busiest time of the year for 90 days

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    shrinking company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Engaged employees care about the business. Manufacturing coming to Milwaukee is replacing the outsourcing trend. Good benefits if you work in Milwaukee - the Quad medical options are spectacular.

    Cons

    Core business continues to shrink. Senior management team is constantly besieged with in-fighting and back stabbing. Over regulation and process control have meant way more work to do simple things. Time to market is at a snails pace. The CEO has strongly indicated his disdain for seasoned employees. Moral is at an all time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the way. Remove the antagonists. There is no incentive to take risks or have candid conversations. You have created an environment where the best path for career growth is to do nothing while complaining about why you can not do anything. Those that try and put themselves out there are setting themselves up for criticism and backlash.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once a great company now a average or lower place to work

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    Current Employee - Director in Wauwatosa, WI
    Current Employee - Director in Wauwatosa, WI

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people below director level are very helpful and take great pride in their work and the company. There is a lot of opportunity for lateral movement in all areas and many different locations. Salaries are competitive and benefits are average.

    Cons

    Direction of company is uncertain and results in a leadership culture that is covering for bad performance with confrontation, red tap and land mines. If you are good at what you do they will drive you into the ground so turnover has been happening more lately than ever before. So if you are new beware, there may not be the training and support you need to be successful. Advancement is difficult and not performance based.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to stop looking outside the management group with blame for the lack of direction and performance. They also need to look at the performance of competitors as a comparison of their performance over the five years, the results are very clear and not complimentary to the direction of the company, the solution is not to close plants and blame the great employees of the company, both new and old. Briggs needs to truly value it's great employees, not just say that, it must be shown and proven by actions or Briggs will never be a great company again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    30 years, retired and still getting screwed.

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Intern in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Early retirement after 30 years.

    Cons

    Poor benefits and poor management. Treat hourly workers like your a low life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice do to unable to take advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    My experience at Briggs & Stratton I would have to say was not good due to being stalked,harassed and discriminated.

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    Former Employee - DC Warehouse Worker in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - DC Warehouse Worker in Menomonee Falls, WI

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    variety of jobs and responsibilities.

    Cons

    I would have to say the treatment of classification of workers in a negative sense. Management constantly "observes" employees even though the employee produces at required level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat all people fair,give all people the same opportunities e.g. retraining on jobs without threatening workers for asking for help or questions in doing a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't know where this place is headed

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    Former Employee - Group Lead in Newbern, TN
    Former Employee - Group Lead in Newbern, TN

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Started up a new plant with all of the corporate people coming in making it all sound good.

    Cons

    Closed down several other plants during this time and then after only 4 years of operation closed the new one after losing contracts with some big names in the industry. They do not care about any of the people working for them unless you are in upper management from the Wisconsin area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dying brand / Dying company

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Wauwatosa, WI
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Wauwatosa, WI

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cafeteria on site.
    Workout facility on site
    Week shutdown between Christmas / New year

    Cons

    Losing business / market share every year to Asian competitors.
    No real leaders in management. Way too much politics that prevent the right things from getting done.
    No room to advance unless you are one of the family members of the CEO.
    100 lbs of work to get done vs 20 lbs of employees to do the work!
    Not smart enough to realize consumers don't care about the brand anymore or to realize more and more homeowners don't do their yard work anymore - they hire a cheap landscaper to do it & no one cares about the brand. Product is a commodity today.
    Battle cry of "innovate" the product - management thinks they are making smart-phones....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just like techumsa - now out of business due to foreign competitors you will soon be gone / bought out / taken over. it's just taking longer because you had the most market-share.
    Good luck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a good company yesterday. Today, not so much.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wauwatosa, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wauwatosa, WI

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton

    Pros

    Household name, strong brands and a pretty solid product. Briggs is blessed with some excellent employees. Unfortunately, many (most) of them are not provided enough opportunity to shine.

    Cons

    Management, management, management! Morale is at the bottom of the barrel and has been there for a long time. People mope around the office like zombies waiting for the clock to strike 4PM. Not a fun place at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop acting like kings and start acting like you give a dang!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    If Your Company Sucks, Just Pay An Outside Agency To Get You Listed as Top 10 Places To Work...

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    Former Employee - Setup in Wauwatosa, WI
    Former Employee - Setup in Wauwatosa, WI

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton

    Pros

    Above average pay for entry level production work. Freedom to flex your mind (you need to in order to keep the antique production equipment running).

    Cons

    HR cares only about their rules. The union local is a joke. The union has no power or money and your fate is dictated by Briggs HR. The ethical and fair HR manager was fired by Briggs for "being too soft" and was replaced by a woman in army boots type with no compassion or sympathy for working class families. The company is slow moving and constantly being undercut by foreign competition due to Briggs lack of willingness to embrace technology and the attitude that if it is made wrong, make it work anyway. Instead of holding vendors to tolerance on parts, they adjust their production methods to accommodate whatever garbage comes in the door. I give Briggs a maximum of 10 years to keep production in Milwaukee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the current HR regime, and change Briggs and Stratton back into the family orientated company you claim to be. HR does not care how well employees perform, they only worry about how well your index number follows the (ridiculous) rules (that's right readers, you are a number at Briggs, and they care more about your number than your name). Next contract (if by some miracle you make it to another contract), don't again hire a union buster law firm to handle contract negotiations and work with the people you claim to care about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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