Briggs & Stratton
3.0 of 5 50 reviews
www.briggsandstratton.com Wauwatosa, WI 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 22, 2014

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Briggs & Stratton Chairman, President, and CEO Todd J. Teske

Todd J. Teske

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43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    30 years, retired and still getting screwed.

    Manufacturing Intern (Former Employee)
    Milwaukee, WI

    ProsEarly retirement after 30 years.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice do to unable to take advice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    DC Warehouse Worker (Former Employee)
    Menomonee Falls, WI

    Prosvariety of jobs and responsibilities.

    ConsI 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 Senior Managementtreat 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't know where this place is headed

    Group Lead (Former Employee)
    Newbern, TN

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

    ConsClosed 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dying brand / Dying company

    Product Manager (Current Employee)
    Wauwatosa, WI

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

    ConsLosing 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 Senior ManagementJust 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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Wauwatosa, WI

    ProsHousehold 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.

    ConsManagement, 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 Senior ManagementStop acting like kings and start acting like you give a dang!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Setup (Former Employee)
    Wauwatosa, WI

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

    ConsHR 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you have been a bad person and need to be punished, go work at Briggs

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe manager I worked for was intelligent and thankfully provided me with great learning opportunities that other (much better) companies were interested in.

    ConsI didn't fit the culture and was being pushed out the door. Getting forced to quit a job is one of the worst experiences to go through. I know it happens all the time, but I still haven't got used to it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop writing page long arguments in the Milwaukee Journal defending your poor decisions. Get your priorities straight. Invest in engineering and not a Briggs and Stratton Museum. Establish a long term plan. Stop being so arrogant - your company is dying a slow death. Start cleaning up the polluted lake so when Briggs eventually turns into condos, the residents will have nice area to relax and tan in the summer.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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