Briggs & Stratton

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Briggs & Stratton Reviews

Updated June 4, 2014
Updated June 4, 2014
59 Reviews
3.0
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Briggs & Stratton Chairman, President, and CEO Todd J. Teske
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34 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Good benefits package, profit sharing (if it was a good year) (in 4 reviews)


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

  • Very behind the times on technology, lower pay then the competition (in 3 reviews)

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    Briggs

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton

    Pros

    job security seems to be better than a lot of places

    Cons

    no work/life balance, the more you do the more they take

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    Good Old Boy Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton for more than a year

    Pros

    Big company with somewhat stabile employment.

    Cons

    Way too many personnel discussions are based on personal friends and long term relationships. Actual qualifications mean little in promotion process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and move into 2014.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Underqualified Middle Management

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to start your career - Briggs & Stratton employs many co-ops and interns.
    The on-site health clinic and fitness center.
    The extra week of vacation from plant shutdown around christmas.

    Cons

    Below average salary with average benefits.
    Projects often lack visibility to the rest of the company.
    Inexperienced/Underqualified Middle Management.
    Company as a whole moves incredibly slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and keep your employees challenged and compensated for their efforts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management

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    Current Employee - Technician  in  Statesboro, GA
    Current Employee - Technician in Statesboro, GA

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

    Pros

    They will let you work 10 plus years

    Cons

    When they lay off its a permanent layoff no coming back but you will get unemployment...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are not in with the managers here you don't stand a chance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company has gone downhill in the last five years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous IT Worker  in  Wauwatosa, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous IT Worker in Wauwatosa, WI

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

    Pros

    Good benefits package, profit sharing (if it was a good year)

    Cons

    I work in IT and it is going through some MAJOR changes with new management. People in IT were laid off about a month and a half ago, there is another group which will be laid off in a week or so. Morale has been very low in the past 6 months or so, with rumors of the layoffs and the company practice of not replacing employees after they leave. The work is just re-distributed to others left in the area which leads to overworked employees wearing many different hats and no compensation for taking on additional responsibilities. People are burned out, stressed out and the people who are slated to be laid off in the next week or so say they are relieved. Many of the people who are not being laid off are disappointed that they have to stay. The best description I have heard for the atmosphere in IT at Briggs is "toxic". It is a very unhealthy environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the exact opposite of what you are doing. Stop laying off local employees who have been loyal to Briggs for 30 + years and outsourcing their positions to a cheaper company located out of India. The knowledge that is walking out the door (voluntarily and unvoluntarily) is vital to the survival of the company. If you think it can be replaced by outsourcing, you are mistaken and the consequences of your actions will be very visible after the holidays.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT department is 10-15 years behind the market

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    Former Employee - IT Resource  in  Wauwatosa, WI
    Former Employee - IT Resource in Wauwatosa, WI

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

    Pros

    Most of them are very nice people to work with. Work and life has a great balance. Newly done cafetaria in corp office is cool. Decent paid time off and good benefits.

    Cons

    IT leadership has no vision, some directors have not written a single line of code in their life and they proudly flaunt it so don't understand the pain of IT resource. More interested in defining startegies and keep changing them every 6-12 months and does not include business folks in discussions. IT has no respect in the eyes of business. Its like a dead dept. Tools and technolgies are way behind the market like 10-15 years, no trainning is provided to doers, its like expolore on ur on :-) sure. No business analyst in the dept. Same resource is supposed to play mulitple role like a developer, or a tester or BA or support. Its not a place for young dynamic and enthusiastic people for sure. Promotion is very easy if u r good at sugar coating but if u r hardworking and result oriented forget about it. Some of the managers are not even qualified by education for the job. (Not even bachelor degree)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You keep saying putting right people in right job and I doubt anybody sees it that way. People are not being looked as human being but rather as a resource. Need to invest in technolgies and need to take care of people rather than stock price.

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

    So glad to be out of there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton

    Pros

    I learned a lot while working there based purely on finding things out myself. Most of the people are nice to work with. Was a great starting place.

    Cons

    With such a large organization there's a lot of passing the buck. Projects that should take a few weeks take months to get anywhere because you are constantly being put off because someone else is being put off. There are a lot of current employees who are a pain to work with and if you have a job like I did where you must communicate with other departments (which i'm sure is the majority) you literally suck it up. Management is not really into advancing your knowledge or creating ways to better yourself if it means having to put money in it. i've also known a lot of contract workers who are treated like second class citizen when it come to benefits, time off, and perks regular employees receive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to work with people who don't condone backstabbing, negative office politics, and gossiping. There are a ton of dirty tricks people use to get ahead at this company. Promotions and jobs should be based on work performance, not how many people you flirt with and gossip to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    "You can be just like good old Dad."

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Wauwatosa, WI
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Wauwatosa, WI

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton

    Pros

    Good benefits and competitive salary.

    Cons

    If you are not a relative in one of the families that dominate the company, forget career advancement. They say they are public, but it is a private fiefdom. Check out the President. His father was a President of Briggs also. He is not there because of ability. He had a gold spoon in his mouth since he was a baby. His education was done on company time with the company paying for it. Other employees just do not have the same opportunities. He has bullied the company's factory employees and likes to act tough. In reality, it is very easy to be tough, when you always had an unfair advantage over people who really never had a rich father.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Earn your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good-old boys do not find fresh talent.

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

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton

    Pros

    It is the leader in its industry and has excellent benefits. Working for the leader means in purchasing I can get the best prices, because I have the volume to negotiate better pricing.

    Cons

    Briggs is really run by a family. The CEO's father was the CEO also. It is difficult if you are not in one of the families in this oligAfter a while, you stop trying, because it is impossible for you to advance if you are not related to some one in the oligarchyarchical company. Also, the personnel department has too much authority and interferes with the departments in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow people who work to rise in the company instead of moving relatives up..

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    B&S Lacking Leadership...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton

    Pros

    Low level of accountability for those individuals not wanting to prioritize careers. Onsite medical clinic. Many friendly people in an environment that offers freedom to spend time conversing and developing relationships.

    Cons

    Employees have low morale and trust in senior management, which is based on failure of actions to match the rah-rah message that is consistently delivered. Employees not truly valued. Very few true leaders amongst all levels of management. Career growth based on time served and like mindedness with managers. Progressiveness and challenging of traditional methods, thoughts and processes not encouraged, and is career limiting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Begin creating culture change. Set expectations, challenge employees and cut-bait when they don't perform. Streamline organization by increasing authority of mid-level managers, drive decision making and accountability. Listen to what people are actually saying rather than just trying to talk a good story.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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