Briggs & Stratton

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Briggs & Stratton Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
60 Reviews
3.0
60 Reviews
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Briggs & Stratton Chairman, President, and CEO Todd J. Teske
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34 Ratings

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.  

    It has been good just thought I would retire here but they are closing the doors.

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    Current Employee - Researcher and Development Technician  in  McDonough, GA
    Current Employee - Researcher and Development Technician in McDonough, GA

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

    Pros

    Overall it was a good place to work for. The benefits were good.

    Cons

    I learned alot about the products that were tested but they could have told the employees earlier what was going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to work for but still needs upper management support

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production
    Current Employee - Production

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

    Pros

    There are opportunities to advance but you got to put forth the effort to get there. You also have to have the qualifications, but sometimes there are inconsistencies in which some people who lack the qualifications have moved up. You tend to work in teams to get things accomplished. This provides a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of company.

    Cons

    There are a lot of bottlenecks that affects production. Overall, the biggest bottleneck is the lack of communication specifically from upper management which causes a lot confusion and disruption. There are a lot of fingerpointing and politics that needs to stop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to focus on accountability and be accountable for many screwups. They do not allow the proper time for production to react to any changes. It tends to always be the last minute and ultimately there is a lot of money being wasted that directly affects the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Solid company, but does not embrace change easily.

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Auburn, AL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Auburn, AL

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Employees get an opportunity to learn a lot of on the job skills. Good pay for the area. Well known and respected brand. Great place to start out.

    Cons

    Company overall is risk averse at the plant level and does not easily accept new ideas. As a result, the company operates about 10 years behind the leading edge of industry. No set path for succession, and minimal developmental training. The training that is offered seems designed more to check off a box on a training checklist than to develop employee skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers, the employees on the manufacturing floor may be from the south, but they are smarter than you think, and can tell when you are not completely honest with them. They would rather hear bad news that is straightforward than good news that is embellished.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Male-centric, management needs to be refreshed, health care benefits are not competitive with other employers in the area

    Cons

    Lots of opportunities for process improvement if you enjoy that type of environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The benefits were Superberb, the environment not so much!

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    Former Employee - Account Representative  in  Wauwatosa, WI
    Former Employee - Account Representative in Wauwatosa, WI

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

    Pros

    Briggs & Stratton Corporation offered a top notch benefits package when I started working there. Briggs has a strong history as one of the worlds small engine producers.

    Cons

    During my 8 year tenure Briggs dwindled it's attractive benefit package to become less competitive with some of the areas top employers. In todays changing market a lot of the "lifers" at Briggs were not ready for progressive change and ideas. This made it quite difficult for younger employees to "get ahead" , truly shine , and showcase new ideas/processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was proud to see the direction the organization was taking with addressing culture, I'm just not sure if you were aware of the affect long-term employees would have on the incoming hires.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nap time!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great experience for candidates new to corporate America. Co-workers could take naps at their desks!

    Cons

    The old guard is deeply entrenched. If you have ideas keep them to yourself. Nobody wants to hear them. Typical engineering hierarchy. Managers recognize the engineers and completely ignore the support staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent and listen better.

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

    Limbo

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Laid back work environment and people

    Cons

    Health costs and coverage, minimal advancement opportunity, continue to support business segments that lose money and drive no profitability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the company is not really going anywhere. Market share is falling. Excuses for not hitting targets don't seem to be affecting other companies in the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the most demanding place

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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

    Relaxed, friendly people. Not an overly stressful environment. Plenty of time off for shutdown. You can easily achieve a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    They don't seem to have a solid business plan. No real investment in infrastructure. Focused on cutting costs and being the low cost provider. Business continues to decline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a better dealer network. Focus on providing better quality and innovation rather than on squeezing every dime out of every process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I learned a lot, but didn't love the overall culture and lack of organization.

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    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Wauwatosa, WI
    Current Employee - Marketing in Wauwatosa, WI

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits; generous holiday time off.

    Cons

    Lack of organization and communication between upper management and in between business platforms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good management; Great environment, Good opportunities for progress

    Cons

    Pay structure; organizational set up encourages internal competition between business units

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain experienced and good workers and promote from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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