Generac Power Systems

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Generac Power Systems Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
43 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great growth opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Manager in Waukesha, WI

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Growing, fast-paced company with a lot of opportunity to grow. Good benefits and a do what it takes to get it done culture. Great products where quality, safety and support are a driving force for development.

    Cons

    Given the growth, change is constant and priorities shift. The bigger the organization gets the harder it is to get things done and the longer it takes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider ways to take steps out of the process to allow things that move faster. Push some authority and decisions down - too much bottle neck waiting on the top to approve

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing pains, but making progress!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Department Employee
    Current Employee - Service Department Employee

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers and boss's are very down to earth and laid back. If you do your job well then they will be more flexible with you. There are many opportunities for advancement and growth here. The company is growing at a fast rate, almost too fast. The benefits are pretty good and competitive.

    Cons

    Pay is a bit lower than other companies, and I have see a lot of turnover because of it. The company is going through growing pains and we are playing catch up. The computer software is very old and outdated. Many aspects of the company are run like it is 1995, they really need to get with the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to keep good employees and young talent. Also satisfy employees eagerness to advance and grow within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Officespace to the max!!! great place to build resume'

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Waukesha, WI

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This company gave me amazing personal development skills and assisted me in creating an amazing resume in sales and helped me land an amazing job elsewhere. The Benefits were outstanding. The employee picnics are wonderful because they have free beer so you can forget about work for once on there dime.

    Cons

    The pay was really poor especially since the sales departments are usually short staffed with absolutely no extra compensation but yes to extra stress. It feels like I was back in school with all of the extra non sense they throw at you every week from left field with due dates!! Any issues start with the sales rep. Then get passed to a department with one great lady in there. The company over works you and under pays you. Watch out for the "executive team" and the Many vp's they have. You have to thresten to leave to get a raise. Promotions are not handed out. No opportunities to move to outside sales as they claim "this is where it starts as an isr and then you get to outside sales" yeah, you get the amazing training and go make bank elsewhere by finding s great company and promoting yourself!! You don't matter but the company does. No hurricanes, no sales, no bonuses. Rename sales reps. To account executives or managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to do more team building activities with there employees more than once a year. They need to improve MANY processes which ultimately affects customers and end users then sales. Make this a commission job and drop the taxed 40% bonuses. In the world of sales- money motivates which drives sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stay away...very far away!

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    Current Employee - Sheet Metal  in  Eagle, WI
    Current Employee - Sheet Metal in Eagle, WI

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of overtime(instead of higher pay)
    Their checks don`t bounce

    Cons

    Very low pay,no balance between work and home life,unsafe forllift drivers especially in the shipping area.
    Once you at the "top" of your labor grade(pay scale) thats it.
    Doing more or going beyond is not rewarded
    Micro managed,and badly at that
    The bureaucracy
    Revolving door of employees...if you stay a year thats a long time
    Management is very disrespectful to employees,unless your a pretty woman or drink with the supervisor at lunch
    No drug testing,not even after an injury
    No saftey concern is addressed until AFTER and injury occurs
    Bonus structure is terrible...you might get a little something,if they dont spend money to polish the shop floors
    I could go on and on...do yourself a favor and stay away

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay quality people a quality wage!
    Really evaluate your managers,most things get done do to "lower" level empolyees` hard work
    DRUG TEST DRUG TEST DRUG TEST!
    Take some time to visit the shop and talk to people..and see why things don`t run as they should.
    Trust the people who do the job everyday rather than the lead or supervisor (not much there)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Says they care...but they don't

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Accounting and Finance  in  Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Accounting and Finance in Waukesha, WI

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    Finally upgraded decor and added a cafeteria. Lots of good people around.

    Cons

    1. No work life balance...in fact it has been said the balance needs to be towards work.
    2. Micro-managed
    3. Growth opportunities are few, they would rather hire from outside
    4. Low pay
    5. Not flexible on vacation time
    6. Against working remote
    7. No direction from management
    8. Certain areas are just broken (Accounting, IT, HR) Others are constantly re-structured
    9. Bad management from the top down
    10. No training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act like the billion dollar company you are, promote from within, train properly, treat your employees with respect

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

    Not a good work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Reliable job.
    Generac makes some really cool generators and my job can be fun and rewarding.
    The people you work with will be nice and helpful.
    They'll hire you! Don't let a temp agency play you at Generac.
    This is a billion dollar company on the NYSE and there is potential for tremendous growth.

    Cons

    Many departments are constantly being "restructured". They use the word restructured because it sounds better then "these departments are unfix-ably broken".
    Interim manager after interim manger.
    There is a real us vs them mentality between hourly and salary employees.
    A lot of my co-workers and managers just wanted to keep what they had. No interest in getting promoted or improving things.
    I thanked my manager for giving me a job on her last day. She replied,"you had a pulse, don't thank me yet".
    They seem to hire to fire which is gross.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest with your employees. You are on the same team. So restructuring needed to happen but can we please get back to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating, and not what I was sold during the interview process.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Potential for growth is great.

    Cons

    Poor benefits, no real push to create the change necessary to take the business to the next level. Upper management wants to create new processes, but won't fully fund the technology to create "excellence."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time at the businesses that are creating real excellence, then fund the program to use tools that really work.

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

    Terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of overtime, a good job for someone who s single and has no family or no life!!!!

    Cons

    They preach soo much about family and all of that and they dont care, you have to leave work...dont count on leaving without getting crap about it. if you need off for a weekend or something for a family gathering...dont count on it either, you would have to use your occurrences, which is nice but you only have 12 to use so if something goes wrong....ya gotta use an occurrence...the leads dont care and they always get rewarded either way even when other employees complain. there is favoritism for sure, if you dont know anyone your pretty much gonna be on the chopping block at the company. they are already getting rid of the temps and anyone who hasnt worked there a year has to find a new job withing the company because its slowing down...work-life balance is terrible the line was on 12 hour days during the week and then 10 hours on Saturday with Sunday off. people have been harassed so many times by my lead that he has ben written up, sued, all of the above literally, and he still is working there, just because of the favoritism...this place does not care at all about you. the production supervisor used to go around telling people they are a dime a dozen and screaming at them and pretty much treating them like dirt....ya def a place you want to work....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is none this place is gonna keep working but at what cost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talk a good game during interview then work you to the bone.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Support  in  Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Waukesha, WI

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Always lots of openings, due to constant turn around.

    Cons

    They talk about flexibility and family first during interviews but don't accommodate any requests once you are employed. You are expected to arrive early and stay late and without acknowledgement. Extremely draining atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible and accommodating to employees. Everyone has a personal life and most of us would like to see our families more.

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

    Great place for growth as a Designer in the Mechanical Engineering field.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer  in  Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Designer in Waukesha, WI

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, a growing industry, a growing company with good benefits, good vacation package, and quarterly bonuses. Company specific training available (not necessarily position specific)

    Cons

    Too many processes or lack thereof can make work frustrating and stressful when things are happening at a blistering pace. This in turn causes for cranky overworked employees....
    Room for growth but you will eventually hit a "promotion ceiling" if you do not have a 4-year degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better systems (centralized system) and better processes (not more processes) will create better workflow and less confusion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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