Generac Power Systems Reviews

Updated June 21, 2015
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Generac Power Systems CEO Aaron Jagdfeld
Aaron Jagdfeld
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Pros
  • Fast paced environment, a growing industry, a growing company with good benefits, good vacation package, and quarterly bonuses (in 5 reviews)

  • High potential for growth if changes are made to improve relations with employees and pay scale (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • The company is/was very very very antiquated in terms of work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management wants to create new processes, but won't fully fund the technology to create "excellence (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Good place to start and build a resume

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

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to start out at. You can build your resume up and go somewhere else. The high turnover allows for easy mobility.

    Cons

    Salary is about 30% lower than industry average. It is a revolving door here, people leave all the time. They do not retain good, talented employees.... Instead of paying them what they are worth, they let them walk. Most people come here for 2 years and then go to Cummins, Kohler, or CAT. Basically Generac trains employees for their competitors....

    Advice to Management

    start investing in employees. Retain and build up good talented people that can take the company to the next level and help the company grow and expand. Pay people what they are worth. It is worth it in the long run.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Prepare to work nights and weekends without recognition

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

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers to make the day enjoyable and will hang out with you after work. I have become good friends with my current and past co-workers,

    Cons

    Fast paced environment. A lot of expectations are given and you need to work nights and weekends in order to stay afloat. Some positions are easy and you will see co-workers checking websites like Facebook, ESPN, or personal sites throughout the day in order to have something to do. Others have so much on their plate that the need to work the entire day and into the evening and weekends in order to get things done. If something falls through the cracks then you are responsible for it even though you ask for help.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the needs of your employees and understand what is all being asked of them. Get a better understanding of what is required of them on an every day basis as well as the additional projects that are asked of them continuously.


  3. Interesting

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

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good products that are needed.

    Cons

    Each Department doesn't work together very well.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great place to get something on your resume

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is OK, benefits are OK. Newly remodeled corporate office. Super friendly people that are all very helpful. Cafeteria onsite.

    Cons

    Training is overwhelming if you don't have a background in electronics. Pay is WELL BELOW average for similar jobs in the area, that's why most people leave after a year or two. Cafeteria food is average at best, and overpriced. The inside sales team sit at desks that aren't much bigger than the desks that you had back in first grade. Tend to push sales numbers/budgets, but LOVE to pile on additional, senseless projects on the sales team, things that have nothing to do with hitting your budget, but then they wonder why the numbers aren't being hit.
    Come here out of college, get a job on your resume and then go somewhere else and make real money.

    Advice to Management

    Stop burdening your sales teams with homework assignments and let them focus on selling.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Ok place to start but not the place you want to finish your career at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems

    Pros

    Ok compensation. Always new projects so you are never bored.

    Cons

    Everything seems rushed and direction from upper management is in Flux at all time. Which can be very frustrating.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Great company, great people, sub par compensation.

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

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Rewarding job, every day is different, have built excellent working relationships with many different groups of people, from peers, to directors, and dealers. Company gives the right tools for you to be successful(Channel programs, computer, phone, etc). Benefits are decent. Superiors are hands off and let you get your job done with minimal supervision.

    Cons

    Expectation is 20% growth year after year and is attainable if willing to put fourth the effort and it is the rewarding part of the job. The unrewarding part is that they are not willing to compensate for the effort. Commission/bonus structure is capped, what is the incentive to go above and beyond? They use historical numbers to create budgets for the following year. So you only hurt yourself to knock it out of the park. Base pay is 30-40% below industry standards, and your bonus structure is calculated off your base pay. If compensation was where it needed to be, and you could write your own ticket with hard work, this would be an excellent career choice.

    The opportunity for growth is limited out in the field as they like to promote with in the corporate office and the field reps never get a chance to even look at a job as it is normally filled before the position is posted.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep the aggressive growth, more incentive is needed to keep pushing sales above and beyond goals out in the field.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Certainly not cutting edge

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer I
    Current Employee - Engineer I

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of the people who actually do the work here are great. Many employees have been here for 10-20+ years and it's most likely because this is an easy place to work if you don't want to be challenged, promoted, recognized for good work/ideas, etc. If you show up, do some work, don't cause problems, and go home - you could fly under the radar here forever.

    Cons

    There's absolutely no upward mobility. They hire Vice Presidents here 2-1 to workers, which I find hysterical. Ergonomics is a topic that goes unmentioned here. The working population is mostly age 50+. You can imagine what kind of values and ethics come along with that kind of group.


  9. Helpful (3)

    High growth company with silos

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

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - growing quickly
    - 'get done' attitude

    Cons

    - weak career path for high performers
    - top driven org structure

    Advice to Management

    Start requiring responsibility and don't be afraid to fire veterans who are simply the loudest voices in the room


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great starter but top heavy

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

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great starter job but at times it is who ya know not what ya know. Very top heavy with way to many people that need to justify their jobs

    Cons

    Top heavy
    Hard to move up unless you know the right people
    Great coworkers
    Strange bonus structure


  11. Helpful (2)

    High-paced, promising company that isn't afraid to push.

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

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Young company in a promising industry. Strong future, once the necessary moves have been made.

    Cons

    Lack of processes and procedures can cause for chaotic times; Corporate feel isn't for everyone

    Advice to Management

    Hire within for a change.



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