Generac Power Systems Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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Generac Power Systems CEO 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. Good company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Newly redesigned corporate office.

    Cons

    Rapid growth has spurred some growing pains. Work/ life balance is no longer in line. Micro managed by top level managers.


  2. Helpful (6)

    advancement or the lack there of

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    some (seems to be who you know, not what you know) people get advanced.

    Cons

    Most jobs have one title and no room for a promotion. although over the years you are given more work, more responsibilities, but no compensation or job title advancement. Our Managers/Directors and the HR department say they are "working" on this, however no results have come to fruition.

    Advice to Management

    Start to walk the walk, instead of talking the talk


  3. Helpful (2)

    Culture needs a little help

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growing company, CEO who has drive, newly remodeled building. Lots of work

    Cons

    If you want to keep your job, you must not have a work-life balance. I work 65+ hours/week for the last 2 years and luckily moving up through the company. My pay doesnt get any larger, whether I work 40 or 65. There is too much to do and not enough resources. It is job security, however, if I fall behind, only I can pick up the slack. If I fall way behind, I risk losing my job. Walking through the building, people are depressed, not happy, and rarely have anything good to say about their job. The revolving door of employees on ALL levels doesnt seem to help either. I feel I am constantly trying to develop new relationships with people on a regular basis. Prior to my newer position, I had 3 bosses in 1 1/3 years. Each boss judges performance differently, and each boss exercized different leadership practices.

    Advice to Management

    HR-Take a look at who you have, and what you want. Develop the future, and utilize the resources from the past that got you here today. Ensure employees are staffed high enough, and workload is blanced. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER STORM. Grant extra vacation time, get better benefits (401K), and most importantly, pay people what they deserve. Too many people are fying off to the competitors because they pay more. I knwo a few personally. Managers/Execs, empower your employees. You do not have all of the answers and there is a team here to help you reach our goals. My dept, with a VP that encourages my idealologies, has been a great success.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Lack of Employee Appreciation

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Nice, recently updated facility with cafeteria -Lots of opportunity for advancement/internal promotion -Fun company picnics A lot really depends on your team/boss. My current boss is clearly rooting for me to do well and has advocated for my professional development from day 1. He allows me flexibility to pursue avenues that are of interest to me, and proposes projects that will push me outside of my comfort zone. In my previous position at the company, everything was much more regimented and coming to work was not enjoyable. We were incredibly micro-managed and it seemed like we were constantly being berated for something.

    Cons

    -Low pay -2 weeks starting vacation, don't bump up to 3 weeks until 5 years -Little flexibility with hours (depending on department), strict with attendance for some but little in the way of ramifications for those who abuse policies -No lines of open communication (varies by department)


  6. Helpful (1)

    Growing Pains in Wisconsin

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pleasant work environment, great people, improvements in evidence everywhere, and executive management with a plan for diversification. Good mid-size company benefits and good management level communications.

    Cons

    Manager to employee communications vary from plant to plant, department to department, and manager to manager - no standard operating plan/procedure at the employee level. Inadequate training plans and effort at all levels. Culture clashes due to many new and varied background employees. Compensation at some levels is not on a par with metro industries.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course with top level plans. Improve the revolving door policy in the HR Department - new employees need proven HR professionals that know/understand the Generac culture. An up to date Org Chart of the organization so employees know who to go to for chain of command decisions. Decide exactly what the new Generac Culture is. Listen more to group leaders and supervisors about what the real problems are.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Lots of opportunity but old school

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    there is a lot of opportunity here to learn, get exposure.

    Cons

    Lack of growth plans, processes

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people you've hired, create growth opportunities so people will want to stay.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Status Quo

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Low traffic area - Generally friendly co-workers - Remodeled corporate building - Financially stable/growing company - If you do your job, you don't get harassed much

    Cons

    I think a lot of people come here from other industries and get a culture shock. Generally speaking: nothing is done "best-in-class" at Generac, meaning you can put the best solution on the table and everyone in the room knows it's the best solution. Then you look at the price tag and shrink away, because you know the executives aren't going for it, so why even try. A lot of things are solved with "lets do it ourselves...how hard can it be...why do we have to pay someone else to do it?" So we do things ourselves and they come out half-cocked, because...we never did it before and we get some solution that sort of works...FOR TODAY. During first few years of my employ, I made suggestions about implementing certain things that a normal company would (I'm being intentionally vague here so I don't give my position away) and it went no where. Even my director recognized some things needed improving, presented a case to the higher ups and was told "I don't see a problem: come back when there actually is one I can see". I'm now basically complacent and just do the status quo of whatever the company wants me to do. If you are looking to "change the world", it likely won't happen here.

    Advice to Management

    You hired us for our expertise...listen to what we have to say. We do it for the betterment of the company.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Generac Company rating

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a great opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Very little flexibility in regards to working hours. Benefits lagging especially vacation time. Companies have switched to PTO.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Anonymous

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great products, growing and huge market. Board and CEO care company performance.

    Cons

    1. Revolving doors, feel sad seeing those talents come and go. It is hurting the business. 2. Processes were developed but not followed.

    Advice to Management

    1. Conduct survey to ask employees what they like and not like current culture. Initiate changes to build sustainable winning culture. 2. Work hard but more importantly smart, processes needed to be followed. 3. Generac will be a great company, sooner or later


  11. Helpful (2)

    15 plus Years

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you like to figure things out on your own, fly by the seat of your pants, this employer is for you.

    Cons

    Very expensive 401K plan, would love it if they would switch to Vanguard. Some of the employees that have been here for years ignore emails and phone calls. When there is a storm, hold on to your hat, schedules change and everything is an expedite or else!. More levels of VP's and Directors than I thought possible.

    Advice to Management

    Offer inexpensive Vanguard Target and balanced funds in the 401K, JP Morgan 5 times as expensive Take a serious look at the NPI process, to many people going to meetings with no benefit. Stress the importance of internal communications



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