Generac Power Systems Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
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  1. Pushes you to be your best, takes the best out of you, then might leave you on the side

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    Former Employee - Manager in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Manager in Waukesha, WI

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A manager level employee here is given a lot of latitude to make things work, this is great experience and can be a real positive. Company is dynamic and not afraid to take risks. Salaries are competitive and bonuses are good. Working to update offices, benefits and soft stuff.

    Cons

    Definitely an old boys club mentality and you have to be popular to get promoted. You work very hard, very long hours and most managers do a poor job recognizing you in even small ways. Despite working successfully on a very large project, having a long tenure, saving multiples of my salary - I was shafted twice by a new manager with less than six months at the company - once by not allowing me to bid on a job, and then firing me later Management stood by and did nothing, which to me displays a lack of integrity or loyalty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live the ideals you preach to your employees by being fair and honest. Reward those who have worked hard with recognition, bonuses or promotions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful

    working with engineering on production problems and partial development issues. Not structured and way top heavy.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Waukesha, WI

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of the employees are friendly and can be very helpful.

    Cons

    The middle management makes rash decisions and creates chaos for the rest of the company. The thought process for these decisions only slows down efficiency and every project is compromised because of this. There is also a "good ole boy" club that is based on favoritism and not your actual performance. Think twice before accepting a job here because the person that hires you will not be there in 6 months to back you up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the arrogance and stick to a structured plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful

    Says they care...but they don't

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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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Not a good work environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (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
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Transformation from a family business that cared about employees to a billion dollars business that ....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunity for growth IF you are willing to give up balance of family work. Culture has changed for the positive. No more carpeting on the cubicles. Better atmosphere, meeting rooms and cafeteria.

    Cons

    Senior mgt asks for input and opinions but doesn't really care. New senior mgt that loves the big picture and doesn't understand what it takes to get things done. Will churn through people without hesitation. HR department is as cold hearted as the last WI winter. Pay us below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your personal wealth out and get back to caring about the people that are instrumental in helping making you look good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (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
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    N/A

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    Growing company; coworkers willing to help you when new.

    Cons

    Company is set in its ways and is very slow in evolving; resistant to change. Very strict PTO and hours; looked down upon if you are not in the office until 5 each day. Poor company culture - there are no "what's in it for me" benefits. Employees come to get their work done and leave. There is no effort in building relationships with team members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Immediate managers are not the problem - upper management needs to start changing the company culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    Current Employee - Sales Support in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Waukesha, WI

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (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
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    Applications Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility when it comes to purchasing new equipment on the rare ocassions that they do, management doesn't take forever to justify the purchase of equipment.

    Cons

    "That is the way we've always done it" attitude of management. Unprofessional work policies from Human Resources. Generac was started in a garage and still runs like it is in a garage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize your mindset and your policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful

    Too much management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    They're remodeling the entire building so at least you will have that to look forward to. They just build a cafeteria so there's that.

    Cons

    Non-designers get to share their opinion on everything and weigh in with their personal opinions that have no research to back it up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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