Generac Power Systems Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Dealer Acquisition

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitewater, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitewater, WI

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

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

    Pros

    They trained well. Good starting job. People I worked with were great.

    Cons

    I drove from Milwaukee. I once got behind 3 slow moving semis while heading into the office. I was 2 minutes late. My manager made me take half a day and docked my pay. Another time the clock was wrong and I clocked out 2 minutes early. I had to take half a day.....It felt like my supervisor really relished her role as the bad cop.

    Advice to Management

    Flex scheduling

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place to get something on your resume

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 (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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Public company still run like a private company

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

    I worked at Generac Power Systems

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent growth opportunities
    Great employees - friendly
    Company growth

    Cons

    Upper management lacks understanding of resources needed to become an industry leader. Unrealistic expectations for sales budgets, little opportunity for additional incentives, and management could strongly benefit from being more nimble and accepting of change.

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  5. 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.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Great company, great people, sub par compensation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Certainly not cutting edge

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    High growth company with silos

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    • 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 (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

  9. Helpful (2)

    Great starter but top heavy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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

  10. Helpful (4)

    There is a reason for the revolving door.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Waukesha, WI

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great product and brand recognition in the market. For an engineer you really get exposed to the full product rather than working on 1 part of the generator.

    Cons

    Stuck in your position.
    EVERYTHING rolls downhill. They hire more and more management, but the responsibilities kept falling more and more on the lower level workers.
    Sales dictates Engineering and they do not allow for enough time for testing.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within!

  11. Ok company in Engineering Department

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

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

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

    Pros

    Pay, customer focused, benefits, smart engineers. The company makes money hand over fist based on well designed engineered products, great lobby and cafeteria; good location

    Cons

    Support Departments, such as IT, HR, and Finance are broken with poor leadership

    Advice to Management

    reevaluate senior leadership in support functions

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