Generac Power Systems Reviews

Updated June 29, 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. Great opportunities to set your own career path

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    • 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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Generac has experienced tremendous growth in the past 5 years, having tripled in sized and made 7 acquisitions. It's really exciting to be a part of Generac during this time of change where our industries and product line keep growing and diversifying! I have witnessed countless opportunities of people being promoted within the organization - I have seen people go from HR to marketing to sales, back to marketing, etc. I have seen several people start in an Inside Sales role, and move into a Retail Account Manager role, then move into a Product Manager role, then go to a marketing analytics position -- with the growth of the company, there really are endless opportunities to grow within and set your own career path, something that I really value for my own professional development and want for others, as well.

    Cons

    Obviously with the rapid growth we've experienced, there are some growing pains as we are still trying to catch up to our growth, we are understaffed in some areas and a lot of people wear many hats, which can be draining at times. With the initiative of moving towards being an engine powered tool company vs just back up power, there have been some ups-and-downs with sales as we work towards becoming more competitive in the market with a diverse portfolio, but I find it exciting and challenging vs something seen as a negative

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes executive management can have their hands in all areas that it feels like certain initiatives are being slowed down, so I would encourage them to give their teams the feeling of having more autonomy. However, I also do appreciate the visibility and access to senior management and opportunity to work closely with them


  2. Helpful (2)

    Get ready to be challenged

    • 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 a year)

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity for growth if you're willing to work hard and stand apart from the crowd. In a company growing so rapidly there are a lot of opportunities for both new and old employees to be exposed to new challenges, but you have to be willing to put in the extra hours.

    Cons

    There is a lot of blame to go around when something goes wrong - departments need to stop blaming each other whenever there is something not right.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on ways to keep employees engaged, but recognize it's okay to let the bad employees go. Quit teaching new employees that it's okay to speak poorly of the coworkers and other departments.


  3. Mechanical Engineer with Generac Power Systems

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Jefferson, WI
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Jefferson, WI

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good starting salary, exciting projects, good coworkers, keep you busy.

    Cons

    A lot of managers and not always enough engineering resources


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good Company....Great People.

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

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

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

    Pros

    New office facilities
    Reasonable pay with bonus potential
    Knowledgable, young, and intelligent CEO
    Good working hours and work/life balance

    Cons

    Huge emphasis on cost reductions - not just cost-effective, but cheap
    Not much room for advancement despite being very top-heavy with VP's.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to change the culture to one of providing "value" and not simply "cheap" products.


  6. Helpful (1)

    A good group of positive people!

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

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A good group of positive people, trying to make the best of a challenging market segment.

    Cons

    Their is a change in the culture happening don't know where things will end up, The Drive!

    Advice to Management

    Watch your pace of change!


  7. Helpful (2)

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

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

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

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

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good company, good team leads.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Laborer in Whitewater, WI
    Former Employee - General Laborer in Whitewater, WI

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

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

    Pros

    The management is great. A lot of overtime, so the paychecks are nice and big. Good work is recognized and rewarded. Management understands that the work is a bit mind-numbing, so they offer daily lunch deals from around town and occasionally free Gatorade. Always get your breaks.

    Cons

    The starting pay is a bit low. It is factory work, so it can get pretty repetitious and become boring.

    Advice to Management

    Drug test to give better pay.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good starting point for those interested in a career in Power Generation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Development Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Territory Development Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Learned a tremendous amount about stand-by power generation. Most sales positions are field based, company supplied vehicle, laptop, cell phone, gas card and company credit card for business expenses

    Cons

    Company cars now have GPS trackers for "insurance purposes" but in reality its used to track your movements. Bonus formula at that time were based on several factors that as a Territory Manager you had no control over and formula was undecipherable. Compensation was average for outside sales, inside sales compensation was horrible, less than 30K.

    Advice to Management

    Give your Territory Managers more authority to address customer service issues with major accounts, especially regarding equipment failures and end user warranty issues.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Senior Engineer

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is growing; more resources being added & people being hired. You get to work on some really cool stuff. My boss does a good job training me. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Very slow to change "That is not the Generac Way" is the reason given to shoot down new ideas. Salary is only average

    Advice to Management

    Start acting like a global publicly traded company and stop doing things just because that is they way you've always done them.


  11. material handler

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

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

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

    Pros

    Very nice environment, co workers, and supervisors.

    Cons

    Overtime is mandatory and not much notice is given when they want you to work. Warehouse is unorganized and a little behind the times technology wise. Ordering system is from the dark ages and material is constantly over ordered.



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