Generac Power Systems Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
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  1. Hands down - awesome! Great culture, executive team, and very promising future

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, but the employees are even better! The opportunities presented to you to make a direct impact are limitless. It's a great feeling to wake up in the morning knowing you are going to spend your day with hard working, intelligent, and passionate people who are all working together toward a common goal. So much talent within the organization - always promoting from within

    Cons

    Generac is growing a lot! With having tripled in size in the last 3 years, there is obviously going to be parts that are evolving and changing, but that comes with an innovative company that is always growing. Wouldn't you rather be a part of the company that is increasing in size that has growing pains along the way vs a company that stays stagnant?

    Long hours --- but then again, everyone is working so hard- it's a great environment to be in

    Advice to Management

    Executive management is actually very visible - they have their hands in all levels of the company. Sometimes that can be frustrating when they are involved in so many pieces all the way down to the bottom, but it's nice having high-up executives be highly visible and involved (gives then exposure to you and your skills too)

  2. Helpful (2)

    Get ready to be challenged

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (1)

    Growing pains, but making progress!

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

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

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

    Pros

    Co-workers and boss's are very down to earth and laid back. If you do your job well then they will be more flexible with you. There are many opportunities for advancement and growth here. The company is growing at a fast rate, almost too fast. The benefits are pretty good and competitive.

    Cons

    Pay is a bit lower than other companies, and I have see a lot of turnover because of it. The company is going through growing pains and we are playing catch up. The computer software is very old and outdated. Many aspects of the company are run like it is 1995, they really need to get with the times.

    Advice to Management

    Work to keep good employees and young talent. Also satisfy employees eagerness to advance and grow within the company.

  8. Helpful (2)

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

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

  9. Helpful (1)

    Good company, good team leads.

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

  10. Helpful (1)

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

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

  11. Helpful (2)

    Senior Engineer

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

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