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Briggs & Stratton Reviews in Milwaukee, WI

Updated May 27, 2014

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2.7 26 reviews

47% Approve of the CEO

Briggs & Stratton Chairman, President, and CEO Todd J. Teske

Todd J. Teske

(15 ratings)

29% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You can easily achieve a good work/life balance(in 3 reviews)

  • Good benefits package, profit sharing (if it was a good year)(in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • There is a poor management and they do not value their employees(in 3 reviews)

  • Very behind the times on technology, lower pay then the competition(in 3 reviews)

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    Dying brand / Dying company

    Product Manager (Current Employee) Wauwatosa, WI

    ProsCafeteria on site.
    Workout facility on site
    Week shutdown between Christmas / New year

    ConsLosing business / market share every year to Asian competitors.
    No real leaders in management. Way too much politics that prevent the right things from getting done.
    No room to advance unless you are one of the family members of the CEO.
    100 lbs of work to get done vs 20 lbs of employees to do the work!
    Not smart enough to realize consumers don't care about the brand anymore or to realize more and more homeowners don't do their yard work anymore - they hire a cheap landscaper to do it & no one cares about the brand. Product is a commodity today.
    Battle cry of "innovate" the product - management thinks they are making smart-phones....

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust like techumsa - now out of business due to foreign competitors you will soon be gone / bought out / taken over. it's just taking longer because you had the most market-share.
    Good luck!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Inside Sales

    Account Representative (Current Employee) Wauwatosa, WI

    ProsDecent benefits, flexible hours, in my position not a lot of micro-managing

    ConsVery little to no merit increases the past couple years. Rarely any real change in how things get done, despite constant promise of things changing. Not enough people willing to make decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey need to open up the pocket books in order to keep talented employees, you're losing a lot of really good people to companies will to pay them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company has gone downhill in the last five years

    Anonymous IT Worker (Current Employee) Wauwatosa, WI

    ProsGood benefits package, profit sharing (if it was a good year)

    ConsI work in IT and it is going through some MAJOR changes with new management. People in IT were laid off about a month and a half ago, there is another group which will be laid off in a week or so. Morale has been very low in the past 6 months or so, with rumors of the layoffs and the company practice of not replacing employees after they leave. The work is just re-distributed to others left in the area which leads to overworked employees wearing many different hats and no compensation for taking on additional responsibilities. People are burned out, stressed out and the people who are slated to be laid off in the next week or so say they are relieved. Many of the people who are not being laid off are disappointed that they have to stay. The best description I have heard for the atmosphere in IT at Briggs is "toxic". It is a very unhealthy environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo the exact opposite of what you are doing. Stop laying off local employees who have been loyal to Briggs for 30 + years and outsourcing their positions to a cheaper company located out of India. The knowledge that is walking out the door (voluntarily and unvoluntarily) is vital to the survival of the company. If you think it can be replaced by outsourcing, you are mistaken and the consequences of your actions will be very visible after the holidays.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Average Work Experience

    Quality Engineer (Former Employee) Milwaukee, WI

    ProsTypically a fairly stable work environment. It is one of the few places were you can stay employed for a very long time. Much of the current workforce has been there for 10+ years so they have lots of knowledge on the products and how things have been done. Pay seems to be average and the benefits are good. They have a clinic at the Milwaukee facility that is fantastic and I hope they keep it. Clinic price is cheap in this day and age.

    ConsNot the most dynamic workforce (ie. working from home isn't common place, very much expected to be there 8 hours regardless of workload). Some employees are not willing to work late. The place really clears out starting at 3:30pm which makes it difficult fr young employees to get answers some times. This goes to the broader problem that the company just moves really slowly. Things can drag on for weeks or months even when customers are waiting. There is a lack of urgency at the company.
    The company talks a lot about innovation but I have seen more product evolution rather than innovation. Increasing amount of products being outsourced. The outsourcing isn't a bad thing as long as Briggs keeps its core competency internal.
    Career advancement is available but slow. Don't expect to move up in rank very quickly. Also, the pay increases when you do move up are very low as are the yearly merit increases. The company has been known to suspend merit increases and cut all employee's salaries when times get tough.
    Senior management seems very good and knowledgeable but middle management is weak. It is the problem most companies have with middle management; they don't know how to actually manage people. They were promoted because they were good at their previous job but have trouble managing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the clinic as long as possible. It really is great. The overall company is average. Work needs to be done on middle managers to help improve their management skills. A sense of urgency needs to be instilled in the company. Keep up the volunteer and community work that is done.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Wauwatosa, WI

    Prosgood advancement opportunities if you pursue them
    decent benefits including match on 401K and education reimbursement

    Consneeds better lines of communication
    not enough accountability

    Advice to Senior Managementshare more of what is going on so employees don't feel like they are in the dark and then get stuck listening to all the crazy rumors

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    IT department is 10-15 years behind the market

    IT Resource (Former Employee) Wauwatosa, WI

    ProsMost of them are very nice people to work with. Work and life has a great balance. Newly done cafetaria in corp office is cool. Decent paid time off and good benefits.

    ConsIT leadership has no vision, some directors have not written a single line of code in their life and they proudly flaunt it so don't understand the pain of IT resource. More interested in defining startegies and keep changing them every 6-12 months and does not include business folks in discussions. IT has no respect in the eyes of business. Its like a dead dept. Tools and technolgies are way behind the market like 10-15 years, no trainning is provided to doers, its like expolore on ur on :-) sure. No business analyst in the dept. Same resource is supposed to play mulitple role like a developer, or a tester or BA or support. Its not a place for young dynamic and enthusiastic people for sure. Promotion is very easy if u r good at sugar coating but if u r hardworking and result oriented forget about it. Some of the managers are not even qualified by education for the job. (Not even bachelor degree)

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou keep saying putting right people in right job and I doubt anybody sees it that way. People are not being looked as human being but rather as a resource. Need to invest in technolgies and need to take care of people rather than stock price.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Above Average

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Milwaukee, WI

    ProsIt is a very comfortable place to work, longer deadlines then you would expect, it is not a stressful place to work unless you fall behind on your work - which you set the timelines for.

    ConsVery behind the times on technology, lower pay then the competition.

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    Good place for a stable job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Milwaukee, WI

    ProsBriggs is an expanding company with a lot of growth opportunities.

    ConsPays lower than the average. But they take care of you.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Work like a dog for a lot of money

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Wauwatosa, WI

    ProsPay and benefits are extraordinary in this market.

    ConsTreat employees as resources, but not human. Little upward mobility for women. No upward mobility for 55+. Paternalistic, invasive wellness programs implemented to reduce corporate cost of health care coverage (not for any altruistic reasons).

    Advice to Senior ManagementRapid expansion is causing chaos in product launches. Way too much too fast!
    Get focus back on track - back on the customer instead of on the stock price. Remember they made us who we were. We're becoming a commodity instead of the smart choice! Not the smart choice for personnel, either - people come on board and stay for the outstanding pay & benefits - not out of any sense of loyalty or pride.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Wauwatosa, WI

    ProsGreat environment
    Opportunity to growth
    Excellent managers
    Good offices

    ConsTHey are not that innovative when it comes to Technology, they have good equipments and softwares but are not cutting edge

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot really anything i can think of, they are great to work with and i enjoyed my time there a lot

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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