Briggs & Stratton

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Briggs & Stratton Reviews in Milwaukee, WI

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
62 Reviews
2.9
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Briggs & Stratton Chairman, President, and CEO Todd J. Teske
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits if you work in Milwaukee - the Quad medical options are spectacular (in 5 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Senior management became obsessed with numbers and reports (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    My experience at Briggs & Stratton I would have to say was not good due to being stalked,harassed and discriminated.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - DC Warehouse Worker in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - DC Warehouse Worker in Menomonee Falls, WI

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    variety of jobs and responsibilities.

    Cons

    I would have to say the treatment of classification of workers in a negative sense. Management constantly "observes" employees even though the employee produces at required level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat all people fair,give all people the same opportunities e.g. retraining on jobs without threatening workers for asking for help or questions in doing a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Getting better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wauwatosa, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wauwatosa, WI

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company is definitely moving in the right direction
    Leadership is promoting a much-needed culture change

    Cons

    Pockets of poor management remain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Underqualified Middle Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wauwatosa, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wauwatosa, WI

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start your career - Briggs & Stratton employs many co-ops and interns.
    The on-site health clinic and fitness center.
    The extra week of vacation from plant shutdown around christmas.

    Cons

    Below average salary with average benefits.
    Projects often lack visibility to the rest of the company.
    Inexperienced/Underqualified Middle Management.
    Company as a whole moves incredibly slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and keep your employees challenged and compensated for their efforts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    It is great to start off a career, however there is not much room to grow within a short period of time

    Current Employee - Account Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Great benefits
    -Competitive salary
    -Full medical, dental and vision
    -Onsite Medical Facility ($5 Co Pay)
    -Potential EVA profit sharing
    -Bonus incentive structure

    Cons

    There is not much room to grow in the company. Micro managing is a problem. There is a poor management and they do not value their employees

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dying brand / Dying company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Wauwatosa, WI
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Wauwatosa, WI

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Losing 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 ManagementAdvice

    Just 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Inside Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Wauwatosa, WI
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Wauwatosa, WI

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    They 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company has gone downhill in the last five years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous IT Worker in Wauwatosa, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous IT Worker in Wauwatosa, WI

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Do 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average Work Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Typically 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.

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wauwatosa, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wauwatosa, WI

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    needs better lines of communication
    not enough accountability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    share 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT department is 10-15 years behind the market

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Resource in Wauwatosa, WI
    Former Employee - IT Resource in Wauwatosa, WI

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most 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.

    Cons

    IT 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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