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Former Employee - Setup  in  Wauwatosa, WI
Former Employee - Setup in Wauwatosa, WI

I worked at Briggs & Stratton

Pros

Above average pay for entry level production work. Freedom to flex your mind (you need to in order to keep the antique production equipment running).

Cons

HR cares only about their rules. The union local is a joke. The union has no power or money and your fate is dictated by Briggs HR. The ethical and fair HR manager was fired by Briggs for "being too soft" and was replaced by a woman in army boots type with no compassion or sympathy for working class families. The company is slow moving and constantly being undercut by foreign competition due to Briggs lack of willingness to embrace technology and the attitude that if it is made wrong, make it work anyway. Instead of holding vendors to tolerance on parts, they adjust their production methods to accommodate whatever garbage comes in the door. I give Briggs a maximum of 10 years to keep production in Milwaukee.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of the current HR regime, and change Briggs and Stratton back into the family orientated company you claim to be. HR does not care how well employees perform, they only worry about how well your index number follows the (ridiculous) rules (that's right readers, you are a number at Briggs, and they care more about your number than your name). Next contract (if by some miracle you make it to another contract), don't again hire a union buster law firm to handle contract negotiations and work with the people you claim to care about.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rank and file are good people but management at all levels very disappointing/incompotent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Newbern, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newbern, TN

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton

    Pros

    Enjoy the people I work with, pay/benefits okay

    Cons

    Advancement nased on who you are friends with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advancement should be based on experience, abilities, not "friends"

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    So glad to be out of there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton

    Pros

    I learned a lot while working there based purely on finding things out myself. Most of the people are nice to work with. Was a great starting place.

    Cons

    With such a large organization there's a lot of passing the buck. Projects that should take a few weeks take months to get anywhere because you are constantly being put off because someone else is being put off. There are a lot of current employees who are a pain to work with and if you have a job like I did where you must communicate with other departments (which i'm sure is the majority) you literally suck it up. Management is not really into advancing your knowledge or creating ways to better yourself if it means having to put money in it. i've also known a lot of contract workers who are treated like second class citizen when it come to benefits, time off, and perks regular employees receive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to work with people who don't condone backstabbing, negative office politics, and gossiping. There are a ton of dirty tricks people use to get ahead at this company. Promotions and jobs should be based on work performance, not how many people you flirt with and gossip to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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