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Every company has its good points and bad - Generac is no exception.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Engineer
Former Employee - Engineer

I worked at Generac Power Systems

Pros

Generac depends heavily on the individual efforts of its workers (read tribal knowledge). You also get exposure to a large variety of manufacturing methods. On a related note, the project content can be quite diverse. So, if you're an enterprising self stater,you can build up a resume quite quickly. Additionally, since the turnover is so high, it's easy to find good references. Generac is a good stepping stone. By and large, the people you work with are knowlegable, dedicated, and friendly. The environment itself is enjoyable. Although being the new guy on the block can be difficult, after a 1-2 years, you'll find your part of the fabric of Generac (there always seem to be new people arriving). Generac can be a rewarding place to work, but you had best be happy in the position you hire in as because few advancement growth opportunities exist in product development. That also means you should be sure to negotiate a starting salary that you're happy with as well.

Cons

First, be aware that Generac has a very old school culture. If you work for Generac, your going to wear a tie. Second, If you're in product development, there is very little room for advancement. Generac doesn't groom or develop internal candidates for management positions in product development. Although, I find that this statement isn't true on the manufacturing side of the business. When I left, Generac had hired about 7 new product development managers off the street - not one internal candidate was promoted (and a few talented individuals do exist). Last item, the Generac insurance is difficult to do correctly (worse than average). There is a price for having cost effective health care. Plan on getting to know your administrators.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You need to stop the revolving door. I've never had a problem with my immediate manager. I don't think that is where the problem is.

Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems

    Pros

    Good place if you are a self starter and don't mind working hard

    Cons

    The corporate office could use major updating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more focused on the customers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not sure how it made the top places to work...it's still touted, even though that was many, many years ago.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems

    Pros

    The people are the best part. There are some very strong relationships that have been built and that make the company what it is today.

    Cons

    The company just went public but doesn't have leadership that is experienced implementing the necessary changes to move from a privately held company to a public company. Employees are very frustrated by both the lack of direction and constantly changing direction. Also, if you are looking for flexibility that allows for some work/life balance, do not come here. Benefits are so/so, vacation package is poor and you're told there is no negotiation, until you find out the person next to you was given 3 weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire leaders that are have experience in a public company and not the home grown leaders you currently have who only have their experience from Generac to pull from.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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