Generac Power Systems Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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Generac Power Systems CEO Aaron Jagdfeld
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Pros
  • Fast paced environment, a growing industry, a growing company with good benefits, good vacation package, and quarterly bonuses (in 5 reviews)

  • High potential for growth if changes are made to improve relations with employees and pay scale (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • The company is/was very very very antiquated in terms of work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management wants to create new processes, but won't fully fund the technology to create "excellence (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Great at the start, OK through the middle and then draining at the end.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Manager in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of good opportunities while company was private. Pay good for well qualified employees, and regular bonuses. Improving the work environment by refurbishing HQ building (new lunchroom - finally).

    Cons

    Lack of ideas on preparing employees for promotion, dysfunctional internal posting. Losing cohesive vision by creating intra-divisional rivalry - could lead to loss of optimal decision making

    Advice to Management

    Train employees to advance them rather than continuously hire outside. This will breed loyalty and maintain the culture which made Generac successful.


  2. Over managed

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Field based, visit corporate once per quarter

    Cons

    gPS tracker on company vehicles Nd they use it constantly

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people you hire. Stock benefits , opened at 14 about 4 years ago, now trading in the $50 dollar range. Stock options for executives, all became millionaires overnight. Employees had to buy through their personal broker at the public price


  3. Helpful (2)

    High-paced, promising company that isn't afraid to push.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    Young company in a promising industry. Strong future, once the necessary moves have been made.

    Cons

    Lack of processes and procedures can cause for chaotic times; Corporate feel isn't for everyone

    Advice to Management

    Hire within for a change.


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  5. Ok company in Engineering Department

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay, customer focused, benefits, smart engineers. The company makes money hand over fist based on well designed engineered products, great lobby and cafeteria; good location

    Cons

    Support Departments, such as IT, HR, and Finance are broken with poor leadership

    Advice to Management

    reevaluate senior leadership in support functions


  6. Helpful (5)

    There is a reason for the revolving door.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great product and brand recognition in the market. For an engineer you really get exposed to the full product rather than working on 1 part of the generator.

    Cons

    Stuck in your position. EVERYTHING rolls downhill. They hire more and more management, but the responsibilities kept falling more and more on the lower level workers. Sales dictates Engineering and they do not allow for enough time for testing.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within!


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great starter but top heavy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great starter job but at times it is who ya know not what ya know. Very top heavy with way to many people that need to justify their jobs

    Cons

    Top heavy Hard to move up unless you know the right people Great coworkers Strange bonus structure


  8. Helpful (3)

    High growth company with silos

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - growing quickly - 'get done' attitude

    Cons

    - weak career path for high performers - top driven org structure

    Advice to Management

    Start requiring responsibility and don't be afraid to fire veterans who are simply the loudest voices in the room


  9. Helpful (2)

    Certainly not cutting edge

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer I
    Current Employee - Engineer I
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    A lot of the people who actually do the work here are great. Many employees have been here for 10-20+ years and it's most likely because this is an easy place to work if you don't want to be challenged, promoted, recognized for good work/ideas, etc. If you show up, do some work, don't cause problems, and go home - you could fly under the radar here forever.

    Cons

    There's absolutely no upward mobility. They hire Vice Presidents here 2-1 to workers, which I find hysterical. Ergonomics is a topic that goes unmentioned here. The working population is mostly age 50+. You can imagine what kind of values and ethics come along with that kind of group.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Great company, great people, sub par compensation.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Development Manager in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Territory Development Manager in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding job, every day is different, have built excellent working relationships with many different groups of people, from peers, to directors, and dealers. Company gives the right tools for you to be successful(Channel programs, computer, phone, etc). Benefits are decent. Superiors are hands off and let you get your job done with minimal supervision.

    Cons

    Expectation is 20% growth year after year and is attainable if willing to put fourth the effort and it is the rewarding part of the job. The unrewarding part is that they are not willing to compensate for the effort. Commission/bonus structure is capped, what is the incentive to go above and beyond? They use historical numbers to create budgets for the following year. So you only hurt yourself to knock it out of the park. Base pay is 30-40% below industry standards, and your bonus structure is calculated off your base pay. If compensation was where it needed to be, and you could write your own ticket with hard work, this would be an excellent career choice. The opportunity for growth is limited out in the field as they like to promote with in the corporate office and the field reps never get a chance to even look at a job as it is normally filled before the position is posted.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep the aggressive growth, more incentive is needed to keep pushing sales above and beyond goals out in the field.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Ok place to start but not the place you want to finish your career at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Ok compensation. Always new projects so you are never bored.

    Cons

    Everything seems rushed and direction from upper management is in Flux at all time. Which can be very frustrating.



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