Generac Power Systems Reviews

Updated August 28, 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 (5)

    Generac's Management blows major chunks

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Dealer Acquisitions in Whitewater, WI
    Current Employee - Dealer Acquisitions in Whitewater, WI
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Generac is if you are interested in the generator market and need experience.

    Cons

    Management doesn't know anything. They can't communicate to save their lives. We learn about job critical information a day before the public does. We, the employees, have to constantly make excuses for upper management. I don't think management isn't from the same planet as the rest of us. Turn over in our department is more than 50%. My report to doesn't know the product and her report to is even worse - and she reports to the president of the company! Some of her great lines are: 1) We are make 360 degree changes from what we used to do. 2) Double $150 is $250! 3) I really can see people having on average $46,000.00 in disposable income.

    Advice to Management

    I think the biggest thing for senior management is to stop playing intra office politic's games. It seems like all they are trying to do is keep their jobs as they fire people below them.


  2. Helpful (10)

    Would stay away, does damage to your career

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Engineering in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leader in power generation. The company has respected products in their market and a great history. High potential for growth if changes are made to improve relations with employees and pay scale.

    Cons

    Management is very ignorant of employees and respect they give. Very sub standard pay scales for area in technical help. Turnover is very high because of work environment and no attempt to improve it. There is a lack of a coordinated plan to manage projects to complete on time. Very vertically managed company with old school employees at odds with new innovative thinkers that could move this company into a higher class.

    Advice to Management

    Start to address poor reputation as an employer in the area. Most people either get stung by this company and leave or stay away because of its reputation. Remove old school work environment office rules and become flexible and respect diversity.


  3. Helpful (7)

    look elseware (

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gave me a job when I was Laid off (low balled wages and vacation)

    Cons

    1. low wages (engineer) 2. clueless management (no experience and talk down to a professional with more than 20 years of experience 3. absolutely will not pay mileage to drive 25 miles between facilities (as a professional expect to run from one office to another for company business (subtract at least, the cost , of a tank of gas from your wages weekly)) 4. worst benefits I have ever had as an engineer 5. the place is filthy and old (offices, the factory floor is worse) 6. 3 bathrooms for 1000 employees 7. no lunchroom (office people eat at their desk and factory employees sit on boxes or eat in their car 8. management is completely disorganized 9. program documentation is about 20 years behind the times 10. 2 weeks vacation for a professional with more than 20 years experience (they told me absolutely not negotiable 11. the only reason to take a job at generac is because you need money coming in until you find a real job 12. In managements mind all software cost too much, so forget about having microsoft project, fea, mini tab, etc 13. hardly any promotions from within 14. people leave both the office and the factory floor, to find better positions regularly (thats why they have so many openings, all the time)(my department lost 9 people last year) 15. Never take a contract position at generac. (serious 2nd class treatment and if they ask you to go direct (almost never) they low ball the wages.

    Advice to Management

    1 pay wages that are comparable to others in the market and hire real experienced managers (or better yet, train people from within instead of pulling in unknown talent from outside)


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  5. Helpful (9)

    This place is horrible - stay away at all costs!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Engineer 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

    If you like working 80 hours a week and still get treated like crap, you will like it here.

    Cons

    Where do you even start? The expectations are off the charts what anyone can do. They expect you to be super-human. Even if you are, they will still treat you very poorly. Almost no promotions from within (because everyone sucks). The planning is terrible, it changes weekly or daily. There is a reason they always have 30+ openings in engineering, because no one wants to work there.

    Advice to Management

    Wow. Treating people like crap is not a good management strategy. Stop blaming the employees and look at yourself.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Unhappy of the lack of direction and professionalism regarding the company policies adhered to or deviated from.

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    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

    Company Growth needs a vast overhaul of fair treatment of employees. Make company values a living, breathing reality for ALL associates!

    Cons

    Failure of follow-through concerning training and development of valuable human resources.

    Advice to Management

    Get you professional act together!


  7. Helpful (4)

    Terrible

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Lots of overtime, a good job for someone who s single and has no family or no life!!!!

    Cons

    They preach soo much about family and all of that and they dont care, you have to leave work...dont count on leaving without getting crap about it. if you need off for a weekend or something for a family gathering...dont count on it either, you would have to use your occurrences, which is nice but you only have 12 to use so if something goes wrong....ya gotta use an occurrence...the leads dont care and they always get rewarded either way even when other employees complain. there is favoritism for sure, if you dont know anyone your pretty much gonna be on the chopping block at the company. they are already getting rid of the temps and anyone who hasnt worked there a year has to find a new job withing the company because its slowing down...work-life balance is terrible the line was on 12 hour days during the week and then 10 hours on Saturday with Sunday off. people have been harassed so many times by my lead that he has ben written up, sued, all of the above literally, and he still is working there, just because of the favoritism...this place does not care at all about you. the production supervisor used to go around telling people they are a dime a dozen and screaming at them and pretty much treating them like dirt....ya def a place you want to work....

    Advice to Management

    There is none this place is gonna keep working but at what cost.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Stay away...very far away!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sheet Metal in Eagle, WI
    Current Employee - Sheet Metal in Eagle, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of overtime(instead of higher pay) Their checks don`t bounce

    Cons

    Very low pay,no balance between work and home life,unsafe forllift drivers especially in the shipping area. Once you at the "top" of your labor grade(pay scale) thats it. Doing more or going beyond is not rewarded Micro managed,and badly at that The bureaucracy Revolving door of employees...if you stay a year thats a long time Management is very disrespectful to employees,unless your a pretty woman or drink with the supervisor at lunch No drug testing,not even after an injury No saftey concern is addressed until AFTER and injury occurs Bonus structure is terrible...you might get a little something,if they dont spend money to polish the shop floors I could go on and on...do yourself a favor and stay away

    Advice to Management

    Pay quality people a quality wage! Really evaluate your managers,most things get done do to "lower" level empolyees` hard work DRUG TEST DRUG TEST DRUG TEST! Take some time to visit the shop and talk to people..and see why things don`t run as they should. Trust the people who do the job everyday rather than the lead or supervisor (not much there)


  9. Helpful (4)

    Officespace to the max!!! great place to build resume'

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company gave me amazing personal development skills and assisted me in creating an amazing resume in sales and helped me land an amazing job elsewhere. The Benefits were outstanding. The employee picnics are wonderful because they have free beer so you can forget about work for once on there dime.

    Cons

    The pay was really poor especially since the sales departments are usually short staffed with absolutely no extra compensation but yes to extra stress. It feels like I was back in school with all of the extra non sense they throw at you every week from left field with due dates!! Any issues start with the sales rep. Then get passed to a department with one great lady in there. The company over works you and under pays you. Watch out for the "executive team" and the Many vp's they have. You have to thresten to leave to get a raise. Promotions are not handed out. No opportunities to move to outside sales as they claim "this is where it starts as an isr and then you get to outside sales" yeah, you get the amazing training and go make bank elsewhere by finding s great company and promoting yourself!! You don't matter but the company does. No hurricanes, no sales, no bonuses. Rename sales reps. To account executives or managers.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to do more team building activities with there employees more than once a year. They need to improve MANY processes which ultimately affects customers and end users then sales. Make this a commission job and drop the taxed 40% bonuses. In the world of sales- money motivates which drives sales.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Engineering

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

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Was able to learn how things were done back in the 70's.

    Cons

    Very little internal structure. No real career growth plan. Upper management fights between groups and have an unwillingness to work together.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Worst place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CNC Punch in Eagle, WI
    Former Employee - CNC Punch in Eagle, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no pros this place sucks to work for

    Cons

    The hardest workers get the short end of the stick while the slowest workers get rewarded, Have to stand on pavement all day, Each shift blames another, Everyone grabs the easiest jobs first before the jobs that need to be done, You get fired if you drive a forklift in a circle, Supervises do not follow the rules, The disciplinary rules are not followed so if you look at your supervisor the wrong way it could be your last day.

    Advice to Management

    Follow the rules and treat all your workers equal



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