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Briggs & Stratton Reviews

Updated November 13, 2016
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Completely out of touch"

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    Former Employee - Union Warehouse Worker in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - Union Warehouse Worker in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Holiday Shutdown was the only pro. Compensation was out-of-line at best. Some folks got paid more to do work that did not warrant the pay and others were severely underpaid doing jobs that should have commanded much more.

    Cons

    Everything besides Holiday Shutdown was a negative. Poor management, poor communication, poor work-life balance as a result. Management's shortcomings led to several mandatory weekend overtime shifts which destroyed any kind of work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Ask questions as to why you're forced to implement policies that don't make any sense. Furthermore, when such policies arise, explain to your workforce why they are in place instead of throwing out orders that don't make any sense and expecting you will get people that take pride in what they're doing.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Junk place to work"

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    Former Employee - DC Warehouse Operations in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - DC Warehouse Operations in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good pay and benefits, get 10 personal days

    Cons

    constant harassment, stalking, not treating all employees same way, discriminate and do not accomodate for people with a disability (certain white males), do not follow senority for daily jobs and permanent jobs, keep people on training for EXCESSIVE periods of time in essence for cheaper labor, management does not investigate issues in a sense take one person's word and that is it, some people have to stand while doing jobs while others doing same job are allowed to sit, management lets minorities more leeway in terms of violations of rules and regulations, wrongful writeups, management does not follow through when offering employees refresher training (only minorities received refresher training), managemnet does not follow code of conduct as it relates to discrimination, stalking, harassment, treating ALL people equally based on sex, race, nationality and people with disabilities and lastly management constantly threatens certain people on a regular basis.

    I informed cmpany day one that I had a disability and management resorted to EVERY possible way to not accomodate my disability. I had been given a handbook which stated Briggs does not discriminate (in this case based on disability)

    Don't figure on getting a reference from Briggs because they do the following: charge a fee, take one month to followup and in some cases hang up when a potential contacts for a reference check

    Advice to Management

    be fair to everybody (that is never going to happen)


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Decline of a once great company"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Office in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Corporate Office in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company provides a nice Tuition reimbursement program and offers decent competitive pay

    Cons

    Definite "silos" in upper management - the very thing they preach to be trying to eliminate. If you have a "friend" on the inside, you are fast tracked to the top of the heap. The blame game runs rampant and the best hard-working employees are alienated and made to feel insignificant. While we were told there was an "open door" policy, as soon as you voice a concern, the reply is always "hey, you are replaceable". Nice.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back from the almighty dollar and put a little more focus on work life of the average employee (union AND salary). To eliminate benefits due to "financial reasons" and then produce an annual report showing CEOs still receiving multi-MILLION dollar bonuses is a slap in the face. I know, you hope we don't read it, but we do....


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Assembler"

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

    Pros

    You get hired ASAP after you interview

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations. No professionalism. Don't even provide refrigerator for lunches. Most employees don't last a week.

    Advice to Management

    Retired


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Review"

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    Former Employee - Assembler in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Assembler in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton (More than a year)

    Pros

    Its a steady paycheck and you will never have a dull day

    Cons

    Discrimination and can't move forward unless you look the part.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention, treat everyone equal and acknowledge the hard work that your workers give. Stop treating your workers like live stock.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic and disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Mid Level Manager in Pell Lake, WI
    Former Employee - Mid Level Manager in Pell Lake, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small teams work very well together. Very interesting innovations, excellent marketing.

    Cons

    Poor director and vp level leadership. No courage to stand up for subordinates. Confusion abounds in all areas. Very slow, too much red tape. Individuals are rarely recognized for their hard word, accomplishments and personal sacrifices.

    Advice to Management

    Too top heavy in leadership. Hire real leaders, not overpaid managers who cannot inspire their people. Look at employee workloads. Many folks are simply way too overworked, where the rubber meets the road. Stop with the good ole boy culture.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Oppressive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Forklift Operator/Material Handler in McDonough, GA
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator/Material Handler in McDonough, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Closing of the McDonough facility was the best thing that ever happened to me. 23 years of service and I was tossed out like trash. I now work for a great organization that treats it's employees with respect and dignity.

    Cons

    Hard work gets you nothing but more hard work. Management refuses to listen to any ideas or suggestions. Insurance is very expensive and covers nothing. Employees are blamed for engineering failures. Company cares only for profits. Employees are expendable assets.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Slaveship"

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    Current Employee - Assembler in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Assembler in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits

    Cons

    This company is very unorganized. Not only do they run out of parts daily which slows down production and doesn't guarantee job security. The supervisors have no clue on how to run a shift. The supervisors are very disrespectful and lack communication amongst one another. There's barely room to obtain a descent pay check let alone growth within this company.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to communicate with your employees. Learn the project you're working on before attempting to teach the project to eliminate slow production and confusion. I would also recommend finding someone who can handle producing successful orders to ensure you have enough material for a full day of work. Lastly keep in mind that China has already taken over all of your other productions if you guys don't put true leadership hats on it'll only be a matter of time before you loose the struggling production that you have now. The time this company spends doing re-work shows lack of accountability on the management's behalf.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Watch your back!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wauwatosa, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wauwatosa, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good insurance. Some flexibility in work hours.

    Cons

    Culture is all about "I", "Me" and "Mine". Women are the worst for back stabbing individuals they do not like. Management needs to let go of those in upper management making poor business decisions and not the employees doing the work. It's all about the numbers and you never know if you will be the next to be let go regardless of your work and accomplishments. They have closed so many plants you wonder if they will be in business in the next five years yet upper management still gets their big bonuses. I saw so much wasted money being spent on ridiculous projects. They went into the dealer business and still don't understand how the lawn and garden dealerships work. I just hope they start treating the dealers better realizing they are the bread and butter of their products group business. My former boss did not care about anyone but saving himself. He never was supportive or encouraging.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "shrinking company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engaged employees care about the business. Manufacturing coming to Milwaukee is replacing the outsourcing trend. Good benefits if you work in Milwaukee - the Quad medical options are spectacular.

    Cons

    Core business continues to shrink. Senior management team is constantly besieged with in-fighting and back stabbing. Over regulation and process control have meant way more work to do simple things. Time to market is at a snails pace. The CEO has strongly indicated his disdain for seasoned employees. Moral is at an all time low.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the way. Remove the antagonists. There is no incentive to take risks or have candid conversations. You have created an environment where the best path for career growth is to do nothing while complaining about why you can not do anything. Those that try and put themselves out there are setting themselves up for criticism and backlash.


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