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Briggs & Stratton Reviews

Updated June 29, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Assembly Production Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton full-time

    Pros

    Pays well for the work you're doing in a small town

    Cons

    Repetitive work that can cause some injury over time

    Advice to Management

    Be more attentive to the desires and problems workers bring to your attention


  2. "Decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Briggs & Stratton full-time

    Pros

    - pretty good benefits
    - strong company with great heritage
    - diversified

    Cons

    - very old school and stuff culture
    - a sales first organization

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Disheartening, good for you if you can stick it out"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Shut down, fitness center, and on site clinic are great. Most people are really friendly and just trying to good a job. Depending on the department there is great flexibility to work from home for family emergencies, housing issues etc.

    Cons

    It is a sales based organization so sales people are king. The wasteful spending is hard to watch when important things get put on the back burner due to lack of resources. The product quality continues to deteriorate to compete with Chinese prices. But we claim the reputation of our past. As an old company there is A LOT of office politics and bureaucracy. Upper management has it made. There is a lot of travel for most departments. There are almost no young people at this company, and there is a total lack of company culture.

    Advice to Management

    Live up to the historical reputation, don't focus on share focus on quality and service...open your answer center weekends if you don't see the "volume". Actually known what's going on at most levels and cut the ridiculous corporate credit cards and company vehicles. Care what employees at all levels have to say.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "What's behind those doors?"

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    Current Employee - Set-up Technician/Technologist in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Set-up Technician/Technologist in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, competitive pay, steady hours, and all three shifts available for most positions.

    Cons

    Terrible company culture that starts at the top and works its way down. It's not the worst job I've ever had and it's also not the lowest paying job I've ever had so I am grateful to have the opportunity to work for Briggs but if another opportunity came along that had similar pay and benefits I would leave in a heart beat.

    Advice to Management

    Negative reinforcement never works as well as positive reinforcement. When employees aren't respected and treated like adults they don't care about the company and this leads to poor quality products, bad work ethic, and lost time. When you give your workers responsibility they will find a way to get things done but instead Briggs management takes away everyones freedom to think and this has shown to be damaging to the company.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "why"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton full-time

    Pros

    they will pay you good

    Cons

    they don't hire perms easily


  6. "Team facilitator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Munnsville, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Munnsville, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great workers and lower level team atmosphere. Love working and leading my department.

    Cons

    Upper management didn't seem to get what was going on and what we needed. No matter how much people banned together to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the workers. Stay and work the extra mile with them to get things fixed. Don't just say we got this far without fixing it.


  7. "Briggs & Stratton Contract employee review"

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    Current Contractor - Graphic Designer in Wauwatosa, WI
    Current Contractor - Graphic Designer in Wauwatosa, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Briggs & Stratton as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, and very nice team to work with. The working environment is generally comfortable and the work is consistent.

    Cons

    As a contract employee, there are no benefits and no real potential for advancement or salary increase.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "IT is all contract work"

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    Current Employee - IT Tech in Wauwatosa, WI
    Current Employee - IT Tech in Wauwatosa, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good hours, pleasant atmosphere, average salaries.

    Cons

    Almost all IT is contract work and no benefits are provided because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Make your IT more invested in the company by hiring directly and providing benefits and vacation pay


  9. Helpful (2)

    "A job if you need work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hours, most holidays off, guaranteed 40 hours.

    Cons

    Terrible health benefits. Factory conditions are a lot to be desired. Very disorganized management and the communication between supervisors of every department is out to lunch. You make very little for what you do, going above and beyond will earn you nothing yet slacking off for two minutes will earn you the wrath of god. Nothing you ever do for this company will be good enough for them. The workers that slack off get catered to and the workers that actually want to work get the shaft. If you go in while leaving your integrity and work ethic at home then you're already ahead, if you go in ready to break your back for the company you'll only be met with frustration and anger as the supervisors will expect you to pick up the slack of the lazy workers. This place begins and ends with being a job if you really need work.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees like human beings and stop driving them like cattle and using them as cannon fodder to get your numbers up. With the amount of product Brigg's puts out it's almost ridiculous the amount you pay your employees in every department for what they do. If you start taking care of your help the same way they take of you then you might not have a revolving door of workers anymore like you have now. Increase wages and start using positive reinforcement in your factories and you'd be surprised how far that will go.


  10. "Electrical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture is changing
    Reasonable flexibility in work hours

    Cons

    Not without corporate politics
    Many existing employees have poor attitudes or no passion.


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