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Generac Power Systems Reviews

Updated May 17, 2018
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Pros
  • most shop coworkers are good people (in 18 reviews)

  • Great people to work with - really top notch engineering talent in particular (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance" is all work, no life (in 20 reviews)

  • Upper Management just doesn't care about it's people (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Assembly of Home Stand By Generators"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly Worker in Whitewater, WI
    Former Employee - Assembly Worker in Whitewater, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good bunch of people to work with

    Cons

    Very hot during the summer


  2. Helpful (2)

    "CRM COE- Process Lead"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CRM COE- Functional Lead In SAP CRM in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - CRM COE- Functional Lead In SAP CRM in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great compensation, challenging work, hard working people. Enjoyed working at Generac for almost 10 years. Upper management has a great vision of moving the company forward.

    Cons

    Priorities change frequently at Generac. This can be a negative when not planned appropriately. Balance needed between demand and available resources.

    Advice to Management

    Balance demand with resources.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not for everyone"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot - never board

    Cons

    Was working with a group that did not function well together
    Others outside of my group could be impatient and rude when handling new employees
    HRBP was unpleasant and overwhelmed with their role
    Everyone wanted to be the busiest

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and work with those around you to try and solve the problem
    Stop promoting from within if the candidates are not able to handle their new position


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Initials may be GPS but you'll be lost"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Their checks don't bounce, yet. You get to work with nice people in your day to day job. Loaner program is nice.

    Cons

    1. Turnover is well over 200%, so you'll likely never have time to get to know anyone.
    2. The only thing that matters is production rates even if it means using different parts to finish the job.
    3. They refuse to spend money on their plants outside of the Palace that is their headquarters
    4. They have several dozen VPs, SVPs, EVPs and they constantly come and go.
    5. They treat their line workers like crap with arbitrary rules and impossible expectations.
    6. They treat their office staff just as bad
    7. There is no training what so ever, other than here's a list of people you should meet hope you know what questions to ask them.
    8. They have the mentality that anyone and everyone is replaceable or expendable.
    9. The review system is a joke, they honest expect you to do the managers job of reviewing yourself
    10. No one especially not line workers should expect to just work a 40 week, I'm talking up to and including 70+ hours with 60 being mandatory even outside of storm response season.

    Simply put this was once a good company to work for, but penny pinching and miserable management will soon make this place another Schlitz.

    Advice to Management

    Solving your turnover problem is easy pay your people more. Sooner or later your going to run out of prison labor. Trying shortening your supply chains, I'm sure youllnfind that when you can get parts in a week you won't need 1.5m sqft of warehouse space. Put a few dollars into your plants out side of HQ, people will appreciate it. Stop running people into the ground by working them seven days a week. Research indicates people are less productive after 35+ hours. They would likely make fewer mistakes. Buy higher quality products, buying cheap may help the shareholder now but in the long run you'll be the next Schlitz. Lastly, try having respect for people, because without them you would be able to cruise around in cars that cost $100k+. You may be publicly trading but your morally bankrupt.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Look Elsewhere, your future is not here!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    Health Benefits, Vacation days, 401K, nice facility in Waukesha and the company is local.

    Cons

    The company is failing on every level! Poor training, no advancement, poor communication, discipline is based on who your best friend is. If you have the right best friend, you will never lose. This used to be great company and now it's just an over priced high school.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Design Engineer"

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    • 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

    Pros

    Good hours and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Somewhat disorganized management and planning. Not very robust processes.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Stay Away"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good and inexpensive compared to a lot of places. You will work with some good people that you can commiserate with.

    Cons

    Understaffed, overworked and under paid. Upper Management just doesn't care about it's people. "What you aren't working 60hrs a week regularly are you? Then what's the problem?" They could not care less about your personal life, want you to work as many hours as possible to get the work done. You will get burned out.

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to your people. Why do you waste your time doing employee surveys if you aren't going to take anything to heart and make actual changes.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Vice President, Product Management
    Former Employee - Vice President, Product Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Changing Culture, Multi Line Businesses

    Cons

    Working out the kinks, poor IT infrasturcture


  9. "If you get the opportunity to work here, jump on it."

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

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    This is a company with fire in it's soul and gasoline in it's veins. Constant innovation is now developing some of the coolest products, and continues to develop a still hungry market for awesome-built heavy-duty stuff. The people who work here are passionate fighters, and even when the mountain is high, they are looking at how to move faster.

    Cons

    All companies have internal problems, so do they. But they work to fix them, do not place blame - and move on.

    Advice to Management

    Some better internal systems would work, but all in all - keep it up.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company located in a small town"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Whitewater, WI
    Current Employee - Operations in Whitewater, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products, wonderful people to work with, and growing while bringing more jobs back to WI. The amount this company does for it's communities and customers is some of the best I've seen.

    Cons

    A lot of turnover across the board. Likely caused by not being competitive in salary and benefits and not placing the importance on safety. Corporate driven and there seems to be a divide between corporate and the plant sites.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your money making sites and invest in their staffing. Hire and retain good employees who aren't afraid to challenge the status quo and care about the local employees. When you ask for feedback you best be prepared to respond accordingly and that doesn't mean dismissing the results. When you ask for feedback and don't respond appropriately you lose trust. Keep up the great engagement in the communities.


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