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Generac Power Systems Reviews

Updated February 19, 2018
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Generac Power Systems CEO Aaron Jagdfeld
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Pros
  • most shop coworkers are good people (in 17 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work/ life balance is no longer in line (in 19 reviews)

  • Low salary, weak benefits, serious lack of focus from upper management which triggers very poor product quality (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Assembly of Home Stand By Generators"

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    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 (1)

    "Great company located in a small town"

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    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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "2018 bad"

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    Current Employee - Quality in Jefferson, WI
    Current Employee - Quality in Jefferson, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good health insurance company picnics

    Cons

    work hours are horrible, lack of communication on all levels, training is bad, turnover rate is bad

    Advice to Management

    hurry up and fix all the problems before the business is shut down for good


  4. "stable"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Sales in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    stability, its stable, growing, stability

    Cons

    Pathetic growth potential.. poor training, good luck growing a career.. its a job. I could write more but I'm here to read the reviews

    Advice to Management

    provide a career pah for devoted employees


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Could be a good place if management would commit to quality"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Project 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

    Nice offices, fun people to work with

    Cons

    Low salary, weak benefits, serious lack of focus from upper management which triggers very poor product quality.

    Advice to Management

    Please stick to a long range plan


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Rudderless ship"

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

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

    Pros

    Pockets of fun, talented hard working people

    Cons

    Communication as to what is happening in other key departments is lacking to say the least. VP shares nothing and expects everyone to know or find out on their own. Often times very critical and judgmental of those on the team and is lacking a general knowledge of the markets they support. Golfing is often times way more important than the team. Many have left or will be leaving due to the toxic and negative management style.

    Advice to Management

    Sr Management and HR need to do a overhaul on who they have managing their sales teams. Either train or move out those that are not qualified to truly "lead" a team. Stop promoting from within unless you vet their skillsets and get feedback from others first. Generac has great products and a lot of hardworking , smart people - support them with real leaders!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lab technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    Lots of work. Your job will be more than your title. Experience with old out dated equipment could be helpful in restoring equipment for antique museums in retirement

    Cons

    Low pay, bad benefits and bonus. The lack of good leadership. Your asked to wear to many hats instead of just your job. Hourly technicians having to take work home with you and not get paid for it.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees like your preaching about being a world class operation. Hourly employees should work only when on the clock. Hold managers accountable for time lines, overtime is not a fix all.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good for entry-level candidates"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jefferson, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jefferson, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Somewhat stable for salaried employees,
    Health insurance on par with similar size employers, 401k has company match

    Cons

    Management doesn't share timely or actionable feedback, different areas keep important business information to themselves rather than share when a functional area like sourcing, Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing make changes affecting other Departments.

    Advice to Management

    Try sharing timely and actionable information with qualified and competent personnel.


  9. "Hang on for the ride"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    It's good when there are outage events

    Cons

    It's not when there aren't


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Employed"

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

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

    Pros

    95 % great people. Most are extremely hard workers. Compensation mediocre.

    Cons

    Manager's /directors/vps need not be fearful of those who are not pulling their weight. Listen or ask peers or those around them. Pay needs to revolve around performance. What would it take to replace that employee? Everyone is replaceable.

    Advice to Management

    Engage, listen, appreciate. Yes, there is some who need to be reevaluated, not necessarily for performace. But no questions for actions and ethics. Lead by example


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