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Generac Power Systems Reviews

Updated February 16, 2019
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (10)

    "CRM COE- Process Lead"

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    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "nice to work here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems part-time

    Pros

    good benefits, nice coworkers, lots of opportunity to learn

    Cons

    too much management and not a lot of room for growth

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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    Former Employee - Territory Development Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Development Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very supportive Employment environment with a growth opportunity

    Cons

    None I have no complaints about this employer


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Improving Culture and a Good Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Operations in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generac is changing - improving culture and work life balance. The CEO is doing a great job running this company. Every time I hear him speak, it is inspiring and makes me proud to be at Generac. There are some great things in the works for the future of this company. There are certainly challenging times just like with any company but Generac is growing by pulling all the right levers. Love the people i work with and i am gaining more and more confidence in Senior Management leadership.

    Cons

    I think the most challenging aspect of a rapidly growing company is meeting the demands of scaling processes globally. I think we are starting to turn the corner on that.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking for the new opportunities (and the right ones) to expand Generac product offerings and continue to bring in new people from the outside with global experience (we have added 1,000 people in 2018 - wow!).


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Enter with caution"

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

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    If you work here for a few years you know that you can quit and come back at higher wage and more vacation. The only way the company will appreciate you is if you leave first.

    Cons

    Many companies offer casual attire all week long, flexible working hours, ability to work from home and something referred to as “work/life” balance to which Generac does not grasp the concept of. Generac is behind the times and cannot seem to understand why turnover is high. Unless you are upper management, your wages and vacation are a joke and can easily be beat be other companies in the area.

    Working in HR, everyone knows that your opinion/frustrations/concerns do not matter unless you are at the executive level. Hearing the recruiters time and time again say “ unfortunately we cannot offer you that much” to potential candidates in regards to salary is painful to hear. The pressure on them to recruit at such low wages is just setting them up for failure because the percentage of people willing to take a pay cut to work at Generac is low. The benefits and the payroll departments are severely understaffed as well. Bottom line, you are constantly expected to work above and beyond what you are being paid for without as much as a “thank you” from management.

    The CEO is a former accountant which must attribute to why everything and everyone at this company is nickel and dimed. The CEO and HR management do not seem to understand that hiring 5 different people (due to high turnover) for one $13/hr position may keep the wage cost to that department down but the administrative costs of handling all the paperwork, manual entry, on boarding, training etc, is costly, inefficient and drains moral.

    Advice to Management

    Offer support to those who are making you look good and making you meet your benchmarks.


  6. "easy job"

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    Current Employee - Material Handler in Jefferson, WI
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Jefferson, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are treated as an adult

    Cons

    To much drama with oter plants.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible"

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    Current Employee - Material Handler II in Eagle, WI
    Current Employee - Material Handler II in Eagle, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no Pros unless you are a yes person.

    Cons

    Does not practice what they preach. Does not work with people that have medical issues. If you are on FMLA you don’t qualify for any incentives and they hold having medical issues against you. Moving up in the company is impossible unless you are in the in group. This place is a revolving door and hire people that are in Jail.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. You want your employees to respect you, you should try and show them some respect as well. Work with people that have medical issues and stop refusing to give incentives to people on FLMA. Start paying your current employees better and maybe they won’t leave.

  8. Helpful (14)

    "Professional staff avoid at all cost"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Jefferson, WI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Jefferson, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very skilled and resilient support staff.

    Cons

    When events do not go as planned or problem on an existing line within the plant there is absolutely no culpability by the management team to fix the underlying problems or take a step back to fix what is broken; only to band aid the visible symptom and reprimand an overloaded support staff. The support staff is never given a reasonable timeline to properly implement projects, especially with projects that require multiple departments to coordinate without any real guidance or prioritization coming from those on top.

    There has been an office staff turnover of ~45% from April-December 2018 but at no point has the management group gotten the support team together and given us any vision or guidance of what is being done to fix any of the issues. The only thing keeping the plant even marginally running is the resiliency of the support staff. They continually push through to make the best out of bad situations despite the extra work added due to attrition or the over-promises by the management team.

    There is zero leadership or communication for short or long term goals, let alone a roadmap on how they plan to get there. This management staff is either unwilling or unable to identify and address the underlying problems within the plant. In short, the management group in Jefferson is not only ineffective but clearly do not understand the sheer scale of work that exists or have a plan to get this plant even remotely close to world class and are utterly overwhelmed.

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibilities for the failures of managerial decisions and over promises.

    Set a roadmap to success and keep all the departments updated and held accountable to timelines for project success.

    Return to school for some leadership training and certifications (PMP, Six Sigma, Lean Gold) Return with these to train and develop the younger support staff

    "yes" is not always the answer learn how to utilize resources effectively and not burn out employees.

    Stop over scheduling wasteful meetings, actually show up and pay attention to the items being discussed and show respect to your peers and subordinates

    Build an actual team and support your team members instead of the managerial line.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Don't work here"

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

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers are great. Leads are great.

    Cons

    Company is falling apart. They don't value hard working employees. They don't care if you have a family, they will work you 10 hours a day and Saturdays your whole time employeed. Managment avoids problems at all cost. We've been on overtime since May 2018 and no end in sight.

    Advice to Management

    Your losing employees because you avoid to take care of them. Giving out raises isn't a permanent fix when morale is non existent.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Okay company to work at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    Line leads were cool, easy to learn

    Cons

    You’re viewed as a number not a person, supervisors are very passive and disregard employee needs.