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Generac Power Systems Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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  • Work/ life balance is no longer in line (in 18 reviews)

  • More concerned about hitting deadlines so upper management gets their bonuses than the actual success of a project (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "new products"

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    Current Employee - Tester II in Jefferson, WI
    Current Employee - Tester II in Jefferson, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the company is working on getting better training for employees in different departments.

    Cons

    Not having enough work at some facilities to keep employees working 40 hours a week. A slow down in production.

    Advice to Management

    Employees first. Employees want a job that has 40 hrs a week.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Steady hours with plenty of available overtime.

    Cons

    Non-realistic goals. Management was changing too much to establish expectations.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Toxic"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Sales in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good people with good work ethic, solid personal/business ethics, good business knowledge and understanding how to win business. Fantastic facilities for a manufacturing company.

    Cons

    Lack of trust and empowerment from the top down. C-level micromanages entirely too much for a company this size. Competent people are hired with the ability to do the job, only to have their momentum and efforts stifled by having to constantly get denied for some of the most mundane things. Company has very little true understanding of how to work proactively to gain placement and share. Always running fire drills at quarter/year end for things that could have been prevented with some foresight and strategy. No appreciation for a job well done, regardless of the circumstances. Ethics of many employees are questionable considering the amount of soap-opera type drama occurring daily between internal employees. Unrealistic expectations from a numbers perspective driven by pie-in-the-sky forecasts...this doesn't work with a weather driven category. On top of that, realistic forecasts and planning provided is thrown out and/or not even looked at for fear that reality will disagree with executive perspective. Fear of executive wrath/rebuke drives decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Strategy shift toward letting competent employees do the job they were hired for vs consistently overruling them. Either that, or add a bullet point to all job descriptions stating "will function as robot for executive driven ideologies". That way people know what they are signing up for.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Awful Place to Work .unless you are Starving...."

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    Current Employee - Sheet Metal Worker in Eagle, WI
    Current Employee - Sheet Metal Worker in Eagle, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will receive a free Turkey at Christmas

    Cons

    Extremely congested work areas . Welding fumes and Grinding Dust fill the air combined with the sweet scent of oven baked Varnish. Super Noisy, Fork Lift Drivers that have no respect for safety. Quality is on level with AMC Motors part quotas are impossible to achieve.

    Advice to Management

    You are all to arrogant to accept any advice. Sell the company to Kohler before it goes Bankrupt


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Stressfull"

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

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

    Pros

    Good people, modernized facilities, and good learning experience.

    Cons

    Negative upper management. Its all about the V.P's and directors hitting there numbers to line there pockets. If numbers are low all departments have extra pressure put on them to perform. Lack of positive feedback, and the expectations required are often unrealistic. The company philosophy is to over manage and micro manage, this often includes verbal jabs and threats about loosing your job. Most of the employees in my department are currently looking for employment elsewhere. The dealer network is also burnt out on management putting pressure on them for more growth. The tensions in the air are so thick you could cut it like a knife thru butter. Pay is below industry equivalents, management has the attitude of "to bad there are plenty of others that would be happy to have the position"

    Advice to Management

    The pressure starts at the top and trickles down. Management should be encouraging and motivating the employees, not belittling and devaluing them. No wonder so many good people quite or are looking to go elsewhere. Stop putting outsiders from other industries in leadership roles. They do not understand the customer base, so they just evaluate numbers and stress out everyone around them.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Will Train, Won't Pay"

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    Current Employee - Material Handler in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of overtime (only for more pay), decent benefits, great people.

    Cons

    New employees are paid WAY more than the employees who've been here for years.

    Supervisors are never seen on "the floor", but when they come through, you feel like you must bow down to them.

    Want to eat a little food in the shop if you're very hungry? Nope... starve until your 10 minute break, hours into your shift. Or hide your food.

    Management and supervisors will make sure you only get 10 minutes of break time, even when you're scrambling to just eat some food.

    Human Resources department gets angry when you use your phone during breaktime.

    Countless meetings about issues leading to absolutely no resolutions whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    Needs new management altogether (bottom line)


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Toxic"

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

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

    Pros

    Newer facilities, Good People, Close to Home

    Cons

    Poor communication between management and those below them, this exists on every level. Toxic, personal environment. Bullying among team members seems to be normal behavior and acceptable. Lack of discipline and consequence for poor performance and ethics. Constant change on processes. Middle management has less knowledge of how the processes work then those employees that work them day to day. Temps that are brought in have no incentive to work or even care about what they are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate middle management, promote within, stop hiring temps and have consequences for bullying & poor performance.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Bright future"

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

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

    Pros

    1. strong, innovative and profitable business. 2. great and hard working people. 3. broader responsibilities, great place for resume builder

    Cons

    1. not a rewarding culture, no storm no bonus no matter what, while the company has been profitable. 2. not competitive pay. 3. high employee turn over rate.

    Advice to Management

    1. Generac will be a great company, but needs to face the reality that competitive pay is playing a significant role of recruiting and retaining talents, who could bring long term and sustainable shareholder values. 2. no storm no bonus pattern needs to change. 3. everything else has been great, especially in investing in core technologies.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Stuck in the 90's"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Marketing in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The employees that know their stuff are treated well. HR just updated the vacation policy, so employees earn more vacation time. If you hate your boss, just wait it out because they will be gone soon. Most average 18 months before they are fired or quit.

    Cons

    The company is trying to change the culture, but not doing anything about it. The turnover is crazy, especially in sales and engineering. The Product management department is clueless on their products, so is most of Engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your employees with 3 years of experience or more to renegotiate their salaries with HR, that would stop the revolving door. Stop placing incompetent people into roles they're not qualified for. All it does is hurt the bottom line.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Dealer Acquisitions in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Dealer Acquisitions in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very happy with the people in the company

    Cons

    Communication can be better from top down


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