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Pros
  • Lots of good people at middle to lower levels (in 17 reviews)

  • It is a company with good fundamentals, a great strategy, and on the right track (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • 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 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "National Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    Excellent pay structure and opportunity to climb the corporate ladder

    Cons

    Difficult to extract expectations


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Bright future"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Older feel to the company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smaller feel to the company with good coworkers

    Cons

    No flexibility (no working from home)


  4. Helpful (12)

    "Can't hire people"

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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

    Pros

    Quarterly bonuses if goals are met, company is growing leaps and bounds- it is a stable company. Many good people to work with.

    Cons

    Hiring nightmare-can't get people in the door, people are leaving for more money, there's always more work to do than time in the day. There aren't enough resources. Quality is preached, but not practiced.

    Advice to Management

    Many other positions need to be filed other than your top eight. You are losing good candidates because you can't get out of your own way. HR has too much power. It should be up to the managers to decide on pay.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Production Planning Intern"

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    Current Intern - Production Planning in Eagle, WI
    Current Intern - Production Planning in Eagle, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems as an intern

    Pros

    -Ability to formulate and improve business process and see first hand their effect on the business
    -Flexible with school scheduling
    -Good first-hand experience in manufacturing and processes involved from raw material to end product
    -Good resume building cross-functional interaction between production control, engineering, quality assurance, purchasing, and machine operators
    -People generally want to succeed and help move Generac forward where they can
    -General training overview helps interns get a better understanding of Generac and its business model

    Cons

    -Lack of business process documentation and structure- daily responsibilities are all over the place with little structure
    -Long work days within a lot of areas that are in need for process improvement
    -New SAP software introduction to the company was not as smooth as people had hoped
    -Lack of communication between departments and even more so between Generac facilities
    -Due to SAP new role out within the business, many departments make incorrect assumptions on how to interact with the software (due in part) to the lack of/spotty training
    -Communication between sales, operations, and design is trained when each department is unaware of how the other department operates (assumptions are made and when wrong, hurt production output)- silos are bad!
    -Inefficient or outdated processes are a bottleneck to operation effectivity
    -Long hours and overtime for longer periods off time cause turnover on the floor that makes it harder to control labor and ultimately hinders bottom-line output each day

    Advice to Management

    -Cross-Training is important from an operational aspect and can positively impact output and customer fill rates
    -Greater training of SAP and effectively aligning it with Generac's business processes
    -SAP helps highlight outdated operating processes and introduces new pain points in Eagle facility


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Heavy-handed at the Top"

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

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    Baseline salary and benefits are pretty fair. Many updates to the facilities in recent years makes it a very comfortable environment.

    Cons

    Many silos and little collaboration between departments ... everyone has their own agenda. Executives are a bottleneck in getting things done and are out of touch with the current market.

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees do their jobs. Trust in their skills and be an advocate for progress instead of a roadblock.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good Place to work to get experience out of college"

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    Current Employee - Consumer Sales Specialist in Mount Pleasant, WI
    Current Employee - Consumer Sales Specialist in Mount Pleasant, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a lot to learn at this company. Management in certain departments are great others are not. Most of management is willing to work with you to learn as much as you possibly can.

    Cons

    The pay is not even close to competitive. They hire whoever they can get for the lowest amount of pay. They put as much work on one person as they possibly can. The company is completely dependent on storm season.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palmyra, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palmyra, WI

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

    Pros

    Good, key people in many departments. Smart, dedicated, capable.

    Cons

    Non-competitive salaries. Little input from core team members when management makes decisions impacting those core teams.


  9. "Design Drafter"

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    Current Employee - Drafter/Designer in Bismarck, ND
    Current Employee - Drafter/Designer in Bismarck, ND

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

    Pros

    Great work environment with a flexible schedule .

    Cons

    Generac has many corporate inefficiencies.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Potential Career Growth, Management Downfalls"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers, semi-quick promotions if you work hard.

    Cons

    Management style by some in Manager/Supervisor roles is lacking/non-existant, Senority often wins, poor compensation compared to others in the same field.

    Advice to Management

    Realize the potential of the people you hire, fight for better compensation, and become more approachable.


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