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Generac Power Systems Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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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 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

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    • 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


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Meaningful work, but lots of it"

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

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    You will learn a lot here in your area and beyond your area. The company is striving to grow when other are treading water or laying off.

    Cons

    You will learn a lot here, but also work hard. This company is striving to continue to grow, but the next leg will be tougher than the last.

    Advice to Management

    Aggressive growth targets are good, but people can't sustain being understaffed for long periods of time. Re-staff positions lost in the last year to avoid losing people.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Supervision"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Eagle, WI
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Eagle, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Dedicated and talented leadership team

    Cons

    No cons to add at this time


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked at Generac for 6 years, and was very fortunate to grow as the company grew. The company is nothing like is was when i started, but that is the nature of a business that experiences such rapid growth.

    Cons

    The company experiences various cycles that depend on outage activity, whether from storms or blackouts. So, when these events occur, it raises awareness for the company's products. Unfortunately, when these events do not occur regularly, the awareness dissipates, and the company experiences slower business cycles.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the workplace motivated, especially when your experiencing difficult head winds on the sales side. Continue to innovate, its what separates Generac from the rest of the field.


  6. Helpful (15)

    "great company that's on a scary path downward"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Facility improvements in the last three years plus planned improvements. Still many opportunities to improve processes and products.

    Cons

    Considerable lack of respect for all levels of incumbent employees by the newest (6 month) mid level management. The new guard is tearing the company apart, and it will likely get worse before the error of their hiring gets corrected.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know the core of your workforce, recognize their concerns, respect their abilities, and realize that you're losing some great talent daily due to these recent hires.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Engineering"

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

    Pros

    Friendly People, I personally like the country setting of the headquarters in Waukesha. The new expansion as well as plans for further expansion is impressive.

    Cons

    Like all companies that were private and then went public there are growing pains. The rapid rate of expansion can be hard to keep up with at times, but is well worth the effort.

    Advice to Management

    Trust in the people that got you to where you are today. Rely more on the people that have the day to day knowledge of what it took to build the company to what it is now.


  8. "Growing company"

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

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

    Pros

    Team environments are very strong and their is plenty of work to stay busy. Working on projects exposes you to many different engineering aspects like FEA, material analysis, BOMs, project management, manufacturing, and testing. It's great to have your designs go into production which is very fulfilling. The culture has certainly changed drastically for the better over the past year. I believe that the outlook for the company is very strong as we all grow.

    Cons

    VP Management is used to not challenging the views of a CEO; they seem to flip sides and people tend to get thrown "under the bus".

    Advice to Management

    Document your decisions (make them first), communicate more, and require less meetings. People working under you really do want to make things better; ask them how we can improve and listen.


  9. "management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    you can forward your career by being an aggressive individual and taking initiative rather than waiting for things to come to you.

    Cons

    some micro managing, though not in all areas.

    Advice to Management

    don't take good talent for granted and help develop the ones that need it.


  10. "Manufacturing"

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    Current Employee - Supervision in Eagle, WI
    Current Employee - Supervision in Eagle, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, lots of opportunities, good working conditions

    Cons

    Not very organized,To much OT, don't like working Saturdays,

    Advice to Management

    work on organization, scheduling


  11. "Generac Review"

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

    Pros

    Innovative product, strong commitment to engineering, Emerging company

    Cons

    Lack of marketing focus and commitment to brand development.

    Advice to Management

    Begin developing stronger path to brand development and increase marketing focus/capabilities. Be financially responsible but shift from an "accounting mentality" to a "marketing mentality".


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