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Polaris Industries Reviews

Updated January 2, 2019
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Pros
  • "The management unit after one year is a great perk, and profit sharing is unheard of" (in 40 reviews)

  • "Really great people to work with" (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is minimal work-life balance" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Fast Paced (Can be good though)" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Great Internship Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer(Internship)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer(Internship)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    No micromanagement.
    Exciting projects.
    Great work culture.

    Cons

    Slightly disorganized, but partly due to being in a relatively new location.


  2. "Happiness depends on which group you end up in"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director
    Former Employee - Marketing Director
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Polaris Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Polaris makes really cool products across snowmobiles, motorcycles and ATVs and have great customers

    Cons

    Some supervisors are great, but it’s completely hit or miss. A few senior folks are way beyond their competency level but politically manage upward really well, so somehow survive.

    Advice to Management

    You need to stop promoting people just because they are top performers - without changing their responsibilities. Some teams are incredibly top-heavy because all the staffing budget was spent on promotions, so there are no longer any worker bees to actually do the work.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Initially Thrilling.... but it quickly fades"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Polaris Industries full-time

    Pros

    Great people at the mid and lower levels and opportunities to use some amazing products.

    Cons

    Highly political upper management who primarily look out for themselves. Middle and lower levels are pushed to burnout, and then removed and replaced via layoff.


  4. "Kit packaging"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Roseau, MN
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Roseau, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Polaris Industries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bounces and insurance and 401k

    Cons

    Never a Regular schedules for weekends can’t make family plans.


  5. "Maintenance Tech II"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spirit Lake, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spirit Lake, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Polaris Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Profit sharing. Fair pay. Each dept. Very team oriented. Work with cutting edge equipment. Overtime after 8hrs daily until 40hrs is met. Then continues. Saturday's automatic time and a half. Sunday's double time or 7 days straight, 7th day double time.

    Cons

    Poor communication within dept. Even worse between depts. Deaf ear to the people on the floor actually dealing with production issues vs sitting at a desk or in meetings all day. Favoritism shown from salaried staff. Feast or famine. 10-12hr days 6-7 days per week to 4 days of going home early either before or after the previous statement.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your eyes and ears unless you work the floor. Your staff is full of answers if you'd just listen it edited safe so much time and stress. Don't wait till last minute to spring info on staff. Most are family oriented and bred the time to plan accordingly. Unrealistic expectations. Instead of office staff being supplied with vendor swag , hand it out to floor staff. Builds moral. Doesn't cost the company a dime and people feel appreciated.


  6. "Lack of opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Packaging Engineer in Medina, MN
    Former Employee - Packaging Engineer in Medina, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Polaris Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to vehicles , decent profit sharing each year.

    Cons

    Very bad health care plan, and vacation (two weeks). No diversity at most sites. Good old boys club, management does not listen to direct reports . First two years I worked at Medina site the culture was ok but started to decline.

    Advice to Management

    Improved the culture by listening to employees, and hire a diverse work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Current employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wyoming, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wyoming, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Polaris Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice to have access to ride the product (but only because I work at a site
    With true access).

    Cons

    Horrible healthcare benefits. Poor vacation package (2 weeks), which can only carryover to the next year then expire. They have even worse maternity leave benefits (3 weeks at 100%) without anything for fathers. The grading system for profit sharing is deflating to most who think hard work pays off. Everyone is spread so thin and even with the tax cuts they don’t want to hire staff to do the job safely.

    Advice to Management

    Hire less managers that don’t have direct reports and appreciate employees by being honest.

  8. "Quality Assurance Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Polaris Industries full-time

    Pros

    Great People. Great work environment.

    Cons

    No cons. I truly enjoyed my experience. I only left because I was injured off the job.


  9. "Parcel worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Like having weekends off and working with great people as well.

    Cons

    Some of the leads were lazy


  10. "Great place. Great pay. Free vehicles"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great stock plan. Great benefits

    Cons

    Non flexible work schedule. Tough commute