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Polaris Industries Reviews

Updated May 7, 2017
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Polaris Industries Chairman and CEO Scott W. Wine
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Pros
  • Profit sharing when compared to few quality competing employers in the area (in 28 reviews)

  • Great products and very passionate workers through the company (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Because of the pace work/life balance can be a challenge (in 34 reviews)

  • There really is no work / life balance within ORV (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Roseau, MN
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Roseau, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Polaris Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities and competitive wages

    Cons

    It is a manufacturing Plant


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Polaris Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseau, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseau, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Polaris Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay and benefit are excellent.

    Cons

    Promotions are based on a buddy network. Its not what you know but whom you know.
    Prepare to be thrown to the wolves upon working on the assembly line, they provide very little training on the job.
    Job Security is minimal, I am worried if I will have a job week to week.

    Advice to Management

    Promote on skill set and not feelings


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Sr Purchasing Agent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Purchasing Agent in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Purchasing Agent in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great people
    - fun products
    - great learning experience

    Cons

    - very reactive environment, very tactical jobs and lack on strategy
    - lack of any career path discussions or formal processes
    - mgmg is heavily incentivized on meeting short-term goals rather than focus on long-term company's success
    - frequent reorgs and heavily matrix org result in lack of accountability
    - lean environment means lean on people, not processes


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  5. "Good old boys club"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hourly in Spirit Lake, IA
    Current Employee - Hourly in Spirit Lake, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Profit sharing, holiday pay, clean

    Cons

    Lack of concern for employee, could care less about the people who work there, except for the good old boys club

    Advice to Management

    Think before you buy, when closing down plants, remember that employees are also customers. Put yourself in employees place. Stop giving bonus to supervisors for numbers, only give bonus for products that are ready for sales.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "New Facility Huntsville Alabama"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Polaris Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very easy to gain employment. Unique benefits such as 100% vested 401k, stock options. Occasional celebratory activities. Room for opportunity.

    Cons

    Incredibly behind in the advanced, lean manufacturing world. Not a competitive wage in the Huntsville market. Behind the curve in safety areas. The worst health insurance I've ever experienced in manufacturing. Not ready to move into the future. High turnover. Employees who have significant skills and understanding from Toyota, Boeing, Honda, and the like are feeling mislead about the capability of this company.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down. Hire outside consultants. If Polaris expects the new facility to be the benchmark, then you will have to leave the comfort zone. You will have to rely on smart people who know better than you. You must realize that Huntsville Alabama is a boom city that brings in more jobs every day. You are already playing a game of catch up. There is massive potential here. Let the right people help you see it to fruition.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Accounts Payable Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Spirit Lake, IA
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Spirit Lake, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Polaris Industries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Polaris is a company that helped allow me to find my potential and help me grow with them for 21 years. I was continuously changing as a professional and a team member to all my internal and external customers.

    Cons

    There was a reduction of my position, although I loved my job. In my situation, the only con I can think of is because I didn't have a degree, my future growth opportunities were limited.

    Advice to Management

    Carry on.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Not small anymore"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Medina, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Medina, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Organic career growth can be good if independent

    Cons

    Suffers from too much growth too quickly
    Little room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Get back to planning and listening to employees, the mass exodus has already started...


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseau, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseau, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, fun products,

    Cons

    Stressful, remote location, not much room for advancing.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fun and Frustrating"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer & SME in Wyoming, MN
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer & SME in Wyoming, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, much responsibility, travel opportunities, seat-time in offroad vehicles and motorcycles, flexible work format, close to Minneapolis and St. Paul, good benefits

    Cons

    Non-receptive management, Poor decision making, unbalanced engineering ability, lack of communication, lack of structure, unrealistically short lead-times

    Advice to Management

    Stop making decisions based on emotions or hunches (not supported by real data). Develop and enforce a product development process - there must be structure and something or someone enforcing the structure that employees of all levels can relate/refer to.


  11. "Friendly Work Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vermillion, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vermillion, SD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Polaris Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly work environment. You keep pretty busy so time goes by quickly. I enjoyed my time at this company.

    Cons

    Mandatory overtime sometimes with only a few hours notice.
    Managers don't seem interested in creating opportunities for employees to go further in their career

    Advice to Management

    Take even the lowest level employee's advice seriously. We are the ones doing the work and we tend to notice inefficiencies since we are exposed to them for a lot more time.


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