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Polaris Industries Reviews

Updated January 12, 2018
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Polaris Industries Chairman and CEO Scott W. Wine
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Pros
  • Profit sharing, stock ownership, great overtime policy (in 32 reviews)

  • Great products and very passionate workers through the company (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • There is minimal work-life balance (in 39 reviews)

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

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  1. "Engineering Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Cool, fun products. Able to work on new and future products. Sometimes opportunities to ride the products.

    Cons

    Strict intern rules. Seemed like many full-time employees may be overworked.


  2. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Polaris Industries full-time

    Pros

    Great Company, Great Benefits, Fun Industry

    Cons

    There is minimal work-life balance

  3. "Solid Company - questionable internal culture"

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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 Polaris Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid company growth.
    Good number of divisions and opportunities to branch out.

    Cons

    Poor and limited corporate culture.
    Limited work/life balance.
    Limited training


  4. "Great internship Experience"

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    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Medina, MN
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Medina, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, pace and type of work, and great culture, management is very involved and engaged in your success.

    Cons

    Never got to ride the product

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to get interns on the product


  5. "Not a bad place"

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    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can start with no experience, and your pay increases fairly. You get trained to do the job right, and there is always room for improvement.

    Cons

    The entry examination is somewhat difficult and you can only retake it every 6 months. The hours are long, but working full time that is to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Give potential employees a break as far as the wait time to reapply and retry the examination.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "1950's Production, "Buddy System" Management"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Roseau, MN
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Roseau, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The nature of what you are building is pretty cool.

    Cons

    Management is ignorant. Many don't have college degrees and just promote their buddies, or who they get along with. Shady practices like writing off downtown to non-existent RMO's. Sends everyone chasing ghosts and covers up the root cause for the sake of meeting their performance goals. Simple minded and without foresight.

    Advice to Management

    HR and middle management have got to go. Need to wipe the mindset that the culture in Roseau has instilled in everyone. The think lean is faster, they think continuous improvement means doing one project because they have to, they waste their top talent and kick them to the curb and promote their drinking buddies.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Polaris Industries full-time

    Pros

    Cool products, fast-paced, accessibility to powersports products for personal use. There are some really good people who are very talented within the organization - often longer term employees with lots of industry experience.

    Cons

    Work life balance is generally non-existent - a little better on some teams, terrible on others. Speed to market as a competitive advantage has led to compromises in quality which has perpetuated the chaos. The culture of being a customer based, powersports enthusiast populated organization has rapidly eroded as the company has grown, especially over the past 5 years. Also, there are some real issues within the leadership ranks. There are WAY too many narcissistic egomaniacs with serious social issues in the senior leadership team - sexual misconduct, bullying, unprofessional behavior have and still do occur. The "ethics first" mantra recently so prominent is a complete joke. Additionally there has been a significant influx of senior leadership from outside the company over the past 5 years - it's obvious that they have all been told they have a shot at being the next CEO. This has lead to a lot of jockeying, positioning, and nonsensical politics. Used to be a great organization to work within but culture and sanity has been compromised.

    Advice to Management

    The current state of the organization is not sustainable. The continued pursuit of top and bottom line growth at the expense of the employees and the customers will lead to an eventual collapse.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Purchasing Agent"

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    Current Employee - Purchasing Agent in Wyoming, MN
    Current Employee - Purchasing Agent in Wyoming, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free vehicle after the first year, decent benefits and opportunities to grow your career. Executive team is well established and highly respected across the company.

    Cons

    It’s 100% a Boys Club. There’s little to no diversity and there seems to be no effort to improve this in the organization. Incredibly high, unrealistic expectations set by managers. You will not succeed unless you “bleed Polaris” and obey the rules that are set forth by the management team. Whether you agree or not is completely irrelevant.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like people. Identify their strengths and know how they want to cultivate their career. Respect them and take the time to understand them. Appreciate what they do for the company and award them.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Wyoming, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Wyoming, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The passion and culture of the company

    Cons

    Strong passions within the company, so be sure to share that passion and work ethic or you will not be successful

    Advice to Management

    Continue to strive for innovation


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Sad state of affairs"

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

    I have been working at Polaris Industries full-time

    Pros

    Cool product and a fun industry

    Cons

    This company is in utter disarray starting from the top. Once a great place to work has been ruined by those making the rules and not playing by them. The focus has shifted from making innovative quality product to cutting costs for the almighty dollar. This is demonstrated by recall after recall after recall. Ethics are non-existent. Violations of the Ethics Policy are blatant yet nothing is done to fix it. Employees are afraid or discouraged to voice concerns because they see what happens to those that do or it is just swept under the rug. Employees are not seen as a valuable asset which is apparent with the lack of career pathing, disregard for their concerns and general treatment. The cultural shift over the past few years has had passionate, long-term employees throw up their hands and leave. Once a company who liked people's opinions and perspectives now prefers lemmings and order takers.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. You've sufficiently ruined the culture.


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