Generac Power Systems

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Generac Power Systems Reviews

Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
57 Reviews
2.6
57 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Growing company; coworkers willing to help you when new (in 5 reviews)

  • Lots of overtime(instead of higher pay) (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • The company is/was very very very antiquated in terms of work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management wants to create new processes, but won't fully fund the technology to create "excellence (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Mechanical Engineer with Generac Power Systems

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Jefferson, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Jefferson, WI (US)

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good starting salary, exciting projects, good coworkers, keep you busy.

    Cons

    A lot of managers and not always enough engineering resources

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Public company still run like a private company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Generac Power Systems

    Pros

    Excellent growth opportunities
    Great employees - friendly
    Company growth

    Cons

    Upper management lacks understanding of resources needed to become an industry leader. Unrealistic expectations for sales budgets, little opportunity for additional incentives, and management could strongly benefit from being more nimble and accepting of change.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Everyone there is aggressively looking for another job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI (US)

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They finally built a cafeteria a couple of years ago, which is good because there's nothing around for miles.

    Cons

    Toxic culture. Many areas--even the offices of Human Resources--have plastered their walls with polarizing political posters. Abusive middle-managers. Bullies thrive here. No upward mobility. The only people who weren't looking for a new job were people that had been there for 20+ years whose sole talent seemed to be somehow insulating themselves from dismissal based on performance. Legitimately talented, positive people don't linger here long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management isn't listening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Dissatisfied

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are decent
    Some people are nice
    New facility in Waukesha
    Cafeteria
    Great products

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Still operates like a small family owned business
    Caters to the engineers
    Too top heavy
    High turnover
    Old fashioned company culture
    Low pay for most employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You want to be an "employer of choice", so act like it! Give the employees more flexibility and work life balance. The only people that are paid decent are executives and engineers. You hire new people telling them that you want new, innovative ideas and then stifle them after they are hired. Stop running like a small, family owned business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Worst place to work

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    Former Employee - CNC Punch in Eagle, WI (US)
    Former Employee - CNC Punch in Eagle, WI (US)

    I worked at Generac Power Systems

    Pros

    There are no pros this place sucks to work for

    Cons

    The hardest workers get the short end of the stick while the slowest workers get rewarded, Have to stand on pavement all day, Each shift blames another, Everyone grabs the easiest jobs first before the jobs that need to be done, You get fired if you drive a forklift in a circle, Supervises do not follow the rules, The disciplinary rules are not followed so if you look at your supervisor the wrong way it could be your last day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the rules and treat all your workers equal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Engineering

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Was able to learn how things were done back in the 70's.

    Cons

    Very little internal structure. No real career growth plan. Upper management fights between groups and have an unwillingness to work together.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok place to start but not the place you want to finish your career at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems

    Pros

    Ok compensation. Always new projects so you are never bored.

    Cons

    Everything seems rushed and direction from upper management is in Flux at all time. Which can be very frustrating.

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company, great people, sub par compensation.

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    Current Employee - Territory Development Manager in Waukesha, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Territory Development Manager in Waukesha, WI (US)

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

    Pros

    Rewarding job, every day is different, have built excellent working relationships with many different groups of people, from peers, to directors, and dealers. Company gives the right tools for you to be successful(Channel programs, computer, phone, etc). Benefits are decent. Superiors are hands off and let you get your job done with minimal supervision.

    Cons

    Expectation is 20% growth year after year and is attainable if willing to put fourth the effort and it is the rewarding part of the job. The unrewarding part is that they are not willing to compensate for the effort. Commission/bonus structure is capped, what is the incentive to go above and beyond? They use historical numbers to create budgets for the following year. So you only hurt yourself to knock it out of the park. Base pay is 30-40% below industry standards, and your bonus structure is calculated off your base pay. If compensation was where it needed to be, and you could write your own ticket with hard work, this would be an excellent career choice.

    The opportunity for growth is limited out in the field as they like to promote with in the corporate office and the field reps never get a chance to even look at a job as it is normally filled before the position is posted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to keep the aggressive growth, more incentive is needed to keep pushing sales above and beyond goals out in the field.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Certainly not cutting edge

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    Current Employee - Engineer I
    Current Employee - Engineer I

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time

    Pros

    A lot of the people who actually do the work here are great. Many employees have been here for 10-20+ years and it's most likely because this is an easy place to work if you don't want to be challenged, promoted, recognized for good work/ideas, etc. If you show up, do some work, don't cause problems, and go home - you could fly under the radar here forever.

    Cons

    There's absolutely no upward mobility. They hire Vice Presidents here 2-1 to workers, which I find hysterical. Ergonomics is a topic that goes unmentioned here. The working population is mostly age 50+. You can imagine what kind of values and ethics come along with that kind of group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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