Generac Power Systems Reviews

Updated 21 August 2014
Updated 21 August 2014
40 Reviews

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  1.  

    Ok company in Engineering Department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay, customer focused, benefits, smart engineers. The company makes money hand over fist based on well designed engineered products, great lobby and cafeteria; good location

    Cons

    Support Departments, such as IT, HR, and Finance are broken with poor leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reevaluate senior leadership in support functions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for growth as a Designer in the Mechanical Engineering field.

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    Current Employee - Designer  in  Waukesha, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Designer in Waukesha, WI (US)

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, a growing industry, a growing company with good benefits, good vacation package, and quarterly bonuses. Company specific training available (not necessarily position specific)

    Cons

    Too many processes or lack thereof can make work frustrating and stressful when things are happening at a blistering pace. This in turn causes for cranky overworked employees....
    Room for growth but you will eventually hit a "promotion ceiling" if you do not have a 4-year degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better systems (centralized system) and better processes (not more processes) will create better workflow and less confusion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, good team leads.

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    Former Employee - General Laborer  in  Whitewater, WI (US)
    Former Employee - General Laborer in Whitewater, WI (US)

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The management is great. A lot of overtime, so the paychecks are nice and big. Good work is recognized and rewarded. Management understands that the work is a bit mind-numbing, so they offer daily lunch deals from around town and occasionally free Gatorade. Always get your breaks.

    Cons

    The starting pay is a bit low. It is factory work, so it can get pretty repetitious and become boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drug test to give better pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good starting point for those interested in a career in Power Generation

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    Former Employee - Territory Development Manager  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Territory Development Manager in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Learned a tremendous amount about stand-by power generation. Most sales positions are field based, company supplied vehicle, laptop, cell phone, gas card and company credit card for business expenses

    Cons

    Company cars now have GPS trackers for "insurance purposes" but in reality its used to track your movements. Bonus formula at that time were based on several factors that as a Territory Manager you had no control over and formula was undecipherable. Compensation was average for outside sales, inside sales compensation was horrible, less than 30K.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your Territory Managers more authority to address customer service issues with major accounts, especially regarding equipment failures and end user warranty issues.

    Positive Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    High-paced, promising company that isn't afraid to push.

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

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems for more than a year

    Pros

    Young company in a promising industry. Strong future, once the necessary moves have been made.

    Cons

    Lack of processes and procedures can cause for chaotic times; Corporate feel isn't for everyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire within for a change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great at the start, OK through the middle and then draining at the end.

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

    I worked at Generac Power Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Plenty of good opportunities while company was private. Pay good for well qualified employees, and regular bonuses. Improving the work environment by refurbishing HQ building (new lunchroom - finally).

    Cons

    Lack of ideas on preparing employees for promotion, dysfunctional internal posting. Losing cohesive vision by creating intra-divisional rivalry - could lead to loss of optimal decision making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train employees to advance them rather than continuously hire outside. This will breed loyalty and maintain the culture which made Generac successful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Over managed

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Field based, visit corporate once per quarter

    Cons

    gPS tracker on company vehicles Nd they use it constantly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the people you hire. Stock benefits , opened at 14 about 4 years ago, now trading in the $50 dollar range. Stock options for executives, all became millionaires overnight. Employees had to buy through their personal broker at the public price

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Waukesha, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waukesha, WI (US)

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

    Pros

    Company is growing; more resources being added & people being hired. You get to work on some really cool stuff. My boss does a good job training me. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Very slow to change "That is not the Generac Way" is the reason given to shoot down new ideas. Salary is only average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start acting like a global publicly traded company and stop doing things just because that is they way you've always done them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unhappy of the lack of direction and professionalism regarding the company policies adhered to or deviated from.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Company Growth needs a vast overhaul of fair treatment of employees. Make company values a living, breathing reality for ALL associates!

    Cons

    Failure of follow-through concerning training and development of valuable human resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get you professional act together!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Applications Engineer

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility when it comes to purchasing new equipment on the rare ocassions that they do, management doesn't take forever to justify the purchase of equipment.

    Cons

    "That is the way we've always done it" attitude of management. Unprofessional work policies from Human Resources. Generac was started in a garage and still runs like it is in a garage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize your mindset and your policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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