Generac Power Systems

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Generac Power Systems Reviews

Updated 4 November 2014
Updated 4 November 2014
51 Reviews
2.6
51 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, great people, sub par compensation.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 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.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Certainly not cutting edge

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    High growth company with silos

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI (US)

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

    Pros

    - growing quickly
    - 'get done' attitude

    Cons

    - weak career path for high performers
    - top driven org structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start requiring responsibility and don't be afraid to fire veterans who are simply the loudest voices in the room

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company....Great People.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Waukesha, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Sales in Waukesha, WI (US)

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

    Pros

    New office facilities
    Reasonable pay with bonus potential
    Knowledgable, young, and intelligent CEO
    Good working hours and work/life balance

    Cons

    Huge emphasis on cost reductions - not just cost-effective, but cheap
    Not much room for advancement despite being very top-heavy with VP's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working to change the culture to one of providing "value" and not simply "cheap" products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great starter but top heavy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Generac Power Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great starter job but at times it is who ya know not what ya know. Very top heavy with way to many people that need to justify their jobs

    Cons

    Top heavy
    Hard to move up unless you know the right people
    Great coworkers
    Strange bonus structure

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    working with engineering on production problems and partial development issues. Not structured and way top heavy.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Waukesha, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Waukesha, WI (US)

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

    Pros

    Most of the employees are friendly and can be very helpful.

    Cons

    The middle management makes rash decisions and creates chaos for the rest of the company. The thought process for these decisions only slows down efficiency and every project is compromised because of this. There is also a "good ole boy" club that is based on favoritism and not your actual performance. Think twice before accepting a job here because the person that hires you will not be there in 6 months to back you up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the arrogance and stick to a structured plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great growth opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Waukesha, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Waukesha, WI (US)

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

    Pros

    Growing, fast-paced company with a lot of opportunity to grow. Good benefits and a do what it takes to get it done culture. Great products where quality, safety and support are a driving force for development.

    Cons

    Given the growth, change is constant and priorities shift. The bigger the organization gets the harder it is to get things done and the longer it takes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider ways to take steps out of the process to allow things that move faster. Push some authority and decisions down - too much bottle neck waiting on the top to approve

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

    Not a good career move

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitewater, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitewater, WI (US)

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

    Pros

    There are good people that are here. Office remodel at corporate headquarters looks nice.

    Cons

    Growing to fast and don't know how to handle it. Most salaries below the management level are well below average. IT department is underfunded and over worked. Everyone does the work of 3 to 4 people but are under paid. They concentrate on the upfront cost to much and not the long term. Spent way to much to remodel very old building when they probably could have built a better more efficient facility from scratch. They are buying companies left and right but are not taking the time to integrate them properly. They waste money on useless cosmetic updates like polishing the production floor, but penny pinch on the important stuff. They keep hiring VPs and Directors but no employees to implement and support all their new ideas. Forcing out long term good knowledgeable people so the new management can bring in their friends. HR is way to powerful. Many directors and VPs want to pay their employees mileage for traveling back and forth to their many "local" facilities which are an average of 30-60 minutes apart, but HR says "No we don't pay mileage." Some employees put 2,500+ miles on their personal vehicles with no compensation at all. They are starting to fill open positions with contractors so they don't have to pay them benefits. This leads to lack advancement so a lot careers are in a holding pattern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually mean it when you say you care about your employees. Pay your employees mileage!!! Deducting it on your taxes doesn't give you that much. Throw out your salary studies you had done in the 90's this is 2014 pay your employees like it is. Actually promote from within instead of hiring from outside first. Stop wasting money on useless cosmetic upgrades and invest the money were it is really needed. Restructure bonus program to be attainable when there aren't any natural disasters to drive sales through the roof.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    There is a reason for the revolving door.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Waukesha, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Waukesha, WI (US)

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

    Pros

    Great product and brand recognition in the market. For an engineer you really get exposed to the full product rather than working on 1 part of the generator.

    Cons

    Stuck in your position.
    EVERYTHING rolls downhill. They hire more and more management, but the responsibilities kept falling more and more on the lower level workers.
    Sales dictates Engineering and they do not allow for enough time for testing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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