Material Handler (Former Employee) – Osceola, WI – December 11, 2016
I have worked for this company for 10 years and then they said they were closing so I went to school in hopes to utilize that experience and hoping a degree in business management would help me obtain another job in either manufacturing or in a business office that I could learn and grow with all my experiences. I worked as an assembler for several years and then was in materials until I went to school. I worked in an office for three months before returning to Polaris for another two years of work. Basically I have done general labor with assembly and done shipping, receiving, parts delivery to the assembly lines, picked the parts, unloaded trailers and loaded trailers. The company was still under part of the restructure with personnel and leadership when I decided to leave and try an office job as I was not feeling that there was much chance for advancement even with all the experience and a degree due to all the changes the company was still going through.
Great pay, benefits, and stability
always worked weekends and also some leadership issues.
Assembly Line Worker (Former Employee) – Osceola, WI – August 23, 2016
-Hours are not flexible. Resource MFG who hires temps for Polaris back up Polaris in the practice of giving little notice to overtime changes with little to plan for family needs or personal medical appointments.
-I learned several processes to build and test motorcycle engines.
-Management is not cohesive in with workers needs, e.g. if there is a bad design on the line, the worker is to blame and not the design, so workers are put into overtime and workers do a last minute shuffle with managing their personal lives on their own time like taking care of day care issues and not being able to go to personal medical appointments.
-My co-workers are great except one, but there might always be one in any group of people.
-The hardest part of my job was dealing with the inflexibility of management and being isolated when I raised concerns
-For the most part, my co-workers were the reason why I kept going back to work every day.
I met great people there
poor leadership - did not back up their workers, hence high turn over rate
Very bad place to work!!! Bad pay, very bad benefits, bad management, bad everything
Group Leader (Former Employee) – Huntsville, AL – December 8, 2016
I helped start the new plant in Huntsville and it was a horrible experience. They are trying to use lean manufacturing principles but none of the management really believes in them so it's just very confusing in what's going on.
Every aspect of this job from bad management to very bad benefits was horrible
Maintenance Technician (Current Employee) – Huntsville, AL – July 19, 2016
Polaris has a long way to go. Giving the benefit of a doubt they are a start up company but they are very un-organized in everything they attempt to do. Management does not have a clue and does not get in a hurry for anything. The wages are descent but the benefits are terrible so they cancel each other out.
Able to wokr as many hurs as you need.
Insurance is terible and management does not get in any hurry.
Driver, Team Lead, Group Lead (Former Employee) – Osceola, WI – June 23, 2016
I was a group lead in Osceola. I heard great things about other locations but osceola is horrible. They treat people like garbage. The leaders are condescending, the engineering team is a group of lazy alcoholics who blame all issues on operators and take no responsibility for their mistakes. You'll get paid ok, but you won't get hired full time and you won't get vacation. You get 74 seconds to perform your job, if you don't make it in time a loud buzzer let's everbody know.
Be prepared to visit the unemployment office alot.
Assembly Line Worker (Former Employee) – Spirit Lake, IA – November 5, 2016
Used to work at Polaris in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Overall the facility was nice and up to date. But, if you work on the wrong line it could be rough. Arrogant and cocky supervisors and production managers. Line Engineers who feel like they own you and place all blame on you if issues arise. Get whipped for hours in 2 months. Then everything goes stale rest of year for hours and fighting unemployment office just to get enough money for food and gas to survive. A true paycheck to paycheck job.
Health insurance is sky high. $1200.00 deductable per year for a single person with a 49.00 bi weekly premium and have to pay full out of pocket to go to doctor all year.
Raise issues to management and they will scoff at you and push it aside. Engineers will tell you to "figure it out yourself" reguarding safety concerns on vehicles. And they wonder why everything is catching on fire now.
Only good thing is the profit sharing and nice breakrooms with catered food. Other than that nothing else. Hard to advance up the ladder unless your a woman who sleeps with the leads or flirts with them. Or your buddies with management.
Line techs can be real jerks and will write you up any chance they get. They will sneak up on you at times even. If you miss one checkback. They will take a picture and make you sign a paper. Some operators down the line will sabotage you and wipe your checkback off with towels to get you in trouble.
Too many layoffs such as this current 2 month layoff over the holidays no less.
Most co-workers here are hardcore biker type and rude.
All management caresmore... about is their stock prices and bottom line.less
Profit sharing, food.
Too many layoffs, Arrogant management and stinky bathrooms
Parcel (Current Employee) – Vermillion, SD – May 1, 2016
A typical day at Polaris Industries consists of work pertinent to the operations of a distribution center. From working at Polaris I have learned hands on how operations is applied in a real world setting, and how to operate various heavy machinery. The management is transparent, goal oriented, social, and fun to work under. Typical co-workers are mostly comprised of college students. Thus providing a fun work environment in which to work along side friends. The hardest part of the job is dealing with temperature. The warehouse reflects the outside temperature and can be very cold and very hot at times. The most enjoyable part of the job is learning new things about operations and management, and the ability to work hard and have my efforts reflected by tracking productivity.
Free lunch on weekends, flexible with school work, advancement opportunities, and friendly company culture
Hot/cold warehouse temperatures, long hours (situational)
Employee (Former Employee) – Spearfish, SD – December 1, 2016
It's your typical production job. Nothing really exciting about it. Unfortunately lack of planning and terrible decision making by higher ups leads to a lot of "mandatory overtime". And mandatory means mandatory. So if you have any other commitments that are hard to handle working 6 days a week (up to 12 hours a day, with two 10min. Breaks and one unpaid 30 minute break) with the possibility of 7 days a week and holidays. then you wouldn't last long at Polaris.
Decent pay for area
Short breaks, too much "mandatory overtime", terrible and expensive health insurance
Press Operator (Former Employee) – Osceola, WI – February 4, 2016
Very busy on the production floor. How to run and setup 250-750 ton metal stamping presses, use of calipers and height gages. Co-workers were good to work with but the management was not very approachable. The long hours of standing on a concert floor, I would say was the hardest part of the job, along with working in extreme heat during the summer months. I enjoyed the job when I made over the quota for the jobs I was running.
Extreme heat conditions during the summer months and lots of overtime.
In my opinion, Polaris is a good place to work. I have learned about teamwork and how to interact with others. The management at Polaris is decent and they know how to get the job done. The hardest part about working at Polaris is the unset work hours. We could have a ten hour workday or an eight hour workday. The most enjoyable part of the job to me is the people I work with.
Very nice people and management
Not everyone is on the same page about certain topics
Group Lead (Current Employee) – Spirit Lake, IA – February 29, 2016
I have worked at Polaris for almost 6 years.I work from 6-230. I have become a effective leader and built my leaderships skills during my time at Polaris. I have a great supervisor who has taught me a lot. I lead a small group of people within my department.
Assembler (Former Employee) – Roseau – September 28, 2016
Expect to get work butt worked with very little appreciation, seniority means nothing! Majority of coworkers are friendly other than the negative attitudes because they are burnt out and very tired from being run ragged! A lot of people don't last long there because it is very fast pasted and they can't handle that. Most jobs on the assembly lines are either very overwhelming or to simple the jobs are not very well balanced.
Wages are good health insurance is ok
Steel toe shoes are terrible also it is very hot during summer and very little fans