Gentex (Michigan)

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Gentex (Michigan) Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
54 Reviews
3.7
54 Reviews
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Gentex (Michigan) Chairman and CEO Fred T. Bauer
Fred T. Bauer
46 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I found the work environment to be very social and fun (in 9 reviews)

  • The compensation / salary / quarterly profit sharing bonuses / benefits / stock options were excellent (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The base salary isn't the highest, but Gentex has a profit sharing program that is extremely fair and can boost your annual income significantly (in 5 reviews)

  • The only downside is that the base salary is generally lower than the market average for most positions (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smiles in front of you, then stabs you in the back

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

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits are alright, and the work place is clean and comfortable

    Cons

    I have worked there for 2+ years. They smile in front of you, and makes you think you are part of family. Then, if you have issues that you are not happy about, they turn on you. My manager actually read my anonymous survey, only to mistakenly slip up in front of me. (He knew about something he couldn't have known had he not read the survey.) They low-ball salary so much that it's insulting, claiming stock options, but those stock options, when you read into it, is worth little when you're leaving; it becomes more of "if you don't like it here, you're leaving with little." People there have "buddy-buddy" attitude; you need to be liked more than anything to be productive. It's okay to be friends, but if that is the most important thing to work there, it's a no-go. Perhaps it is because it's an automotive company, they have this attitude, which I found to be rather obnoxious. If you're a female, you'll probably even have more difficulties, because of those obnoxious guys who makes comments (and yet they're married.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Looking good outside is nice, but inside, it's stinky.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not the same company it was a few years ago ...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Zeeland, MI

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employees are encouraged to work independently with unlimited potential for promotion. When you first start at Gentex, they preach the "Foundations" which are different than ideals practiced in typical corporate America and a breath of fresh air. Five years ago, the company adhered to these ideologies and it was a very fast-paced, inventive, healthy work environment.

    Cons

    Over the past few years, the organizational structure has been a moving target with no clear structure or growth for those in management. Hardworking, intelligent people are leaving or being forced out the door due to politics. The company has lost sight of the "Foundations" and has turned into a typical corporate America company. The problem is that when the "Foundations" were adhered to, there was little need for policy and/or procedures. Now that those ideologies are gone, the company operates in an almost chaotic atmosphere and is managed by fear and intimidation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fred started a good company based on good values and it worked. Get back to the "Foundations" and stop the political back-stabbing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Bad!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior S/W Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior S/W Engineer

    I have been working at Gentex (Michigan)

    Pros

    They did seem to get whatever tools you needed.

    Cons

    I was fired on trumped up charges, I never new what they where until I was ushered out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    One of the greatest automotive suppliers ever could use help with the management team to be just as great to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Zeeland, MI

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan)

    Pros

    Financial rewards. Fantastic product line and ongoig R&D supporting future growth prospects. Great people throughout the company.

    Cons

    One sided thinking. Lack of systems to measure individual performance and contributions. Customer focus/satisfaction plays too small of a role in overall company decisions, actions and priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gentex is a great company with an outstanding product base and and even more impressive resaerch and development team to support new products and future growth. Stay open to viewpoints outside of the local community and give more weight to those with experiance from prior companies. Develop tools to measure performance objectively. Gentex rewards are fantastic but are opften misdirected to those posturing rather than producing. Create diversity of thinking. Stop micro-managing people and start benefiting from the great depth of talent that exists.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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