Gentex (Michigan) Reviews

Updated May 8, 2015
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Gentex (Michigan) Chairman and CEO Fred T. Bauer
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7 Ratings

Pros
  • awesome people, awesome work environment (in 9 reviews)

  • Good quarterly profit-sharing bonuses, pleasant co-workers, supportive atmosphere (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • A lower base pay with the remaining compensation made up through a stock option plan and quarterly profit sharing as a benefits model is dated (in 5 reviews)

  • This results in a significantly lower base salary (in 3 reviews)

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  1. taken advantage of

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zeeland, MI

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan) (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice facility, neat products, location and ?

    Cons

    Horrible compensation, managers, politics, will drain you, use and abuse


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great company in earlier years but not so much now.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Salaried in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Salaried in Zeeland, MI

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Comfortable office and lunch areas, free coffee and soft drinks, onsite employee gym and work flexibility for salaried employees.

    Cons

    If you're not part of the "Good Old Boys" club don't count on getting anywhere in the company. Not vebally stated but implied and expected to not rock the boat or question anyone part of the "Good Old Boys" club. Doesn't matter how wrong or what proof one may have. Management will typically double-cross others to save themselves. Fred did a wonderful job getting the company off the ground and growing with a great team but management in place now is running things...not Fred unfortunately though he still resides in his corner office. Management has been known to instruct individuals to withhold information from Fred so they can run things unbeknownst to Fred and the running joke is that they like to make him think he's running things still. It's a sad day at what use to be a great company and former great management team. Oh and the salary is very poor in comparison to that of other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Fred should really scrutinize the intentions and actions of the VP sitting next to him. How many exceptional, faithful and contributing employees must be walked / forced out before Fred realizes what's going on?


  3. Helpful (1)

    No time or structure for new hires

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan) full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    3 weeks vacation is nice, but pretty standard. The health care was pretty decent. Bonus paid out quarterly with a drawback of a low starting salary. Talk of a non hierarchical structure (CEO will talk with you, everybody is "equal").

    Cons

    With the quarterly bonus based on performance and company standing, your starting salary is around 8-10 per ent lower than similar jobs. The lack of structure is pretty crazy. Seems like mostly younger crowd, kind of concerning for those above 40. The management, at least in the department I worked in was not focused on helping employees expand and focus their career. Surprisingly very cliquey for a professional organization. Lack of training and support for new team members. Experience by fire fighting technique without support. Everything (sw and hw) developed in house, which is fine to an extent but very new user unfriendly without support.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees. Transitioning to a new position is sometimes difficult. This goes for employees too.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    No Company for Old Men

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Zeeland, MI

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free pop.
    Company Picnics.
    Nice facility.
    Nice worker bees.

    Cons

    Low pay and your job evaporates if you make a base of $80k and are between 45 - 55.
    Poor upper management, they completely missed the European slow down and the futility of banking on the KTSA.
    Politics, politics, politics. Most managers have their jobs due to exaggerated accomplishments and always saying Yes.
    No future products in the pipeline.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the managers that rolled in with the fogg as they have turned the company into a fear driven, rump smooching, below average company.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Middle Career Employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Zeeland, MI
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Zeeland, MI

    I have been working at Gentex (Michigan) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The old values and culture.
    Great bunch of employees.
    Being intrusted to perform your job duties with minimal supervision.

    Cons

    Half of the mid/upper-managers are not qualified.
    Frequent management changes.
    Frequent structural changes.
    No longer living up to the purported values.
    Purging of competent people after 8+ years of experience.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the managers put into place due to politics and return to the core values that used to guide the company.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Fast Paced Environment with Several Opportunities for Professional Growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zeeland, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zeeland, MI

    I have been working at Gentex (Michigan) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working environment that allows for telecommuting as needed. Company offers an impeccable support to provide you the necessary tools to do your job. Company continues to offer full college reimbursement which includes books. Fitness center at the corporate headquarters is available to employees. Profit sharing is one of the highest around with bonuses sometimes exceeding 20% per quarter. The company is growing at an astounding rate which always presents new opportunities.

    Cons

    Fast paced and high demand comes at a cost to the employees with continuous push for more throughput which many times mean more work hours. As the extra effort with more hours given is always appreciated verbally it is becoming very rare to be compensated for all the extra effort. i.e."Look Back Bonuses" that were given for the noticed work above and beyond normal duties are infrequent to non-existent.

    The company continues to claim the benefits package it offers is competitive to geographical area for similar positions but it still falls short. A lower base pay with the remaining compensation made up through a stock option plan and quarterly profit sharing as a benefits model is dated. This model put a high volatility on the total compensation and continues to miss the mark for comparative positions in other companies. The average miss is 15% lower than competitive positions. Even though quarterly profit sharing can hit +20% on rare occasions, it still misses total compensation at other companies with comparable positions within the area.

    The company growth is outpacing both the stock market and employee base which burdens the current staff having to pick up the extra work. For some, it puts employees at the breaking point that ultimately leads to the them leaving the company for noted better compensation, lower demand, and greater appreciation.

    Advice to Management

    A lean mentality is a good thing but when it shifts below the mark, employees are heavily burdened and throughput suffers. This often leads to mistakes which come at the cost to overall company profits. The time is overdue to review what you are offering employees as you claim; competitive compensation for what you demand. There is a lot of talent in the company; recognize their talents and do what it takes to keep them at Gentex.


  8. Helpful (2)

    For workaholics only.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operator - Glass in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Operator - Glass in Zeeland, MI

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay.
    Clean work environment.

    Cons

    Medical benefits are terrible. Pays for check-ups and prescriptions, everything else is for you to cover.
    Didn't find out about weekend shift until Friday Night.
    Management was distant.
    Management showed obvious Favoritism.
    Gender-bias is very clear
    Not understanding of needing to take days off when important.
    "Trial" period is for 6+ months
    Management seems a bit incompetent

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so disconnected. You have sections of your company working a solid 40 with half days on Fridays, and a different section working 70+ hours a week and weekend shifts.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Great Place to work...if you're in the "in crowd"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zeeland, MI

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free coffee and soft drinks; new, modern facilities; stock options; bonus program; most of the people are friendly and nice.

    Cons

    Don't get on anyone in charge's bad side...if you do, watch out! (even if you don't KNOW you're on their bad side). If you are willing to brown-nose and be a yes-man, you will go far in this company. Micro-managing is encouraged and practiced - don't allow enough independent working. A large company still trying to act as though it's small.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. Helpful (6)

    You're either "in" or "out". And if you're "in" time is ticking before you are "out".

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Zeeland, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Zeeland, MI

    I have been working at Gentex (Michigan)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are in the top 10% of technical ability, then this place is a playground for you. Cost is little/no option when you want to buy equipment to do your job.

    Cons

    Don't try to get into leadership if you can't make it to the top. The compensation package is based on growth of company stock. At my interview I was told "in 5 years you'll be making more off of stock options than you will in salary." I held back a laugh, but figured that if I made something it was better than nothing. Leadership is a good-old-boys club; VP Engineering was an intern 14 years ago - it certainly helps that he is son-in-law of CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Put as much effort into modernizing your approach to people, leadership and compensation as you do into manufacturing and engineering and you would be miles ahead.



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