Gentex (Michigan)

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Gentex (Michigan) Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
50 Reviews
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Gentex (Michigan) Chairman and CEO Fred T. Bauer
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  1.  

    Good for certain people...

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

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

    Pros

    Great facility, gym and overall some great people in the organization.

    Cons

    Super flat. If you're wanting the ability to grow and rise, this is not the place for you. It's very rare to see and hear of promotions across the company. Pay is also pretty bad for engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of changes in the job market. Encourage growth and development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, I found working at Gentex to be a positive experience

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    Former Employee - Team Member  in  Holland, MI
    Former Employee - Team Member in Holland, MI

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

    Pros

    I found the work environment to be very social and fun. I looked forward to going to work.

    Cons

    Their raise program is nothing short of insulting. I was told that, if you received a great review, you could receive up to 50 cents in a raise every 6 months. Not true. I always got glowing reviews and like 18 to 22 cent raises. There is no true advancement unless you volunteer to give up all your free time to take classes. Then you "might" get a few extra cents in your raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should really cut back on the brainwashing quarterly meetings. It's common knowledge how management rewards themselves with big nights on the town while the people on the floor get nothing.

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

    Good company to work as an engineer.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Zeeland, MI

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

    Pros

    Started as contractor and moved to permanent employee. Each employee is given a good share of personal responsibility. I quickly took charge of several projects and at some points even directed other engineer's efforts, even as a relatively junior engineer.

    Cons

    While Gentex itself is a great company, there are some groups and individuals, even managers, who are quite pretentious. Gentex even got labeled by an external business consultant hired by upper manage as an arrogant company. However, there are many humble employees, and there is a large pool of impressive talent in the engineering dept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to drive for excellence, but beware of pride. Even well deserved pride leave a bad taste in employees and customers proverbial mouths.

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

    Good but missed the boat.

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Zeeland, MI

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan) full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful facilities. Fitness center. Options have been lucrative in recent years.

    Cons

    Culture in decline. Stagnant innovation. For the first time, top talent is leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Around 5 years ago, you were at a pivotal point where EC and SmeartBeam were dominating, RCD looked like it could explode and you had assets in place to expand into ADAS. As you have always done with ADAS, you failed to press the issue, again. Through a combination of mismanagement of R&D (LDW and Palantir) and a failure to do more than dip your toe in the problem space, you missed the wave.

    Now, SmartBeam will be whipped by packaged ADAS feature sets on advanced cameras, RCD is being crowded out by center stack displays and you bet the farm on what? Second-hand GDO tech? Off-the-shelf ADAS integration?

    What are your pillars? Uncap creativity. Be bold. Tell the truth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Getting to know the real Gentex

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Manager in Zeeland, MI

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

    Pros

    If you are an hourly employee the company is good, quarterly profit sharing bonuses and full medical insurance.

    Cons

    Company boasts they are a family oriented team, this is no longer the case! Been letting long time salary employees go to hire younger, cheaper, and less experienced ones in with the wording of 'Job Elimination' even though it has not been. Gentex started building and expanding way to fast in hopes the child act ruling would move forward on time, this did not happen and is still being postponed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gentex is no longer the 'great' company to work for with employees being respected, acknowledged, and advanced due to hard work, dedication, and knowledge of product. Bring back those days and stop taking advantage of your workers leaving them in fear all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Love / Hate Relationship

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    Former Employee - Lead Engineer  in  Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Zeeland, MI

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

    Pros

    Ultra clean workplace, on-site fitness facility, profit sharing bonus equal across entire company, stock options.

    Cons

    Management preaches open communication and that all voices are respected and valued, but the reality is that you are not valued. Recent restructuring has proved that the management does not value loyalty and good workers - it values cheaper workers and people that follow blindly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach.

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

    A good place to start and learn, which allowed me to move on to a bigger and better job

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    Former Employee - Production Support Engineer  in  Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Production Support Engineer in Zeeland, MI

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

    Pros

    Free soft drinks; new, modern, and clean facilities; innovative technology and products; quarterly bonuses; most of the people are friendly and nice. Gentex provides great training for new engineers: TWI, TPS, TPS Workshop, Leadership Launch Pad, DiSC Workplace Profile, etc.

    Cons

    Worked 55-60+ hours each week for a $40,000 salary, due to the company's overly lean mentality in which they are over focused on cost cutting and are always lacking in obtaining appropriate capital/equipment and staffing to meet customer demand. Many of my operators made more per year than I did since I didn't get paid overtime. Salary is based too heavily on stocks and quarterly bonuses. Work demand was too heavy for the amount they are willing to compensate. High turnover due to "burn out" (typically working 9 to 10 hour days and at least two weekends a month for the same $40,000 salary). Management often micro-manages, and there is a lack of communication from the top down (a lot of gossip and rumors) and suffers from the "in crowd" plague.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    React more proactively to growth and acquire the appropriate equipment and staffing; be more open in communication; reduce the workload of production engineers; give better compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    There are many reasons to work at Gentex...but pay is not one of them.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Zeeland, MI
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Zeeland, MI

    I have been working at Gentex (Michigan)

    Pros

    Nice facilities
    Up to date technology and computer systems
    Overall a comfortable environment

    Cons

    Mechanical engineering takes a back seat to other disciplines like software and electrical, because the mechanical side of the product is not the core IP. This results in a significantly lower base salary. In general, salary is low compared to equivalent companies, and Gentex tries to make up for that with profit sharing but doesn't quite get there. The ME work I found quite boring, and I saw my job turning into a CAD designer.
    Lastly, I wonder about the legality of the interview questions. An example, "Do you feel you had a normal childhood". Hmmmm.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It's alright

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    Current Employee - Material Handler  in  Zeeland, MI
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Zeeland, MI

    I have been working at Gentex (Michigan)

    Pros

    clean, quiet work environment. innovative company.

    Cons

    pay isn't great. no career opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too many engineers.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Look out old timers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan) full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    After 10 plus years your head is on the block to save them money.

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