Gates Corporation

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A solid 100 year old company with fading family values.

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Current Employee - Administrator  in  Denver, CO
Current Employee - Administrator in Denver, CO

Pros

Great benefits (group health insurance, excellent 401(k) contribution plan etc.), vibrant history, great people and a globally diverse workforce.

Cons

Being a large company, it is nearly impossible to be agile. There is resistance to change at all levels of the organization. Disparate systems globally make for an expensive mess of technology. It can be frustrating to move projects forward because of the company structure. Slow to innovate, and very set in their ways.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't be afraid to take chances. Adopt new technology and accept the culture shift happening in business. There is a lot of knowledgeable and talented people who have great ideas for moving this organization forward but they can't be restricted by not having a way to vocalize their ideas and/or being shut down because it "isn't how we have done it before."

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other reviews for Gates Corporation

  1.  

    Plant manager was a back stabbing jerk

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

    Pros

    learned alot about what not to do if you want to keep employees happy

    Cons

    Upper management direction and bad decisons made.
    Hired a new VP who hired a new plant manager (egotistical jerk) who let go of good people and left after 6 months. The people he hired as replacements aslo left within 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop running off the the good managers that are left!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    It was a great company - but is today not as good a corporation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    some very fine people still there who really do care about the customer
    high quality products

    Cons

    field sales spread very thin, unrealistic expectations - customers feel neglected
    too many managers, directors, VPs - very top heavy
    very confusing management during a prolonged IPO phase (up, down, in and out)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it shouldn't be about just a small group of people's greed (or is it just one person's greed??)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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