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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 (more than a year)

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

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 Management

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.

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  1. Great place to work if you can afford it

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Process Technician in Zeeland, MI
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Process Technician in Zeeland, MI

    I have been working at Gentex (Michigan) full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    awesome people, awesome work environment

    Cons

    pay is lower than equivalent jobs

    Advice to Management

    Better communication to support staff is a must. The current influx of inexperienced PSE's being promoted to GL's is troublesome. If they couldn't trace a cord back to the wall what makes them qualified to manage?

  2. A clean environment with friendly people.

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    Current Employee - Pse in Zeeland, MI
    Current Employee - Pse in Zeeland, MI

    I have been working at Gentex (Michigan) full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Numerous advancement opportunities with a extremely friendly staff.

    Cons

    The hours vary just like any other manufacture. This makes it hard to plan outings without using vacation time. This is typical of any auto manufacture.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work

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