Gentex (Michigan)

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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

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Middle Career Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Highly technological company in a niche market with a focus on innovation.

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

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan) full-time

    Pros

    This place is an engineers playground. The company is so vertically integrated that as an engineer, you will have no problem finding something that suits your interest. The company has clear goals and vision and communicates well from management to employees. Everyone enjoys coming into work and there are a lot of young professionals within the company that are outgoing and enjoy happy hours and whatnot. Also, the location is absolutely beautiful in Western Mi, with something to always do. The company is also VERY big on promoting from within.

    Cons

    Most new engineers will have to work an off shift for the first 6-12 months. However will be able to go pretty much anywhere they want within the company after that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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