Gates Corporation

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Gates Corporation Reviews in Denver, CO

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
65 Reviews
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Pros
  • There are many good people who work here and who are dedicated to the company (in 6 reviews)

  • Lots of great people at Gates that want to work for good leaders (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management direction and bad decisons made (in 5 reviews)

  • Sullen culture, CIO lacks integrity and is out of touch, few advancement opportunities despite record profits (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Financial performance is the most important thing

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    Former Employee - HRM in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - HRM in Denver, CO

    I worked at Gates Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, everyone wants to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Leadership team isn't strategic, stuck being reactive to day to day and can't see the bigger picture and how to grow the company. Tactically focused. Lots of politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Mediocre At Best

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at Gates Corporation as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Location next to 16th Street Mall made it easy to commute by public transit and visit great stores and restaurants. People were generally nice.

    Cons

    Management seemed focused more on profit than quality and downstream effects of their actions that didn't impact the bottom line (though they gave it lip service).

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Eager to please, hard working employees serving C-level knuckle draggers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Gates Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Solid advancement opportunities.
    Market competitive compensation & benefits.
    Convenient LoDo location with free EcoPass.
    Grass roots worker ethic from mid-level managers to production.
    Culture is pride in hard work, built by employees - not management.

    Cons

    General Counsel uses bully tactics to intimidate and threaten rank and file as well as senior leaders. Ironically, this role is also the final escalation level for ethics complaints.

    CEO (a public figure) couldn't lead himself out of a paper bag. Has zero confidence with production and white collar staff. Note prior background as an attorney. Coaching attempts and the now defunct "Breakfast with the CEO" still have not improved his ability to inspire or otherwise engage employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mission accomplished. With the Blackstone purchase, Gates now has the great privilege to have been purchased with a significant amount of debt. Debt that will result in even more corner-cutting. As if it didn't already reek of cheap for the last 5 years. So please stop telling all levels of the organization that our new owners will not be directly managing business decisions. They already do. It was inevitable, but no need to say "business as usual" when you know full well there will be sweeping changes. (Ahem.... That quietly buried CFO departure announcement before the ink dried.... Yeah, that didn't go unnoticed.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall a decent place to work

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Gates Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Gates is a growing company but also has a solid foundation. Often times there are opportunities to learn as change occurs and people are expected by management to step up and make those changes successful. There are many good people who work here and who are dedicated to the company.

    Cons

    At times management displays favoritism towards certain employees over others. The growth driven objectives of the company can make the environment unstable which leads to personal uncertainty over job security.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Gates Corporation is a true leader in excellence

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    Former Employee - Design Consultant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Design Consultant in Denver, CO

    I worked at Gates Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked with several departments during my stay and found them all to be genuine people deeply rooted in successful process.

    Cons

    Gates is a large corporation, so timeliness is not always possible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to gain efficiencies in your departmental structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    market leader, lots of culture 100+ year old company

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    Current Employee - Sales in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Sales in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Gates Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    market leader- sales support, outstanding people and customers

    Cons

    extreme pressure on growth, lack of appreciation for contributions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    appreciate the thousands of dedicated people making it happen everyday

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Gates has been a wonderful family of friends to work with

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Gates Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    PEOPLE! The Gates people are second to none! They will help one another and work together to solve problems with one another. A more proud, traditional group of people you will not find anywhere.

    Cons

    Upper management changes constantly and the ever present threat of being sold to yet another company leaves the clear direction lacking. Most managers don't have the opportunity to learn what their employees do before they are moved to another position so the workers are left to self manage a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting your best people leave, promote from within to save this company as the people you overlook hold the keys to success at your company. Stop listening to the yes men. They don't know what they are saying yes to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Poor Senior Leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Gates Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great people at Gates that want to work for good leaders. Great branding and efforts underway with new marketing.

    Cons

    Many senior leaders have no idea how to lead and encourage others to look the other way. Engagement is poor. Most of the senior leaders are not interested in fixing anything. They don't see what is broken.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide to get healthy and rid the leadership team of the well known problem children. From there, employees will rally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid profits, yet gloomy messages from Executives for over a decade, little room for career advancement.

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    Current Employee - Management in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Management in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Gates Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Downtown Denver Location, high paced work environment, pay and benefits, excellent products. I am proud to say I work for Gates because they have a history providing a good belt and hose product. President of US Operations is a leader that others should emulate.

    Cons

    Sullen culture, CIO lacks integrity and is out of touch, few advancement opportunities despite record profits. The career ladder, for all intensive purposes, doesn't exist. The organization is flat and a hiring freeze or close to it has been in place for some time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide quickly whether you want this company to be a terminal cash cow or if you want to invest in its future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Risky place to work if you want to stay employed.

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Denver, CO

    I worked at Gates Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent 401K plan. Great products. Nice gym on 1st floor but it does cost money.

    Cons

    They have had many lay offs so you have wonder if they are done or will they make more cuts. It was a great place to work when the Gates family owned it but since Tomkins Corp bought Gates, it has done nothing but go downhill. Seems very mismanaged. Lots of bad management decisions that affect people's lives. Employees with great skills went out the door during the layoffs rather than taking the opportunity to weed out the slower performers. Also, I worked there for 2 years and never got a single performance review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gates now has a reputation as a bad place to work due to all the layoffs. People want stability. It is going to a take a lot to rebuild the trust of the people in Denver.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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