Gates Corporation Reviews

Updated March 11, 2015
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James (Jim) Nicol
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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. Great.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Gates Corporation

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

    Pros

    Wonderful family-oriented Company with great values

    Cons

    None, none, none, none. none

    Advice to Management

    Vacation carry-over from year to year

  2. Gates is a fast pace, forward thinking global leader in the automotive motion industry.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gates Corporation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Gates is a strong player in their market globally.

    Cons

    communication within the corporation struggles at times from the top down to the bottom sometimes leaving significant cost savings and profit opportunities on the table.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Difficult to Stay Motivated.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    There are pockets of highly motivated very nice people that work here and continue to try to do a good job everyday, despite the current upheaval.

    Cons

    There is too much drama in this organization. Since the purchase by Blackstone it is a revolving door with leadership. Some organizational change is expected but communication has been zero. It's hard to stay motivated thinking you could be next and your contributions are not valued. This is a very political organization and departments are pitted against each other.

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  5. Belgium HQ is average

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Management is friendly and supportive. Feedback is not enough

    Cons

    International employees are limited, local culture is common.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Lack of communication and feeling of insecurity and company instability

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gates Corporation

    Pros

    Many opportunities for improvement in all areas of production.

    Cons

    Leans towards making the employees solely responsible and to blame for lack of production, when machinery is not reliable, maintenance staff is not adequate.

  7. Treat employees well

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gates Corporation

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

    Pros

    Holiday parties for children
    Great team environment

    Cons

    No work flexibility
    Only one female VP

  8. Helpful (1)

    interview

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant in Corpus Christi, TX

    I have been working at Gates Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good pay and benefits, people seem friendly and kind

    Cons

    after four interviews, they all were good, but never heard from them afterall

    Advice to Management

    none

  9. Mediocre At Best

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Denver, CO
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Denver, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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).

  10. Helpful (1)

    Learn and apply your knowledge

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Materials Development
    Former Employee - Materials Development

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Manufacturing, several locations, global supplier. As a Tier 1 you are involved with all aspects of OEM. Besides the industrial side of business. Lean Culture and Continuous Improvement in Operations are daily activities and are part of your performance as an employee.

    Cons

    average salaries, not big international opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Understand needs of employees, increase the value of people, work in motivation when goals are achieved.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Senority means nothing, HR makes up their own rules.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Siloam Springs, AR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Siloam Springs, AR

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people that have been there for a while.

    Cons

    Everything else. They can just eliminate your position and put you wherever they want. The almighty dollar rules. Quality has become an afterthought.

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