Gentex (Michigan)

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Gentex (Michigan) Reviews

Updated February 7, 2015
Updated February 7, 2015
57 Reviews
3.9
57 Reviews
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Gentex (Michigan) Chairman and CEO Fred T. Bauer
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I found the work environment to be very social and fun (in 9 reviews)

  • The compensation / salary / quarterly profit sharing bonuses / benefits / stock options were excellent (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The base salary isn't the highest, but Gentex has a profit sharing program that is extremely fair and can boost your annual income significantly (in 5 reviews)

  • The only downside is that the base salary is generally lower than the market average for most positions (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smiles in front of you, then stabs you in the back

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

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are alright, and the work place is clean and comfortable

    Cons

    I have worked there for 2+ years. They smile in front of you, and makes you think you are part of family. Then, if you have issues that you are not happy about, they turn on you. My manager actually read my anonymous survey, only to mistakenly slip up in front of me. (He knew about something he couldn't have known had he not read the survey.) They low-ball salary so much that it's insulting, claiming stock options, but those stock options, when you read into it, is worth little when you're leaving; it becomes more of "if you don't like it here, you're leaving with little." People there have "buddy-buddy" attitude; you need to be liked more than anything to be productive. It's okay to be friends, but if that is the most important thing to work there, it's a no-go. Perhaps it is because it's an automotive company, they have this attitude, which I found to be rather obnoxious. If you're a female, you'll probably even have more difficulties, because of those obnoxious guys who makes comments (and yet they're married.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Looking good outside is nice, but inside, it's stinky.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not the same company it was a few years ago ...

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    • 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
  3.  

    Bad!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior S/W Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior S/W Engineer

    I have been working at Gentex (Michigan)

    Pros

    They did seem to get whatever tools you needed.

    Cons

    I was fired on trumped up charges, I never new what they where until I was ushered out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    One of the greatest automotive suppliers ever could use help with the management team to be just as great to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Zeeland, MI

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan)

    Pros

    Financial rewards. Fantastic product line and ongoig R&D supporting future growth prospects. Great people throughout the company.

    Cons

    One sided thinking. Lack of systems to measure individual performance and contributions. Customer focus/satisfaction plays too small of a role in overall company decisions, actions and priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gentex is a great company with an outstanding product base and and even more impressive resaerch and development team to support new products and future growth. Stay open to viewpoints outside of the local community and give more weight to those with experiance from prior companies. Develop tools to measure performance objectively. Gentex rewards are fantastic but are opften misdirected to those posturing rather than producing. Create diversity of thinking. Stop micro-managing people and start benefiting from the great depth of talent that exists.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company in earlier years but not so much now.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Salaried in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Salaried in Zeeland, MI

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Comfortable office and lunch areas, free coffee and soft drinks, onsite employee gym and work flexibility for salaried employees.

    Cons

    If you're not part of the "Good Old Boys" club don't count on getting anywhere in the company. Not vebally stated but implied and expected to not rock the boat or question anyone part of the "Good Old Boys" club. Doesn't matter how wrong or what proof one may have. Management will typically double-cross others to save themselves. Fred did a wonderful job getting the company off the ground and growing with a great team but management in place now is running things...not Fred unfortunately though he still resides in his corner office. Management has been known to instruct individuals to withhold information from Fred so they can run things unbeknownst to Fred and the running joke is that they like to make him think he's running things still. It's a sad day at what use to be a great company and former great management team. Oh and the salary is very poor in comparison to that of other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fred should really scrutinize the intentions and actions of the VP sitting next to him. How many exceptional, faithful and contributing employees must be walked / forced out before Fred realizes what's going on?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    No time or structure for new hires

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

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan) full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    3 weeks vacation is nice, but pretty standard. The health care was pretty decent. Bonus paid out quarterly with a drawback of a low starting salary. Talk of a non hierarchical structure (CEO will talk with you, everybody is "equal").

    Cons

    With the quarterly bonus based on performance and company standing, your starting salary is around 8-10 per ent lower than similar jobs. The lack of structure is pretty crazy. Seems like mostly younger crowd, kind of concerning for those above 40. The management, at least in the department I worked in was not focused on helping employees expand and focus their career. Surprisingly very cliquey for a professional organization. Lack of training and support for new team members. Experience by fire fighting technique without support. Everything (sw and hw) developed in house, which is fine to an extent but very new user unfriendly without support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your employees. Transitioning to a new position is sometimes difficult. This goes for employees too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    No Company for Old Men

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Zeeland, MI

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Free pop.
    Company Picnics.
    Nice facility.
    Nice worker bees.

    Cons

    Low pay and your job evaporates if you make a base of $80k and are between 45 - 55.
    Poor upper management, they completely missed the European slow down and the futility of banking on the KTSA.
    Politics, politics, politics. Most managers have their jobs due to exaggerated accomplishments and always saying Yes.
    No future products in the pipeline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch the managers that rolled in with the fogg as they have turned the company into a fear driven, rump smooching, below average company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fast Paced Environment with Several Opportunities for Professional Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zeeland, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zeeland, MI

    I have been working at Gentex (Michigan) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working environment that allows for telecommuting as needed. Company offers an impeccable support to provide you the necessary tools to do your job. Company continues to offer full college reimbursement which includes books. Fitness center at the corporate headquarters is available to employees. Profit sharing is one of the highest around with bonuses sometimes exceeding 20% per quarter. The company is growing at an astounding rate which always presents new opportunities.

    Cons

    Fast paced and high demand comes at a cost to the employees with continuous push for more throughput which many times mean more work hours. As the extra effort with more hours given is always appreciated verbally it is becoming very rare to be compensated for all the extra effort. i.e."Look Back Bonuses" that were given for the noticed work above and beyond normal duties are infrequent to non-existent.

    The company continues to claim the benefits package it offers is competitive to geographical area for similar positions but it still falls short. A lower base pay with the remaining compensation made up through a stock option plan and quarterly profit sharing as a benefits model is dated. This model put a high volatility on the total compensation and continues to miss the mark for comparative positions in other companies. The average miss is 15% lower than competitive positions. Even though quarterly profit sharing can hit +20% on rare occasions, it still misses total compensation at other companies with comparable positions within the area.

    The company growth is outpacing both the stock market and employee base which burdens the current staff having to pick up the extra work. For some, it puts employees at the breaking point that ultimately leads to the them leaving the company for noted better compensation, lower demand, and greater appreciation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lean mentality is a good thing but when it shifts below the mark, employees are heavily burdened and throughput suffers. This often leads to mistakes which come at the cost to overall company profits. The time is overdue to review what you are offering employees as you claim; competitive compensation for what you demand. There is a lot of talent in the company; recognize their talents and do what it takes to keep them at Gentex.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    For workaholics only.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operator - Glass in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Operator - Glass in Zeeland, MI

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan)

    Pros

    Decent pay.
    Clean work environment.

    Cons

    Medical benefits are terrible. Pays for check-ups and prescriptions, everything else is for you to cover.
    Didn't find out about weekend shift until Friday Night.
    Management was distant.
    Management showed obvious Favoritism.
    Gender-bias is very clear
    Not understanding of needing to take days off when important.
    "Trial" period is for 6+ months
    Management seems a bit incompetent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so disconnected. You have sections of your company working a solid 40 with half days on Fridays, and a different section working 70+ hours a week and weekend shifts.

    Disapproves of CEO

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