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"A solid 100 year old company with fading family values."

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Current Employee - Administrator in Denver, CO
Current Employee - Administrator in Denver, CO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Great benefits (group health insurance, excellent 401(k) contribution plan etc.), vibrant history, great people and a globally diverse workforce.

Cons

Being a large company, it is nearly impossible to be agile. There is resistance to change at all levels of the organization. Disparate systems globally make for an expensive mess of technology. It can be frustrating to move projects forward because of the company structure. Slow to innovate, and very set in their ways.

Advice to Management

Don't be afraid to take chances. Adopt new technology and accept the culture shift happening in business. There is a lot of knowledgeable and talented people who have great ideas for moving this organization forward but they can't be restricted by not having a way to vocalize their ideas and/or being shut down because it "isn't how we have done it before."

Other Employee Reviews for Gates Corporation

  1. "It was a great company - but is today not as good a corporation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gates Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    some very fine people still there who really do care about the customer
    high quality products

    Cons

    field sales spread very thin, unrealistic expectations - customers feel neglected
    too many managers, directors, VPs - very top heavy
    very confusing management during a prolonged IPO phase (up, down, in and out)

    Advice to Management

    it shouldn't be about just a small group of people's greed (or is it just one person's greed??)


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of Change . . . ."

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people in the trenches and in middle management
    High quality expectations of their products
    Excellent technical/engineering people
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Upheaval from the ownership structure and impending IPO
    Changes due to re-organization's lately distract from servicing the customer
    Don't manufacture enough of their products in-house
    Slow in product development

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy and stick with it longer than just a few months

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