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"Middle Career Employer"

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Current Employee - Project Engineer in Zeeland, MI
Current Employee - Project Engineer in Zeeland, MI
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 Management

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

Other Employee Reviews for Gentex (Michigan)

  1. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Support Engineer in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Production Support Engineer in Zeeland, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Fast Paced Environment with Several Opportunities for Professional Growth"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zeeland, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zeeland, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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