Gentex (Michigan) - Pretty good company to work for, but plenty room for improvement | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (4)

    "Pretty good company to work for, but plenty room for improvement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembly Technician 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been there for almost 20 years, so weigh that into the pros and cons. Overall, I'm satisfied enough. -Clean facilities -Air conditioning -Free coffee and soda -Ok retirement and stock sharing plans -Nice wellness center, although parking has been a major, seemingly unaddressed issue for several years now. -Management is decent depending on where you are in the plants -Bonuses are nice, but always... met with a, "don't depend on this, because it's not guaranteed" statement. Would much rather have a competitive wage in the geographic area than make it seem like a bonus.

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    Cons

    Last minute unforeseen mandatory work demands on weekends, lacking communication depending on team, giving false information to employees and then back-tracking later. Barely legal short break times that don't include walk time, and bosses sometimes stand outside the break room timing their team. Makes for a very robotic/inhumane feel to the place. There is rarely or never a performance score given over 2.7 out... of 3, no matter how above and beyond you go with coming in early, staying late, etc, which makes it feel impossible to be perfect in their eyes. When raises are given, they tell employees, "remember, it is illegal to share this information with your co-workers, it is between ONLY you and Gentex"- this is an outright lie and illegal itself. Long-time employees are capped at a pretty low rate, so their are a lot of disgruntled veterans there. Lack of transparency on pay scale and caps. They coax young folks with a pretty good starting rate, but don't share with them the long-term tapering of pay and the maximum rate. A lot of preaching of "continuous improvement", but mostly it seems to be just continuous movement, looking busy to customers and improving the product, but what's rarely mentioned is employee improvement.

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    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to have more uniformity among the supervisors, team leaders, and other higher-ups. Their seems to be an unmanageable inconsistency in that area. Communication is up and down between group leaders and their teams, but communication alone isn't what is needed, it's transparency in the things that the employees actually value. Most notably- being treated decent (longer break times?), time, money, and... the ability to live their own life outside of Gentex without always being beholden to their weekends being jeopardized.

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    Gentex (Michigan)2019-06-12
  1. "Awesome perks and atmosphere"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Zeeland, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gentex (Michigan) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    free pop ac work/life balance nice people open door policies clean quiet manufacturing good pay

    Cons

    some say the pay, associates degree can get 61k+a year (proft sharing and stock options) bachelors degree about the same, just able to move up faster with 4 year

    Advice to Management

    Great work expanding the buisness even when auto markets are down!

    Gentex (Michigan)2019-09-12
  2. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan) full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Compensation is behind the industry

    Gentex (Michigan)2019-09-19

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