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Gentex (Michigan) Reviews

Updated September 27, 2016
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Gentex (Michigan) Chairman and CEO Fred T. Bauer
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Pros
  • Great work environment, really team oriented place (in 18 reviews)

  • Quarterly profit sharing bonuses can be pretty significant if the company is doing well (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Base salary is far lower that competitive companies, they make up for it with quarterly bonuses (in 5 reviews)

  • Long hours of work sometimes make you think of going back to hourly position or the position that will pay overtime (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A constant competition between coworkers for good standing with those in management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly Production in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Assembly Production in Zeeland, MI
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and excellent health insurance quarterly bonuses with a Christmas bonus based on sales and growth of the company.

    Cons

    Condemning management and unprofessional coworkers. There is never a perfect job but the level of high school maturity is outstanding.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your workers while still maintains realistic expectations for a bottom line.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible, your just a warm body to Gentex."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Team Member in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Production Team Member in Zeeland, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gentex (Michigan) full-time

    Pros

    Let's see, the quarterly bonuses are nice but they only serve to bring your pay up to competitors hourly pay. They make you feel all special for getting it like the company is doing you a huge favor.

    Cons

    Continually raising the demands for hourly production line members. Hello management??? You can't just keep coming up with a bigger goal number and expect people to meet it just by saying so.
    Forced weekend overtime. To meet unrealistic weekly/daily parts goals.
    Focusing on quantity over quality. If I was buying a car with one of these mirrors I would prefer the employee to take an extra second and make sure it is perfect. Especially with the price of cars nowdays.

    Advice to Management

    Reasonable daily goals? 3050 is not reasonable and likely just some number an "engineer" pulled out of his head. Treat hourly team members as more than just warm robots. Stop showing favoritism and only talking to some employees.


  3. Helpful (6)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Zeeland, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Fred started a good company based on good values and it worked. Get back to the "Foundations" and stop the political back-stabbing.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Bad!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior S/W Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior S/W Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  6. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Zeeland, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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