I worked at Gentex (Michigan) full-time (More than 3 years)
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.
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.
They did seem to get whatever tools you needed.
I was fired on trumped up charges, I never new what they where until I was ushered out the door.
Financial rewards. Fantastic product line and ongoig R&D supporting future growth prospects. Great people throughout the company.
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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