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Gentex (Michigan) Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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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 (5)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  2. 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.


  3. Helpful (6)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "You're either "in" or "out". And if you're "in" time is ticking before you are "out"."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Zeeland, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Zeeland, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are in the top 10% of technical ability, then this place is a playground for you. Cost is little/no option when you want to buy equipment to do your job.

    Cons

    Don't try to get into leadership if you can't make it to the top. The compensation package is based on growth of company stock. At my interview I was told "in 5 years you'll be making more off of stock options than you will in salary." I held back a laugh, but figured that if I made something it was better than nothing. Leadership is a good-old-boys club; VP Engineering was an intern 14 years ago - it certainly helps that he is son-in-law of CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Put as much effort into modernizing your approach to people, leadership and compensation as you do into manufacturing and engineering and you would be miles ahead.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Great Place to work...if you're in the "in crowd""

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zeeland, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free coffee and soft drinks; new, modern facilities; stock options; bonus program; most of the people are friendly and nice.

    Cons

    Don't get on anyone in charge's bad side...if you do, watch out! (even if you don't KNOW you're on their bad side). If you are willing to brown-nose and be a yes-man, you will go far in this company. Micro-managing is encouraged and practiced - don't allow enough independent working. A large company still trying to act as though it's small.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Helpful (2)

    "For workaholics only."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operator - Glass in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Operator - Glass in Zeeland, MI
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay.
    Clean work environment.

    Cons

    Medical benefits are terrible. Pays for check-ups and prescriptions, everything else is for you to cover.
    Didn't find out about weekend shift until Friday Night.
    Management was distant.
    Management showed obvious Favoritism.
    Gender-bias is very clear
    Not understanding of needing to take days off when important.
    "Trial" period is for 6+ months
    Management seems a bit incompetent

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so disconnected. You have sections of your company working a solid 40 with half days on Fridays, and a different section working 70+ hours a week and weekend shifts.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Fast Paced Environment with Several Opportunities for Professional Growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Middle Career Employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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