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Gentex (Michigan) Reviews

Updated January 21, 2018
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Gentex (Michigan) President and CEO Steve Downing
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  • Base salary is far lower that competitive companies, they make up for it with quarterly bonuses (in 6 reviews)

  • The pay was a bit low even with bonuses and stock options (in 3 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."

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    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)

    "Fast paced, nice work facility."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    80% market share allows great profit margins. Solid and conservative financial approach. Gets great support from local government and is a major employer. Low turn-over (before auto collapse).

    Cons

    More geared to reactionary instead of preventative work style and philosophy. This is an automotive supplier and is vulnerable to that industry's cyclical nature.

    Advice to Management

    NEVER let go of the reigns Fred! (current CEO). Deep and true quality effort is needed to be re-established. Carefully select and utilize expert consultants to get up to speed quicker.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Gentex is a great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Production Member in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Production Member in Zeeland, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great work environment
    workout facility
    free coffee/ soft drinks
    younger employees make for a fun work environment
    free mirror on your anniversary

    Cons

    automotive industry is a bit turbulent right now
    profit sharing bonus is not real good right now
    a bit of a drive from Grand Rapids

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest to management that be open to new ideas from all employees. Listen to anything that they may come up with.


  4. "It's alright"

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    Current Employee - Material Handler in Zeeland, MI
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Zeeland, MI
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    clean, quiet work environment. innovative company.

    Cons

    pay isn't great. no career opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    too many engineers.


  5. Helpful (6)

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

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    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Gentex Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zeeland, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zeeland, MI
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great atmosphere; fantastic facilities; really nice people to work with. Lots of opportunity for growth. On site fitness center.

    Cons

    - Communication between management on down could be better. Information is passed more by gossip or rumor than by a memo.

    Advice to Management

    - Stop being so political trying to prove that you aren't political.
    - Step up the communication and share what the 5 year/10 year outlook is.


  7. Helpful (6)

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

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    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

  8. "It was a good place to start"

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    Current Employee - Production Group Leader
    Current Employee - Production Group Leader
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a good place to start right out of college. Good bonuses, good atmosphere, learned a lot that enabled me to move on to a bigger/better job elsewhere

    Cons

    Worked 55-60+ hours each week for a $40,000 salary. All of my employees made way more per year than I did since I didn't get paid overtime. Way too much demand for the amount they are willing to pay. Guess that explains the high turnover. Other than that though, good place to work!

    Advice to Management

    Allow salaried employees to comp back hours over 45 per week. Or pay them what a 60 hour week is worth.


  9. "great to have a job in a company that works to bring out new products to keep busy and its employees busy."

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    Current Employee - Production Member in Zeeland, MI
    Current Employee - Production Member in Zeeland, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    at the current time, we are busy and get 40 plus hours
    chance for people to advance in company
    401k in place with company
    close by to home for me

    Cons

    some of the advancement is questionable, supposed to be there for a year or have a degree to get the job that the person is applying for and they had neither.
    management at tines is not there when it should be
    management at times will play the buddy card and play in favor of then instead of others

    Advice to Management

    talk to your employees and find out ideas from them in running the area instead of shying away. Stop playing favorites and disciplining employees that don't do anything wrong and speak the truth about fellow employees


  10. "I'm a new employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holland, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holland, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay rate is the best thing about working for Gentex. Also we get half days on Fridays for second shift.

    Cons

    Second shift has too long of hours. We work from 3pm-1am since Ive started working there.

    Advice to Management

    I'd love to be able to work reasonable hours while being on second shift.


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