Gates Corporation Employee Reviews

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Not a bad place, but not a great place
Stocker/Receiver (Former Employee), Iola, KSJune 23, 2015
Pros: Ease of work
Cons: Constant switching of healthcare providers
Management had no clue what was going on down on the floor. If an idea looked good on paper then it was implemented.
Typical day involved receiving inbound stock and order pulling when needed. Coworkers were pleasant for the most part, there were too many 18-21 year olds that thought they knew everything. Hardest part was getting the workload of 10 done with 5 people. Most enjoyable was adding to my forklift experience.
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Gates Corporation
Buyer (Former Employee), Red Bay, ALMay 25, 2015
Pros: Hometown company
Cons: Corporation
Rewarding and intriguing work environment.
Advancement in company available if re-location is not a problem.
Benefits are extremely attractive and affordable.
Training offered and encouraged for any task that is put in front of potential employee with a focus on safety.
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Opens doors
Production Supervisor (Current Employee), Columbia, MOMay 21, 2015
Pros: Great pay, 100% employee tuition reimbursement (books included).
Cons: Dirty in certain areas, not the greatest health care plan and very lean!
This company will give you the mental tools needed to be successful in almost any manufacturing facility. Leaving here has opened so many door for me.
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Not the company it used to be
Anonymous (Current Employee), Jefferson, NCMay 14, 2015
Pros: talented workforce
Cons: despised upper management
Way back when, Gates was a family owned company and it permeated the work culture and was a great place to work. Nothing is left of that but a memory as anyone with over 20 years at this company has been booted out with the latest 2 owners in the past few years - who have skimmed off profits for themselves without re-investing in the company, placing inept management at the top who only seem to care about themselves. It's quantity over quality in a big way - plants have been closed in "lean" measures, overtaxing the production that's left. Sales goals are unrealistically aggressive. There are talented workers, some good mid-level managers - though they are getting harder to retain because of the uncertain direction this company is moving in. Bad habit of firing or not promoting the right people and putting outside managers in place that are making poor decisions.Once-great product reputation being compromised by the increased stress on production and outsourcing.
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Was once a great company to work for but changes has diminished importance of developing customer client relationships
Territory Sales Manager (Former Employee), Eastern United StatesMay 13, 2015
Cons: Management stopped seeing people and only saw numbers, they stopped realizing the correlation between good customer service and increased sales
At one point the company understood the importance of building positive lasting relationships with customers and valued it's employees. As the company changed, so did the demands and focus with more importance placed on doing just as much or more with fewer people taking away the opportunity to provide positive customer client relationships because of the high demand on employees.
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104 year old global company with strong brand image
VICE PRESIDENT, N. A. OE COMMERCIAL (Former Employee), Rochester Hills, MIApril 21, 2015
Pros: Strong Brand Image, Product Development
Cons: Plant Consolidation, Aging manufacturing processes, employee turnover
Technology leader with strong brand image. Over the past 3 years with positioning the company for an IPO or Private Equity purchase the atmosphere has been very dynamic without a clear vision of where the new company was heading. Plant consolidation and employee turnover has been high leaving employees uncertain about their future.
A well positioned company in various end markets allows for year over year growth and new product development. Most enjoyable part of the job was learining and participating in various end markets, meeting new executives, learning about new market drivers and dynamics of various business segments.
Managed a strong cross functional team with everyone pulling in the same direction and working together to deliver the posted corporate goals and objectives.
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Gates is not the family run business it was in the past
Plant Controller (Former Employee), Versailles, MOApril 16, 2015
With the differing investment companies that have purchased Gates, they are more profit driven than person driven. Benefits/Bonuses have been decreased or eliminated, except with top management and the executive team. They have forgotten who makes their products and don't reward accordingly.
The blame game is constant. Instead of looking at the solutions, they focus on blame. Management is not held accountable for making decisions. Instead they blame and point fingers at others. Versailles facility has lost the reputation of being a great place to work. Nepatism is rampant. Accountability is non existent. Employees are dissatisfied. Favoritism is rampant.
Used to be a great facility to work in. But is not that anymore. People in the area don't want to apply there cause of the negativity with the facility. People don't want to move to the area cause of the negativity. Gates does very little for the community (and it is the largest employer in that area). Sad that the company doesn't support the local communities.
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Micromanaged
Manager of Production Operations (Current Employee), USFebruary 20, 2015
Pros: good pay and benefits
Cons: micromanaged from vp level; no expectation of family life
Company has been in buyout circles for last decade leading to various changes in leadership. While the president has been consistent and his knowledge is good, many decisions for plants are made based on corporate needs. Once they are implemented and it is discovered they don't work, the teams in the plant pay the price with overtime and constant visitors from VPs who don't listen and make you spend your time in a different rabbit hole every week, Hourly employees are generally great and want to what is right.
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International Belt & Hose Manufacturing Corporation
General Accountant (Current Employee), Siloam Springs, ARFebruary 7, 2015
Responsible for Sarbanes Oxley compliance, Control Self Assessments, all Project accounting for Siloam Springs operations and Fixed Asset management, monthly journal entries and balance sheet reconciliations.Other duties include daily spending analysis, accounts payable assistance, intercompany charges and payroll support. The NWA location employs 500+ full time and temporary employees.
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A factory of angry people, more like a furnace
Coupled Assembly (Former Employee), Iola, KSJanuary 25, 2015
Pros: you go to work at a certain time and you leave exactly 8 hours later.
Cons: short breaks, and you have to make up time that you miss for sick leave, or else you are penalized
This place does not have any type of climate controls, other than fans. The summers are unbearably hot. Everyone is always upset or angry that they're there, and management is never satisfied with production. Lots of mandatory overtime is scheduled. The company is extremely solid in the movement of personnel and takes months to move anyone to a different shift or department.
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great people
Order filler (Former Employee), Lithonia, GANovember 2, 2014
Everyday was a fun challenge to have the highest productivity with the least amount of errors.
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Overall good company to work for
Production Associate (Former Employee), Versailles, MOOctober 8, 2014
Pros: free thanksgiving turkey, free christmas ham, same schedule daily, week plant shutdown for christmas, lots of cookouts and yearly picnics
Cons: a lot of drama, you only go as far as your name will take you (its all about who you are or who you know), you will not get a day shift job, you will more than likely be laid off after 6 months.
Set up a machine, run it, keep up with production goals, maintain housekeeping and 5S standards, wear steel toed boots and safety glasses.
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Safety Professionals: Don't Do It
HSE Manager (Former Employee), GalesburgSeptember 26, 2014
Pros: benefits
Cons: plant and operations manager; lack of support, loooonnnnngggggg hours!
This company is one of the worst you can work at for HSE, especially at the Galesburg plant. In the past 18 months, there is a new plant manager that thinks he is a god and knows more that the professionals he hired. The new operations manager is more interested in production than anything and is just as arrogant as the plant manager. The HR manager was fired the spring of 2013 and then the new one left just recently because lack of support, and there is no support for the maintenance manager, and the plant manager will belittle you in front of everyone. I highly recommend you stay away from this company; at least Galesburg.

In my tenure from March 2013, to May 2014, six HSE professionals in my division alone left Gates.
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physically demanding
Order Filler (Former Employee), Hebron, KYSeptember 23, 2014
Pros: good peole to work with
Cons: unstable work schedule
Safety it #1!
Good people to work with.
The "trainers" make sure you understand the job before they let you lose.
If you ever need help you can ask ANYONE and they are there for you.
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Plenty of work
Warehouse Associate (Current Employee), Hebron, KYSeptember 21, 2014
Pros: getting paid to leave early
Cons: management, top out pay is very low, unorganized, unhealthy work environment
Start my day off by having a start up meeting then getting your scanner and get my equipment and go to work scanning product

Management could use a lot of improving they can be extremely power hungry and feel they can speak to you any way and totally disrespect associates in any way as well as lying and threatening to report if you speak up against them. Very twisted and backstabbing not a healthy environment to be in. No real advancement in this job you will go nowhere no matter how much you know you wont get paid for your knowledge or experience.
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They taught me a lot, and made me an assest to their company, we was a great team, as long as I was there.
Reach Truck Operator (Former Employee), Hebron, KYSeptember 4, 2014
Pros: benefits and family oriented
Cons: too many changes
routine order filler, was able to get certified on all equipment, was very enjoyable place to work for several years, great co-workers, good benefits, and gave me a great opportunity to gain experience and learn. Hardest part is when negative people made the environment difficult to work in. Over all a great place to work.
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heat treating
Production Inspector (Former Employee), Versailles, MOJuly 17, 2014
run parts thur machine to be heat treated
the hardnest of metal
management is ok
the computer
not getting burnt by the machine
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All talk, no walk
Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) Specialist (Former Employee), Galesburg, ILMay 5, 2014
Pros: benefits and good veteran workers.
Cons: plant manager, operations manager, no life outside galesburg, no resources to be successful.
Gates Corporation, especially Galesburg, IL manufacturing and North America Hose and Assembly, states they support health and safety, but they do not provide the necessary resources to complete the tasks. I was expected to maintain a 300% work load and still meet all regulatory and corporate compliance. The facility, machinery, and management systems have been neglected for years and will take years to correct at present state. The HSE Specialist (Manager) position is not set up for success with little or no support from other management positions (e.g. maintenance is under-staffed so support is difficult to get, Operations Manager is more interested in production, plant manager makes promises he does not keep). If you apply for the Galesburg, IL HSE Manager position, expect 60-80 hour weeks and plenty of stress.
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Funny that they had a ping pong table when I started but it was removed. All work, no fun.
Picker/Packer (Former Employee), Hebron, KYMarch 25, 2014
Pros: good pay.
Cons: too many hours. tops out at $14.50 per hour.
Constantly changing. Shifts changing, rules changing, personnel changing.
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It was fun at times
Order Picker (Former Employee), Hebron, KYMarch 23, 2014
I loved working for this company the time i had been there but,for personal reasons it was time to move on.
Claimed Profile
Headquarters
1551 Wewatta St.
Denver CO, United States 80202
Revenue
$1B to $5B (USD)
Employees
10,000+
Industry
Links
Gates Corporation website