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I worked at W.L. Gore full-timePros
The ASOP retirement plan Gore offers in addition to its 401k with no match to the associate is first class. They match your vacation upon entering the enterprise. There are highly skilled, hard working folks at this facility. Many great people.Cons
The Jersey Shore facility wasn't a very desirable experience for me. Upon entering, everything seemed wonderful. Pay was fair and benefits were well above average. I was very excited. The work was fun. I took pride in what I did. I was very competent in my role. It didn't take long for those feelings to change. When entering Gore, you are first introduced to the Culture in which the company lives by. You are basically forced to embody the Culture. You are also repeatedly told the Gore is the best organization there is and Gore only chooses the best. When a lie is told over and over again, it becomes the truth. The truth is, it is a lie. The culture, which is a wonderful idea, does not exist. Leaders/management, do not embody the culture themselves. In fact, they trample on it and use it against the associate. I have worked for two other organizations in my lifetime. World class, Fortune 500 companies, without such a culture. I was treated better and much respected. At Gore, associate treatment is no good. Associates are subjected to consequences if they are minutes late to work and do not take exact duration breaks altogether as a team. Production numbers are strictly monitored and maximum capacity is expected at all times. There are windows overlooking the cleanrooms/work area where upper leadership watches associates work. They question you if you get up from your workspace and briefly speak with another associate other than a leader. Bathroom breaks are not restricted, but they are frowned upon if it is not on your specified break times or lunch. The entry doors and infrared camera systems are closely monitored. The badges in which you scan with upon entering and exiting the facility are watched and records are kept on associates. The Jersey Shore facility reminds me of the book written by George Orwell, 1984. Even though I was a good worker, never really took sick time, didn't engage in any trouble, I felt extremely uncomfortable. I stayed in line and did just as they wanted. I felt degraded. I felt like a robot. I felt like I was just a number. I felt discomfort when passing leadership in the hallways and cafeteria. I knew this type of environment was not suited for me. I knew of and have experienced better. I knew of other organizations that didn't preach of Freedom, Fairness, Equality and didn't tell me how wonderful they were. Other organizations didn't mandate such a culture on me. Granted, no place will ever be perfect. Every place will have its level of bureaucracy. But Gore is something I've never seen the likes of. I miss some of the people. I miss the ASOP. But I'm much happier now. I'm treated good again. I'm working hard and acknowledged for it. My days are enjoyable at work and home. I feel relaxed. I just hope one day, headquarters looks more into what's actually going on at the facility rather than the monetary value it provides them with. The facility is no doubt lean and profitable, but at what costs?