W.L. Gore Reviews

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    Good experience, but tinged with negativity

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Flagstaff, AZ

    I worked at W.L. Gore full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, no dress code, loosely choose working schedule, freedom to do pretty much whatever floats your boat.

    Cons

    Lots of cliques, politics, good old boy's club, localism, and the pay sucks. Due to lack of heirarchy there are no promotions, and thus no way to make stepwise changes to your salary. After 5 years I was still making $69k as a mechanical engineer, whereas my peers working at other companies quickly surpassed me. When I finally decided to leave I immediately got a $20k salary increase while still staying in Flagstaff. New ideas are quashed by the old timers who want to retire comfortably without having to gain any new knowledge. This kind of environment is a killer for young talent wanting to stay current with industry standards. New talent is better off staying for a few years to get it on the resume, and then leaving before they stagnate and become useless elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more competitively, promote new ideas, try to be a little more up with the times by promoting the ideas of the next generation of engineers.

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W.L. Gore Interviews

Updated Sep 28, 2014
Updated Sep 28, 2014

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Flagstaff, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Flagstaff, AZ
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    I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at W.L. Gore.

    Interview Details

    Was a long time ago. Two rounds of interviews where "liking" of applicant and how one would fit in carried more importance than skill set and experience. At that time the application, interview process went very quickly when compared to today.

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W.L. Gore Awards & Accolades

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100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2012
100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2010
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Website www.gore.com
Headquarters Newark, DE
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1958
Type Company - Private
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

The weather might be cold, wet, and uncomfortable, but W. L. Gore & Associates wants you to enjoy the outdoors, anyway. The company makes a variety of fluoropolymer products; best known is its breathable, waterproof, and windproof Gore-Tex brand fabric. Textile applications range from clothing and shoes to Elixir guitar strings, space suits, and sutures. In addition to consumer apparel (popular among hikers and hunters), W. L. Gore makes insulated wire and cables, filtration products, and sealants. Its textile lineup is offered under the Gore-Tex brand as well as... More

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