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Former Employee - Process Engineer in Elkton, MD
Former Employee - Process Engineer in Elkton, MD

I worked at W.L. Gore as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

Family atmosphere. Many outside of the office perks. Was able to built close relationships with co-workers. Overall great experience.

Cons

No sense of management. Limited structure.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 12 people found this helpful  

    The Much-Heralded Gore Culture Is a Sham

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W.L. Gore full-time

    Pros

    Great people who are highly motivated, great products, good work/life balance, decent pay, and very good benefits package. Just don't believe everything you hear.

    Cons

    The company was founded in 1958 by some good people who had a vision of a new kind of corporate culture based on a non-hierarchical model, where "associates" could have a voice and participate in the company's success through stock ownership. If you're an idealist, this concept will appeal to you. In reality, however, the culture is stuck in 1958. White men still rule. Although the CEO is a woman, she doesn't wield enough influence to overcome the entrenched "boys' club" mentality. And Gore employs an alarmingly low number of non-whites; it could be as few as 5%.

    If you join Gore as your first job, you'll be fine. If you're a professional and join Gore from any other organization--no matter how successful you've been before--you'll find that you have little to no credibility and will be frustrated that you have to start from the beginning.

    Employees who have never worked anyplace else cannot accept that you might actually know something that they don't. It's not arrogance; it's just pure ignorance. For the most part, people in leadership roles are "home grown." Like anyplace else, some are great but others can be extremely territorial and narrow-minded. They'll hang on to the culture like a whip and use it as a way to justify their sometimes distorted view of reality. Interpreting the culture is purely subjective, so however your team leader interprets it is how it will be for you. There are, however, a few truly exceptional leaders who continue to develop their skills, actively check in with their teams, and really care.

    A private company, Gore doesn't have to answer to pressure from outside stockholders, so they can do pretty much as they please. They've been hugely profitable and maintain a high degree of secrecy internally as well as externally. Rumor has it they even bug offices and phones. Ironically, the company that touts itself as a Great Place to Work, where employees are encouraged to participate and speak up in open discussions, also routinely shuts down any dissent by quietly "separating" from anyone honest and gullible enough to believe that Gore is a democracy.

    The famous "lattice" that Gore uses to describe its structure, as if there is no hierarchy and all employees are created equal, is a farce. Anyone in what is considered a leadership role, who doesn't want to be called the boss but is essentially the boss, typically gets preferential treatment from other leaders. If it's a conflict between a leader and a non-leader, guess who wins that one? If you complain about one leader to another leader, they don't want to hear about it.

    The shame of it is that Gore really has the talent and the products to grow exponentially, if only they could get out of their own way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pretending that there isn't any management. It's just too confusing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    time changes everything

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.L. Gore full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The Culture within Gore is great.

    Cons

    as the company has grown leadership has lost touch with the some of the associates leaving a feeling of resentment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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