W.L. Gore

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Great company for a technical career... when including intangible benefits/perks

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Current Employee - Design and Automation  in  Elkton, MD
Current Employee - Design and Automation in Elkton, MD

Pros

The Culture and most of its principles, Flexibility in commitment, hours, & locations, Peer rankings for contribution (when it works effectively), Associate Stock,

Cons

Lower pay vs comps, secretive contribution and compensation process, varying definition of roles (Particularly leadership)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    You Can Do Better.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Surveillance Coordinator  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Product Surveillance Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    -If you're in leadership you'll do great Colonel.
    -Free leftover donuts in the kitchen. Sometimes.
    -Some associates have a flexible work schedule.
    -Good pay for those in leadership, or those who negotiate well coming from another company.

    Cons

    -Extremely poor compensation compared to other medical companies, especially for the rank and file employees doing the day to day work.

    -Lackluster vacation time benefits for new hires or those who negotiate poorly with HR.

    -You signed the non-compete agreement, which is designed to intimidate all Gore associates into working there forever. The way the agreement is worded, associates can never leave for another medical company, even if you have no proprietary knowledge.

    -Lack of innovation. The business strategy is play it safe, be last to market with new devices.

    -Minimal opportunity for advancement, unless you're already in a high-visibility role.

    -Many associates get minimal or even no pay increases from one year to the next. The ranking system for compensation does not work.

    -The mythical culture is non-existent. How this company keeps getting ranked as one of the "Best Companies" is a mystery.

    -Hierarchical command structure good ol' boys club with little opportunity to provide input.

    -As others have mentioned, the corporate culture is extremely secretive and intolerant.

    -"Leadership" uses HR as its secret police to keep associates in line. The phrase "No Longer With Gore" is very popular around here. Everyone who has been here more than a year or so knows that translates to "He/she was secretly called into HR for unknown reasons and fired".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership (Management) doesn't take advice from non-leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Internship

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

    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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