W.L. Gore Reviews in Flagstaff, AZ

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
225 Reviews
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Pros
  • work-life balance is (or was) excellent - better than any other company I've worked for (in 38 reviews)

  • Great people and diverse product portfolio (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Compensation lower than expected, especially for a city with such a high cost of living (in 6 reviews)

  • Lots of new hires with little experience (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 (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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    MPD

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    Former Employee - Associate in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Associate in Flagstaff, AZ

    I worked at W.L. Gore full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, profit share, ASOP, ranking process and facilities top my list as positives. The earlier Gore, 1990's and early 2000, was the place to work where fairness and lattice were guiding principals. Stretching the imagination and the value of associate input was appreciated and encouraged. Associates loved going to work and being associated with the name W. L. Gore. Back then, associates wanted to do even more for the company and for healthcare as a whole - not so much for themselves.

    Cons

    Definite hierarchy while boasting lattice structure. Leaders are royalty (some boarder on bullying) and possess way too much power. Gone are the days of pride, contribution, fairness and freedom. They've been replaced by bullying, a hierarchy structure and using the Contribution/Compensation process as a tool for leadership to lift themselves and others to the top of the list. Used to be the contributor's input was guarded - not so now. I've seen fellow associates input brought back to them by leadership and questioned. Definitely not the company it used to be. Now with the loss to Bard, this company of the 1990's and early 2000's will no doubt cease to exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what the average associate is saying regarding how they're treated by their superiors. Also, try to remember when "The Gore Culture" meant something and was of value. Reinstate the value of associate input during Contribution/Compensation to what it used to be. Don't forget that lattice, freedom, fairness and contribution/compensation were what built W. L. Gore & Associates to the company you have today.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    W.L. Gore & Associates is a great place to work, it truly is an innovating company.

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Flagstaff, AZ

    I worked at W.L. Gore full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Sponsorship is a strong attribute of this company. The want to see others succeed, grow and develop is apparent. The lattice is a great way for associates to have the freedom to approach any level of management and discuss any subject of concern or ideas.

    Cons

    People skills are a must for this company and also having the ability to receive and give positive and negative feedback. sometimes this is not always done in "best practice", such as direct one-to-one communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation does not always have to be a monetary gain. A "thank you" or a pat on the back, no matter what the job title can go a very long way. Take the time to know who is working towards the same goal as you are for the enterprise.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Interesting place.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ

    I worked at W.L. Gore full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It depends on the individual, if you can work effectively without direction, and with ambiguous goals, you might really like it here. The culture is interesting, and can be an asset, but it is not utilized by every department, and varies quite a bit from plant to plant.

    Cons

    Something of a popularity contest at times, the feedback you receive can be quite inaccurate and harsh. The culture is both an asset and a hindrance. I really don't know how to rate it. I have noticed a number of people complain that Gore says one thing and does another...frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to bring in some experienced persons and start running like a normal company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Summer Hire

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    Current Employee - Summer Hire in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Summer Hire in Flagstaff, AZ

    I have been working at W.L. Gore as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunitys to learn, really nice people everywhere, freedom to chose your own commitments which work well with you.

    Cons

    I have no cons about this company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very laid back and relaxed

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician I in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Lab Technician I in Flagstaff, AZ

    I have been working at W.L. Gore as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    you make your own commitments and take on how much you choose to handle

    Cons

    Waiting on people to continue with your projects can take a very long time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything is pretty great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not a bad place to work

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    Current Employee - Process Development Engineer in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Process Development Engineer in Flagstaff, AZ

    I have been working at W.L. Gore full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Being privately held, the company can invest for the long term. Most people are nice and easy to work with. You have freedom to work on your projects with a lot of interference.

    Cons

    There seems to be quite a bit of age discrimination. Younger engineers have more opportunities. Don't believe everything you read about the "Gore Culture"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Summer hire

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Flagstaff, AZ

    I worked at W.L. Gore full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great experience to learn during college

    Cons

    work gets slow and ends up being busy work

  10.  

    Medical Device Operator

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    Former Employee - Medical Device Operator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Medical Device Operator in Flagstaff, AZ

    I worked at W.L. Gore full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, Very military friendly, Low-stress atmosphere

    Cons

    May be difficult to move up in the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    some people have to work; and some don't.......

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ

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

    Pros

    freedom with schedule, vacation, etc..

    Cons

    Too much middle management erupting across the division. The people that really know their business (job), are the last to be asked for input on that business. Playing pig pong seems more important to leadership than a job well done!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye on the green engineers squandering money, and time like it grows on trees. No one monitors what they're actually accomplishing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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