W.L. Gore Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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W.L. Gore CEO Terri Kelly
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Pros
  • Company promotes healthy work / life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • Great people and diverse product portfolio (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Lackluster vacation time benefits for new hires or those who negotiate poorly with HR (in 7 reviews)

  • Change is not welcome - older employees tend to fear new ideas that are being brought onto the table (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    It's okay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great..depending on what business you work for. GORE does allow you to get all training necessary to do your job

    Cons

    The hidden pay scale is a joke. your associate that does the same job can make almost twice what you do. They have an anonymous review every year, but they ask questions, like your age, race, salary, business...not very anonymous

    Advice to Management

    Go back to basics. Keep manufacturing jobs in the US. If you claim to be a lattice structure than truly be that. The foundation is there for this company to be great again


  2. Great place to work (product development engineer)

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Elkton, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Elkton, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Diverse opportunities for career paths. Good work/life balance. Actual focus by leadership on values and their employees

    Cons

    Lots of meetings - but that's the price to pay for inclusiveness of input


  3. Helpful (1)

    Leader

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at W.L. Gore

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company very focused on Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement. Company strives to promote and practice the Culture. Always thinking and operating with the Long term view in mind.

    Cons

    Do not address poor performance in a timely manner. Also, not a lot of promoting within the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing but take more time to grow within the company.


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  5. Unique Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - End User Support in Elkton, MD
    Current Employee - End User Support in Elkton, MD

    I have been working at W.L. Gore full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    culture and products and international and diversity

    Cons

    culture can sometimes be a problem


  6. Manufacturing Technician, 3rd shift

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Elkton, MD
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Elkton, MD

    I worked at W.L. Gore full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Low pay, lifers are out of control on many teams.

    Advice to Management

    Get the lifetime employees in line.


  7. Helpful (3)

    A good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Flagstaff, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with really smart, motivated people. Environment is conducive to cooperation and sharing. Not a lot of territorial behavior. Relatively easy to move to your area of interest even for wage employees.

    Cons

    Paranoia about aging workforce approaching a hostile work environment for those over 55.

    Advice to Management

    Gore has a most active diversity program. Focus on removing age discrimination with just as much passion as you have demonstrated toward other forms of bias.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Good overall experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Engineer in Flagstaff, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fairly low stress work environment, good benefits, many opportunities for growth, flexible hours, limited hierarchy and politics in the "lattice", most leaders are easily accessible and open minded. Skilled engineers are highly valued as are novel concepts and ideas that are executed on all the way through production.

    Cons

    Because of lattice structure and laid back work environment it is very difficult as a leader to direct projects, all leadership direction is done through influence (no heirachy push) which requires a constant push & pull to keep everyone on the team motivated. Because of the many opportunities for growth some of the project leaders become leaders without the skills or experience to lead the group.

    Advice to Management

    Overall there is a lack of skilled leaders , many want to be leaders for the wrong reasons of increased compensation & perception of increased power. I believe the company is aware of these shortcommings and trying to address them now.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Most definitely NOT a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Associate in Elkton, MD
    Former Employee - Associate in Elkton, MD

    I worked at W.L. Gore full-time

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

    Pros

    Original core values designed by Bill Gore are still ground breaking. They value relationships and not all employees are truly employed in a flat organization, it's close. Bill Gore was a fantastic leader and culture champion. I mean, there are no unions here which is pretty cool, especially for a private company. The culture is quite deep but you get a lot of training opportunities. It's also cool to hear some of the 'war stories' from the folks who've been then since Bill Gore was alive.

    Cons

    The culture is riddled with sacred cows. Employee pay is dissatisfactory (no real IC, just base that is below average). There are no performance reviews just antiquated 'popularity' lists and rankings. The culture depends on who you are talking to. There is not a lot of turnover or tolerance for risks so innovation is stifled with the same leaders in the same jobs. It's hard to understand who is calling the shots. People in positions of leadership will disrespect you and not even consider apologizing. Work-life balance is a myth. If you leverage it with all the appropriate approvals expect it to come up on your year-end review. Again, unlike the rest of the world, there are no performance ratings, just lists with rankings. This sacred cow breeds insecurity among associates.

    I know Glassdoor does a lot to ensure company's do not remove reviews but I know Gore has a dedicated team of people focused on it's reputation that reads these reviews and works to get the less flattering ones (like this) removed. I just hope this review remains up long enough to help other job seekers.

    Advice to Management

    Please acknowledge the poor behaviors of middle management. They really are insecure and only focused on their careers and incentives. This behavior is filters down into the ranks. You are only in the Top 100 places to work because the majority of the people who were there near the beginning are still there. You need the new people. Don't just batter or haze the new people. Yes, I said haze. Some days it felt like I was still in high school versus a corporate establishment. It simply destroys the experience/culture Gore claims to foster.


  10. Helpful (13)

    Below average

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Associate in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - IT Associate in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at W.L. Gore full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Not worse than other companies in many areas
    - Medical division should keep making money as the baby boomers age
    - Have managed to hire a lot of good people

    Cons

    - Benefits are mediocre
    - Pay is below average (according to 3rd party websites)
    - Compensation based on peer rankings is not appropriate for support roles
    - Decision making is the slowest & worst I've seen in the private sector
    - You have no respect, influence, or decent pay during your first decade. Everything is slanted to favor the long timers, especially those who play politics well.
    - In reality, culture is no different than other companies - only other companies lack the hypocrisy I've seen here.


  11. Awesome company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Device Operator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Medical Device Operator in Flagstaff, AZ

    I have been working at W.L. Gore full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Culture, motivated associates and leadership! Really allow you to thrive and pursue career goals.

    Cons

    The only con that I have is that I didn't find this job sooner!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!



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