W.L. Gore Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
239 Reviews

3.4
239 Reviews
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W.L. Gore CEO Terri Kelly
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Unbeatable work/life balance; best coworkers you'll ever work with (in 34 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)

  • Low pay, politics, arrogant leadership, hypocrisy (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great learning environment for intern

    Current Employee - R&D Intern  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at W.L. Gore as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    During my internship, I was exposed to many different facets of the company, even getting to travel to the corporate headquarters in Flagstaff, AZ for a country-wide internship meeting.

    Great collaborative culture where work/life balance is respected. Hard work is rewarded.

    Cons

    Bigger-company feel where things move somewhat slowly. Not as fast-paced an environment as a startup might be, but to be fair, it's probably faster than the giant companies.

  2.  

    One of the best companies to work for in this area.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.L. Gore full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, associates, work place and ethics.

    Cons

    Slow to receive compensation based on contribution.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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 for more than a 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Full time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W.L. Gore full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Below average compensation with no increases.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to work, there is pressure when a deadline needs to be met, otherwise pretty easy going.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.L. Gore full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I love my vocation and Gore lets me attain greatness in it.

    Cons

    It is absolutely necessary to understand this culture so that you may take advantage of it for your personal benefit as well as the enterprise's benefit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is very supportive and there seems to be an honest interest in your personal experience at Gore. Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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 for less than a 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Deceiving

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Deer Valley, AZ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Deer Valley, AZ

    I worked at W.L. Gore full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The job paid well and some of the seminars were interesting.

    Cons

    Very misleading company. Talk about what they offer and RARELY follow through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through with what the company once stood for. Fairness was routinely promised and rarely practiced. It is so sad to see a company that was built on such genuine goodness turn to what it has become.

  9.  

    Family-oriented

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    Current Employee - Engineer Intern  in  Elkton, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer Intern in Elkton, MD

    I have been working at W.L. Gore full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people you get to meet are all very nice, talented, and laid back in general. Everyone is willing to help you when you are new, and it is never difficult to become part of the community.

    Cons

    Change is not welcome - older employees tend to fear new ideas that are being brought onto the table. Sometimes, management is not very in touch with what the company needs, since they have a background unrelated to what they're leading.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. Make a better effort in understanding the needs of your department, rather than running off your past experience in different areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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 for less than a 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
  11.  

    Amazing place to work!

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Elkton, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Elkton, MD

    I have been working at W.L. Gore full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    benefits and time off, laid back

    Cons

    You are responsible for your own work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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