W.L. Gore Reviews

Updated September 1, 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. Great place for a hands on engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, training opportunities, strong leadership, very technical if that is your thing people come and go so if you think you'd like to try it go for it

    Cons

    Gore focuses on total comp not high base salary. If you are looking to learn new things this works out well because you don't have to pay for your own training classes. The area is somewhat rural, not urban at all. If you are ok with this then it is not a problem


  2. Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Intern in Elkton, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Elkton, MD
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, laid back environment, always interesting projects to work on

    Cons

    No clear path for career development. Pay raises and promotions process is tricky to figure out.


  3. Gore experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    An excellent corporate culture of team work and innovation. Committed to producing products and services of the highest quality.

    Cons

    Can take on too many projects (over committed) at times.


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  5. Medical Device Operator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Device Operator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Medical Device Operator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits Excellent Location Lots of Food Great facility The Culture

    Cons

    Culture not consistent No Hispanic representation above entry level jobs No Native American representation about entry level jobs Raise system/ process is not documented or clear.

    Advice to Management

    Culture not consistent across the company


  6. Helpful (4)

    Weird culture

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Simi Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Simi Valley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, travel, some really helpful and talented team members.

    Cons

    Weird culture, no job titles and levels but yet the most divided and segmented place I have ever been. Everyone talks crap about each other.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be a slave to the Gore culture thing, instead listen to your team.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Rising senior summer intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gore prides itself on promoting individual freedom and responsibility. People work in teams and even as an intern, I was expected to drive my project and thus contribute to the company's success almost as if I were a regular associate. My sponsors and everyone else I worked with were extremely helpful and provided guidance when necessary. They never gave me answers, but they helped at the critical times, whether it was analyzing an academic problem or networking within the company to find someone who would be helpful to talk to. At Gore, I not only did a lot of things, but I learned a lot of things; sometimes you will teach your fellow employees, sometimes they will teach you. This fluidity is central to the company.

    Cons

    The transfer of knowledge can be slow and although talking with individuals is always a positive experience, it isn't always an efficient one. People take vacations, go to meetings, get sick, etc., which can sometimes hinder your own work. On the other hand, people are normally good about trying to stay updated on emails even while away, and it also isn't uncommon for associates to share their phone numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Gore's business model has been criticized almost since its inception as unsustainable. Gore has spent the time since then proving that they can indeed grow with a small teams-focused business, but it must also be noted that there is a lot of room for improvement. Primarily, this is in the way that information is transferred. It would be ideal if there were a way to map the network of knowledge so it would be easier to know who to contact for certain information.


  8. Assembly

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Control in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Quality Control in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at W.L. Gore full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, hours, pay, overtime and training

    Cons

    Culture, little chance of advancement, comrodery


  9. Where innovation means bureaucracy.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Gore really does value you as both an "Associate" and as a person. Teams and leadership will work with you for work-life balance.

    Cons

    Gore, at least in Flagstaff, is stuck about 20-years in the past. If you were one of the old-guard, then you are golden. If, however, you have any ideas to improve anything, you will be ignored, insulted, or harassed. The culture is used mainly for this. Should you want to make an improvement, you need to get the blessings of "Leadership". However, there is no Org-Chart so determining who "Stake Holders" are is daunting at best. Hard work goes un-noticed, and leadership exists to pat each other on their backs and talk about how innovating Gore is. However, new ideas are scorned as all systems, processes, and procedures are perfect and cannot be changed.

    Advice to Management

    Follow the culture that you preach: make vast changes in how Gore does things. Currently, the party line is, "This is how we have always done things." And in today's economy, that will not make you very competitive.


  10. warehouse

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at W.L. Gore (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    really a great culture company

    Cons

    very hard to advance in this company


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They truly care about people and invest in career and personal growth of associates. For the most part, they hire extremely talented people that are smart and genuine.

    Cons

    The no title thing gets old and adds confusion around role clarity. I still think the lattice would work despite better defining roles and titles.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus more on diversity in leadership and the culture. It is what makes Gore a unique place to work and it is what retains talent.



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