W.L. Gore Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
220 Reviews
3.5
220 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Nice Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company culture is strange, frustrating, and exciting. While there are challenges, you always have the ability to impact the company in a positive way. Leaders are typically grown organically, although there are politics as in every company.

    Cons

    Many associates don't have much experience outside of Gore. It can be a challenge to discuss or suggest industry best practices due to belief that Gore's practices are better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 for 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
  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 for 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.

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  5.  

    great but very long process

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    Current Employee - Sourcing  in  Newark, DE
    Current Employee - Sourcing in Newark, DE

    I have been working at W.L. Gore as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Freedom is exception for me

    Cons

    technology issues plague me all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less meetings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Still a great culture - they care about their people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Elkton, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elkton, MD

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

    Pros

    Culture, Work - Life Balance, Technology

    Cons

    If you have weak leaders the culture really suffers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out on the production floor more!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    No longer the company Bill Gore started.

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    Former Employee - Clinical Specialist
    Former Employee - Clinical Specialist

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits ,company car. Company credit card for expenses. Vacation. Started out as a company that had open lines of communication. Latticework mentality

    Cons

    Latticework of communication is gone. Micro management. Good ole boy system in place.
    No work life balance in the field at all. Management will grind you down and replace you with some one else. No job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of how people are being treated in the field. Things are not the same in the field as they are in the home office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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
  11. 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

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