W.L. Gore
3.2 of 5 191 reviews
www.gore.com Newark, DE 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 5, 2014

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W.L. Gore CEO Terri Kelly

Terri Kelly

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Unbeatable work/life balance; best coworkers you'll ever work with"
    in 31 reviews
  • "There is lots of freedom and no hard rules"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "Compensation lower than expected, especially for a city with such a high cost of living"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Minimal opportunity for advancement, unless you're already in a high-visibility role"
    in 4 reviews
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WL GORE

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at W.L. Gore full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat people, Stress make money and have fun, freedom to contribute in areas that align with your strengths

Consoffice politics, Gore culture is changing, more who you know not what you know

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good if you like matrix management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsFair, good benefits, innovative, tries to make work fun

ConsPolitics of matrix management, difficult to move quickly with consensus decision culture

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the over the hill folks who are not producing and just hanging around waiting for retirement.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Nice place to work, except pay is really low

Engineer (Former Employee)
Newark, DE

I worked at W.L. Gore full-time for more than 5 years

Proscoworkers, flexible time. Low stress invironment for the most part.

ConsLow pay. No clear managment structure makes knowing what to do difficult

Advice to Senior Managementbetter do some looking at competitors pay

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great Culture

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at W.L. Gore

ProsThe culture is alive and amazing.

ConsGetting large groups to make decisions can be tough.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing.

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A great place to work with opportunities to develop.

Process Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Elkton, MD

I have been working at W.L. Gore full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe best reason to work at Gore is the culture. If you are self-motivated and willing to expand your horizons, you are given the freedom to grow, learn and develop. Mistakes and failure are accepted as a necessary part of innovation

ConsAs an experienced professional, if you need week to week oversight and support, Gore may not be the right place for you.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I love working for this cpmpany.

Manufacturing Technician (Current Employee)
Peoria, AZ

I have been working at W.L. Gore full-time for more than 3 years

ProsCompany has a reat culture and no Boss.

ConsYou have to work your way up to be a leader for this company. It will takes sometimes to get there.

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It's complicated.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at W.L. Gore full-time

ProsIf you're a scientist or engineer, you'll be one of more than 1,000--and the technical folks at Gore are highly valued. If you're in any other discipline, such as marketing, HR, IT, legal, or finance, you may not be valued equally to them.

ConsIt can often be a struggle for seasoned professionals who join Gore to have the same level of credibility that Gore lifers have within the organization. You'll never be "one of them."

Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize that you have a major problem integrating new hires, especially seasoned professionals, into the workplace, and start treating them equally.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Contract Associate

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at W.L. Gore as a contractor

ProsCompany promotes healthy work / life balance. Top-level management is very progressive in terms of corporate culture and building a team climate.

ConsVery cliquish dynamic exists within some departments, especially those where contract associates perform the same duties and responsibilities as permanent associates. Permanent associates are very territorial and protective of their turf.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent company and corporate culture.

Design Leader for Division (Former Employee)
Newark, DE

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

ProsInnovative products, variety of opportunities, excellent associates and culture. Freedom, fairness, commitment and cooperation make up the Gore experience. All and all, an excellent place to work, learn and grow.

ConsFamily members are given preference in hiring practices, employment, and promotion opportunities, which is unfair to those who have better educations, performance records, and business results. Very hard for an outsider, someone who is not directly related to management to get a fair shake.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A great place to work... if you really like it and can fit in

Technologist (Current Employee)
Elkton, MD

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

ProsCulture is great... freedom, fairness, waterline, commitment covers almost every situation. There is lots of freedom and no hard rules. Pay can be high if you are highly regarded and/or become part of the inner circle.

ConsThis is a small company that has overgrown its culture and needs help with efficiency and some centralized systems but the "leaders" have settled in for the rest of their lives and do not allow changes to occur easily. The company used to be run by innovators and the founder's son Bob Gore, but now it is run by process engineers.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere is no management at Gore.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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