W.L. Gore Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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Pros
  • work-life balance is (or was) excellent - better than any other company I've worked for (in 38 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Compensation lower than expected, especially for a city with such a high cost of living (in 6 reviews)

  • Lots of new hires with little experience (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Wonderful place to work

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at W.L. Gore full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The culture and environment are absolutely wonderful. It is really a joy to work here.

    Cons

    Decision making is a very time consuming process and can slow down projects. Learning to navigate the process to streamline projects can be very difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.L. Gore (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of emphasis is placed on the company culture, which is intended to foster one-to-one communication at any "level" of the organization, and places trust in individuals to do what is right for the business in the long term. The structure is relatively non-hierarchical and collaborative, which is great for people who don't need someone to tell them what to do. As a privately held enterprise there is no need to produce quarterly results for Wall Street, so decisions can be made that might hurt short-term revenue but will pay off in the long term.

    Cons

    The collaborative culture results in a lot of meetings and the need for many people to provide input before a decision is made, which can be frustrating for those who come to Gore from another company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the "pulse" of the organization; consider more family-friendly policies; ensure that openness to change is encouraged of all associates.

  3. Good experience overall, but...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W.L. Gore

    Pros

    Benefits were some of the best I've had in the Clinical Research industry. The flat management structures allows a fair amount of latitude, autonomy, and freedom to create your own niche. "Small teams" culture provides flexibility to generate and manage new ideas and improvements. Very stable company with strong growth while I was there. A good fit for self-directed, self-motivated people that don't require structure or need lots of direction.

    Cons

    Salary increases were below average and bonuses/profit shares were far below average for my job level. Many departments are not adept at integrating and valuing high skilled or highly experienced new hires. There is often too much "we've always done it this way" from the long tenured employees. Change is often glacial in coming. The freedom to explore new and better ideas does not mean they will be implemented. You must really make a strong case and be a champion for your ideas to get people to follow you. The idea alone won't move. Leadership development is lacking and leadership opportunities appears to be more favoritism based than merit based. That is perspective only, but one shared by several current and former employees with which I've spoken. Be aware that the unique company culture is not for everyone. There is often too much flexibility and latitude and the pace can be slow at times and crazy at others, not well balanced workloads across teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A better incentive program for associates would help drive higher performance. Dig deeper into the culture to find areas where the status quo is being maintained instead of positive changes or progress. Coach leaders to better orient and integrate very experience new hires so that they can more fully contribute at the high level you hired them for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great medical device company

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    Current Employee - Clinical Study Manager in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Clinical Study Manager in Flagstaff, AZ

    I have been working at W.L. Gore

    Pros

    High degree of individual freedom- I really feel like I can shape my own career. Flagstaff is a great city to live in. Produce some really great products.

    Cons

    Product excellence company means that support functions are relatively immature. Not sure how long a little medical device company can continue to pay with the big boys of the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more competitively, especially in the support functions. Emphasis on product specialist role had negative implications on functional and regional contributions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Gore is great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W.L. Gore

    Pros

    Good work atmosphere with many pluses. Fun working at Gore as you work on teams and everyone gets to pick their leader and rate their fellow Associates. Sure makes you play nice at work.

    Cons

    Too many meetings but then you get to attend fun parties as you will be celebrated every 5 years as long as you are still employed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    End the temp employment system as they work for low pay without benefits to boot, a cruel system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. I had a nice experience in my senior capstone project in NAU sponsored by W.L. Gore.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W.L. Gore

    Pros

    My teammates are nice and friendly. We had a good job in design and manufacturing a portable sanitization chamber. You can learn a lot of things in this senior capstone project.

    Cons

    The project is a little complicated and last one academic year and you should spend a lot of time on the project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Project tied for first place with Arizona State University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Great summer internship for students

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Flagstaff, AZ

    I worked at W.L. Gore

    Pros

    Great pay, hands on experience

    Cons

    Limited freedom, sometimes not enough work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more duties

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    My time at Gore

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

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

    Pros

    Gore is a great place to work unless your job gets eliminated....line mine did after 16 years. However, the 16 years I spend with the company were great. Flexible schedule, family orientated, they match vacation from previous job (if you had 3 weeks of vacation at old employer, then you automatically get 3 weeks coming into Gore). Room to grow, they try to train leaders from within.

    Cons

    After 16 years of service and a great associate, my job was eliminated due to the downturn of government contracts. Felt like no one had my back when trying to find another job within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you have a good associate who never missed time, was never late, etc, try to give more help when people are in "job jeopardy"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    Worked at GORE for 8 years. It is an OK place to work...but funny reading ALL of these reviews which are very accurate!

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Elk Mills, MD
    Former Employee - Engineer in Elk Mills, MD

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, people, and environment for the most part, vast array of products and positions, some opportunity for career growth. Family-style relaxed environment with smaller plants and headcounts, continuous extra curricular activities enpowers team morale. The benefits are good, but not great.

    Cons

    'Culture' used as a tool, extreme nepotism/favoritism, cliques, self-promoting 'best place to work' campaign to counter comparatively low pay, peers-ranking-peers system is a popularity contest, 'good ole boy' network makes it more difficult for experienced new hires to contribute, politics, extra marital affairs, lack of quality senior leadership, and dated resources are all very true. Electronics Products Division (EPD) is and has been failing for years. Avoid that division if possible. Other businesses within such as Fabrics, Industrial, and Medical Products all do well for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evolve resources and the culture before it hinders the company any more than it already does. Retain employees by paying them based on merit- not kin, relationships, or popularity. Self promotion campaign of best place to work does not compensate for lower wages.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Vaunted culture is not practiced the same throughout the organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Enterprise genuinely cares about associates. The Bill Gore designed culture can allow for contributing to the success of the enterprise outside of one's comfort zone. Many opportunities to grow one's skill set and learn new things.

    Cons

    Extremely clannish organization with a lack of transparency. Lack of strong leadership. Culture is too often used as a means for decision makers and leadership to hide from their decisions. Too much emphasis on quick win/short term solutions. Long term goals are viewed as somebody else's problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership needs to support their own decisions and those working to make those decisions successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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