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W.L. Gore Overview

Newark, DE
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
Industrial Manufacturing
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

Working at W.L. Gore

W. L. Gore & Associates is a global materials science company dedicated to transforming industries and improving lives. Founded in 1958, Gore has built a reputation for solving complex technical challenges in the most demanding environments — from ... Read more

W.L. Gore – Why Work For Us?

Founded more than 55 years ago by Bill and Vieve Gore, our award-winning enterprise makes industry-leading products while employing approximately 10,000 Associates worldwide.

Founders Bill and Vieve Gore started W. L. Gore & Associates in the basement of their home in 1958. The company initially served the electronic products market. Gore has achieved long term success at translating dreams into tangible, valuable realities for customers and communities around the world.

The 1969 discovery by Bill and Vieve's son, Bob Gore, of a remarkably versatile new polymer led the enterprise into myriad new applications in medical, fabric, pharmaceutical and biotechnology, oil and gas, aerospace, automotive, mobile electronics, music and semiconductor industries. As the company that invented this new polymer, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (or ePTFE), and introduced it in the marketplace, Gore is committed to remaining a leader in fluoropolymers.

The depth of Gore’s technical know-how has contributed to a wide range of processes and creative, reliable technologies that continue to solve problems and change outcomes for people around the world.

Fundamental Beliefs

Our beliefs are the basis for our strong culture, which connects Gore Associates worldwide in a common bond.

We believe in the individual and each Associate’s potential to help Gore grow and succeed. We also believe in the power of small teams, and through Gore’s lattice structure, Associates can communicate freely to assemble talents and diverse perspectives to quickly make good decisions and produce quality work that helps us deliver on our promise to our customers.

We also believe we’re all in the same boat. As Associates, we have a vested interest in the success of the company, and we share in Gore’s risks and rewards while having an added incentive to stay committed to our enterprise’s long-term success. As a result, we feel we’re all in this effort together, and believe we should always consider what's best for the enterprise as a whole when making decisions.

Finally, we believe in the long-term view. Our decisions are based on long-term payoff, and we don’t sacrifice our fundamental beliefs at Gore for short-term gain.

Guiding Principles

We follow these principles in our day-to-day work, enabling us to work more effectively while growing as Associates and individuals.

Freedom: We encourage each other to grow in knowledge, skill, scope of responsibility and range of activities. We believe that Associates will exceed expectations when given the freedom to do so.

Fairness: Everyone at Gore sincerely tries to be fair with each other, our suppliers, our customers and anyone else with whom we do business.

Commitment: We are not assigned tasks; rather, we each make our own commitments and keep them.

Waterline: Everyone at Gore consults with other knowledgeable Associates before taking actions that might be "below the waterline,” causing serious damage to the enterprise.

Gore is a different kind of workplace. Instead of the traditional ideas of bosses and employees, we have leaders, diverse teams that work together, and personal commitments that each Associate makes — and keeps — to help our enterprise grow.

Bill Gore once said, "The objective of the enterprise is to make money and have fun doing so." Because of our distinctive working environment that fuels our business and engages our Associates, we’re still meeting that objective on a daily basis more than 55 years later. We work hard to foster an inclusive environment where every Associate can contribute creative ideas and take calculated risks to explore new opportunities.

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    Had a phone interview with Gore. The interviewer was very nice and did not go ask any technical questions. The interview overall was simple and did not go into extraordinary detail.

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W.L. Gore Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2012
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2010
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2009
  • 100 Best Companies for Minorities, Fortune, 2009
  • America's Largest Private Companies, Forbes, 2009
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