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W.L. Gore Flagstaff Reviews

Updated July 16, 2017
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W.L. Gore CEO Terri Kelly
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Pros
  • Work-life balance, great medical device compony (in 98 reviews)

  • Great work- life balance; some freedom to work on what you're passionate about; flexibility with schedule; work with great people; challenging (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • Too lacking in process; needs to find a happy medium between lattice structure and top-down leadership to optimize speed of decision-making (in 22 reviews)

  • Work life balance is terrible for those in the field (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Company, people, politics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people. Solid products. May not always be new technology / first to market but products are high quality and well engineered. Brand as a lot of value. Do your job well and you will usually be treated with respect and freedom to get your job done.

    Cons

    Culture is very unique (good in almost all aspects) but if you like the boss / line mentality you will not do well. Leaders are often best at politics and many not even have background in the function the lead (manage). Circle of people that support each other and float to new positions of leadership. Salaries can be less than competitive in some areas.

    Advice to Management

    People who challenge the norm shouldn't be seen as problematic or negative. Need people who don't just nod heads in order to grow and change.


  2. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with a good work-life balance. Channels of communication are open and make the work easy.

    Cons

    Changes and work can be slow at times.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "This company is going downhill."

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    Current Employee - Medical Device Operator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Medical Device Operator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Medical benefits and 401K are good.

    Cons

    No opportunities to grow for manufacturing associates. Top operators are trapped by leadership and kept from advancing in order to make production quotas. Leadership gets the pat on the back while operators get the shaft. Leadership at Woody Springs plant is incompetent and destroying the "culture" that Bill Gore created. The working environment is one of fear and nepotism. Engineers and administrators are treated as a class above manufacturing. I overheard an Production Leader telling an Area Leader that "once your in the leadership club, it is next to impossible for one to get fire. That is the same for engineering". Meanwhile, manufacturing operators get fired for just disagreeing with leadership. The only reason the enterprise makes Forbes Top 100 Companies is because the survey is only offered the new associates, never long term associates. If it were, Gore would never make the list.

    Advice to Management

    Require management to take leadership and culture classes. Hold leadership accountable for not "living the culture".


  4. "Great History"

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    Current Employee - Long Term Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Long Term Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at W.L. Gore full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Gore is to learn about some of the historic aspects of the company. The historic cultural aspects can be very powerful.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, as the company has grown, leadership has decided to take easier paths that have led to a disengaged, hierarchical environment. The old culture takes energy, but provides huge pay-offs. You might have a great team to work with and the environment there might be good. However, the opposite is true for many teams.
    As expected, performance has followed engagement. Most employees have little exposure, access or knowledge of the real financial aspects of the company. This makes it hard to understand how to earn the next profit share, or evaluate if the stock ownership plan is a strong asset. In the past, clarity about this was a powerful tool for driving to success.

    Advice to Management

    Trust people again and give them the education and resources they need to win, or find something else to do.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Downhill Slide"

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    Current Employee - Support in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Support in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at W.L. Gore full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The culture lived at Gore was a good thing in the past, but it has been gone for years now. Being there over 20 years, the people are great.

    Cons

    Flagstaff Leadership is lost !! Nepotism and Cronyism has finally caught up with Gore,
    and its obvious to all !!

    Advice to Management

    CEO terrible, associates have no confidence in new products soon to be released, no accountability or timelines, need to sell company to competitor.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Really scary corporate culture"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The coworkers make the company a lot better

    Cons

    Company is undergoing a period of organizational change. Those resources would be better spent making sure areas like regulatory, clinical, sterilization, quality are in compliance and not creating risk for the company. The company has a way of ignoring real issues for years and then looking for someone to blame when they remember there is an issue. A couple of selfish individuals are restructuring the company and putting their puppets in roles that they are not qualified to do. This short sighted approach poses serious compliance issues for the company and safety issues for patients. Hardworking, competent individuals are being cast aside because they dare to ask questions. It reminds me of the Soviet era. People disappear and are silenced. Don't expect the company to do the right thing and under no circumstances, ask any questions. To do so, rings your professional death knell. Upper management seems perfectly fine leaning on these self appointed HR gurus. Sometimes I wish someone would had the guts to report some of the serious compliance issues there. It wouldn't take a savvy auditor much time to uncover - just need to focus on the operations that affect all the products. Company does a decent job with design control and that is about it.

    Advice to Management

    You won't take any anyway. When did you become so morally bankrupt? Is it greed?


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good company, solid values, going through changes"

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    Former Employee - Strategic Marketing in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Strategic Marketing in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Strong work-life balance
    - Overall highly-motivated work force
    - Decent benefits
    - Exceptional medical products
    - Nice facilities
    - Lack of micromanagement; they trust you to make good decisions
    - Great place to start your career if you have a PhD
    - Stable career outlook; the company does not do layoffs often

    Cons

    - Company seems to be going through an identity crisis as it grows and learns how to compete in the 21st century economy
    - Not competitive in total salary and benefits compared to leading medical device companies
    - Complete lack of emphasis on career development; no clear expectation or process for developing your career
    - Too lacking in process; needs to find a happy medium between lattice structure and top-down leadership to optimize speed of decision-making
    - Somewhat cult-like when it comes to company founders
    - Company locations are somewhat off the beaten path; though it is nice if you plan to retire there

    Advice to Management

    Split the company into a medical products company and another company for everything else (sell or spin off); trying to shoehorn all divisions into similar structures, compensation philosophies, product development processes is inefficient

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Medical device operator"

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    Current Employee - Medical Device Operator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Medical Device Operator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It has a great work life balance and nice facilities. good benefits like health care, stock, coffee, and ability for some advancement.

    Cons

    they have a difficult culture to navigate, can be very bureaucratic, lots of time wasted on pointless meetings. much too many feelings and drama. very repetitive and boring work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the many pointless meetings and compensate associates more fairly such as promotions and representative to the amount of money generated by associates.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, great medical device compony

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Better than many, but getting worse by the day."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly creative and intelligent coworkers. Not much drama among the people with their feet on the ground. Working to improve people's lives.

    Cons

    'Leadership' is completely out of touch and running the company into the ground. Short sighted view. All that matters is the bottom line (It wasn't like this even 5 years ago). Tools to succeed on projects are not available. Mixed messages from management. More and more red tape and hoops to jump through every day. Compensation that is sub par with industry, even in a town that has a higher cost of living. Losing benefits every day. No loyalty to employees. Emphasis from upper level leadership, on punching the clock and not on contribution to the team.

    Advice to Management

    Although the company is much larger now and going through growing pains, try not to lose sight of Bill Gore's vision. It is why we became so successful and is ultimately what will get us through the worst times. Don't turn us into the next General Motors, because I don't see the government handing us a bail out. There is a lot of potential within our company, let that potential shine through. Let the creative, innovative associates do their jobs, and give them the support they need to do it. Maslow's hierarchy of needs and the Theory of X vs. Y is on our culture poster, remembering what they mean will contribute to our success.


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