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W.L. Gore Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance, great medical device compony (in 104 reviews)

  • Great work- life balance; some freedom to work on what you're passionate about; flexibility with schedule; work with great people; challenging (in 35 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 32 reviews)

  • Win a popularity contest with leadership priceless (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "HR"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family members on the board of directors are wise, caring, and want to influence positive change.

    Cons

    Enterprise leaders are out of touch with the speed of business. The Great Place to Work survey with Gore's dramatic drop in placement, as well as the Gore culture survey results are the worst that they have been since survey inception highlights that Enterprise Leadership is out of touch. Lead, follow, or get out of the way messaging is not motivating.

    Advice to Management

    Create the environment where associates can lead with head, heart, and hands. It seems that in terms of corporate life cycle theory, Gore is heading towards a place where associates will no longer speak up due to fear of retribution. There is still time to change before it is too late. Associates care and are confused with the current enterprise leadership directives.


  2. "Poor Leadership"

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    Former Employee - EHS Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - EHS Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at W.L. Gore full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance was great and the company has a lot of trust in their employees

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, lack of accountability, very high risk tolerance and slow to make decisions

    Advice to Management

    Instead of talking about the idea of the culture, simply practice it. Stop having meetings for the sake of having meetins

  3. "Lots of Freedom"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at W.L. Gore full-time

    Pros

    Clean and safe work environment. Easy going

    Cons

    Takes a long time to get things done. Company is in a state of change


  4. "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome work life balance.
    The projects were cool and I was given a lot of flexibility to be creative and utilize my skills.

    Cons

    There were no cons that are any different from working for any other large employer.


  5. "So far so good, but there are some cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work-life balance is amazing. The best selling point. Nice that you are able to talk to anyone in the enterprise without anyone telling you "no"

    Cons

    Don't expect to get anything done in a timely manner

    Advice to Management

    As much as Gore does not want to use the word "manager" sometimes, the leaders need to lay down the line and push to get things done


  6. "Great place for opportunities to adbance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture is what differentiates Gore

    Cons

    A ot of people don;t follow the culture as it was designed.

    Advice to Management

    Establish a regular profit share program


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Process engineer lower pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elkton, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elkton, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at W.L. Gore full-time

    Pros

    Good team atmosphere
    Good people

    Cons

    Hide behind C&C process
    Lie about salary caps
    Want INFJs only for engineers
    Dont count previous work experience for experienced orofessionals.
    All how you play the game

    Advice to Management

    Remember your choices affect others and their pay.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Work/life balance is great, but little recognition of high achievement."

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Elkton, MD
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Elkton, MD
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance
    Smart people
    Good camaraderie
    Celebrate often
    Culture and satisfaction important to company

    Cons

    No bonuses
    Salary not competitive
    Raise methodology favors certain personalities
    Hard work and achievement not recognized


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Love to polish an apple"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager, Vascular in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Product Manager, Vascular 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

    Company payment is good enough, but the work delivered is not highly demanded, so it is a honest pay. You are free to say no when you feel is right. I do that when my gut tells me to. Gore gives me a lot of time to work on personal projects and find a way to feel great every day.

    Cons

    Just feel bad to nod to my leader every time, for everything, but I rest my mind and leave the boat rolling... leaders know nothing about what we do in the end of the day.

    Advice to Management

    Give me a position as a leader, because I nod very well


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Not that great of a place"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Elkton, MD
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Elkton, MD

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

    Pros

    Lots of good people
    Company stock
    Culture
    They try to team build

    Cons

    Low pay
    Leadership not great
    Don't get recognized for achievements (especially in pay)
    No room for advancement
    Have to know how to play the game
    Felt like I was back in high school


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