W. L. Gore & Associates
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Amazing benefits , associate owned company , fully vested after 3 years. Very forward minded and progressive thinking within Gore. Embraces diversity, equality and inclusion. Values associates take on overall associate experience.
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Great place to work if you are starting your career

Gore is a very interesting place to work at. Overall I will say that it is a good company to work for, especially if you are starting out in your career. You have the freedom to decide where you want to advance and grow within the company, and you also have the freedom to kind of 'be your own boss' in a sense once you develop trust amongst your team and leader. Most of the associates and leadership at Gore are very supportive (unless you get a terrible leader) and will help you advance as long as you want to. You may have opportunities to travel globally, advance your education with certifications, and work with associates globally. During the pandemic, Gore gave out profit shares and accommodated associates allowing them to work from home, and didn't take any stance when it came to the vaccine. They were very neutral and kept associates updated as far as the legal standing of the vaccine mandate. I think they handled and navigated the pandemic very well. When it comes to work life balance, Gore is very flexible and understands you have a life outside of work. You don't have to ask your manager for approval to take vacation or worry about stepping away from your computer to make a phone call. As long as you do your job, and get your work done, you won't have any problems for the most part. It's also pretty hard to get fired if you are remotely decent at your job. The biggest problems with Gore stems from the culture. There is a lack of accountability and a lot of people take advantage of certain aspects of the culture for their own benefit. You can find yourself taking on - 

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Work life balance, time off, freedom

Cons

Pay not aligned with market
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W. L. Gore & Associates insights

Based on 174 survey responses
What people like
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Time and location flexibility
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  • Overall satisfaction
  • Support from manager

Good company overall

Work life balance and scheduling flexibility are excellent, but the company culture isn't what it used to be. The atmosphere is overall relaxed and enjoyable but could be better.
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A lot conflict of interest violation

A Lot relatives work there. Not a good environment, the operators talk all day and management doesn’t care. If you don’t have relatives inside the company you don’t pass the training.
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Overall, a good place to work

WL Gore is a great place to work with plenty of job security. Work-life balance is a focus of Gore's along with diversity and competative benfits. Leadership can be lacking at times, but largely is good. It can be high-stress. For anyone wondering, yes they drug test.
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Productive

Great environment and company my personal manager was a bit brash but I left due to mental health reasons and needing a few months off otherwise I'd still be there
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Make money and have fun!

Great company to work for, especially for a new graduate. Supportive team and an inclusive environment + technical challenges and room for development.
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Can be a great place to work depending on the role

Some job functions are overworked. Too many leaders, not enough Associates who actually do the work. cPM role is a grind, sometimes 30 projects at a time without reward. Overcomplicated risk averse process makes it difficult to get things through the system. The good news is the people are generally great and helpful. The company culture has changed over the years with the explosive growth.
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Limited growth opportunities for non-lifers

It’s an unusual work culture where people are promoted based on some sort of “next in line” strategy versus actual experience or skills needed for the role. You have to learn how to navigate the flat(ish) org structure to succeed.
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Productive work place with a ping pong table

I wroked here during the pandemic. It was a safe place. The nature of the work in manufacturing is repetitive and hard on the body however Gore provides associates with benefits that help mitigate the physical traumas the worker experiences.
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Great place to work

Production company that works hard and plays hard. The company cares about the employees and they value the employees imput and encourages your ideas.
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Work/life balance, strong belief in products, good people

Gore is a company that strives to service their customers, provide Associates with a positive experience, and achieve strong business results. The strength in Gore is their continued pursuit in achieving all three, and they do a good job at it. Their biggest challenges exist from the fact that there are many, multi decade experiences associates, which is a testament to the quality of life at Gore. The challenge is limited advancement opportunities (it’s a very flat hierarchy) and tribal knowledge. While Gore has its challenges, the overall experience is a very positive one and it is an environment that continuously strives to improve. And great people who want to make a difference.
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Great company but poor senior leadership

Most leaders on the executive role have no idea how to run a business. They try shoot from the hip and hope it hits the target. Constant change in leadership structure, people are promoted with no absolute reason or skill

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Work life balance

Cons

Poor leadership
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Lots of freedom

Great work/life balance, good benefits and decent pay. Lots of potential to be creative when it comes to fulfilling your commitments. Often times, leadership seems to be in a scramble since there are reorganizations every few years but day-to-day is not usually affected. Overall a great place to work
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Great culture

Great culture and coworkers always willing to help. Lattice structure is good for forging connections. Work from home is an option COVID or not. Overall great benefits
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Good hours

N/a don’t have any don’t have anything don’t have any don’t have no diversity, management doesn’t really care as long as it’s not broken they will not tend to it.
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Great place to work, if you're into CULTure and conformity

It's a "flat organization" (in other words, there is no "management" only "leaders" that take no responsibility for their toxic environment)They preach about diversity, inclusion and fairness but this company is anything but these things.They cater to employees that seek the most control and bully their way into power.The only thing competitive and enticing about this place is the time off and benefits they offer.
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Depends on who you know

Very clickish. Makes contractors feel like outsiders and not part of the team. Many of the associates don’t tend to speak to the contractors once they see your badge. Not a pleasant environment.
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False promises

This place USED to be one of the greatest companies to work for. What happened? They allowed the under qualified, unemotionally immature, and inexperienced to lead. They actively promote nepotism, favoritism, and cronyism. There are plenty of great hard working employees that have earned the next upcoming promotion. However, it almost always goes to someone with little to no experience. The management preaches the use of Gore’s Culture but will tell you that as an employee you are held accountable to our culture. Although, management doesn’t always exhibit the culture. Of course what’s okay for thee is not okay for me! They act as though the year is 2015 and they are still paying well above for the area when in reality Target pays more than Gore!
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Fulfilling and Challenging Work But Low Pay

I find purpose in the work and supporting the mission which is important to me. The work is challenging and fulfilling, but the pay is low and not competitive, which is counter to what their principles are supposed to be. It’s hard to get the resources you need for anything which means most people have multiple commitments and are stretched thin, making for terrible work/life balance. There are some really great people to work with here. Mostly everyone is very supportive and collaborative.

Pros

Great people, mission driven purpose

Cons

No work/life balance, low pay
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Started out as forward thinking and energizing but seems to be going the other way now

Work life balance is the main perk being here. You will not have a ton of vacation compared to the industry average now it seems, but there is flexibility day to day. Probably seen others talk about it, but pay is pretty low, especially when some of the work locations are in very high cost of living cities. Some good opportunities to make some friends with similar interests to you and have a decent sense of job security.

Pros

Flexible work life schedule

Cons

Healthcare options, pay, growth
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Based on 419 reviews

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4.0 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.4 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.2 out of 5 stars for Management
3.6 out of 5 stars for Culture

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