Enterprise Network Engineer (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – October 8, 2018
My position was represented as contract to hire and a few months after my contract began the decision was made to outsource my position after a new hardware vendor was selected. I spend my days monitoring hardware and waiting for trouble tickets I can resolve to come in. They have provided some training on current and new products which allowed me to acquire new certifications.
My 26 years at Gore were rewarding and fulfilling, the core principles of freedom and fairness allowed me to grow in experience and contribution throughout my time at Gore, I'm proud to have been a Gore Associate!
Manufacturing Trainer (Former Employee) – Arizona – September 26, 2018
I worked in Phoenix and Flagstaff plants and the cultures were very different. In Flagstaff, I felt respected and that my skills were valued; however, in Phoenix I was told that I needed to "put in my dues". ( I had already worked for the company for over 5 years when I was told this.). Needless to say it had put a bad taste in my mouth. I would not recommend working in manufacturing in Phoenix. I loved everything about the Flagstaff plants. Great culture, management that listened, my voice was heard and I was given a chance to run with my ideas for continuous improvement.
R&D Manufacturing Area Leader (Former Employee) – Flagstaff, AZ – September 23, 2018
Don't let the disgruntled people detour you. This place is an awesome place to work, so long as you apply yourself. Patience is the key...most folks would like compensation before they contribute. Here, it's different! The business will reward you for the accomplishments you make.
Associate (Former Employee) – Maryland – August 27, 2018
W.L. Gore is one of the best companies I've worked for. The culture is great. There's a lot of people who will help you grow and improve. There is potential for advancement but more for some than others. Being a fast learner and having a high aptitude was a huge benefit for me and I got to enjoy working in multiple areas with multiple teams across many of the plants. Some of the areas practiced the culture very well while some did not. I recommend kill them with kindness no matter where you are. You will work with some great people here and you'll work with some that think they're greater than what they really are. Just because someone is an Engineer doesn't' mean they know what they're doing don't be surprised if they throw blame of their mistakes onto someone else.
If you are female or minority and bust your tail you'll have the best chance of advancement. This is a good thing because you can end up in a good position with little to no experience and people will help you along the way. Unfortunately the negative side to this is you get some people with big egos because they think they've accomplished something major even if their skills are mediocre to poor.
If you're considered a Caucasian male and have good skills you're not only going to have to bust your tail to stick out but your're also going to need degrees or certificates in the field you want to apply for. Even then don't be surprised if you don't get the position.
Typically working hard and going above and beyond will get you places. People usually do notice.
Associate (Current Employee) – Arizona – July 24, 2018
Tries hard to live up to its values, but sometimes falls short. Currently working through significant organizational change which should position the company for exceptional business performance in the future. Tends to over-sell the company culture, setting new hires up for disappointment even though the culture is generally very good.
"Make money and having fun", Gore's principle, has completely changed in "make money". Management has taken lots of decisions only thinking on the financial aspect and forgetting the human one. What a shame
If you are friends with the higher up people most likely you will have all kind of opportunities.
Research and Development Technician- operator (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – June 27, 2018
The beautiful Gore's culture is hardly ever practice,a day of work to start is at 6am and you have to be in the clean room a few min before 6am otherwise you get call out for being late, the job is very stressful and physical it hurts your body badly but no one cares as long as they get their goals meet each day. No one has the compassion and family environment that once it had. it is very sad and disappointing to see such a successful enterprise being so careless and corrupt.
Shift leader (Former Employee) – Flagstaff, AZ – June 21, 2018
Typical day at work would be to come in, put on your cleanroom suit and build medical devices. Benefits are awesome. sick time, vacation, 401k ect. I would still be here if it wasnt for personal issues
always doing things for employees
extremely hard to get hired if you dont know someone working there already
Medical cleanroom manufacturing (Current Employee) – Flagstaff, AZ – June 14, 2018
I am still a temporary employee but it sounds great to become an associate. It feels like they have better opportunities. I feel like they are singling out temp services yet we provide the same service as associates.
Quality Control Tester (Former Employee) – Arizona – June 6, 2018
In the 3 years I worked there things slowly got worse for the employees that do the manual labor. No promotion, lack of communication, no direct leadership. The people most upset with the changes are the ones who do the manual labor, leadership and office dwellers have free paid lunches, flexible schedules, and are compensated due to projects they focus on not helping promote the work force or an individual.