W. L. Gore & Associates

W. L. Gore & Associates Employee Reviews

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The good old days, were
Sales Manager (Current Employee) –  Elkton, MdJuly 17, 2016
Gore has some unbelievable technology. Manufacturing processes are inefficient and their is little to no commitment invest in fixing this. The so-called culture was once a strength of the company. Today, the same words are being used to speak of corporate values however leadership twists these words to fit their desire rather than aligning plans and acceptable behaviors to the documented definitions. HR policies exist, but are not available to anyone except HR. Policies are only used when a leader goes to HR and together they bait a trap for an employee who never had any idea any such secret policy existed. There are now new secret 'waterline' groups who make employment decisions using these secret policies to guide them toward 'consistency'. This has developed into an environment of fear and mistrust from what had been a very trusting, engaging environment that foster great innovation.
Pros
Talented employees, pleasant working conditions
Cons
Mistrust, secret committees, secret policies, lack of transparency
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Amazing Company
Medical Manufacturer (Current Employee) –  Flagstaff, AZMay 15, 2016
Amazing company! Everything from thee staff to the actual job, was beyond my expectations! I would highly recommend WL Gore and Associates to anyone!
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Gore Review
Mercury Filtration Process Engineer (Current Employee) –  Elkton, MDApril 3, 2016
Working at Gore is great. I learned a lot in that time that I was thee and was able to apply the knowledge in a new and growing business.
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wonderful and fun workplace
project engineer (Former Employee) –  ChinaJanuary 21, 2016
Working at Gore likes working at home with freedom. All associates are enthusiastic at work and help each other to approach the target together like a family. The core of working at Gore is "Making money and have fun, and doing so!"
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It is an interesting place to work.
Manufacturing, Medical Device Operator (Former Employee) –  Flagstaff, AZJanuary 15, 2016
The work that they do there is pretty amazing. The team that I worked with was awesome. I have to admit thought that I was not too impressed with the management of the company The people that are in charge have no real knowledge of what their workers are doing there. They have expectations that are almost impossible when you are on the line and are using the processes that are place in front of you.
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Not as advertised
Associate (Current Employee) –  Newark, DEJanuary 9, 2016
The so called unique culture has all but disappeared and the new Gore looks like any vertically structured corporate culture.
Pros
None
Cons
Poor pay, identity crisis
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Great place to work but don't plan on moving up unless brown nosing is a listed skill on your resume
manufacturing (Current Employee) –  Phoenix, AZDecember 22, 2015
Its good for some but not for all. Knowing that associates got hired on for more than a long term associate makes is a slap in the face. How can you be working at a company for 10 years and make less than an associate who has been working for 6 months doing the same function? Loyalty to it's employees has been hidden in the smoke and mirriors of the C and C process.
Pros
Nice people, pays the bills.
Cons
Culture that is used to hide the truth. Buddy system, its not what you know its who you know that gets you somewhere. Outdated systems and ideas
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Great place to work with a perfect theoretical company culture.
Associate (Current Employee) –  München, BYOctober 11, 2015
Lot's of opportunities to develop skills and your personality if you have the right network in place. The praised 'power of small teams' and 'flat lattice' is very theoretical. There are occasions where a spark of the Gore Culture shines through. Co-workers (Associates) are mainly fabulous people with a huge amount of creativity and energy.
The intended culture to allow a creative flow and accept mistakes is dissolved in bureaucracy and top down decision making.
Pros
People, Salery and Benefits
Cons
bureaucracy, meeting culture
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Technical challenges
Process Engineer (Current Employee) –  Elkton, MDJune 21, 2015
The work is challenging and the culture is good, just as described in the many "best places to work for" articles. The products we make are awesome and the process is very fun. The hardest part of the job is dealing with the confusion and lack of accountability that comes from the flat company structure, i.e. no bosses or everyone is a boss.
Pros
Freedom
Cons
Confusion
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Nice Environment
Help Desk Support Analyst (Former Employee) –  Charlotte, NCFebruary 4, 2015
We are a global management consulting firm and the world's leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises.
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Couldn't wait to Leave
Anonymous (Former Employee) –  Flagstaff, AZNovember 8, 2014
This place is so outdated with its processes that you have to look back 20 or even 30 years ago to make a comparison. The management is nearly all comprised of long term "Gorons" who basically don't really have a clue and are there to protect their own jobs - not actually improve anything. The amount of nepotism is alarming.

If you are an experienced professional, I really hope you think very long and hard before considering a move to this company.
Pros
lots of free food provided to keep the lemmings satisfied
Cons
see my review.. too numerous to list them all.
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Enjoyed working at W.L. Gore
Qualtiy,inspection,packaging (Former Employee) –  Elkton, MDOctober 22, 2014
I learned to work with a very diverse group of associates from around the world. Management was great, you would pick your own sponsor and they would mentor you. The hardest part of the job was meeting deadlines that were dropped in the same day they wanted product shipment. The most enjoyable thing of working at Gore was the freedom to adjust your hours when needed and the flexibility to step outside of your work area to help others and learn new things.
Pros
great benefits, a lot of freedom
Cons
no supplement healthcare program once you retire.
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Choose your career path wisely
Operations (Current Employee) –  Elkton, MDJuly 31, 2014
Pros – -Most of the individual contributors are genuinely good people. They are friendly and helpful in any way they can help.
-The operations side of the company is so far behind compared to external companies that a halfway competent person could make big impacts.
-Some folks have a great work life balance and can take vacations and sick time throughout the year with no impact to their career or earnings.
-Pay is fair when you first join the company.
-The benefits package is on par with external companies.

Cons – -No work life balance for those in operations (professional and production associates) due to no processes, backups, or proper business planning. This is a direct reflection of poor/incompetent leadership.
-No standard processes or training for any of the new or new to the job associates (causes fires).
-Not a quality driven company. Most products I had experience with cannot be made the same way twice and product specs are vague at best. The company has a lot of scrap and waste and makes it up with its high margins.
-The most nepotistic company I have ever had the experience working at in my career. Many family members hired as they have direct relationships with leaders. The company hires based on who you know and not what you know unless they are in dire need of external help. Good ol’ boys network is alive and well at Gore along with the friends and family plan. “Successful” leaders have at least 3+ family members working within Gore (some have divorced and remarried internally in Gore).
-The company is very stingy on vacation and will tell you that you actually
  more... have more vacation then you had externally as you now have 2 weeks sick time that can be used. However, they don’t tell you that sick time will be used against you during compensation time if you use it for any reason.
- Leadership is very unethical. I have experienced business leaders using their position for personal gain with external vendors/businesses within the same industry.
-Leadership will also have conversations with you to find out ways to “improve” and if everything is going ok. However, they are looking for an ego stroke and for you to say that everything is great and what they are doing is the best thing since sliced bread. If you tell the truth, you will be quickly targeted as a poor performer and HR will be pulled in to start your exit process (unbeknownst to you). I have personally witnessed 2 examples of this situation in the past year.
-Leadership will also tread lightly on folks that are over 40 and are minorities due to fear of lawsuits.
- There are two types of folks who love it at Gore. All of the Industrial engineer new hires that are brought on board and nurtured by leadership to promote the Gore culture and are made to feel they are making a difference and the gore lifers who have 15+ years of service and are unable to function in any external company.
- Firefighting is rewarded and encouraged. 99% of these fires would be avoided if they had a clue about a quality culture.
- The company has internal marketing campaigns on how it is the best place to work and that you cannot go anywhere better than Gore. Those that came from external companies know better that to listen to this lie but it is a very useful retention tactic for Gore lifers as well as new associates.
- If you come up with a great business strategy for a project, your business/production/plant leader will take your project idea and give it to one of their “friends” so that they can be successful. You will be required to be a part of the team and drive these results but will not ever get the credit you deserve on the project.
-Career development is a joke. Most of the people that are in charge of developing you are lifetime Gore associates who have no idea on how to effectively run an operation, process or have the knowledge of external best business practices.
- The Lattice “Flat” structure is real within Gore but there are lattice layers with stairs between the layers (those that have the access to the stairs are good ol’ boys and are well connected).
- Leaders tend to be culture cheerleaders (human resources and company culture salespeople) and are not brought in for hard skills but rather selling the culture as real and that Gore is the best place to work.
- Note for external candidates: Gore will only post external roles that no one internally wants. Be wary of any external roles. If the role is not gravy enough for a family member than they will bring someone externally in to fulfill the role. Again, most of these positions will be due to very poor leadership decisions and lack of skill sets throughout the organization and they are in dire need of help. Once the help has been provided you will be expendable.
I would have loved to read a review like mine before accepting my position at Gore to know what I was getting into. Be cautious about accepting any role that is close to operations/engineering.
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Pros
good people
Cons
politcs and poor leadership
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Not all about having fun and making money as their slogan says
Assembler (Former Employee) –  Jersey ShoreApril 8, 2014
I worked a total of 10yrs for the company. It was a privately owned medical device company and Gore acquired the company a few years after I started to work there. I use to enjoy going to work everyday til I started to get pressured into the companies deep culture and a zillion other culture related programs and clubs or whatever else plant manager, cell leader or anyone higher up or other clusters came up with. The constant interruptions during working hours for meetings and other non emergency issues that keeps workers from doing their jobs. One of the main issues was the constant push of company culture and how we have to be part of it whether we agree on it or not. Leaders, Plant managers and anyone that's from office area would preach about company culture and how we have to follow it but, I've witness countless of times themselves violating that culture themselves. The company started to feel like a religious cult and if you violate you will get frowned upon. Workers constantly running to cell leader complaining about other workers and not doing one on one communication with each other. If cell leaders find you different then the rest of the workers you become a target and they will try to get rid of you and not follow company culture and contact your sponsor and talk about the issues. You will be pulled from your dept. and bought to a conference room you end up sitting in a room with your cell leader,plant manager and Human resource and your left wondering what's going on . Your sponsor nowhere in sight and or have any knowledge of what's going on, a direct violation  more... of company culture. You maybe great at doing your job and making great product but if you don't heel to their culture and paint a smile on your face for 8 yrs or more like a stepford wife then you have no chance in this company. Benefits are great but environment isn't pleasant.  less
Pros
benefits
Cons
slow or low pay increases. over the top company culture and hypocritical leaders and followers
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must have good ping pong skills
medical device operator (Former Employee) –  phoenixoApril 27, 2013
Good benifits. Not willing to move you if one area does not work out.
Pros
benifits
Cons
leadership is in one mindset and not willing to give a chance in differnt area.
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Great benefits from day 1.
none (Former Employee) –  noneDecember 10, 2012
Decent wages but very difficult to advance in company without playing the very unfair games the company preaches against. Great benefits and opportunity for advancement if someone is "socially gifted".
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Work life balance like no where else.
Biostatistician (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZSeptember 27, 2012
Great chance to learn and grow. It is expected that you take care of your family first when you work at Gore. The organizational structure (or lack there of) is challenging. Negotiate a great starting salary because you are not going to move up fast in pay or position at Gore.
Pros
work life balance
Cons
slow pay increase
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Difficult to work with long term Associates, due to some feel threatened by performance and efficiency idea's from other teammates
Manufacturing tech (Former Employee) –  elkton,mdFebruary 8, 2012
This company has great idea's, but lacks the support from it's leadership to contribute on time feedback. I witnessed sabotaged efficiency improvements that could have enabled cost savings, especially in overtime, due to trying to allow their manufacturing machines to operate non stop thru out the work day. Long term Associates are very set in their ways and do not enjoy change, the changes are vital to over all success and continued cost measures. Bye keeping cost down a company can share this with their customers, which improve relations and concerns.
Pros
company stock program, health insurance
Cons
leaders, are not aware, of what is really happening, on the manufacturing floors
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3.4
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