Losing the differentiating culture that made up for the low pay
Engineer (Current Employee) – Flagstaff, AZ – March 3, 2018
The pay is low, but the culture and benefits were good enough to make up for it for a long time. I don't think that's the case anymore, as the company is becoming more and more like any other big company, but the pay is ~30-40% lower than other said companies for an experienced engineer. Management believes pay is externally competitive, but my recent research says otherwise. The generosity of the benefits is also lagging behind other companies of comparable size that play in similar spaces. Gore used to be on the generous side in this regard.
The worst part of it is Gore used to be a truly wonderful place to work as an engineer. The culture allowed innovation and collaboration to flourish, and the stated Objective of the Enterprise was to "Make Money and Have Fun". Although Gore won't call them "managers", multiple layers of management are being added, and getting into one of those roles is seen as more valuable than doing the actual technical work that contributes to the future of the company. The Gore Culture, when applied properly and as intended, is a powerful engine to generate great business results and keeps engineers happy. As it's practiced now, it means "just be nice" and makes it hard to fire poor performers. One is more likely to be fired for making an off-color joke in the presence of a millennial than for not doing one's job for multiple years.