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Talk of “holocracy” and radically decentralized workplaces is the rage these days. But specialty manufacturer W.L. Gore has been flat as a pancake for more than half a century. Gore allows employees to form their teams based on the ability of individual employees to recruit peers to a compelling project. The maker of Gore-Tex fabric and Glide tooth floss also lets employees rank colleagues on their contributions to the company — a ranking that helps determine salary raises. Says one Italian employee, “Anyone who wants can contribute beyond their role in different contexts that definitely allows the company to save in terms of headcount, but also provides an important opportunity for personal growth.” Read the Great Place to Work review. Also check out Fortune‘s story on W.L. Gore from the March 15, 2015 issue: At W.L. Gore, 57 years of authentic culture.

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