W. L. Gore & Associates

Courtesy of W.L. Gore and Associates

    There’s a promote-from-within culture at this manufacturing company, which makes Gore-Tex fabrics, medical devices, and more. Nearly half of its hires in the past year were made internally. Employees say they can “literally move to any role in the organization” with the right skills and training—which Gore will help pay for. Learn more in the Great Place to Work review here.

    Company Info

    Rank last year12
    Years on list20
    HQ locationNewark, Del.
    Total employees9,889
    Job openings (as of February 2017)66
    IndustryManufacturing & Production
    Revenue (2016 or most recent year)$2.9 billion
    Year founded1958
    Type of organizationPrivate
    Number of work sites38


    100% health coverageNo
    Unlimited sick daysNo
    Onsite fitness centerYes
    Discounted gym membershipsNo
    Job sharingYes
    Compressed work weeksYes
    Fully-paid sabbaticalsNo
    Onsite medical care facilityYes
    Medical facility at all locationsNo
    Onsite childcareNo
    Domestic partner benefits for same-sex couplesYes
    Non-discrimination policy includes sexual orientationYes
    Sick days for part-timersYes
    Health insurance for part-timersYes
    PTO for volunteeringYes
    College tuition reimbursementYes


    % Women39%
    % Minorities21%
    % African-American/Black4%
    % Asian5%
    % Caucasian/White78%
    % Hispanic/Latino9%
    % Native American/Alaska Native3%
    % Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander<1%
    % Two or more races<1%
    % Unknown ethnicity<1%

    Paid Time Off

    General PTO21
    Total PTO after 5 years26
    # Sick days10
    Max hours PTO for volunteering8
    General PTO for part-timers-
    # Sick days for part-timers-


    Most common job (for salaried employee)Engineer
    Avg. base pay (salaried)-
    Avg. extra compensation (salaried)-
    Total pay for most common job (salaried)-
    Most common job (for hourly employee)Medical Device Assembler
    Avg. base pay (hourly)-
    Avg. extra compensation (hourly)-
    Total pay for most common job (hourly)-
    Avg. monthly rate for onsite childcare-

    Hiring/Staffing (Past 12 Months)

    Full-time job growth %-4%
    # of job applicants19,004
    Avg. # of applicants per opening-
    FT voluntary turnover4%
    Jobs filled internally325
    % Jobs filled by referral12
    # New graduates hired48
    Avg. college tuition reimbursed-


    Avg. # hours training (salaried workers)42
    Avg. # hours training (hourly workers)42