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13. W. L. Gore & Associates
W. L. Gore & Associates
Rank: 13 (Previous rank: 15)
What makes it so great?
Associates (they never call them "employees") are in charge in a culture remarkably free from structure. When management guru Gary Hamel visited here in 2005, one associate told him, "If you tell anybody what to do here, they’ll never work for you again."
Headquarters: 555 Paper Mill Rd.
Newark, DE 19711
2008 revenue ($ millions): 2,540
Website: www.gore.com

Is W. L. Gore & Associates a great employer, or what?
W. L. Gore & Associates stats
U.S. employees 5,764
Employees outside U.S. 2,693
New jobs (1 year) 270
% job growth (1 year) 5%
% voluntary turnover 3%
Applicants 17,508
No. of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2010) 49
Pay Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
Process Engineer
Most common job (hourly):
Medical Device Assembler
Paid sabbaticals No
Onsite child care Yes
100% health-care coverage No
Onsite fitness center Yes
Subsidized gym membership No
Job sharing program Yes
Compressed workweek Yes
Telecommuting Yes
% minorities 19%
% women 39%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Professional training  
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 20
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 16
From the Feb. 8, 2010 issue
N.A.: Not available. U.S. employees includes part-timers as of time of survey. Job growth, new jobs, and voluntary turnover are full-time only. Revenues are for 2008 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees.
* Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of full-time salaried and hourly employees.
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