W. L. Gore & Associates has once again earned a spot on Fortune magazine’s annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America. The company is ranked No. 21. This marks Gore’s 16th consecutive appearance on the list, making it one of a select few workplaces to appear in every edition of the rankings.
Headquartered in Newark,
Del., Gore employs more than 10,000 associates, with manufacturing
facilities in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and
China, and sales offices around the world.
This year marks Gore’s
55th anniversary. The company dates back to January 1, 1958, when
founders Bill and Vieve Gore celebrated the New Year—and their 23rd
wedding anniversary—by launching a business in the basement of their
home. Today, Gore is recognized as often for its unique culture as for
its industry-leading products, such as waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX®
fabric. Gore is a team-based organization free from traditional
organizational charts and chains of command.
recognition as a top workplace reflects the critical role our company
culture plays in fostering associate satisfaction and business results,”
says CEO Terri Kelly. “Our culture is our biggest competitive
advantage. It creates a work environment where people feel empowered to
make a difference. And it’s the driving force behind our broad range of
innovations, from life-saving cardiovascular devices and
high-performance fabrics to aerospace electronics and industrial
In addition to appearing on all 16
Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists, Gore earned recognition
in three books by the same name published in the 1980s and 1990s. The
company is also consistently named a top workplace in a number of other
countries. In November, the company ranked No. 8 on the Great Place to
Work Institute’s list of top multinational workplaces.