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31. W. L. Gore & Associates

W. L. Gore & Associates
Rank: 31 (Previous rank: 13)
What makes it so great?
The maker of Gore-Tex has a unique culture marked by a lack of hierarchy and few traditional job titles. Applicants are interviewed by five to eight associates, who look for "people with a high tolerance for ambiguity."
Headquarters:
555 Paper Mill Road
Newark, DE 19711
2009 revenue ($ millions): 2,554
Website: www.gore.com
 
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Employees  
U.S. employees 5,770
Employees outside U.S. 3,233
Jobs  
New jobs (1 year) 33
% job growth (1 year) 1%
% voluntary turnover 3%
Applicants 19,624
Job openings (as of 1/7/11) N.A.
Pay Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
Engineer
N.A.
Most common job (hourly):
Medical Device Assembler
N.A.
Benefits  
Paid sabbaticals No
Onsite child care Yes
Health  
100% health-care coverage No
Onsite fitness center Yes
Subsidized gym membership No
Work-life  
Job sharing program No
Compressed workweek Yes
Telecommuting Yes
Diversity  
% minorities 19%
% women 39%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Yes
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Yes
Professional training  
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 11
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 11
From the Feb. 7, 2011 issue
Notes:
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 2009 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees, except job openings, which are worldwide.
* 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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