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Contact: Jenny Maher
Newark, Del. – Oct. 22, 2013 – A workplace free from traditional organizational charts, bosses and chains of command—this is what you will find at W. L. Gore & Associates, the No. 5 company on this year’s list of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces, announced today.
Compiled by the Great Place to Work® Institute, the ranking is the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence and identifies the 25 best multinational companies in terms of workplace culture.
For more than 50 years, Gore has cultivated a corporate culture that fosters the innovative spirit of individuals and teams. Associates play an active role in choosing what they work on and defining their career paths. There is no need to operate through chains of command, and decisions are based on knowledge rather than seniority.
In addition to its non-hierarchical, team-based culture, Gore is known for its diverse product innovations, including waterproof GORE-TEX® fabric, life-saving cardiovascular devices, filtration technologies and electronic cables used in space missions, among hundreds of other offerings.
“When people work in an environment that empowers them to make a difference, their creativity is unleashed. Ultimately, this leads to the development of innovative products that perform in the most demanding environments,” said Gore CEO Terri Kelly. “Our nontraditional culture is more than just a ‘nice to have.’ It fuels our success.”
China Gorman, CEO of Great Place to Work®, added, “The companies listed on the third-annual World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list are creating workplaces dedicated to fostering trust, pride and camaraderie amongst their employees. Their inclusion on this prestigious list demonstrates their commitment to continually improving the lives of their employees and setting innovative new standards for workplaces of the future.”
About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
Gore is a technology-driven company focused on discovery and product innovation. Well known for waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company’s portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Newark, Del., Gore posts annual sales of more than $3 billion and 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. Gore is one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists since the rankings debuted in 1984. The company also appears regularly on similar lists around the world. Learn more at gore.com.
About Great Place to Work®:
Great Place to Work®, headquartered in San Francisco, is a global research, consulting and training firm that helps organizations identify, create and sustain great workplaces through the development of high-trust workplace cultures. Great Place to Work serves businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies in almost 50 countries.
About the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces List:
Great Place to Work’s annual World’s Best Multinational Workplaces List ranks the top 25 global companies to work for. The ranking is based on a pool of data from some 2,900 workplaces. Qualifying companies must have been selected for at least five national Great Place to Work® lists, have at least 5,000 employees worldwide and count at least 40 percent of their global workforce outside of the company’s home country.