Fortune released a comprehensive list of America’s Best 100 Companies of 2014 to work for according to the employees voice and we were ecstatic to see that New Castle County had one on the list – even more incredible, that one is #22 in the Nation – and the only Delaware company in the Top 100. #Proud!
#22 W. L. Gore & Associates
17 years on the Fortune LIST! Founded in 1958, W.L GORE & ASSOCIATES headquartered in Newark employs more than 10,000 associates worldwide. For more than 50 years, Gore has built a worldwide reputation for ethics and integrity in its dealings with customers, suppliers, and employees, and consumers. In addition to its unique culture, the company is known for 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.
At Gore, 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.
“More than 50 years ago, our company founders set out to create a work environment that promotes collaboration and innovation,” said Gore CEO Terri Kelly. “Today, we take great pride in our continued recognition as a top workplace in the United States and around the world, and we also continue to focus on cultivating a work environment where creativity and innovation thrive.”
- Read about associates whose lives have changed by joining GORE.
According to Fortune: This privately held, team-based chemical company (maker of Elixir guitar strings and Gore-Tex fabrics) does things a bit differently by abolishing hierarchy. Without traditional job titles or executives, workers manage one another. And for the past 14 years a rich stock-ownership plan has awarded a 12%-of-pay contribution. View more at http://fortune.com/best-companies/w-l-gore-associates-22/
Fortune’s Methodology – To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America; 257 firms participated in this year’s survey. More than 252,000 employees at those companies were surveyed by the institute, a global research and consulting firm operating in 45 countries around the world. Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the results of the institute’s Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management’s credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the institute’s Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts. After evaluations are completed, if news about a company comes to light that may significantly damage employees’ faith in management, we may exclude it from the list. Any company that is at least five years old and has more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible. The deadline for applying for next year’s list is June 30, 2014. For an online nomination form, go to the Great Place to Work Institute’s web site. If you have further questions about the Best Companies to Work For, please e-mail [email protected].