10. W.L. Gore & Associates
What makes it so great?
Great ideas (Gore-Tex, Glide dental floss) come from all corners at this nonhierarchical Delaware company, which prefers to promote from within. (CEO Terri L. Kelly joined Gore as a process engineer in 1983.)

Headquarters: Newark, Del.
Top 3 (of 28) U.S. locations: Elkton, Flagstaff , Newark
2005 revenue ($ millions): 1,984
Website: www.gore.com
U.S. employees 4,945
Employees outside U.S. 2,466
New jobs (1 year) 407
% job growth (1 year) 9
% voluntary turnover 5
Applicants 41,599
Most common job (salaried):
Field Sales Representative
N.A.
Most common job (hourly):
Medical device assembler
N.A.
Job sharing program? Yes
Professional training (hrs./yr.) 10
Paid sabbaticals? No
100% health care coverage No
% minorities 16%
% women 40%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Yes
From the January 22, 2007 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 2005 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 salaried and hourly employees.