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15. W. L. Gore & Associates
W. L. Gore & Associates
Rank: 15 (Previous rank: 15)
What makes it so great?
The maker of Gore-Tex celebrated its 50th birthday in 2008 by assembling an archive featuring more than 2,000 stories and images submitted by "passionate champions," or highly engaged employees.
Headquarters: 555 Paper Mill Road
Newark, DE 19711
2007 revenue ($ millions): 2,400
Website: www.gore.com
U.S. employees 5,481
Employees outside U.S. 2,663
New jobs (1 year) 276
% job growth (1 year) 5%
% voluntary turnover 5%
Applicants 19,108
No. of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009) 150
Pay Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
Field sales representative
Most common job (hourly):
Medical device assembler
Paid sabbaticals No
Onsite child care Yes
100% health-care coverage No
Onsite fitness center Yes
Subsidized gym membership Yes
Job sharing program Yes
Compressed workweek Yes
Telecommuting Yes
% minorities 18%
% women 40%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Professional training  
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 18
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 15
From the February 2, 2009 issue
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 2007 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 full-time salaried and hourly employees.
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