100 Best Companies to Work For
W.L. Gore & Associates
Rank: 5 (2005 rank: 2)
  
Headquarters: Newark, DE
Industry: High-Tech Manufacturing
Midsized Companies Rank: 2
2004 Revenue ($ millions): 1,840
U.S. Sites: 26
Website: http://www.gore.com
What makes it so great?
To encourage innovation at the maker of Gore-Tex fabrics, Elixir guitar strings, and Glide dental floss, there are no bosses, job titles, or organization charts, just sponsors, team members, and leaders.
U.S. employees 4,537
Employees outside U.S. 2,247
% minorities 15
% women 40
New jobs (1 year) 261
% job growth (1 year) 6
Professional training (hrs./yr.) 18
% voluntary turnover 5
Applicants 37,936
Most common job (salaried) Field Sales Associate N.A.
Most common job (hourly) Medical Device Assembler N.A.
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. Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of salaried and hourly employees. Revenues are for 2004 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees.