For the 20th consecutive year, W. L. Gore & Associates is among the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, making the company one of 12 Great Place to Work Legends that have appeared in every edition of the rankings since the list began in 1998.
Gore, which ranked 52nd, was the only Delaware-based company to appear on the this year’s list. Gore is headquartered in Newark, but has a large cluster of operations and business headquarters to the west in Cecil County, MD.
Gore ranked 12th last year and 13th in 2010. The company’s chief executive acknowledged the closely held corporation is facing challenges in a global marketplace.
“Our longevity on the list is especially meaningful considering that it is largely driven by associate input,” Gore CEO Terri Kelly stated in a company release. “Like so many companies, we have gone through considerable change in recent years, reflecting the rapidly evolving world around us. It’s during such challenging times that the strength of our associates is most evident. They bring passion and energy to work each day and rally around common goals to drive Gore’s success. We remain committed to nurturing a culture that engages our associates and unleashes their potential.”
Applicant workplaces participate in a selection process that includes an employee survey measuring level of trust toward leaders, pride in their jobs and the camaraderie they experience with co-workers, among other factors.
As the list marks its 20th year, Great Place to Work — t he research and consulting firm behind the rankings — notes that the honorees keep outperforming the stock market, beating industry rivals when it comes to talent retention and demonstrating higher levels of productivity than peers.
Gore was the only Delaware company to appear on the this year’s list. Capital One, which ranked 17
Capital One, which ranked 17th, is one of Delaware’s largest financial employers, but is based near Washington, D.C. Brokerage firm Edward Jones, which has several offices in Delaware ranked 5th: Outdoor retailer REI, which has a store near Christiana Mall ranked 28th.
Outdoor retailer REI, which has a store near Christiana Mall ranked 28th, with its neighbors at or near the mall, The Cheese Cake Factory at 48th; The Container Store ranking 49, and Nordstrom at 94th. Lodging giant, Marriott, which has several hotel franchises in Delaware ranked 33rd.