NEWARK, Del., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- W. L. Gore & Associates announced today that it has been recognized as one of the World's Best Multinational Workplaces by the Great Place to Work® Institute. The ranking is the world's largest annual study of workplace excellence and identifies the top 25 best multinational companies in terms of workplace culture. Gore earned the No. 8 spot on the list.
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Gore employs more than 10,000 associates, with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan and China, and sales offices around the world. The organization is known for its non-hierarchical, team-based culture as well as a diverse array of product innovations, including life-saving cardiovascular devices, GORE-TEX® fabric, guitar strings and electronic cables used in space missions, among hundreds of other products.
"For more than 50 years, our culture has driven the creation of products that have changed industries and lives around the world for the better," says Gore CEO Terri Kelly. "We are proud to offer a work environment that fosters innovation, and where people feel motivated, engaged and passionate about the work they do."
Since launching the first best workplaces lists in partnership with FORTUNE magazine in the United States and Exame in Brazil in 1997, Great Place to Work® now recognizes leading workplaces in some 45 countries. The World's Best Multinational Workplace list is based on a pool of data from some 1,800 companies that were listed on Great Place to Work® lists around the world. Every year, Great Place to Work® analyzes data from surveys taken by more than 2.5 million employees and workplace culture analytics taken from 5,671 companies.
"The companies listed on the second-annual World's Best Multinational Workplaces List are creating workplaces dedicated to fostering trust, pride and camaraderie amongst their employees," said Susan Lucas-Conwell, global CEO of Great Place to Work®. "Their inclusion on this prestigious list demonstrates their commitment to continually improving the lives of their employees and setting innovative new standards for workplaces of the future."
About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.:
Gore is a technology-driven company focused on discovery and product innovation. Well known for waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company's portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in the United States, Gore posts annual sales of more than $3.2 billion and employs approximately 10,000 associates worldwide. Gore is one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. "100 Best Companies to Work For" lists since the rankings debuted in 1984. The company also appears regularly on similar lists around the world. Gore's inclusion on Great Place to Work® Institute lists in France, Germany, Italy, Korea, and the United States qualified the company for this year's multinational list. Learn more at gore.com.
About Great Place to Work®:
Great Place to Work® Institute is a global research, consulting and training firm that helps organizations identify, create and sustain great workplaces through the development of high-trust workplace cultures. Great Place to Work® serves businesses, non-profits and government agencies in 45 countries on all six continents.
About the World's Best Multinational Workplaces List:
The second annual World's Best Multinational Workplaces List ranks the top 25 global companies to work for. Qualifying companies must have appeared on at least five national Great Place to Work® lists, have at least 5,000 employees worldwide, and at least 40 percent of their global workforce must work outside of the company's home country.
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