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WL Gore Associates Inc I am very impressed with this company not only because of the way it started and the people that believed in the company but also the product line it produces It started in Bill Gores basement with the help of his wife Genevieve and their son Bob Bill quit his job of 17 years at Du Pont and his good salary and took a mortgage on their house to begin the business he had absolute faith in He and his wife would eat dinner wash up and then start working in the basement every day It was a daily route for them strange yet comforting for them They had young associates that began to work for them Instead of working for a salary or hourly wages the associates lived in their home free of charge At one time there were 10 associates living in the home WL Gore Associates was not and is still not the best managed company in existence The employees at WL Gore Associates work with no titles There is no lead manager shift manager or anything along those lines There is no hierarchical organization charts or any other conventional structural arrangement that would normally be involved in a corporation that has hundreds of millions of dollars in sales revenues and thousands of employees There is no corporate mission statement that gives the company a future idea to aim for There is no vision or strategy to achieve so the future perspectives of the company are non-existent This type of management is not the ideal or most productive way a business should be ran The reason that this company is able to exist in this fashion a lattice organization is because it started out this way If an organized corporation would turn to this type of structure it would not work because there would be too many hierarchies destroyed When people are removed from
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