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Senior Program Assistant, Development Policy and Finance

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Washington, DC

The mission of the Global Policy & Advocacy (GPA) program is to understand and shape the public policy debates affecting the… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


14 hrs ago

Senior Information Security Analyst – new

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

Do you believe technology can improve lives around the world? We do! We are IT at the Gates Foundation. We are a creative, dynamic group of… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


5 days ago

Senior Program Officer, Behavior Change Communication

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

The Integrated Delivery team aims to advance the outcomes of the Global Health and Global Development Programs via efforts to improve overall and… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


6 days ago

Senior Program Officer, Advocacy & Communications, Pneumonia and Enteric & Diarr

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

The mission of the Global Policy & Advocacy (GPA) program is to understand and shape the public policy debates affecting the… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


6 days ago

Portfolio and Platform Lead

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

Our Global Health Division (GH) harnesses advances in science and technology to save lives in poor countries. We focus on the health problems that… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


2 days ago

Financial Associate – new

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

The Finance and Strategy group is responsible for implementing and maintaining operating procedures designed to ensure rigorous stewardship of the… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


7 days ago

Continuous Improvement Manager, HR Service Delivery

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

The mission of Human Resources is to attract, engage, develop and align people to achieve the mission of the foundation. Responsibilities The… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


2 days ago

Senior Program Officer, Integrated Delivery, Human-Centered Design – new

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

The goal of the Global Development Program is to increase opportunities for people in the developing world to lift themselves out of hunger and… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


4 days ago

Associate Program Officer, Program Advocacy and Communications

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

The mission of the Global Policy & Advocacy (GPA) program is to understand and shape the public policy debates affecting the… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


7 days ago

Program Assistant

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

The foundation's U.S. Program works with a range of partners toward greater opportunity for all Americans largely through the attainment of secondary… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


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    Former Employee - Professional/Program in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Professional/Program in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Phenomenal salary and benefits.
    -Very bright colleagues
    -Access to the best minds and most cutting-edge work in your field
    -Opportunity to support amazing people doing amazing work
    -Culture of genuine commitment to mission by both staff and management (though I encountered some careerists, too)
    -Excellent work flexibility as long as you perform, and the tools you need to take advantage of that flexibility
    -Great business/IT/ops/travel/Events, etc support teams.
    -Great food, generous events.

    Cons

    -What others have written about the politics and bureaucracy are true. The place can sometimes feel like something out of Kafka or Heller.
    -It's also true that it can be a very cut-throat place, but that varied by team, manager, and director.
    -And it's also true about the perpetually shifting sands, continual reorgs, and endless Powerpoints. I think one reason for this is the unrealistic goal-setting, at least in some program areas. Departments often set themselves up for failure by setting goals that are nearly impossible and whose achievement they have no control over.
    -Permanent sense of inadequacy: Despite year after year of positive reviews and 360s there was always a nagging sense of inadequacy. (As one colleague, a Stanford PhD, once put it, "I've never worked anywhere where I felt so dumb.") I felt bad about myself all the time, even when I was winning awards for service.
    -There is a lot of churn, and very little chance for advancement. But it should be noted that the organization is very up-front about this. They make it clear: No career ladder. And while there are no formal "term limits" for program staff, there's an expectation that you'll cycle back into your field after 3-5 years.
    -All the policies and tools that enable you to work anytime, anywhere--which is great for flexibility--can, along with all the pressure, make work-life balance difficult. (But some managers and directors do try to mitigate the problem, with some success.)

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    None. One of the big lessons I learned there is how difficult it is, even with all the talent and resources you could possibly want, to create an efficient, effective organization. All the complaints you read here about bureaucracy and "politics" and abrupt shifts and reorgs, isn't for lack of a lot really smart people trying hard to make it better. That lesson was humbling.

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