Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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www.gatesfoundation.org Seattle, WA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann

Susan Desmond-Hellmann


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    Nice company to work with

    CRM Consultant (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsJob satisfaction. Great workplace. Great people

    ConsNo Cons as i can think of.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Culture is intense. Mission is inspirational. Benefits are awesome!

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Pros- You will never lose your job because of the economy
    - You will be around the most passionate, intelligent, and dedicated people on the planet
    - The benefits are incredible especially if you have a family

    Cons- You will likely lose your job because of burnout or a random reorganization
    - Consultants will probably get the roles you want. If you're working in supporting the mission outside of the grant-making process (such as in IT, Finance, HR etc), you will feel a little left out from the grantee-facing work
    - Culture is highly political and heroic efforts are expected. Sometimes, you will wonder whether better planning could have prevented the heroic efforts

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnjoy the job while you can. If you can make it past the five year mark, you deserve a standing ovation along with the cool gift. Being a manager at the foundation is probably the toughest job you will ever love

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very inspiring mission!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsSmart, passionate co-workers who strive to be a part of changing the world for the better.
    Challenging work, but the outcomes for people in need are very rewarding.
    CEO has reshaped the organization to significantly improve the culture.

    ConsCo-chairs can create an environment with "fear of judgment", limiting the dialogue necessary for risk-taking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe trend line on improving the culture is positive -- accelerate the momentum.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Life changing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat place to work with the best mission of any org always challenging. You learn more about yourself and the world working there. Fantastic people

    ConsLot of politics; lots of Type A personalities

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Clear Mission, great benefits, improved culture, same issues as other fast paced environments.

    Senior Program Officer (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is a great mission and people believe in the mission. The workplace environment, the benefits, and the support given to employees in order to do their best work is amazing. There is ample opportunity to learn and grow even outside of your specific area of expertise.

    ConsNothing unique. There are some people more difficult to work with than others. There is a perception that "I am so busy" which is self perpetuating and prevents people from being as effective as they can be in the moment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue on the path towards improving the culture of leadership, collaboration, humility, and mindfulness.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I worked in the programmatic side at the foundation for 4 years

    Programs (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat opportunity for impact, networks, wide range of experiences and the chance to grow and develop as an individual contributor.

    ConsSurprisingly risk averse group of people who lack creativity as funders. Raikes has all the right intentions, but does not have the respect he needs to change things at the level of the directors and deputy directors.

    Too many staff that do not share foundation taste for "silver bullets" leads to dysfunction as try to do things not strictly on strategy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo for it Jeff! Be bold. Make change. Retain good talent and don't be shy about getting a team that shares the vision of the co-chairs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awesome! Super talented people determined to change the world!

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsAwesome coworkers
    Opportunity to make an impact
    Very professional work environment
    Superb facilities for staff (benefits and salary)

    Consslow decision making
    Regional offices aren't empowered enough to make strategic decisions
    Poor work life balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote work life balance, break the silos to ensure greater coordination between teams and empower regional offices

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent experience, the environment is dynamic and challenging

    Program Officer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat colleagues, challenging environment, important issues. It is a very unique place to work -- great opportunities, the chance to be entrepreneurial, and to push for positive change. The diversity of the issues is also unique and creates an opportunity to learn from other areas.

    ConsGrowing quickly, increasingly corporate and more process.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat mission and great general staff.

    ConsConsistency of compensation:job task and responsibility is needed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it real. Very obvious when it's not. We are smart and can tell the difference between words and heart.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Constant Growth and Learning Opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Pros* The mission and values of the company can't be beat
    * All health care covered, including domestic partners
    * Money Share Account in which 15% of your annual pay is automatically contributed by the foundation
    * They match your personal donations to charitable organizations by 3xs
    * Many opportunities for promotion if you are a self-starter and proactive
    * Lots of parents with young kids work here
    * Wonderful office/campus (across the street from the Seattle Center)
    *Great commuter benefits

    Cons*If you aren't liberal or progressive, this is NOT the place for you
    * Ethnic diversity is low, despite the work we do. Therefore you can feel like a "colonizer" at times. Most of the senior leadership at this (global organization) is white and male- and from South Africa at that. (They just replaced their Asian president of Global Health, and their female president of Global Development with white men- go figure.
    * Passive-aggressive, but this also reflects the PNW/Seattle area
    * Lots of Type A people, and many who don't have a lot of personality
    * They often overhire, i.e., many of the program assistants (admin assist.) have two degrees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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