Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
109 Reviews
3.2
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits and retirement package (in 14 reviews)

  • New campus is beautiful and gives an appearance of transparency (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The amazing work-life balance others report is solely dependent upon the team you land in and the manager you have (in 10 reviews)

  • It's a very flat organization with very little to no room for professional growth (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Pros

    The dedication around the office is unbelievable. I've worked in a lot of charities before, and this tops them all. Great benefits and an improved world.

    Cons

    Very hierarchal culture; Nothing else

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Nice company to work with

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    Former Employee - CRM Consultant  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - CRM Consultant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Job satisfaction. Great workplace. Great people

    Cons

    No Cons as i can think of.

    Recommends
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very inspiring mission!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart, 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The trend line on improving the culture is positive -- accelerate the momentum.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Enjoy 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Life changing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lot of politics; lots of Type A personalities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Programs  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Programs in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Surprisingly 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 ManagementAdvice

    Go 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    Nothing 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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue on the path towards improving the culture of leadership, collaboration, humility, and mindfulness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome! Super talented people determined to change the world!

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent experience, the environment is dynamic and challenging

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    Current Employee - Program Officer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Growing quickly, increasingly corporate and more process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great mission and great general staff.

    Cons

    Consistency of compensation:job task and responsibility is needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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