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Program Officer, Strategy Group – new

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation pride ourselves in being ‘impatient optimists' whose… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


3 days ago

Senior Program Officer, Strategy – new

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation pride ourselves in being ‘impatient optimists' whose… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


3 days ago

Senior Program Officer, Knowledge Exchange & Extension – new

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation pride ourselves in being ‘impatient optimists' whose… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


3 days ago

Program Officer, Family Planning, India – new

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation New Delhi

Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation pride ourselves in being ‘impatient optimists' whose… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


5 days ago

Senior Program Officer, Discovery, MNCH & Nutrition

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation pride ourselves in being ‘impatient optimists' whose… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


6 days ago

Manager, Assurance and Risk

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation pride ourselves in being ‘impatient optimists' whose… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


7 days ago

Senior Program Officer, Program Advocacy and Communications, Polio

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

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7 days ago

Assistant Controller

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

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13 days ago

Associate Program Officer, Country Primary Health Care

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation pride ourselves in being ‘impatient optimists' whose… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


16 days ago

Director, Learning and Organizational Development

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA

Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation pride ourselves in being ‘impatient optimists' whose… The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


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    Pros

    There is no shortage of opportunities at the foundation. If you are proactive and don't get burned out (and have a decent manager) you can certainly create opportunities to grow and learn while you are there. But you will most certainly need to create them for yourself. If you come into the right role, you will have the world at your fingertips. What is said about the benefits and compensation is true as well. It's really a first class package and above any industry standard for many of the positions here.

    Cons

    As an individual who had previously only worked at small organizations, this was an eye-opening experience for me. I can only imagine that it must be akin to working in a massive bureaucracy or government agency. Everyone is on a different page here and things are constantly evolving at a rate that seems nearly impossible and certainly irresponsible. Restructurings of teams and strategy refreshes come rolling down the hill before teams are even able to get their feet under them. It's all quite MSFT-y in the culture and driven by a very, very old-fashioned, centralized, top-down management structure. Achieving any sort of actual results towards the mission within this environment is not impossible, but it certainly is the exception. Managers are not incentivized to manage, lead, or make decisions. They are all accountable as individual contributors, so at the end of the day they are looking out for themselves. Nearly everyone who walks through the door (and I will certainly admit I am not immune to this) is on the personal quest for their own significance as it relates to the mission. This can very often override the greater good and any sense of working as a team. The most important thing to know in all of this is that every dysfunction leads back to the founders themselves. Much of the problems are not solvable because of this fact. No one is able to have frank conversations with them. They dictate the culture at the very top and this drives everything else below. An annual results review meeting with each team is like presenting in front of a royal court. The weeks and months of churn and anxiety that lead up to these meetings are astounding and this is just one example. Bottom line: go there for the opportunities, go there for your own career, but don't go there expecting to actually contribute to social impact.

    Advice to Management

    Find someone who isn't afraid of Bill to lead the place. Reboot human resources from top to bottom. Hire decent managers. Create incentives for people to work together and be nice to one another.


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