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Helpful (2)

Brilliant people work at the foundation doing amazing work

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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

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Mission, Quality of the staff, Seattle Facilities. employee Benefits

Cons

Management skills need improvement and work process simplification is needed.

Advice to Management

Continue improving the work environment and start working on career paths for internal promotions

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  1. Helpful (6)

    The awesome benefits in no way justify the lack of leadership and general decency for many are treated.

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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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits package is great and comprehensive. New campus is beautiful and gives an appearance of transparency. Location near Space Needle is a bonus.

    Cons

    No understanding of the difference between leadership and managing/supervising. Non liberal/democrats will be shunned -- in the most passive/agressive manner possible, as this is predominant personality trait at foundation. High-school cliques, bad-behavior, gossip and mis-information determine one's perceived value, as senior-most managers take and any bits of information to churn out what they later call "performance reveiws". HR exists to protect upper management, period. No ability for this entity to assess, resolve, mentor, guide or direct employees that don't see eye to eye to resolution.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in some self-assessment and training on true leadership tenants, and learn what it means to take care of people first, and mission second. Hire John Maxwell to teach your senior leadership about what it means to LEAD an organization.


  2. Helpful (11)

    Constant Growth and Learning Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


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