Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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"Every human life has equal value... unless you work here"

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

I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Amazing to work on projects with the potential to have scaled impact on people's lives

Some of the smartest most talented people I have had the pleasure to work with (but they are not the managers and leaders)

Cons

One of the most poisonous political environments I have ever experienced - this is academia supercharged with large check books. Fifedom's abound.

Senior managers lack good management skills and have no accountability for their own organizational health

Very little visability with executives/leaders - senior managers control all the information flow.

Incredibly bureaucratic for an organization of this size - Microsoft has a more nimble bureacracy than BMGF

Many unhappy people inside who live in fear because they have few career options in Seattle with the same prestige, so they are forced to stay there

Abstracted from the real work on the ground and depend too much on consultants who make $200+ per hour to inform their decision making.

Don't value on the ground immersion and don't reward telling the truth when something is not going well on the ground, in fact they punish it

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Break down the walls with the rank and file employees
Create more transparency and safe communication
Stop measuring success by how much you meet your grant giving quota each year and instead really measure teams by how much impact has been achieved

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Intense

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience; brilliant people; focused missions and strategies; perfect for the beginning of ones career or at the end of it. Great stepping stone to further ones career.

    Cons

    No career opportunities; limited positions; too many changes and processes; no real work/life balance at the lower end of the food chain; good stepping stone, but nowhere to go except back to public/private sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your people more and give them financial and career opportunities. Treat them as you would a grantee. All lives have equal value inside as well as outside the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Easy to lose perspective.

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    The mission and people are inspiring. The wealth of expertise, resources and ability is sometimes staggering.

    The building is amazing.

    Cons

    A number of people in management positions are there for their subject matter expertise, not their management skills, which are often lacking. This is not the case broadly, but in pockets.

    The focus of upper management is changing how people work, rather than the work itself. This leads to initiative after initiative striving to fix problems that are real.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give things a chance to work before trying to fix them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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