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Helpful (7)

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

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Program Officer in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Program Officer in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than a 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 Management

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

Other Employee Reviews for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  1. Helpful (10)

    Wonderful individuals, poor teams

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Program Officer, Global Health in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Associate Program Officer, Global Health in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, 15% contribution to retirement fund Potential for learning Access to leaders in the field Opportunity to make an impact

    Cons

    Senior leadership uses fear tactics Managers often do not have good management skills or enough experience No work-life balance - managers do not take their vacation days

    Advice to Management

    Hire some people managers and keep the scientists as advisers Do not tolerate abusive language ("That is a stupid idea") Promote a safe and healthy workplace


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great mission, great benefits...choose your team wisely

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are unheard of. Total comp is good. Great work environment. Lots of smart people.

    Cons

    Lots of periodic internal reorganizing that can be tiresome.


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