Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Helpful (8)

A very manic-depressive place to 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 full-time (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

The mission, the people, the campus, the chance to do work that actually makes a difference in the world.

Cons

Hierarchy, back-stabbing, bad decision-making, layers and layers of process and bureaucracy on top of everything. Most of the good work I've done here, I did in secret. If I had shared my plans, someone would have tried to kill it.

Advice to Management

Hire people you can trust, and then trust them to make good decisions. Don't insist that every important decision go through you, and that everyone wait while you get around to making those decisions. Allow talented people to do what they do best.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Its not Microsoft, but it sure feels the same sometimes

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seattle, WA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well funded. Nice to work on people causes.

    Cons

    So process-oriented that its no fun. Also hard to see so much money spent on process rather than outcome.

    Advice to Management

    Take the occasional chance. Empower your teams instead of micro-managing them.


  2. Helpful (9)

    Great mission, rewarding work but unhealthy culture of backstabbing, disrespect and lack of leadership.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to work with some of the brightest people, use the latest technology and feel like you're making a difference then this is an amazing place to work. The campus is beautiful and the benefits are exceptional. Great place for people who are self starters, who know what to do and just do it. The operations areas are among the more people-friendly areas in which to work. There is a great deal of opportunity here.

    Cons

    Unfortunately this is a very challenging environment. The executive management team doesn't seem to have a clue as to what the "worker bees" need to get their jobs done. Their answer is process and more process. Just when you think there can't possibly be another set of templates, another committee, another whole department with some long acronym designed to help you get stuff done... And, at the end of the day, you are just a cog in the machine. They know the work will chew you up in 2 or 3 years tops. And they don't care because there is an endless parade of wide eyed people eager to have a chance to work there.
    Many managers have no idea how to manage people. Don't bother complaining to HR though. HR is the department of platitudes.

    Advice to Management

    Do more listening and less talking. There is survey after survey that illustrates that people are hungry for the truth, hungry for a healthy culture that is on par with the caliber of the mission. And hire managers who know how to manage, who are leaders and mentors. And hire some HR people who care about humans.


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