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Helpful (7)

So much potential...

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Seattle, WA

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

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook

Pros

Smart people; significant funding to do interesting work; great mission; committed co-chairs

Cons

People are not very nice; a place where favoritism reigns, resulting in a lot of sucking up to superiors; not diverse, despite the populations and geographies we intend to reach (related: program officers have very little, if any, experience living and working in those geographies); highly theoretical, not very practical;

Advice to Management

Hire people managers; hire people with field based experience

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  1. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission and great general staff.

    Cons

    Consistency of compensation:job task and responsibility is needed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it real. Very obvious when it's not. We are smart and can tell the difference between words and heart.


  2. Helpful (8)

    A fast-paced place to learn tremendously but you have to like being under constant stress

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

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you like being around smart interesting people with amazing backgrounds and ambitions, BMGF is great. You learn a lot and if you have a great manager, can grow. Lots of resources for creativity.

    Cons

    Generally a stressful and competitive place. HR and management is poor-- not a lot of transparency, accountability and feedback loops, poor consistency and standards, lots of people without management experience doing management. Lots of smart people means lots of ego to deal with. The organization is constantly reorganizing and this is also stressful. Top and bottom heavy organization with little clear upward mobility within the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Teach your POs how to manage. Give people the opportunity to grow wtihin the organization even if it means seconding them to the field for a couple years. Don't assume that something tech-fancy will solve the world, particularly if it's coming from Microsoft. Treat your employees like they matter and are not immediately replaceable. Invest in people, not just ideas.


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