Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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1 person found this helpful  

Great mission, too many strategy changes

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Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Seattle, WA

I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

The foundation has tremendous benefits and incredible people and a laudible mission

Cons

the culture is largely ego driven, hierarchial and the strategy changes constantly.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Start leading and inspiring instead of show-boating

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire people managers; hire people with field based experience

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    OK place to work as a contractor

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    Former Employee - Contract Technical Writer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Contract Technical Writer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Campus is amazing; onsite café was fantastic; work was interesting; I was pretty much left on my own to do my job; the Help Desk staff was awesome and amazingly responsive (unlike at Microsoft); it was a very low-stress contract, which was great

    Cons

    Lots of cliques--I felt like an outcast; contractors are treated like second-class citizens, even though 99% of my project team were contractors; employees spent a great deal of time complaining to each other about internal politics; the project that I was hired to work on was poorly planned; it's a very untrusting environment; open-space work area is extremely annoying--you have to wear headphones and listen to music if you want to concentrate and get work done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's hard to give advice to management when I was only a contractor there for a short time, but it's obvious there are problems that need to be addressed--listen to your employees and try to resolve the issues.

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