Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  www.gatesfoundation.org
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1 person found this helpful  

Awesome! Super talented people determined to change the world!

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Former Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA

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

Pros

Awesome coworkers
Opportunity to make an impact
Very professional work environment
Superb facilities for staff (benefits and salary)

Cons

slow decision making
Regional offices aren't empowered enough to make strategic decisions
Poor work life balance

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Promote work life balance, break the silos to ensure greater coordination between teams and empower regional offices

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great mission, great organization - IT Organization Broken

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The mission is incredible and there are a lot of smart people working hard to achieve it
    Amazing campus and great benefits
    Work/life balance can be great for many who take advantage of the "flexible work styles"
    For geeks you will have all the Micorosft latest and greatest at yuor disposal

    Cons

    For anyone in IT it is a disfunctional and ineffective organization. The CEO is a very smart and capable man but is very introverted and his focus his up the organization. This is a huge problem as his "leadership" team are incompetant and lack even basic management skills. Their traits range from basic immaturity to emotionally unstable; there is also a "boys club" whose behaviour is oftern very inappropriate.
    The result of this lack of leadership is spinning at the lower levels; no clear strategy, inablility to make simple decisions effectilvely and worst of all a huge waste of foundation resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in employee and specficially leadership and management skills development. There is a huge reliance on highly paid consultants for staff aigmentation - hold managers accountable for hiring and retaining strong teams

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sad experience for workers, great for the world.

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    The belief that you can change the world is great and they have the money to back it.

    Cons

    Do not expect to be treated as an equal. The sense of entitlement just because you work at the foundation runs rampant, which is a little unsettling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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