Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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An amazing place ... with some challenges

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Former Employee - Deputy Director in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Deputy Director in Seattle, WA

I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (more than a year)

Pros

You will never work with a more talented and accomplished group of peers who share a deep commitment to a common goal. There are amazing people here.

Cons

The organizational and management culture is challenging: a self-imposed emphasis on speed with rapid cycles of rethinking seem, in some strategies at least, to result in lots of false starts. On the team I joined, we had a very high turnover rate, especially at the higher levels, which was frustrating.

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Working to catalyze and support change in an established "industry" will require greater stability and continuity among program officers and deputy directors. Relationship building and consistent follow through is critical, but is not yet a strong suit for the foundation.

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  1. 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
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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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