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A very unique environment

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Current Employee - Program Officer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Program Officer in Seattle, WA

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

Pros

Opportunities to learn every day, exposure to the best and brightest in the staff and the people the Foundation brings in to collaborate, awesome mission, beautiful campus, culture of continuous improvement

Cons

On occasion the egos and politics can get to be a bit much. A relatively young organization still working on its internal processes

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Trust the people you hire and be sure to wall the talk

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  1. 5 people found this helpful

    toxic culture at a great organization

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    Former Contractor - Tier III IT in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Tier III IT in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a contractor

    Pros

    a fine organization helping people do great work to help the world.
    a beautiful workplace

    Cons

    Echoing what others have mentioned, if you get hired as a contractor in IT don't ever expect to be converted. There are IT staff members who have been with the foundation for multiple years as contractors. Like Microsoft, the Gates Foundation requires contractors to display their "orange badge of shame" at all times. Expect to be treated poorly by entitled full time staff, and of course total exclusion from all company events. Want to use the world class bike to work facilities? Ok, but the locker rooms are FTE-only. You'll even be included from teambuilding events on your own team.

    All those great benefits? You don't get any of them.

    The IT organization is dramatically oversized, a clear waste of money at a foundation that clearly doesn't care about running a tight ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful

    Don't be enamored by the mission, the company culture is shameful....

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    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Current Employee - IT Manager

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

    Pros

    *Mission
    *Benefits
    *Campus (facility and location)
    *Some great people

    Cons

    *Culture is suffocating, toxic, hostile, arrogant and not supportive
    *People's egos get in the way of getting work done ("I am smarter than you, NO, I am smarter than you")
    *Dysfunctional IT org with a weak CIO and embarrassing leadership team (What's the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.)
    *Money is not a constraint like true non-profit and for-profit companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over and hire strong leaders with some semblence of emotional intelligence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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