Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  www.gatesfoundation.org
  www.gatesfoundation.org
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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 an 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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great mission held back by the culture.

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

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

    Pros

    Great mission, and the Gates family is hugely inspirational. Great place to work with a diverse group of people and learn a lot, and be exposed to experiences that can't be found elsewhere. Benefits are great, probably some of the best around.

    Cons

    For a non-profit It's an extremely competitive work environment. The culture encourages narcissism and entitlement, an there's an abundance of nepotism in hiring. Most managers don't know how to manage employees or budgets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start fixing things internally, beginning with the culture. Also, start creating better relationships with grantees. There's a lot of talk about it, but little action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    toxic culture at a great organization

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