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Helpful (1)

A very unique environment

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Program Officer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Program Officer in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 Management

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

Other Employee Reviews for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  1. Helpful (1)

    If you would like working for Microsoft...you won't mind the Foundation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Talented people, good intentions, great benefits

    Cons

    Too many reorgs and little support for line staff

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to make better use of ALL your staff and create a culture where people are supported to do their best and want to stay because they can do their best work not just because the pay, benefits and prestige are good.


  2. Helpful (5)

    toxic culture at a great organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Tier III IT in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Tier III IT in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


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