Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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www.gatesfoundation.org Seattle, WA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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I worked in the programmatic side at the foundation for 4 years

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Seattle, WA

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

ProsGreat opportunity for impact, networks, wide range of experiences and the chance to grow and develop as an individual contributor.

ConsSurprisingly risk averse group of people who lack creativity as funders. Raikes has all the right intentions, but does not have the respect he needs to change things at the level of the directors and deputy directors.

Too many staff that do not share foundation taste for "silver bullets" leads to dysfunction as try to do things not strictly on strategy.

Advice to Senior ManagementGo for it Jeff! Be bold. Make change. Retain good talent and don't be shy about getting a team that shares the vision of the co-chairs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Perhaps a chance for a new start...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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


Pros: Numerous smart folks, good benefits, nice working environment Cons: Toxic work environment, inept management, disrespect of employees at all… Advice to Senior Management: To the co-chairs - please have the courage to hire a Raikes replacement who is compassionate, competent and caring. So… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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Glad I worked there, thrilled I left

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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


Pros: The name brand with the foundation is great on your CV, the campus and benefits are great, and there are some individuals who truly changed… Cons: Toxic, difficult work environment, like 1200 crabs in a bucket trying to claw their way into owning something important. The office dynamics and politics are… Advice to Senior Management: The re orgs and the bloat...my god. The roots of the cultural problems… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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