Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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

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Former Employee - Programs in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Programs in Seattle, WA

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

Pros

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

Cons

Surprisingly 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 ManagementAdvice

Go 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.

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    Clear Mission, great benefits, improved culture, same issues as other fast paced environments.

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a great mission and people believe in the mission. The workplace environment, the benefits, and the support given to employees in order to do their best work is amazing. There is ample opportunity to learn and grow even outside of your specific area of expertise.

    Cons

    Nothing unique. There are some people more difficult to work with than others. There is a perception that "I am so busy" which is self perpetuating and prevents people from being as effective as they can be in the moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue on the path towards improving the culture of leadership, collaboration, humility, and mindfulness.

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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Perhaps a chance for a new start...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Numerous smart folks, good benefits, nice working environment

    Cons

    Toxic work environment, inept management, disrespect of employees at all levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the co-chairs - please have the courage to hire a Raikes replacement who is compassionate, competent and caring. So many opportunities were missed during Jeff's administration - the best replacement will right the ship and set a new, productive course.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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