Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Competitive Environment with very Smart Co-Workers

Program Coordinator (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

ProsEveryone can agree that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation does world changing work. I have worked there in two different capacities two different times in the last 9 years and the culture of highly competitive, extremely intelligent people remain. The company still operates as a young organization in that it embraces new ideas and it's always evolving. People who dislike change would not be happy here. The benefits can't be beat and the environment is stunning in the new campus. They encourage working from home and remote work, which is helpful in the sometimes intense and stressful office environment.

ConsThis is a company of academics, there is not a lot of silliness or fun happening at this organization, which makes sense due to the importance of their mission. There is a competitive feeling throughout the company that can feel oppressive, but they still embrance a sense of creativity and change. They constantly re-org often with little to no notice or reasoning behind the changes which is pretty jarring, so you have to be someone who can embrance change easily to thrive in this environment.

Advice to Senior ManagementShare change before it happens with employees.

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

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

    Programs (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

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


    Pros: Great opportunity for impact, networks, wide range of experiences and… 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… Advice to Senior Management: Go for it Jeff! Be bold. Make change. Retain good talent and don't… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Clear Mission, great benefits, improved culture, same issues as other fast paced environments.

    Senior Program Officer (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time for 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… Cons: Nothing unique. There are some people more difficult to work with than others. There is a perception that "I… Advice to Senior Management: Continue on the path towards improving the culture of leadership,… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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