Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Nice company to work with

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Former Employee - CRM Consultant in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - CRM Consultant in Seattle, WA

I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a contractor (more than an year)

Pros

Job satisfaction. Great workplace. Great people

Cons

No Cons as i can think of.

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Massive egos get in the way of the mission

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    Former Employee - Senior Communications Officer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Communications Officer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Worked on an amazing, cross-disciplinary agile team of very smart individuals. Lots of opportunities for learning. Experience looked great on a resume.

    Cons

    Massive egos get in the way of the wonderful mission. Back-stabbing co-workers fight and claw their way to the top. Employees are paralysed when it comes to decision making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value all of your employees, not just the ones who make the most noise. Provide opportunities for growth throughout the org.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Culture is intense. Mission is inspirational. Benefits are awesome!

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    - You will never lose your job because of the economy
    - You will be around the most passionate, intelligent, and dedicated people on the planet
    - The benefits are incredible especially if you have a family

    Cons

    - You will likely lose your job because of burnout or a random reorganization
    - Consultants will probably get the roles you want. If you're working in supporting the mission outside of the grant-making process (such as in IT, Finance, HR etc), you will feel a little left out from the grantee-facing work
    - Culture is highly political and heroic efforts are expected. Sometimes, you will wonder whether better planning could have prevented the heroic efforts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enjoy the job while you can. If you can make it past the five year mark, you deserve a standing ovation along with the cool gift. Being a manager at the foundation is probably the toughest job you will ever love

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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