Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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11 people found this helpful  

Organization with great potential really does fall short in treating employees with "equal value."

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Pros

Great Benefits (401k, medical, etc.)

Opportunity to contribute to a the larger mission of the organization.

Smart coworkers, frequent celebrity visits, and nice campus.

Cons

Overly politicized organization, with complex layers of management and operational processes that are constantly being re-organized and re-strategized. Makes getting anything done completely impossible. Employees are set up for failure, thus creating a self fulfilling culture of whining, negativity and constantly reinventing the wheel.

Managers are hired that have absolutely no experience or guidance on managing staff, or providing performance management feedback in a timely, professional or constructive manner.
These managers then hire people "like them" who are entitled, elitist, good old boy folk. Over the years, I saw a lot of bad managers get hired, who in turn hired more bad people on the team and eventually ran the good people off.

HR does not protect the employees. Instead, HR protects management and the co-chairs. Staff generally do not trust or respect HR.

Support staff are marginalized and disrespected. It's a very flat organization with very little to no room for professional growth. Support staff are often "stuck" in their roles, until they quit for greener pastures (extremely high employee turnover due to this as well).

Complete disconnect between what you think you'll be doing when you're hired and what you actually find yourself doing on a daily basis.

Blatant mistreatment of staff, raising voices, tearful eyes in offices and cubes as you walked by-- this was all a part of the daily reality going around me. Everyone was aware, everyone was unhappy, yet it was all permissive in the eyes of our management team. Totally unacceptable for an organization who stives to do so much good in the world.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't be hypocritical of your founding principles that "All Lives Have Equal Value." It's the general perception that doesn't apply to "lower" staff at the foundation, who are often marginalized, disrespected and not tapped for their talents. Management gives lots of surveys to gauge employee satisfaction-- they all come back with red flags, suggestions for improvement, and tend to get worse each year. Start actually paying attention to the surveys and the feedback. Yes, it's nice that you ask how your employees feel, but you need to actually LISTEN and ACT.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Interesting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Pros

    You feel like you're in a cohort of accomplished and well-meaning individuals

    Cons

    No clear accountability, no room for internal promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employees as well as global grantmaking. Try to create cohesion between the divisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Solid mission- but hostile work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Pros

    -The overall mission of the Foundation
    -Generous benefits package (health, dental, vision, and contribution to a 401k plan)

    Cons

    -The Foundation is an unusual organization. It is plagued by management and leadership issues.
    -The entire culture is defined by the hostile and chaotic work environment.
    -Very 'America-centric' place to work. It isn't necessarily tolerant of people from different cultural backgrounds.
    -Old boy's club- that likes to promote based on nepotism.
    -Disrespect of non-Christian religious backgrounds. HR does nothing to address or help people who feel attacked and disrespected.
    -Arrogance- as the grantees have also complained.
    -President of Global Development often has personality conflicts- which affect the entire silo.
    -Hostile work environment with arbitrary decision-making and yelling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace current HR with a team that is able and confident to support/advocate for the employees- rather than protect senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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