Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Helpful (2)

Challenging and Rewarding

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

- Being a part of the mission is inspiring
- Benefits are great
- It is challenging to work here, which I find very satisfying
- We are given amazing resources to do our job
- Flexibility
- Opportunity to work on really interesting and engaging projects
- Opportunity to work with gifted and passionate co-workers
- It is always fun to answer the question "where do you work?"

Cons

- We sometimes over think our solutions and fail to see the simple answer in front of us.
- There are a small percentage of employees who lack humility and spread an unblanced amount of negative energy to those they work with. It appears that thier behaviour and attitudes are tolerated by management, which is frustrating.
- We rely on temporary consultants for a lot of strategic work and thinking rather than our own internal long term resources. (This is improving)

Advice to Management

Continue with the "How we work" initiative and hold people accountable who are not showing improvement. Hire effective managers, and continue to train our current managers. Put a formal and effective performance review process and toolset in place. Continue to identify your work and your teams work to the mission.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Amazing and Rewarding Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Technician in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Applications Technician in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - I have always felt I am a valuable and contributing part of the foundation.
     - My participation is always valued and requested.
     - Opportunity for personal growth is amazing
     - Compensation and benefits are more than fair.
     - Outreach possibilities within the community are encouraged
     - Foundation fosters a family-like work environment.
     - Incentives are high for "green" workplace/commute

    Cons

    - It does take quite a bit of effort and and indeterminate amount of meetings for decisions to be made.
    - Organization as a whole is slow to change

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to continue to hold question and answer sessions for all foundation staff. Continue to foster true communication and feedback from the staff. Your efforts are amazing so far - keep up the great work!

  2. Helpful (6)

    No room for growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Exposure to many organizations and global connections
    - Generous benefits and perks
    - Great connections within the organization (depending on the team) and with partners

    Cons

    - No room to move up in the organization - hierarchical and male dominated
    - Misappropriation of employees skills, knowledge and formal education - many people have at least a master's degree, including assistants and the operations staff
    - Heavy use of contract workers, with no support and lack of human resource management
    - Lack of clear communication between teams and high school pettiness at the admin level
    - Lack of connection to the local community, no transparency or visibility in the surrounding neighborhood
    - Lack of professional development outside of the organization

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and focus on making this a stronger organization rather than a larger one. With a wonderful mission and a incredibly talented staff, BGMF should take more time to help their employees growth!

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