Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
6 Reviews
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6 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people; great benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Very smart colleagues from impressive and diverse backgrounds. Very high pay and excellent benefits. Green workplace with lots of perks.

    Cons

    Rigid, inflexible governance by board and senior management. Little input from lower-level staff in strategic decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication between board and staff. Less control by board members over strategic direction of organization. More collaboration between departments and less emphasis on rigid, hierarchal management structures.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs a major leadership reboot

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    Former Employee - Central Support
    Former Employee - Central Support

    I worked at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people doing important work; there are many great people here, who are trying hard to make a big impact and trying to do the right thing.......

    Cons

    ...... but at almost every turn leadership gets in the way of staff. A new President will be a great start now that McCormick has left and for sure his leadership was the biggest dark cloud over this organization; however it goes beyond this, and the next President will have his work cut out to rebalance the organization in support of doing things right. Common sense is virtually zero because it has been managed out. Things in many Foundations take too long but this place is over the top because of disfunctionality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Board needs to get a much closer pulse of what is happening in the organization and then get the right management team in place. Good things will flow from that. Until that happens little real progress seems likely

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great organization, challenged by constant flux with staff and programs.

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    Current Employee - Grants Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Grants Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic mission oriented group of people who constantly strive to innovate in their approach to making change in the world. Great benefits, and flexible work hours to support work-life balance. Tech support is good, too. Friendly HR group and good, high quality staff in terms of skill and dedication.

    Cons

    Constant turnover of staff, poor location; most staff live in SF or beyond (likely due to the high cost of housing in the area). The office is located on Stanford property in Palo Alto nestled in an industrial office park setting without good options to get out for lunch and very poor access to public transit to and from other regions of the Bay Area; staff mostly drive to work. Leadership is again in flux, with the past leader having left us in state of change fatigue from an over-exuberance of "disruptive innovation."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on cohesive teammanship within the foundation and continue practices that work, while nurturing change and innovation to come about in a more natural, bottoms up way. Encourage more collaboration among staff across groups. De-silo internal communication to help staff connect the dots of their efforts and understand the foundation-wide impacts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Leadership ruining a great organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

    Pros

    Passionate and dedicated staff. Should be the perfect place to work.

    Cons

    President leads by bullying and using retaliatory tactics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Board - need leadership needed before the organization is ruined.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor leadership

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    Former Employee - Program in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Program in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fair salaries, very good benefits, dedicated and very smart staff.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Only interested on whether they can make an impact on the organization, not the work. Do not care about the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favoritism and reward and hire those that can do the job, not your friends or those who can talk a good game but not produce. Stop wasting money on consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hypocrites & Sycophants

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

    Pros

    Pays very well, excellent benefits, including vacation time.

    Cons

    - The competition in academia politics is the most vicious and bitter because the stakes are so low.
    - The culture has a skewed sense of self importance that borders on delusions of grandeur.
    - Filled with sycophants.
    - Not a place to work if you have a sense of work pride.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider hiring a candidate that is not from the "Good 'ol Boys" network.
    Reward, compensation and promotion should be determined by performance not gossip.
    Integrity should be demonstrated by leadership members and not be just a word listed on the value statement.

    Doesn't Recommend

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