Mission: Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to ...
Is it fair that you have so much influence?
Why are you really giving your money away?
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are taking on tough questions like these in their annual letter. We hope you'll read it.
Happy to see the Gates Foundation and our amazing employees supporting their families – with great work/life balance – in Seattle Magazine’s latest edition.
We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership, in an environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.
In order to create the impact we want to see in the world, our work is anchored by our values: Optimism, Collaboration, Rigor, and Innovation.
We set shared expectations as employees, managers and leaders. We hold ourselves and each other accountable, and to learn and grow from our experiences.
Representation, Acceptance, Belonging & Fairness. In order to fulfill our vision of helping all people lead healthy, productive lives, including the lives of our employees, we’re committed to practicing:
If you're interested in big missions, this is the place to come. Our employees come from diverse sectors and backgrounds and we all share one thing in common. We want to be part of something bigger. Experienced and highly engaged, employees describe our environment as intense, fast-paced and stimulating, to match the ambition of our strategies.
Optimism, Innovation, Collaboration and Rigor.
Our business is making grants and investments. We're comprised of Program teams and Operations teams and carrying out our work is guided by our core values.
Our Program Teams are Global Health, Global Development, Global Growth & Opportunity, Global Policy, Advocacy & Communications and US Programs. They research and make grant & investment proposals that are aligned with a program strategy. They are responsible for ongoing management of grants and investments.
Our Operating Teams composed of Legal, Finance and Grants & Contracts Management support program teams to design, create & execute grant & investment agreements. Our Human Resources, Global Digital Technology (IT), Facilities, Events and Travel teams provide the staff, technology and logistics that enable program teams to run effectively and work smartly around the world.
Working Together in Our Local Community
While the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works globally, we recognize that improving people’s lives often happens at the local level where individuals take action in their own communities. Our Foundation Cares program makes it easier for our employees to connect with local community organizations in their home communities.
Through 3:1 matching for employee charitable giving, paid time for volunteering, board service matching, community grantmaking, grantee site visits, our speakers bureau, and events throughout the year, employees have many opportunities to develop relationships with organizations that they personally care about.
I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time
Incredible opportunity to see how global systems work and where one can add value. Interactions with normative agencies, global private sector organizations and top notch academic institutions make this an amazing place to work. Add to that the potential impact that one can make with a significant amount of resources at you disposal is truly awesome.
The foundation has struggled to achieve a collaborative culture for many years now. While progress has been made in career and leadership development, the lack of a collaborative culture inhibits the potential progress that can be made.
Another challenge is the amount of change in strategies. The work should be evaluated in periods of 5 - 10 years yet the strategies change almost yearly.
Advice to Management
The staff have a passion to fulfill the mission of the foundation. Provide clear direction and give the staff freedom achieve your goals.
I applied online. I interviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in January 2018.
Questions were based on top level experiences. Because I had a couple other interviews and offers on the table, I asked to be updated as they progresses with interview rounds. I was promised by HR that they would, because they value candidates' time. Funny, because I was ghosted, despite attempts to get in touch. Even if I bombed the interview (which I don't think be cause I was told "good answer" etc), a professional courtesy of an automated rejection would be nice.
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