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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Overview

Seattle, WA
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Grantmaking Foundations
Less than $1 million (USD) per year
We want you to have a peak career experience. We know that by creating an environment for our employees to personally and professionally thrive and contribute at their highest potential, we will have maximum impact towards our missions.

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 lift ... Read more

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    Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are taking on tough questions like these in their annual letter. We hope you'll read it.

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    We are outspoken about our optimism. These days, though, optimism seems to be in short supply. The headlines are filled with awful news. Every day brings a different story of political division, violence, or natural disaster. Despite the headlines, we see a world that's getting better.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Why Work For Us?

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.  

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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:  

  • Representation and Acceptance of all forms of visible and invisible difference
  • A sense of Belonging and being respected, valued and seen for who we are as individuals 
  • Fairness in creating opportunities for all to have equal access to development, resources, and pay
If you're interested in big missions, this is the place to come.

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.

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

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.  

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    Today I had an amazing lunch conversation at Gates with a colleague talking about how one of our grants is enabling the largest mapping of social networks ever attempted - across nearly 800 villages in Honduras - to accelerate the speed and adoption of transformative health outcomes. I looked up and realized similar inspiring and innovative conversations were happening all around me. Smart, creative, passionate, committed colleagues, all leaning in to changing the world at scale. Yes, there are challenging days yet that's often the case when trying to do big things that matter. It's a real privilege to be here.


    Under Sue (CEO), the foundation is making huge strides forward in everything from culture to management and from simplification to fun. Yet, there are still managers and leaders here not fully on the bus, so the place can feel uneven. Best to understand the nature and dynamics of the team you are joining beforehand.

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    Keep the pedal to the medal on changing not just the world around us, but enabling us to become the best version of ourselves too.

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    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (New York, NY) in December 2016.


    3 interview rounds, multiple types of managers, not very organized, expected no offer based on availability and then was pleasantly surprised a month later, need more touchpoints to see how this experience would be great for an MBA

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