I have been working at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation full-time (Less than a year)
You get to work with very intelligent and hard working people who are passionate about the work that they do. There is a nice sense of collegiality among most staff. Internal polices have a come a long way in the past few years to make things more fair for all levels of employees. There is a strong culture here, which takes some getting used to, but there is a wealth of opportunities for self growth and improvement if you take advantage of them. The opportunities for personal development abound, and you are responsible for your own path to success if you choose.
Perks include free breakfast items and catered lunch every day, drinks, onsite gym, and dry cleaning service. There is also significant personal development funds available if you want to improve your skills or vocational interests.
Management is always trying to plumb staff for their thoughts on improving the foundation (to an almost annoying degree), and implements changes based on this feedback when they can.
There is virtually no chance for advancement here, so you should go in with that expectation and really enjoy what you do.
There is a wide range of personalities here, from very dry and academic, to sardonic, to positive and eager. Sometimes they clash, but things are usually pretty civil. Company socials are usually pretty boring as there are not a lot of desire to mingle more than is necessary.
There seems to be an undercurrent of disgruntledness among associate level staff, and misery often loves company.
Advice to Management
Keep trying to improve the foundation, but perhaps dial it back a bit and have a more passive open door policy instead of constantly surveying staff on how to improve. The effort is appreciated, though.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Menlo Park, CA).
The entire process lasted 5 months from application to offer. I submitted a resume and cover letter online and heard back that I would be contacted to schedule a phone meeting about three weeks later. The process was not that transparent. The phone interview was with the head of the department and it went well. The conversation was surprisingly casual - mainly about interests and experiences and less so about specific skills or achievements. This was followed a couple months later by an in person all day set of panel interviews at the office. I met about 13 people that day that ranged from folks in the program to others with my job title across the organization to HR. About a week later I got a phone call to go over the terms of the position and prepare me to receive an offer letter.
I was not allowed to negotiate at the interview, which I later needed to remediate because I found out others were.
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