Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Reviews

Updated May 17, 2022

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Great mission, improving culture

    May 17, 2022 - Senior Program Officer in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    Opportunity to work with amazing people on some complex and important global and domestic challenges. Increasingly intentional focus on inclusive culture and equitable partnerships.

    Cons

    Hectic and political work environment, and priorities are still set from the top so a lot of time spent managing up.

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    great pay and benefits; each team has a different culture

    Jan 16, 2022 - Senior Program Officer in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    Pay and benefits are fantastic. These include six months of paid parental leave (although it used to be a full year) and a contribution to one's retirement fund of 15% your salary. In effect, this means that compensation is 15% higher that the salaries you see quoted. Also, if you work and live in Washington state, there's no state income tax. They have some very talented and experienced people at the foundation, and the mission, of course, is a very fulfilling and meaningful one. The foundation also has a very good reputation in most places, so it's a good line on one's resume, and contacting people with a foundation email address helps a lot in getting responses.

    Cons

    Ultimately it's Bill and Melinda who make the decisions. They are very involved in the work of the foundation, and _a lot_ of effort goes into preparing for presenting work to them, and it can be quite a political place. There's also an annual strategy review for most teams, so a lot of energy goes into preparing for that every year. The culture is very different from team to team. Some are amazing and collegial; others are absolutely poisonous, so ask around and have 1:1 conversations with people there before joining a team.

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

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    Apr 20, 2022 - Financial Advisor in Albuquerque, NM
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    Pros

    He’s great at what he does

    Cons

    He’s a bit prudish at times

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Fantastic

    Oct 17, 2021 - Senior Program Officer in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    From the top leadership all the way through to program teams and business partners, the staff are fully committed to the foundation’s mission and values. It is a place to think big and think innovatively about the world’s most pressing challenges, while partnering with the most impactful and exciting local, national and global organizations. The internal environment is highly supportive, with strong, highly conscientious, emphasis on refining culture, values and the working environment. Finally, the benefits are second to none.

    Cons

    While strategy helps structure and articulate grant portfolios , it can constitute a significant - sometimes excessive - part of the work for all program teams, which otherwise could be devoted to grant design, local partnership building or other country-level work. Work life balance can be challenging to achieve based on the role, depending on if the team is sufficiently staffed, but can be developed with the manager.

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  5. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Fantastic job

    Mar 28, 2022 - Program Assistant II in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    People are passionate, kind and engaging

    Cons

    Sometimes high level education means more than experience

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  6. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great mission-oriented organization

    Feb 25, 2022 - Associate Strategy Officer in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    Mission-oriented teams Impact-focused organization Extremely smart and capable teammates

    Cons

    The organization can be overly bureaucratic, particularly around budgeting cycles

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  7. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Dysfunctional and Hypocritical

    Aug 3, 2021 - Senior Director in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    Beautiful buildings, great benefits, Mission you can get behind, Lots of Fun Events and Speakers Pre-Covid

    Cons

    Toxic Culture, wasteful spending, ineffective leadership, not as diverse as they like to tell the public they are, little career mobility. Want a "yes man" mentality - if you aren't that, you are deemed difficult.

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    9 people found this review helpful
  8. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Power, Potential, Politics & Hubris

    Nov 27, 2021 - Deputy Director in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    Powerful mission Ability to fund good work that matters, if you are on a team empowered to execute. Good benefits and supports - including during the pandemic. When you have the right leadership and manager you truly feel like you can make a difference in the world. Resources, and the doors they open.

    Cons

    Limited technical expertise or focus on impact in some teams. Constant strategy refresh and overall inward focus impedes long term impact. Staff seen and treated as disposable = lack of psychological safety on many teams. Little change / impact on diversity and inclusion; no sense of belonging in many teams. Poor track record on immigration support to staff.

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great opportunities

    Feb 24, 2022 - Senior Program Officer in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    Big complicated challenges, engage field partners.

    Cons

    Private family foundation; leadership focused on managing up more than down.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Happy in my role

    Nov 10, 2021 - Program Assistant in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    Benefits are great, if you click with your team it is a great community.

    Cons

    HR and management training could use some improvement especially compared to companies that put more time and emphasis and money on training their managers. However, if on the right team it does help!

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Reviews FAQs

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5, based on over 525 reviews left anonymously by employees. 90% of employees would recommend working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to a friend and 67% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.6 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

90% of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 3.4 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.6 for culture and values and 3.0 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to be career development, coworkers, benefits and the cons to be diversity and inclusion, senior leadership, management.

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