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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits for full-time employees, not interns or part time (in 37 reviews)

  • Great mission, fabulous people and actively working to get better all the time, with the resources to do it (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance might be difficult (in 17 reviews)

  • Extreme bias btwn full time and contract employee (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Program Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    opportunities for growth, great compensation, amazing facilities, great people to work with

    Cons

    better knowledge management system and processes

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    Jan 31, 2017 – Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management

    Thanks so much for your review. It's always helpful to hear from our new employees. I would hope that you could reach out to your leadership around the needs you and your colleagues have around... More


  2. "Program Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to different areas that are about improving lives

    Cons

    Super fast paced, rarely time to pause and reflect

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    Jan 31, 2017 – Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management

    Thanks so much for your review. We are definitely a fast paced organization with a desire to make a large impact in the world. If there are other things you'd like to share directly with me please... More

  3. "True mission driven org"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Impact, opportunity, community, ambition, learning

    Cons

    Intense, expectations, career path, removed

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    Jan 31, 2017 – Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management

    Thanks so much for your timely review. I'd love to chat with you about career path if you'd be willing. We have a lot more career opportunities than many employees realize but I'd love to hear... More


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Program Officer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Officer, Global Development in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Officer, Global Development in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stimulating environment and excellent place to work if you have a fantastic manager and autonomy. You'll find people who love the foundation and those who don't, and the differentiating factor is very often your manager and portfolio.

    Cons

    You'll hear mixed reviews of managers. There is too much inward focus on strategy. The organization could use more soul and a more earnest ear to hearing outside criticism.

    Advice to Management

    Reflect more on how public policy changes the environments the foundation works in.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    Jan 5, 2017 – Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management

    Thank you so very much for your thoughtful review of the foundation. We are continuing to work on our leadership and management expectations to ensure that all employees have a great manager to... More


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great mission, management needs work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is something about walking through the doors at the Gates Foundation that is super empowering. The Foundation is taking on enormous challenges, and it feels good to contribute to that mission.

    Cons

    The ability to collaborate across programs needs some work. There are some managers who use fear as a strategy, which seems very counterintuitive to the overall mission.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    Jan 5, 2017 – Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management

    Happy New Year and thanks so much for your review. I share your experience when walking through the doors. In order to create a more powerful collaboration across programs,our leaders will be... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Happy Happy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Absolutely compelling mission and an opportunity to work with world-class people from all over the world in health, development and education. There is some turn over at the foundation and most professionals come in at a mid-point in their careers and stay for a few years before moving on to the next big thing.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to see the nexus between the work being done in Seattle and how it is actually affecting people in the "field." Management is improving - in particular with some recent hires of true managers in the fields the foundation works in.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    Dec 1, 2016 – Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management

    Thanks so much for your review. I'm happy to hear that you feel management is improving since it is such a focus of the ELT right now.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn and grow"

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get the opportunity to work with smart, passionate people to solve some of the world's biggest problems. Great "campus" feel in Seattle--I felt proud walking in to work every day

    Cons

    Feels very siloed--at a big organization, hard for all the teams and departments to talk to each other. Also, some people seem kind of complacent in their roles; you might not necessarily get a fast-paced startup feel here at such a big, bureaucratic nonprofit, but it varies based on what team you're on.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    Nov 14, 2016 – Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management

    I so appreciate your review! It sounds like you had a great opportunity as a summer intern. Thanks for your insight around the areas for improvement - they are very helpful. Best of luck in your... More

  8. "Program Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent benefits; important work/mission statement

    Cons

    Few opportunities for growth and career development

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    Nov 14, 2016 – Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management

    Thanks so much for your review. I'd love to chat with you about career opportunities. Please don't hesitate to reach out. pam.yanchik@gatesfoundation.org


  9. Helpful (24)

    "Information Technology"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Benefits
    - Location
    - Employee resources

    Cons

    - Management/Leadership
    - Culture
    - Transparency

    Zero transparency, always saying the right things but doing the opposite.

    High-performing individuals get driven out and low-performing individuals get promoted.

    Management is only interested in managing upwards.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees performing the work and make a concerted effort.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    Nov 7, 2016 – Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management

    Thanks so much for your posting. I'm sorry that you had a less than positive experience. If you have specific feedback, I'd be happy for you to reach out to me directly. As you likely know, we are... More


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Dep Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Bright people, potential for impact phenomenal

    Cons

    Complex matrix structure; Many leaders are not necessarily team players

    Advice to Management

    Simplicity!

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    Oct 11, 2016 – Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management

    Thanks so much for your review. We truly have a remarkable organization of bright committed people but as you mention, our organization can sometimes feel complex. I hope you see that there are... More


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