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Found 249 of over 553 reviews
3.9
87% Recommend to a Friend
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman
95% Approve of CEO

Found 274 of over 553 reviews

3.9
87%
Recommend to a Friend
95%
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman
Mark Suzman
38 Ratings

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Pros
  • "Benefits are great and very comprehensive(in 105 reviews)
  • "Great people to work for(in 45 reviews)
  • "There are so many great colleagues and experiences to learn from.(in 41 reviews)
  • "it was alright and good pay(in 13 reviews)
  • "Campus is beautiful.(in 11 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great mission

    Sep 22, 2022 - Senior Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    People care about the mission Excellent benefits Competitive pay Lots of resources to lean on Smart people- can make good connections Good leadership (executive leadership team)

    Cons

    Lots of internal politics. Some teams are toxic and chaotic like any company. Challenging for admin staff to build their career in an upward trajectory.

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great Work for a Great Cause

    Nov 11, 2022 - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    access to leading research and knowledge base on the most pressing global issues

    Cons

    Politics can be challenging to navigate

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  4. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    strong mission but difficult culture

    Nov 17, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Mission, salary, amazing benefits, almost unparalleled opportunity for global impact, network, access to major field leaders

    Cons

    competitive culture, bureaucracy, cookie cutter mold for internal success and advancement, lack of diversity in leadership, not enough time for true innovation and collaboration, pays lip service only to employee reported burnout. Lots of flux right now with governance changes and what it will mean for the organization's future mission and culture.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  5. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Great colleagues, no growth opportunities

    Oct 24, 2022 - Deputy Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Smart, committed, impact-oriented, and visionary colleagues.

    Cons

    Lack of professional growth opportunities. Programmatic staff are not fungible across program strategy teams. Limited options (either stay in your role or leave).

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Hard work, with amazing people and benefits

    Sep 23, 2022 - Senior Program Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - brilliant and dedicated colleagues - amazing benefits, including healthcare for my family and hefty retirement account contributions - fulfilling work -- with an inspiring mission

    Cons

    - high expectations, sometimes feels impossible - deadline driven and can be a high stress environment - frustrating bureaucracy that can slow down productivity - top heavy org structure, often lacking support roles

    1 person found this review helpful
  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Passionate and smart people; HR is a bit of a mess

    Sep 14, 2022 - Senior Officer, Strategy Planning  in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    You will love what you work on, have so much purpose and passion for your work. The people around you are brilliant and super respectful, nice and awesome.

    Cons

    HR is a mess. Policies don't make any sense and they are slow. It's not great. In addition for business minded people career progression is a bit stunted

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  8. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Smartest people, healthy culture, always evolving

    Sep 13, 2022 - Program Officer in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Got to define my own role - One of the best supervisors in my whole career - Excellent benefits (15% 403b contribution regardless of employee's contribution, generous medical, dental and vision insurances) - Caring teammates

    Cons

    - Teams and orgs are always evolving, needing lots of readjustment times - Essentially a family Foundation - Not enough visa sponsorship support

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Fine

    Aug 25, 2022 - Program Officer in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Competitive pay, strong expertise among colleagues, impactful work, office perks like snacks and catered meals and swanky events

    Cons

    Norms of white dominance culture, sense of urgency, de-prioritization of equity across leadership

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  10. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great place to work

    Jul 13, 2022 - Associate Strategy Officer in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and impact on the job

    Cons

    Promotions based on tenure rather than performance

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  11. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Good place

    Jul 9, 2022 - Senior Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Work life balance is ok.

    Cons

    Pay isn’t always equitable or transparent.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5, based on over 553 reviews left anonymously by employees. 87% 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 decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.5 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.

87% of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 3.3 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.5 for culture and values and 3.1 for career opportunities.

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

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