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"Outstanding individuals, mission-driven and still needing to find the right level of bureaucracy"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
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I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than a year)

Pros

smart, driven, world-class individuals, yet thin on managerial experience and skills

Cons

managerial talent is thin and not an area of investment ... in an investment organization

Advice to Management

develop middle management

Other Employee Reviews for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  1. Helpful (8)

    "A very manic-depressive place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The mission, the people, the campus, the chance to do work that actually makes a difference in the world.

    Cons

    Hierarchy, back-stabbing, bad decision-making, layers and layers of process and bureaucracy on top of everything. Most of the good work I've done here, I did in secret. If I had shared my plans, someone would have tried to kill it.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people you can trust, and then trust them to make good decisions. Don't insist that every important decision go through you, and that everyone wait while you get around to making those decisions. Allow talented people to do what they do best.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Its not Microsoft, but it sure feels the same sometimes"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seattle, WA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well funded. Nice to work on people causes.

    Cons

    So process-oriented that its no fun. Also hard to see so much money spent on process rather than outcome.

    Advice to Management

    Take the occasional chance. Empower your teams instead of micro-managing them.

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