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"Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation"

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Current Employee - Program Officer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Program Officer in Seattle, WA
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Mission; ability to have impact; ability to move ideas to action; smart and dedicated colleagues; high level of intellectual dialogue; thorough strategic thinking

Cons

Political and hierarchical culture; some unnecessary bureaucracy; internal promotion is rare and career development opportunities severely limited; lack of transparency in decision-making;

Advice to Management

Be more transparent and systematic in decision-making.

Other Employee Reviews for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  1. "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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  2. 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.

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