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"A fast-paced place to learn tremendously but you have to like being under constant stress"

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Former Employee - Program Assistant in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Program Assistant in Seattle, WA
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time

Pros

If you like being around smart interesting people with amazing backgrounds and ambitions, BMGF is great. You learn a lot and if you have a great manager, can grow.

Lots of resources for creativity.

Cons

Generally a stressful and competitive place. HR and management is poor-- not a lot of transparency, accountability and feedback loops, poor consistency and standards, lots of people without management experience doing management. Lots of smart people means lots of ego to deal with. The organization is constantly reorganizing and this is also stressful. Top and bottom heavy organization with little clear upward mobility within the organization.

Advice to Management

Teach your POs how to manage. Give people the opportunity to grow wtihin the organization even if it means seconding them to the field for a couple years. Don't assume that something tech-fancy will solve the world, particularly if it's coming from Microsoft. Treat your employees like they matter and are not immediately replaceable. Invest in people, not just ideas.

Other Employee Reviews for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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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
    Recommends
    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.


  2. "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

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