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"Competitive Environment with very Smart Co-Workers"

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Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Everyone can agree that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation does world changing work. I have worked there in two different capacities two different times in the last 9 years and the culture of highly competitive, extremely intelligent people remain. The company still operates as a young organization in that it embraces new ideas and it's always evolving. People who dislike change would not be happy here. The benefits can't be beat and the environment is stunning in the new campus. They encourage working from home and remote work, which is helpful in the sometimes intense and stressful office environment.

Cons

This is a company of academics, there is not a lot of silliness or fun happening at this organization, which makes sense due to the importance of their mission. There is a competitive feeling throughout the company that can feel oppressive, but they still embrance a sense of creativity and change. They constantly re-org often with little to no notice or reasoning behind the changes which is pretty jarring, so you have to be someone who can embrance change easily to thrive in this environment.

Advice to Management

Share change before it happens with employees.

Other Employee Reviews for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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    "I worked in the programmatic side at the foundation for 4 years"

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity for impact, networks, wide range of experiences and the chance to grow and develop as an individual contributor.

    Cons

    Surprisingly risk averse group of people who lack creativity as funders. Raikes has all the right intentions, but does not have the respect he needs to change things at the level of the directors and deputy directors.

    Too many staff that do not share foundation taste for "silver bullets" leads to dysfunction as try to do things not strictly on strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Go for it Jeff! Be bold. Make change. Retain good talent and don't be shy about getting a team that shares the vision of the co-chairs.


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    "Constant Change"

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

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great new campus environment; some good people in the ranks

    Cons

    Lack of vision and leadership leads to constantly reorganizing the business units and programs. Too much middle management and lots of folks with big ol' egos. Raikes' temper tantrums were mildly entertaining at least.

    There's no work/life balance at this organization- everyone wants to prove they are the hard-charging, A-student, workforce superhero. All of this and what is really being accomplished?

    Advice to Management

    Start over.

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