Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - good foundation, great mission, questionable internal politics | Glassdoor
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"good foundation, great mission, questionable internal politics"

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

I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Great mission, loved the fact that you felt your work everyday impacted others who are less fortunate. The benefits, even as a contractor are great, snacks / drinks on site, wonderful location, right next to the space needle. Great compensation for my position, I have heard this is similar throughout the organization, at lots of levels. On-site cafeteria is amazing, probably on par with Microsoft campus, if not better.

Cons

Bizarre internal politics, team A will let team B fail just so they can claim 'they told you so', things I've never seen in corporate america or anywhere really. A lot of times as a contractor you will be dangled a carrot (of a full time position) that will never materialize (minor critique).

Advice to Management

Get rid of the 'old boys club' mentality, focus on the people and the mission, not keeping your buddies protected. Overall, I think these are minor issues to contend with and nothing that won't be worked out over time. I think the vast majority of people at the foundation are bright and talented and contribute to the overall focus moving forward.

Other Employee Reviews for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good mission, great benefits."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The mission you support is excellent as are the benefits.

    Cons

    The salaries are little low and advancement isn't really possible.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Life changing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work with the best mission of any org always challenging. You learn more about yourself and the world working there. Fantastic people

    Cons

    Lot of politics; lots of Type A personalities

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