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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Great mission, improving culture

    May 17, 2022 - Senior Program Officer in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Opportunity to work with amazing people on some complex and important global and domestic challenges. Increasingly intentional focus on inclusive culture and equitable partnerships.

    Cons

    Hectic and political work environment, and priorities are still set from the top so a lot of time spent managing up.

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    High paying

    Dec 28, 2022 - Research Assistant 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    interesting job with great salary and flexibility

    Cons

    Can work on distributing workload evenly and timely

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  2. 3.0
    Former Employee

    All lives have equal value - unless you’re a foundation employee

    Aug 12, 2022 - Program Officer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Incredible colleagues, grantees and partners - opportunity to learn new things everyday with people who truly care about serving others. Best benefits in the business and great pay.

    Cons

    The foundation leadership doesn’t care about employee development and retention. As one deputy director put it “we’re not here to be an employer, we’re here to achieve our strategy goals”. Why those two things are put at odds with one another is baffling, but a pervasive attitude of leadership throughout the foundation. There is little to no training, yet somehow most managers are deeply skilled at this line of thinking and demeaning their employees - taking credit for their work in public settings, making them perform two or three jobs with no pay increase or title change and then holding sessions on burnout and asking why people feel so stressed, hiring limited term employees and offering no support at the end of their contract, laying full time employees off while telling them they’ve done excellent work and there was nothing they could have done to improve. This place is full of performative strategy shifts and reorgs and leadership has convinced themselves that those types of changes (and impatience) somehow equates to impact. Unfortunately it does not.

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