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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Reviews

Updated December 6, 2016
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  1. "Beneficial experiences and opportunities to learn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated people working toward positive outcomes in science, patient care and environmental conservation. If you enjoy learning about different fields of research and the philanthropic sector, a position at the Moore Foundation will provide you with beneficial experiences and opportunities for growth. The benefits are great and there is a genuine effort to support work-life balance.

    Cons

    With such a small group of coworkers (~100), it is easy to get caught up in the complaints from long-time employees who are resistant to change. These attitudes are borderline ridiculous for those of us who have worked in other environments/sectors, esp. in high-paced technology or research settings. Luckily, the executive team is approachable and responsive to new ideas.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great resources, poor leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing opportunity to do good in the world thanks to the generosity of the founders. Benefits and salary are excellent compared to other jobs in my field. Great work-life balance with frequent telecommuting and lots of vacations.

    Cons

    Current leadership under the Fineberg administration is very bad. There is no tolerance for new ideas or disagreement. They have promoted incompetence over and over. Huge excess in hiring of support teams. Very dishonest.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more fair and focus on impact, not hiring cheerleaders.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Harvey must go"

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    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The foundation has over $6 billion in assets and worderful, generous founders. This is being squandered by the current president and his cronies.

    Cons

    The Harvey Fineberg regime has brought real dysfunction and dishonesty to the foundation, to the point that it is no longer a productive or pleasant place to work. Harvey's main priority seems to be improve staff morale, as measured by the staff survey. Rather than make real changes that might boost staff satisfaction, Harvey changed the survey so it is no longer anonymous but easily traceable to people based on their department and tenure. Of course people will not be as critical since they are afraid that it will get traced back to them. Or unhappy people will not even fill out the survey. Even after multiple extensions of the survey deadline they still did not get to the same level of participation in past surveys. Plus he hired a huge communications team whose only role seems to be talking about how great Harvey supposedly is and suppressing any constructive criticism in the foundation. Even with all these changes, the survey showed an unhappy employee base, especially on the program side. Harvey is a very dishonest man who makes many of us very uncomfortable.

    Advice to Management

    Make surveys truly anonymous if you want honest feedback. Hopefully turnover in top management will happen soon.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Loved coming into a such a passionate and meaningful work environment with a very smart group of coworkers.

    Cons

    Difficult to maneuver career in such a niche industry.


  6. "Internship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Gordon and Betty Moore gave me a lifetime worth of experience in teaching my career goals

    Cons

    Long drawn out process to complete tasks due to lack of communication umungst internal departments made my job difficult

    Advice to Management

    Sort out differenced in information gathering strategies


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing place to work"

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    Current Employee - Communications Officer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Communications Officer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic mission set by two incredibly generous and humble individuals. Colleagues who are passionate about making an impact and care deeply about the people, organizations and partners who are making it happen.

    Cons

    Hard pressed to find downsides - the commute if you don't live in the peninsula BUT there is great flexibility with the work hours to help minimize any challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on the mission set by our founders and to support staff across the foundation in its execution


  8. Helpful (11)

    "Dysfunction at its best"

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    Former Employee - Officer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Officer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work that the Foundation supports is generally very good, and their grantees are making contributions to significant challenges in their respective program areas. Largely the program staff are very intelligent and dynamic people, who are passionate about their work and believe in the causes that they are supporting.

    Cons

    The Foundation management is incredibly dysfunctional. They have a high rate of turnover in staff and have had turmoil in upper level management. Their is tension between the President and the heads of the programs, which have long operated autonomously. Really the Foundation is three separate Foundations operating under one umbrella. The programmatic leadership are experts in their field, but lack basic people management skills. There is poor communication, and a constant cycle of "strategic planning" fueled by inability to make choices about allocation or resources, and reluctance to shift course.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Smart people; great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Very smart colleagues from impressive and diverse backgrounds. Very high pay and excellent benefits. Green workplace with lots of perks.

    Cons

    Rigid, inflexible governance by board and senior management. Little input from lower-level staff in strategic decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication between board and staff. Less control by board members over strategic direction of organization. More collaboration between departments and less emphasis on rigid, hierarchal management structures.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Needs a major leadership reboot"

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    Former Employee - Central Support
    Former Employee - Central Support
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people doing important work; there are many great people here, who are trying hard to make a big impact and trying to do the right thing.......

    Cons

    ...... but at almost every turn leadership gets in the way of staff. A new President will be a great start now that McCormick has left and for sure his leadership was the biggest dark cloud over this organization; however it goes beyond this, and the next President will have his work cut out to rebalance the organization in support of doing things right. Common sense is virtually zero because it has been managed out. Things in many Foundations take too long but this place is over the top because of disfunctionality.

    Advice to Management

    The Board needs to get a much closer pulse of what is happening in the organization and then get the right management team in place. Good things will flow from that. Until that happens little real progress seems likely


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Great organization, challenged by constant flux with staff and programs."

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    Current Employee - Grants Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Grants Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic mission oriented group of people who constantly strive to innovate in their approach to making change in the world. Great benefits, and flexible work hours to support work-life balance. Tech support is good, too. Friendly HR group and good, high quality staff in terms of skill and dedication.

    Cons

    Constant turnover of staff, poor location; most staff live in SF or beyond (likely due to the high cost of housing in the area). The office is located on Stanford property in Palo Alto nestled in an industrial office park setting without good options to get out for lunch and very poor access to public transit to and from other regions of the Bay Area; staff mostly drive to work. Leadership is again in flux, with the past leader having left us in state of change fatigue from an over-exuberance of "disruptive innovation."

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on cohesive teammanship within the foundation and continue practices that work, while nurturing change and innovation to come about in a more natural, bottoms up way. Encourage more collaboration among staff across groups. De-silo internal communication to help staff connect the dots of their efforts and understand the foundation-wide impacts.



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