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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Reviews

Updated February 8, 2017
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  1. "Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learn about philanthropy and make lots of connections

    Cons

    Focus of work can vary widely


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good for some, not all"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Daily lunch
    -Tuition reimbursement
    -Relatively nice people

    Cons

    -Low pay for the cost of living (especially Menlo Park). Only directors can afford to live close by, most commute long distances from corners of the Bay Area.
    -No career growth. It’s expected (with no apologies) that you come in as you go out.
    -Managers are untrained, poor mentors, and are not held accountable to be good managers, therefore they are not.
    -Associate level staff are often invisible and not brought into conversations, projects, etc.
    -Inconsistent work distribution.
    -Strong hierarchy, even though they say they’re flat.
    -Apathetic and slow to drive change.


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    "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -People are super nice
    -Great work / life balance
    -Good medical / health benefits

    Cons

    -Completely on the left politically, expected to discuss political views and uphold liberal views at meetings
    -As another reviewer mentioned, for such a small place, the communication is very complicated. There's no such thing as a "Flat" organization. Especially when there's a huge gap in pay between positions.
    -No career advancement. No promotion.

    Advice to Management

    -Cut the President's pay and pay the staff


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Program Officer"

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work - good culture and work/life balance except lots of travel.

    Cons

    Salary not high enough to make it financially in super expensive Bay Area.


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    "Program Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, inspiring workplace and mission.

    Cons

    No growth opportunities and lack of transparency in upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more transparency and mentorship opportunities.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Meaningful work with great colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation full-time

    Pros

    - values-aligned work
    - organizational culture focused on collegiality and personal and professional development
    - benefits package supportive of work-life balance
    - beautiful, peaceful office environment

    Cons

    - discourages work from home arrangements
    - sometimes overly focused on inclusivity and not hurting people's feelings
    - management strength varies by department


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Friendly Staff, Very knowledgeable employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    office culture is relaxed but driven.

    Cons

    a lot of different personalities can cause some conflicts at times.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Life and Job balance is great
    2. Great benefits
    3. Interesting work

    Cons

    No career advancement is available
    Politics


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Mellowest place I've ever worked."

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    Current Employee - Program in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Program in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great, committed people doing good things.

    Cons

    For a small place the communication is sometimes weirdly complicated.

    Advice to Management

    A "flat" organizational structure is nice on paper, but in reality human nature creates hierarchies. Pretending otherwise doesn't actually equal equality.