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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Reviews

Updated Aug 28, 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The best thing about the foundation is the people. They are super intelligent, driven, kind people trying to make a positive difference in the world. Lunch is provided by the foundation and getting to eat free food at our beautiful campus talking to these wonderful people is a major perk. The foundation also genuinely cares about its work and its employees. In the few years I've been here, they've actively reached... out to employees for feedback and taken steps to improve based on that feedback. The benefits package is generous and management is respectful of work-life balance. I love working here!

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    Cons

    Menlo Park is a difficult place to commute to, but the campus is gorgeous. We are also given some telecommuting days which definitely helps ease the commute burden. I've heard from many PAs that they are not happy with their salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! This is a wonderful place to work, and we appreciate the efforts for continuous improvement. Look into addressing PA's salary complaints. It's a shame people so vital to the organization feel under compensated.

    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation2019-07-02
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing place, but doesn't pay enough to live in the bay area"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Really one of the best foundations to work for from a grantmaking perspective. They give incredible latitude to Program Officers and Directors to do and fund what they feel is right. Really takes into account grantee feedback. Beautiful campus (but difficult to commute to). In many ways really helped boost my career.

    Cons

    Because it's such an amazing place to work, they get away with really lousy salaries below the Director levels. The frustrating part is they also have an ultra conservative telecommute policy. So they force you to live near the most expensive zip code in the country, but they won't pay you for it (even with a $9 billion endowment). If I had to raise my family in the Bay Area on this salary, I'd be living in the... ghetto and they'd be going to horrific schools. On top of that there is no promotion track, so you are stuck with 3% +- a little raises in an area with 5-7% inflation...after a few years it starts crushing you financially and it's just not sustainable. I left and got paid double while still in non-profit, ironically at a grantee...so it definitely wasn't "market" rate for my skills.

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    Advice to Management

    So many great things at Hewlett, but the pay structure is based on outdated models and well below market (especially the most expensive regional market in the world).

    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation2019-08-29
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Could be great"

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    Current Employee - Program in Menlo Park, CA
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    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Strives for excellence Great retirement plan There are many things to like about the foundation. The work is important and fulfilling. The building and space is comfortable, and most of the staff are truly great colleagues. People earnestly and honestly want to do good. The happiest staff seem to be the ones who take advantage of the many learning opportunities and volunteer to be part of foundation committees.... There’s also relatively little drama, major power plays or toxicity compared to a lot of other non-profits.

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    Cons

    Flat structure is a myth PO and PD positions seem to have zero accountability PA salaries are ruthlessly low (they use a different/better scale for EAs) The longer you are there the worse you are treated, because the culture favors and rewards newer employees The foundation says it cares about the staff, and I believe they want to be the best. But there are years of doing things the same way that keep effective,... important change at bay. For example, everyone complains about their salaries, like at every organization, but particularly for the PA position they’ve created a range that is not competitive. When challenged, management says it’s the “market,” there’s nothing they can do. It’s one of the only jobs in the building where there are people who regularly don’t receive cost of living increases, because they are at the top of the range. The gap is that they only compare PA salaries to non-profit programs. For ALL other administrative jobs the market analysis includes comparable salaries for the skill set and region. I know this range is artificial, because in looking for a new job, I’m regularly quoted ranges substantially hire for my experience. Some directors allow PAs overtime to help the gap ( or don’t review time cards). Others severely limit overtime, even when it would really help the work, so those PAs are de facto paid less. They also have a major blind spot about recognizing tenure and loyalty. There are several long-term employees who people don’t even know in a very small (120 person) organization. One person is about to hit the 20 year mark, and not only is it unlikely to be acknowledged, newer people don’t even bother to learn her name or the fact she’s helped build or maintain all of the systems they use every day.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop talking about change and do it. Acknowledge long-term contributors and boost PA salaries. Don't allow directors to ignore the rest of the foundation when they build their teams. And, once, just once, fire a PO for making trouble not the lower level staff.

    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation2019-05-18
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good employer that should strive for great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    I am incredibly grateful for all the benefits (education stipend, catered meals, Caltrain pass, gym access, Claremont EAP, etc.) I get while still working in the nonprofit space. There's a genuinely strong culture of learning pervasive throughout the foundation. Staff are very nice, and there is an institutional effort to minimize competition (which can also sometimes have cons). Work life balance is amazing!

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity for advancement or increased salary is frustrating. Program Associates are hourly and all female, which has diversity, equity, and inclusions implications. Lack of competition means that many staff are complacent.

    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation2018-10-21
  5. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    healthiest workplace culture in philanthropy

    Cons

    location is beautiful but not so affordable. consider hiring a female CEO sometime!

    Advice to Management

    consider relocating to a more affordable location

    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation2018-04-20
  6. "Best job ever!"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer 
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    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation full-time

    Pros

    What a wonderful place to work. Great co-workers, generous benefits, a gym. Lovely place.

    Cons

    Hard to measure success in social change. But Hewlett is trying.

    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation2017-11-24
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Extraordinary work culture"

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    Current Employee - Program Director in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Mission-orientation; high degree of autonomy; high caliber professionals in all roles throughout the organization; institutional commitment to employee's professional development

    Cons

    High cost-of-living area, and salaries don't keep up

    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation2017-11-14
  8. "Great Foundation and Learning Environment"

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    Current Employee - Program Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Hewlett is a foundation that has a very strong learning culture. The flat structure prevents competition and staff are very helpful and supportive. The benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    No room for advancement as positions require specific education and experience. Staff turnover can be high due to salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit the lower paid "admin staff" salaries.

    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation2017-11-05
  9. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work if you love to learn"

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    Current Employee - Program Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Everyone is super nice, open, and supportive -Flat org, no competition -Great overall compensation package -introverted culture -Free food and snacks!

    Cons

    -No room to move around (especially challenging for PAs/EAs) -Very far away from urban centers (some people commute up to three hours a day one way) -Base pay can be a bit low (but the benefits could make up for that depending on your situation) -Change takes a lot of time

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing! Stay open and humble and don't be afraid to shake things up.

    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation2017-10-10
  10. Helpful (5)

    "The Foundation tries very hard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You get to work with very intelligent and hard working people who are passionate about the work that they do. There is a nice sense of collegiality among most staff. Internal polices have a come a long way in the past few years to make things more fair for all levels of employees. There is a strong culture here, which takes some getting used to, but there is a wealth of opportunities for self growth and improvement... if you take advantage of them. The opportunities for personal development abound, and you are responsible for your own path to success if you choose. Perks include free breakfast items and catered lunch every day, drinks, onsite gym, and dry cleaning service. There is also significant personal development funds available if you want to improve your skills or vocational interests. Management is always trying to plumb staff for their thoughts on improving the foundation (to an almost annoying degree), and implements changes based on this feedback when they can.

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    Cons

    There is virtually no chance for advancement here, so you should go in with that expectation and really enjoy what you do. There is a wide range of personalities here, from very dry and academic, to sardonic, to positive and eager. Sometimes they clash, but things are usually pretty civil. Company socials are usually pretty boring as there are not a lot of desire to mingle more than is necessary. There seems... to be an undercurrent of disgruntledness among associate level staff, and misery often loves company.

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    Advice to Management

    Keep trying to improve the foundation, but perhaps dial it back a bit and have a more passive open door policy instead of constantly surveying staff on how to improve. The effort is appreciated, though.

    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation2017-06-01
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