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the mission is everyone's true north

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

In many ways, it's like most complex organizations - constant leadership change, reorgs, shifting priorities. But at the end of each day, no matter how challenging, I walk away knowing I contributed in some way to a greater good.

Cons

Your success hinges greatly on your manager. This can be a very good thing if you have a manager who is your champion. If you don't, it could be completely detrimental to your career growth. Manager effectiveness is still very much an area of development for the organization as a whole.

Advice to Management

Acknowledge that employees who aren't managers or directors still have a voice. More skip-level feedback should be encouraged, even solicited.

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  1. Great place to work, but if you are contractor in IT and hope to become full time employee you will be disappointed.

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location.
    Awesome new campus with plenty of windows and work space.
    Good equipment and furniture to work with.
    Good management, friendly, hands-off style.

    Cons

    If you are a contractor you will quickly feel left out in many events that take place at the foundation.

    If you are working as a contractor in IT you will not have a chance to get hired on full time but you will see many other departments converting contingent staff to full time.

    Advice to Management

    None.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great mission, too many strategy changes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    The foundation has tremendous benefits and incredible people and a laudible mission

    Cons

    the culture is largely ego driven, hierarchial and the strategy changes constantly.

    Advice to Management

    Start leading and inspiring instead of show-boating

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