Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Reviews

Updated 17 May 2020

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  1. "Great mission, deplorable employee morale"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, paid time off, honorable mission

    Cons

    To succeed, you will need privilege and pedigree. The operational staff are expendable. If you are not a FTE, you will not be a part of the foundation internal events.

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    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2020-05-18
  2. "decent place"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Assistant Program Officer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time

    Pros

    reasonable hours and benefits, usually

    Cons

    lots of super type As

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2020-03-23
  3. "it was fun"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time

    Pros

    fun and sometimes challenging time

    Cons

    not fun when i had to do a lot

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2020-04-14
  4. "Great place to work and make a difference"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Program Officer, Global Health in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues; working on high impact initiatives

    Cons

    Internal competition and too much organizational change

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2020-03-10
  5. "Great Benefits, Poor Organizational Management"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Communications Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great pay, parental leave, unlimited vacation, great health care, flexible work culture

    Cons

    a lot of re-organizations and shifts in strategy, leading to a lot of ambiguity and disorganization, not enough manager training

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2020-02-20
  6. Helpful (8)

    "Great mission, terrible workplace"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Program Officer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, people who are smart yet cutthroat competitive. They will eat you up alive. If you don't leave, then you become one of Them, thereby perpetuating the bad culture b/c the healthy/normal people who really care, end up leaving.

    Cons

    Terrible work culture and environment. Really bad leadership who would be better off being politicians. There is a lot of 'white savior complex,' too, from many of the people who work there.

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    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2020-03-05
  7. "Great benefits, smart people, limited by reorgs"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits, beautiful office environment, Seattle location closes for week in December, onsite gym

    Cons

    Constant reorgs, no room for growth, lots of bureaucracy and politics, meeting culture and all decisions made by committee, which slows progress and waters down ideas

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2020-02-13

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    February 19, 2020Talent Acquisition Senior Leader

    Thank you for taking time to provide feedback. It is essential to our culture improvement. -Randi Clark, Talent Acquisition Leader BMGF

  8. Helpful (17)

    "Nothing good comes easy."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    At BMGF I worked with some of the most remarkable colleagues - not just intelligent and accomplished, but truly kind and caring folks with unique backgrounds and life experiences to contribute. Benefits are outstanding. Wonderful, consistent learning opportunities and depending on your team, chances to stretch and gain new skills with exciting projects.

    Cons

    Nothing dominates an organizational culture more than how it defines success. At BMGF, success is working as diligently as possible, as often as possible, and being the smartest person in the room (or at least in your subject area). Its borderline obsessed with how "complicated" and "difficult" its work is, and it sometimes seems like you earn more points for taking apart a problem analytically, than actually figuring out how to have tangible impact The result is a very curious, learning-oriented, but ultimately inward-facing organization that's more afraid to fail than its willing to admit. If you're already working in development, this won't be news to you. But any person should know what you're getting into, and how you want to navigate it - work/life balance will be 100% up to you.

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    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2019-12-16
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing place to work, if you go in eyes wide open."

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Mission and total compensation is unparalleled

    Cons

    Constant change at every level is difficult for people who don’t work well in those environments.

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    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2020-01-06

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    January 12, 2020Talent Acquisition Senior Leader

    Thank you for taking time to share your feedback. Talent and career development is a priority for 2020 and we look forward to supporting people managers in this important work. -Randi Clark, BMGF, Talent Team

  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great experience for mid-career boosting"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Associate Program Officer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent network with incredible opportunity to create impact.

    Cons

    Say goodbye to work-life balance and expect to travel a lot. You will also spend an exorbitant amount of time preparing for internal meetings.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2019-12-02
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