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Updated 4 May 2018

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Program Officer, Global Health"

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

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

    Pros

    Great mission and incredible benefits

    Cons

    Work / life balance not always great.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2018-05-04
  2. Helpful (12)

    "Great Benefits, Tough Environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Officer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Terrific mission, great benefits, lots of opportunity to do good work. Looks good on the CV.

    Cons

    A perfectionist culture, (everything is "over-worked"). This probably comes from the style and preferences at the very top (and hence is unlikely to change). The CEO is trying to improve management capabilities (as distinct from scientific and leadership capabilities), but this is slow going. Arrogance is still a big problem in some quarters.

    Advice to Management

    CEO level: keep at it! President/Director level: have some humility and perspective. Listen to Sue, she has the right ideas.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2017-09-18
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Manager"

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     in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great mission and benefits.

    Cons

    The company culture is not an easy place to work.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2016-08-25
  4. Helpful (7)

    "Noble mission and goals, but substandard management/execution"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission and visionary goals. The large endowment and payout make the Gates Foundation a true game changer in the development business. Advocacy by the Co-Chairs has tremendous potential.

    Cons

    Lots of shifting strategies. Lack of clear priorities and institutional policies - change in leadership/director roles brings change in entire teams. HR is not well developed. Country offices are a drag.

    Advice to Management

    Make clear policies that transcend individuals. HR and other operational functions need to be clear and not subject to whims of individuals at President/Director level. Create independent advisory groups to enable this. CEO has an opportunity to do so.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2016-08-27
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    "Gates"

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     in Ridgewood, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for more than a year

    Pros

    Great mission, high quality talent, amazing resources

    Cons

    High prioritization of strategy at the expense of a parallel emphasis on execution

    Advice to Management

    Melt the snowflakes

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2016-04-29
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great Mission"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission, great facilities, not resourced constrained, in the middle of impactful systems change.

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't always embody what they are saying. Mercer St.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2016-04-09
  7. Helpful (10)

    "program assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues, great mission, great atmosphere and great benefits. Lots of interesting trainings and guest speakers available on campus

    Cons

    Always feel like the dumb one in the room, quite stressful and low pay for support positions. Managers not always trained in management skills. Limited advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the fabulous work, but pay attention to how hard your support staff works and pay them accordingly. Many of them have the same, or more, education and experience than those they support.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2015-12-19
  8. Helpful (24)

    "Where smart people go to feel stupid..."

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    Senior Program Officer in Seattle, WA
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Pros

    Amazing bright colleagues, inspiring mission, great benefits, most people in the country will return your calls. Great learning opportunities.

    Cons

    They hire some of the best and the brightest, but then give them little power to act on it. Unrealistic faith that great strategic planning and technology alone can change the world Too much value placed on to "manage up" -- especially to Bill (that guy in the corner office)

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time internally and more time listening to -- and sitting with -- with partners and beneficiaries. The more managers see their job at "telling Bill" what he wants to hear, the less they hear what change agents in the field need. Realize that your are an actor withIN the ecosystem -- not an independent actor. Give your grantees more power.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2015-11-23
  9. Helpful (13)

    "Not getting better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission Lots of great smart, dedicated mission driven colleagues Interesting work

    Cons

    New leadership all from silicon valley - lots of hubris Not realistic in expectation setting or the state of systems and processes, we can't wave our arms and just "do something different" Things are getting worse not better New executive leadership is as dysfunctional as ever

    Advice to Management

    start over with new Ops Executive leadership team members. Give CEO the real story. CEO needs to appreciate operations instead of showing open disdain.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2015-12-11
  10. "Executive Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    BMGF has a great mission - can be very inspiring to contribute. Very talented people to work with.

    Cons

    They are cultural challenges, somewhat related to the immense scale of the work. Related to that, work domains can be silo'ed. But leadership is working hard to address the issues.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2015-08-30
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